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BBQ Beer & B.S.

Cricket and barbecues = an Australian summer, so who better to serve up a collection of his most wanted barbecue recipes. Aussie through and through, Mervyn Gregory [...]

Curd & Crust

As an avid cook and host of many dinner parties I am constantly on the lookout for new recipes and tastes. When a new cookbook was recently sent to me for review, I was quite [...]

Food of Naples

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Johnny Di Francesco and his chain of restaurants. I have attended the opening of most of his ventures, participated in one of his [...]


Having just returned from a trip to America, BBQ and ribs are foremost in my mind when I am thinking of delicious USA cuisine. Tender, juicy meat, full of smoky flavours [...]

The Big Marn’s Barbeque Cookbook

I had heard the name, but really didn’t know much more than that. I am a Melbournian, we (I) don’t get much into Rugby League, but as I found out, you don’t need to be [...]

Dear Dad…

Stuck for ideas for your dad this Fathers Day? Try one of these books – even if he isn’t a ‘reader’ he will love flicking through the pages of one (or [...]

The Unicorn’s horn

It was only recently that I attended a party to celebrate a little girl’s sixth birthday. The kids were having a ball – it was a disco party and each and every one of [...]

The tale of Gelignite Jack

As the title suggests, ‘Gelignite Jack’ Jack Murray, An Aussie Larrikin Legend is the story of a larger-than-life Australian character who had a penchant for [...]

Win an Asian trip for two

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has revealed its 2017 Best in Asia list – an agenda-setting collection of the continent’s 10 best destinations to visit in the [...]


I have said it before, and I say it again, the best way for children to learn is when they are having fun. I dare to say, that nobody knows this better than the people at [...]

Margarita por favor

I will be the first to admit that I am not much of a drinker – there are times when as little as half a glass of wine can have me suddenly becoming the life of the party OR [...]

Abroad, Broke & Busted

As my next overseas trip gets closer, and my excitement builds, in the back of my mind lurks the little voice that whispers to me about things that could go wrong. We hear [...]


 It is well-known that children learn more and learn faster when they are having fun and Lonely Planet Kids has just released some new books that will help your child learn [...]

Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too

I have vivid memories of visiting each of my grandmothers on fairly regular occasion. One of my grandmothers always served up a huge plate of home-made scones. Of course [...]

I need a break!

How many times do you think, or hear others say, ‘I need a holiday’? It is undeniable, our lives are getting busier, and it doesn’t seem to matter what stage of life [...]

Tips for Success

Jane Austen was an English novelist – born 1775 – she is best known for her six major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the [...]

The Last Dog on the Island

Just about everyone loves dogs, they are fun, boisterous and loyal, but the bond that can develop between a man and his dog can be a closer bond than that experienced by [...]

Made in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty, but it’s not only the scenery that lures travellers to visit. Fried Snapper with Rice Paper Influenced by Chinese [...]

Developing young minds

It is a massive world that we live in and everywhere we turn there is something new and exciting to see, hear and learn. But, all too often these days, the younger members in [...]

From the Garden

If you have ever tried your hand at growing fruit and vegetables at home, you will know the sense of achievement and excitement when you see that plant develop into something [...]

The Ultimate Party Book for Children

Have you been to one of those parties where the parents seem to be in total control, the food is delicious, there are no accidents on that inflatable jumping castle, the [...]

Alone in a Crowd

“Easy Living – One of my favourite things about living in Sydney is the work-life balance. Sydneysiders have the persistence and hardworking mentality of residents of a [...]

Screen dreams at your fingertips

On a visit to the USA a few years ago I decided to take a bus tour of the city of Chicago. The tour guide was excitedly pointing out some of the highlights of this amazing [...]

Busy? Stressed? Downright frazzled?

In years gone by stress was something more often than not only suffered by people who were top level executives, now most of us suffer with it in varying degrees. Road Rage, [...]

Honeymoon Hacks

There is absolutely no doubt about it, planning a wedding is stressful but when the big day finally arrives and the celebrations are over you most definitely deserve some [...]

Liquid Cure-All

It ranks right up there with green juice and coconut water as the next magic potion and it’s super easy to make at home – Bone Broth. I have to admit that when I first [...]

Need a Holiday?

So, the Christmas and New Year festivities are over and most of us who were lucky enough to have some time off are back at the daily grind. Ho Hum. Not that I am complaining [...]

Veggie Mama

It is without doubt that fruit and vegetables are good for us – even better when they are in their natural state – raw. I have vivid memories from my childhood, [...]

Coastal Homes of the World

It’s the lead up to Christmas and life is absolutely crazy – rushing from place to place, party to party, shopping, crowds, wrapping gifts, getting work finished for end [...]

How to Cook Healthily

In recent years it has become blatantly obvious that the food we eat affects our health in a massive way, but to many of us, eating healthily seems out of reach. It may be [...]

How Cities Work

It is always exciting to visit a new city and discover its hidden secrets – no matter how old you are. But as city dwellers and travelers, the majority of us will only [...]

Travel – the best gift ever

It was like Christmas arriving early when I received the third edition of Lonely Planet’s internationally bestselling landmark title, The Travel Book. Featuring every [...]

Surfing in the Sixties

From family seaside holidays to national surfing events, surfing and beach lifestyle is part of Australia’s history and identity. In the 1960s, surfing gave rise to a new [...]

