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  • DUMPLINGS AND NOODLES
    DUMPLINGS AND NOODLES
    MIDDLEHURST PIPPA
    ISBN: 9781787135376
    Title: DUMPLINGS AND NOODLES
    Author: MIDDLEHURST PIPPA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Authentic Asian recipes from a dumpling and noodle enthusiast.

    Dumplings and Noodles takes the traditional techniques for homemade dough and hand rolling and makes them relevant to modern home cooks, with step-by-step instructions, the science behind it all and options for quick and easy substitutes.

    Favourites including steamed BBQ pork bao, chilli oil wontons, miso ramen, aromatic lamb biang biang and dan dan mian come together in this mouth-watering collection of super fresh and versatile recipes. With an emphasis on inspiring anyone who has wanted to satisfy dumpling and noodle cravings at home, Britain's Best Home Cook winner Pippa Middlehurst (aka @pippyeats) shows you how in over 70 recipes that you'll want to make again and again.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • EAT A PEACH : A Memoir
    EAT A PEACH : A Memoir
    CHANG DAVID
    ISBN: 9781529110340
    Title: EAT A PEACH : A Memoir
    Author: CHANG DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "David Chang writes about a chef's life in a way that feels completely fresh. The recipes, including those from the ginger-scallion noodles and roasted pork belly served at Noodle Bar, are almost perks; this would be a great read even without them." The New York Times

    In 2004, David Chang opened a noodle restaurant named Momofuku in Manhattan's East Village, not expecting the business to survive its first year. In 2018, he was the owner and chef of his own restaurant empire, with 15 locations from New York to Australia, the star of his own hit Netflix show and podcast, was named one of the most influential people of the 21st century and had a following of over 1.2 million. In this inspiring, honest and heartfelt memoir, Chang shares the extraordinary story of his culinary coming-of-age.

    Growing up in Virginia, the son of Korean immigrant parents, Chang struggled with feelings of abandonment, isolation and loneliness throughout his childhood. After failing to find a job after graduating, he convinced his father to loan him money to open a restaurant. Momofuku's unpretentious air and great-tasting simple staples - ramen bowls and pork buns - earned it rave reviews, culinary awards and before long, Chang had a cult following.

    Momofuku's popularity continued to grow with Chang opening new locations across the U.S. and beyond. In 2009, his Ko restaurant received two Michelin stars and Chang went on to open Milk Bar, Momofuku's bakery. By 2012, he had become a restaurant mogul with the opening of the Momofuku building in Toronto, encompassing three restaurants and a bar.

    Chang's love of food and cooking remained a constant in his life, despite the adversities he had to overcome. Over the course of his career, the chef struggled with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. He shied away from praise and begged not to be given awards. In Eat a Peach, Chang opens up about his feelings of paranoia, self-confidence and pulls back the curtain on his struggles, failures and learned lessons. Deeply personal, honest and humble, Chang's story is one of passion and tenacity, against the odds.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $42.99

    Price: $42.99
  • ELEPHANT ME
    ELEPHANT ME
    ANDREA GILES
    ISBN: 9781408356562
    Title: ELEPHANT ME
    Author: ANDREA GILES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The empowering story of little elephant Num-Num, who discovers the importance of simply being YOU! From the creators of international bestseller and much-loved classic Giraffes Can't Dance.

    It's time for the Elephant Games! One by one, the young elephants compete to impress King Elephant Mighty and earn their Elephant Name.

    Nina is the strongest, so she becomes Elephant Strong.

    Norcus is the loudest, so he becomes Elephant Noisy.

    Little Elephant Num-Num thinks he will never discover his own special talent - until he learns that the very best thing you can be is YOU!

    Giraffes Can't Dance has been a much-loved family favourite for over 20 years, and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

    Imprint: Orchard Books
    RRP: $15.99
    Price: $15.99
  • END TIMES : A Brief Guide to the End of the World
    END TIMES : A Brief Guide to the End of the World
    WALSH BRYAN
    ISBN: 9781841884042
    Title: END TIMES : A Brief Guide to the End of the World
    Author: WALSH BRYAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Newsweek and Bloomberg popular science and investigative journalist Bryan Walsh explores the history of extinction and offers a cutting-edge examination of existential risk, the dangerous mistakes we have yet to pay for, and concrete steps we can take to protect ourselves and future-proof our civilization.

