It’s been quite a special year here at LovePlantLife HQ for a wide and wonderful variety of reasons. Another I’m very thankful for has been the chance to review some mighty fine books for Booksellers NZ. If you still have Xmas pressies to gather, or if you’re mustering the summer reading list these titles are sure-bets.
The Essential Audrey Eagle by Audrey Eagle
There needs to be more people like Audrey Eagle. Audrey trained as a draughtsperson and then applied her professional skills to something she was really passionate about. The work that came out of is beautiful and important, significantly contributing to the understanding of New Zealand’s incredible plant life. People who use their professional skills to do great stuff for causes they are passionate about are awesome. And Te Papa Press has been hard at work to let us all know just how awesome Audrey is.
A Forager’s Treasury by Johanna Knox
It doesn’t happen often enough; you come across a book that so delights and changes the way you look at the world around you; Johanna Knox’s A Forager’s Treasury definitely enchants.
I’m a plant-lover with an extensive kitchen garden, but I’ve learnt so much in reading this book. I now look at roadside verges and weedy lawns in a completely new way. I see food everywhere. Not many people get excited by the sight of onion weed. Now I can’t wait for those little white bonnets to pop up ready for use in weed pakoras or parmesan crisps. And I’m compiling a long list of all the things I’m going to do with kawakawa, from spice blends and flavouring pannacotta to perfumes and liqueurs.
In the Garden by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud
In the garden is a great introduction to the diversity in your own backyard. It looks at what you can find living underground, on the plants or in the trees before introducing us to the most-sighted creatures found in New Zealand backyards. Aimed at 4-8 year-olds, the very clear, concise descriptions and amazing drawings are very engaging at any age.