This week’s biggest-selling New Zealand books, as recorded by the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias

1 Landmarks by Grahame Sydney & Owen Marshall & Brian Turner (Penguin Random House, $75.00)

2 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35.00)

3 Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey (Victoria University Press, $35.00)

4 Addressed to Greta by Fiona Sussman (David Bateman, $34.99)

5 The Jacaranda House by Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)

6 Goddess Muscle by Karlo Mila (Huia Publishers, $35.00)

7 Monsters in the Garden by Elizabeth Knox & David Larsen (Victoria University Press, $35.00)

8 The Tally Stick by Carl Nixon (Penguin Random House, $36.00)

9 Tiny Pieces of Us by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $34.99)

10 Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House, $30.00)


1 Supergood by Chelsea Winter (Penguin Random House, $50.00)

Includes a vegan pad thai, with garlic, ginger, 3 red chillies,100g fresh shiitake or button mushrooms, minced (optional) 250g green beans, 100g snow peas or sugar snap peas (optional), ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts 2 spring onions, 1 cup mung bean sprouts and ¹⁄³ cup chopped fresh coriander.

2 Bella: My Life in Food by Annabel Langbein (Allen & Unwin, $49.99)

Includes rhubarb tart tatin.

3 Searching for Charlie by Tom Scott (Upstart Press, $49.99)

4 I’m in a United State by Paul Henry (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

5 Impossible: My Story by Stan Walker (HarperCollins, $39.99)

6 Navigating the Stars by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House, $45.00)

7 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55.00)

Includes a vegetarian pad thai with shiitake mushrooms; Lim says, “You can easily add prawns or chicken if you like – just stir-fry raw prawns and/or thin strips of chicken breast or thigh first and set aside, before making the rest of the dish, then add back to the noodles at the end. If you want a vegan version, just omit the egg omelette part (or you could add some tofu instead).”

8 Two Raw Sisters: All Eaters Welcome by Rosa Flanagan & Margo Flanagan (David Bateman, $39.99)

Includes a Christmas salad made with roasted sumac pumpkin, walnuts, and tahini dressing; serve with roast lamb, chicken, salmon or hummus and avocado for a fully plant-based meal.

9 Note to Self by Rebekah Ballagh (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)

10 Hiakai by Monique Fiso (Penguin Random House, $65.00)

Includes an XO sauce using titi bird and dehydrated mussels and clams.

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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