    What is going to cause our extinction?

    How can we save ourselves and our future?

    END TIMES answers the most important questions facing humankind

    END TIMES is a compelling work of skilled reportage that peels back the layers of complexity around the unthinkable-and inevitable-end of humankind. From asteroids and artificial intelligence to volcanic supereruption to nuclear war, 15-year veteran science reporter and TIME editor Bryan Walsh provides a stunning panoramic view of the most catastrophic threats to the human race.

    In END TIMES, Walsh examines threats that emerge from nature and those of our own making: asteroids, supervolcanoes, nuclear war, climate change, disease pandemics, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial intelligence. Walsh details the true probability of these world-ending catastrophes, the impact on our lives were they to happen, and the best strategies for saving ourselves, all pulled from his rigorous and deeply thoughtful reporting and research.

    Walsh goes into the room with the men and women whose job it is to imagine the unimaginable. He includes interviews with those on the front lines of prevention, actively working to head off existential threats in biotechnology labs and government hubs. Guided by Walsh's evocative, page-turning prose, we follow scientific stars like the asteroid hunters at NASA and the disease detectives on the trail of the next killer virus.

    Walsh explores the danger of apocalypse in all forms. In the end, it will be the depth of our knowledge, the height of our imagination, and our sheer will to survive that will decide the future.

    Imprint: Orion Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ENGLISH PASTORAL : An Inheritance
    ENGLISH PASTORAL : An Inheritance
    REBANKS JAMES
    ISBN: 9780241501214
    Title: ENGLISH PASTORAL : An Inheritance
    Author: REBANKS JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tell them. Tell them what is happening on the land. Someone has to tell them . . .

    When I was young there was cowslips and ragged robin everywhere, and butterflies on the thyme in the rocky crags on the fell. The becks were full of minnows, the pools alive with them, and water boatmen skating on the top . . .

    I'm maybe old and stupid, but I like to see them anymore. But you don't see them anymore. And greed is to blame. Greed. And it will get worse if they don't change things.

    Tell them.'

    English Pastoral tells of an ancient landscape on the verge of collapse. It is a chronicle of three generations on a small fell farm, who saw the old ways slip away and the fields pulled out of shape by forces far beyond their control. It is a song of witness and of hope, of sustaining life on the land through uncertain times. It is the story of a community who cling on; of a little life filled with meaning; of a natural inheritance that affects us all.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ERIC
    ERIC
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760877972
    Title: ERIC
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some years ago we had a foreign exchange student come to stay, but he didn't want to use our guest room. He preferred to sleep in our pantry... He told us just to call him Eric.

    'Shaun Tan's stories touch on wonder, fear, exploration and relationships. Questioning strangeness is a strong theme, a reminder that difference doesn't have to mean the same thing as fear.' The Age

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ETHICS
    ETHICS
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780241435090
    Title: ETHICS
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ethics is taken from the highly influential series of courses Foucault taught at the College de France from 1970 to 1982. This volume also includes a selection of engaging and unusually candid interviews, as well as excerpts from Foucault's key writing on ethics.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • EVENING AND THE MORNING
    EVENING AND THE MORNING
    FOLLETT KEN
    ISBN: 9781447278788
    Title: EVENING AND THE MORNING
    Author: FOLLETT KEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling author Ken Follett, The Evening and the Morning is a historical epic that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.

    A TIME OF CONFLICT
    It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will – often in conflict with the king. With his grip on the country fragile and with no clear rule of law, chaos and bloodshed reign.

    THREE LIVES INTERTWINED
    Into this uncertain world three people come to the fore: a young boatbuilder, who dreams of a better future when a devastating Viking raid shatters the life that he and the woman he loves hoped for; a Norman noblewoman, who follows her beloved husband across the sea to a new land only to find her life there shockingly different; and a capable monk at Shiring Abbey, who dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a centre of learning admired throughout Europe.

