1 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55)

Lim! The chef of the nation returns with her latest cookbook – and she’s gone meatless. No chops, no sausages, none of the good stuff. Instead, it’s all cypriot lentils and freekeh salad with honey-glazed haloumi, sesame crepes with lemon ricotta and wood-smoked salmon, and – what madness is this! – vegan pavlovas.

2 Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty by Emma Clifton (David Bateman, $39.99)

Reading Room looks forward to the forthcoming review by beauty expert Tayi Tibble.

3 The Invisible Load by Dr Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog Publishing, $39.95)


4 Perform Under Pressure by Ceri Evans (HarperCollins, $39.99)


5 Two Raw Sisters by Rosa Flanagan & Margo Flanagan (David Bateman, $39.99)

God, more vegetables! Publisher’s blurbology: “Plant-based food can be beautiful, creative, economical, healthy and above all, delicious.”

6 The New Everyday by Heinz Wattie’s (Hachette, $39.99)

Includes meat.

7 Brothers in Black by Jamie Wall (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

Includes the Barretts.

8 We Are Here by Chris McDowell & Tim Denee (Massey University Press, $70)

Beautiful coffee-table atlas of New Zealand.

9 The Great Unknown by Geoff Spearpoint (Potton & Burton, $59.99)


10 A Sharp Left Turn by Mike Chunn (Allen & Unwin, $45)

Split Enz and beyond.


1 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35)

Jane Stafford’s review will appear next week at ReadingRoom.

2 A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $24.99)

All systems are go for Pellegrino’s 2020 tour of the Italy she writes about in her best-selling novel; get in fast for a seat.

3 This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House, $38)

4 Scented by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Random House, $38)

An extraordinary essay on the author’s notion of an outdoor smelling club will appear next week at ReadingRoom.

5 Whatever it Takes by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press, $37.99)

6 Call Me Evie by JP Pomare (Hachette, $24.99)

7 Caging Skies by Christine Leunens (Penguin Random House, $38)

8 The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House, $26)

Return of the classic.

9 Fresh Ink by (Cloud Ink Press, $29.99)

10 Poukahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, $20)

The poetry book that keeps on appearing in the best-seller chart, nearly 18 months after it was published.

Steve Braunias is the literary editor of Newsroom's books section ReadingRoom, a noted writer at the NZ Herald, and the author of 10 books.

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