Not just another grain

With over 30 years’ experience as a cooking demonstrator and recipe developer, Rena Patten, adds to her impressive list of publications with Quinoa: Flakes, Flour & [...]

Beauty from Within

As we have always been told, beauty is more than skin-deep; it comes from within. According to The Beauty Chef it comes from the gut, to be precise. Carla Oates, author and [...]

The Truth about Cancer

If you haven’t already been in some way touched by cancer – yourself, family member, or someone you know – there is a very high chance you will be soon. Some [...]

We are what we eat

Dare I say it? I think I have just found my newest favourite cook book! Our busy lifestyles these days make it difficult to prepare a wholesome and healthy meal for yourself, [...]

Our deadly oceans

“Many people of note have said that this world we live on should be called Planet Ocean, or Aqua, and not Planet Earth, and this is because 70 per cent of the surface is [...]

Barbecue the Brazilian way

The front cover of Braza will have barbecue lovers excited to delve further into this book, succulent looking charred pork – delicious! Braza is an authentic Brazilian [...]

Planning a trip in 2017?

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has just unveiled its 12th annual collection of the world’s best trends, destinations, journeys & experiences for the year [...]

Secrets of the China Doll

Residing on the historic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, China Doll is an award-winning restaurant delivering the ultimate Sydney dining experience to guests. Founded by Steve [...]

The more we talk, the less we fear

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been curious about death. Most of us have little time in our busy lives to think about the things that are important to us. Often, [...]

The Shrinking Violet

Elora Harré, has been overweight almost her entire life and like many others, for much of her teenage years, the perfect ‘bikini body’ was simply a dream. Armed with [...]

The Making Of Donald Trump

David Cay Johnstone doesn’t much care for US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. That becomes clear right from the outset of Johnston’s book, The Making of [...]

Embrace your inner professor

Do you ever find yourself salivating as you see a delicious and gooey chocolate cake sitting proudly in a cake shop window? Do you have a slice of sweet or savoury pie [...]

Gastronomic tour of the world

With gastronomic tourism booming it’s easy to believe that food is one of the key ways in which we experience a place when travelling. Lonely Planet has now scoured the [...]

The life and times of Ford Australia

With the imminent demise of Australian vehicle manufacturing by the Ford Motor Company, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the significant contribution the company and its [...]

Testing times.

It was a time of big hair, bad moustaches, massive crowds chanting “Lill-eeeeeee, Lill-eeeeeee, and the sight of a blond-haired bloke known as Thommo threatening to knock [...]

A BBQ feast as big as Texas

You may not recognise the name, but you would most definitely recognise the slow Texan drawl of Robert Louis Murphy from his stint on My Kitchen Rules. In 2015 Robert, and [...]

Indulge in supreme decadence

Matthew, Sarah and Brendan Aouad are siblings running a family business making the world a happier place one decadent shake at a time. With experience from every facet of a [...]

The Last Wild Trout

Fishing means many different things to many different people – passion, camaraderie, time to reflect in peace and quiet, a challenge to beat one of nature’s wild [...]

Dinner with Edward

Dinner with Edward is an enchanting and easy to read book in which the characters are brought together through loss and loneliness. When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a [...]

A world of fun learning

Educational entertainment is rising to a whole new level with the launch of the Busy Izzy series in Australia. This exciting children’s ‘edutainment’ series encourages [...]

All aboard the Trump train

Trumped – The Wonderful World and Wisdom of Donald Trump is a book almost entirely devoted to the quotes of US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Along with Trump’s [...]

The Italian way

Sharing a meal together with friends and family is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Serving food that you have prepared yourself is a joy; it has been prepared with love [...]

Wholesome Food for Busy Parents

Modern life is fast paced and busy, making being a parent all the more challenging. Feeding children healthy food can seem time consuming and difficult. When my children were [...]

Hang Fire Cooking

Two Celtic girls, working in London, travel the USA in search of the best BBQs. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s not. Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn ditched [...]

Ultimate Wildlife Destinations

In a world where bucket list activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences are more possible than ever before, it is the wilds of the natural kingdom and its majestic and [...]

Keep it simple but delicious

We often turn to quick and simple meals when we are time poor or when we have lack of inspiration, but there are times those quick and simple meals are just plain boring. [...]

Tantalise your tastebuds without salt

Our bodies need salt, it helps control our fluid balance and also controls the way our muscles and nerves work. Generally, our bodies automatically regulate how much salt [...]

Escape from the gastronomic wilderness

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. The disease requires daily self-care and if complications develop, it can have a significant impact [...]

Thai Food Sensation

Thai food is delicious and satisfying, sometimes very hot and spicy too. Discover how to make it in your own kitchen by using traditional Thai spices, ingredients and methods [...]

It’s not all about Christmas!

We have a massive build up to Christmas day, planning for weeks or months on end, shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, and then it is all over. The big day has been and gone in [...]

Retro Paris

by Carol Sheridan Paris is often referred to as the most romantic city in the world – and while I have no personal experience of the city, I absolutely love it. Place de la [...]

Top Wildlife Sites of the World

The natural world never fails to amaze, with its beauty, ingenuity and magnificence. Over a million wildebeest migrating across the plains of the Serengeti in pursuit of [...]