    THE DAWN OF A NEW AGE
    Now, with England at the dawn of the Middle Ages, these three people will each come into dangerous conflict with a ruthless bishop, who will do anything to increase his wealth and power, in an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, death and birth, and love and hate.

    Thirty years ago we were introduced to Kingsbridge in The Pillars of the Earth, and now in this masterful prequel international bestseller Ken Follett will take us on a journey into a rich past, which will end where his masterpiece begins.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • F TEAM
    F TEAM
    ARJA RAWAH
    ISBN: 9781925818543
    Title: F TEAM
    Author: ARJA RAWAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 14+

    Meet Tariq Nader, leader of 'The Wolf Pack' at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school. When the team is formed, Tariq learns there's a major catch – half of the team is made up of white boys from Cronulla, aka enemy territory – and he must compete with their strongest player for captaincy of the team.

    At school Tariq thinks he has life all figured out until he falls for a new girl called Jamila, who challenges everything he thought he knew. At home, his outspoken ways have brought him into conflict with his family. Now, with complications on all fronts, he has to dig deep to control his anger, and find what it takes to be a leader.

    In confronting and often hilarious situations, Tariq's relationships with his extended Lebanese family and his friends are tested like never before, and he comes to learn that his choices can have serious consequences.

    'Rawah Arja has written one of the best Australian novels I have ever read…not just because the writing sparkles even as it packs a punch, but because this is the kind of novel that shows us what Australia really is.' — Randa Abdel-Fattah

    'A great novel, funny and authentic and full of characters I loved.' — Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road

    'Rawah Arja is an astounding new talent whose work will speak to young people everywhere. The F Team is a fresh, surprising work that is set to become a young adult classic.' — Felicity Castagna, author of No More Boats

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $22.95

    Price: $22.95
  • FIELD GUIDE TO CHEESE
    FIELD GUIDE TO CHEESE
    SICARD TRISTAN
    ISBN: 9781579659417
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO CHEESE
    Author: SICARD TRISTAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The ultimate cheese compendium – the only illustrated cheese guide on the market – with profiles of more than 400 cheeses from around the world, maps of their production, and guides for the perfect pairings.

    A Field Guide to Cheese is the ultimate guide to the world of cheese and the only fully illustrated cheese reference. This tour de fromage begins with a history lesson on the creation of cheese, offers a primer of the many types of milks and categories of cheeses, and then leads readers to an encyclopedic survey of over 400 global cheeses. There are cheeses we all love like feta and fontina, Gouda and mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and chèvre – but also rarities like King River Gold, a washed-rind cheese from Australia; Dancing Fern, a raw cow’s-milk cheese from Tennessee; and Danbo, a semisoft, aged cheese from Denmark. Find cheeses that are best for melting, like hushållsost; those that are best served alone, such as bovški sir; and those that are the stinkiest, like Allgäuer Weisslacker. There are cheeses with natural rinds, floral rinds, and soft rinds; curd cheeses; spreadable cheeses; pressed cheeses; whey cheeses; fresh cheeses; and more! A global collection of maps place each cheese to its origin, and readers can take their knowledge even further by reading up on the microbial life of cheese and the science behind our tasting palates. Packed with information, this book is for professional cheesemongers just as much as it is for those with a simple love of cheese.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FLASHBACK   #7
    FLASHBACK #7
    MESSENGER SHANNON
    ISBN: 9781471189494
    Title: FLASHBACK #7
    Author: MESSENGER SHANNON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sophie Foster doesn't know what-or whom-to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

    But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie's far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it's time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

    Unfortunately, battle training can't help a beloved friend who's facing a whole different danger-where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.


    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • FLAVOUR
    FLAVOUR
    OTTOLENGHI YOTAM / BELFRAGE IXTA
    ISBN: 9781785038938
    Title: FLAVOUR
    Author: OTTOLENGHI YOTAM / BELFRAGE IXTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Flavour-forward, vegetable-based recipes are at the heart of Yotam Ottolenghi's food.

