If you’ve been waiting for this book to come out in paperback, the good news is it’s available now. If you dont know about Reif Larsen’s extraordinary first book, now is the time to make this treasure your own. TS Spivet is all of twelve and lives on a ranch in Montana with his cowboy dad and scientist mother. His brother died in a shooting accident whch TS feels partly responsible for. He is a mapmaker of extraordinary detail, has won a Smithsonian award, although they are not aware of his age. So TS decides to trek to Washington to accept his award. This lovely story is littered with his maps and it is a delight to follow his adventures.
I bought a new pressure cooker a couple of weeks ago. After a bit of searching, I found the cheapest was at Peters of Kensington. It arrived, and armed with two books, I started. And what fun I’ve had. Now when I get home from work, I can get dinner on the table in half an hour. Brilliant. The two books I’ve used are Juanita Phillips’ A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life and Pressure Cookers from Murdoch. If you’re time poor, do look at this option.
One of our favourite cookbooks from last year was Ottolenghi: the Cookbook, written by Yotam Ottolenghi based on his fabulous London deli/restaurants. The food is a mix of Palestinian/Israeli foods and is brilliantly suited to Sydney living. The good news is that he has just published a new book, Plenty, a book of vegetarian recipes based on strong flavours and fresh combinations. How about Green Pancakes and Lime Butter? Sounds good, looks even better.