    In this stunning new cookbook Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavour and offer innovative vegetable dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire.

    Ottolenghi FLAVOUR combines simple recipes for weeknights, low-effort high-impact dishes, and standout meals for the relaxed cook. Packed with signature colourful photography, FLAVOUR not only inspires us with what to cook, but how flavour is dialled up and why it works.

    The book is broken down into three parts, which reveal how to tap into the potential of ordinary vegetables to create extraordinary food-

    Process explains cooking methods that elevate veg to great heights;
    Pairing identifies four basic pairings that are fundamental to great flavour;
    Produce offers impactful vegetables that do the work for you.

    With surefire hits, such as Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Hasselback Beetroot with Lime Leaf Butter, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne and Romano Pepper Schnitzels, plus mouthwatering photographs of nearly every one of the more than 100 recipes, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is the impactful, next-level approach to vegetable cooking that Ottolenghi fans and vegetable lovers everywhere have been craving.

    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $44.99
  • FLEABAG : The Special Edition (The Original Play)
    FLEABAG : The Special Edition (The Original Play)
    WALLER-BRIDGE PHOEBE
    ISBN: 9781848428881
    Title: FLEABAG : The Special Edition (The Original Play)
    Author: WALLER-BRIDGE PHOEBE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition - featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team.

    In 2013, Fleabag made its debut as a one-woman show in sixty-seater venue the Big Belly, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's Underbelly. It was an immediate hit, going on to enjoy two runs at London's Soho Theatre, national and international tours, whilst picking up prizes including Critics' Circle, The Stage, Fringe First and two Off West End Theatre Awards, plus an Olivier Award nomination. The 2016 TV adaptation propelled Fleabag and Phoebe to worldwide fame, earning critical acclaim and further accolades including Writers' Guild, Royal Television Society and BAFTA Television Awards. A second series, nominated for eleven Emmys, followed in 2019, along with a sold-out run of the original play in New York.

    This special edition is released alongside Fleabag's first West End run at Wyndham's Theatre, London. It is introduced by Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, writer and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • FLOWER : Exploring the World in Bloom
    FLOWER : Exploring the World in Bloom
    ISBN: 9781838660857
    Title: FLOWER : Exploring the World in Bloom
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest installment in the bestselling Explorer Series takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history.

    Showcasing the diversity of blooms from all over the world, FLOWER spans a wide range of styles and media - from art, botanical illustrations, and sculptures to floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles - and follows a visually stunning sequence with works, regardless of period, thoughtfully paired to allow interesting and revealing juxtapositions between them.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $69.99
  • FOUCAULT READER
    FOUCAULT READER
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780241435144
    Title: FOUCAULT READER
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Foucault Reader is the ideal introduction to one the most stimulating and influential writers of the past century. It includes detailed excerpts from all his richly textured historical studies - including Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality - as well as many of his best interviews.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • FRESH WATER FOR FLOWERS
    FRESH WATER FOR FLOWERS
    PERRIN VALERIE
    ISBN: 9781787702202
    Title: FRESH WATER FOR FLOWERS
    Author: PERRIN VALERIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Random visitors, regulars, and her colleagues- three gravediggers, three groundskeepers, and a priest - visit her as often as possible to warm themselves in her lodge, where laughter, companionship, and occasional tears mix with the coffee that she offers them. Her daily life is lived to the rhythms of their hilarious and touching confidences.

    Violette's routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of a man - Julien Sole, local police chief - who insists on depositing the ashes of his recently departed mother on the gravesite of a complete stranger. It soon becomes clear that the grave Julien is looking for belongs to his mother's one-time lover, and that his mother's story of clandestine love is intertwined with Violette's own past.

    With Fresh Water for Flowers, Valerie Perrin has given readers a funny, moving, intimately told story of a woman who believes obstinately in happiness. Perrin has the rare talent of illuminating what is exceptional and poetic in the seemingly ordinary.

    Imprint: Europa Editions
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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