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BOOK REVIEW: VEGEMITE by Jamie Callister

BOOK REVIEW: VEGEMITE by Jamie Callister

| 18 March 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: VEGEMITE by Jamie Callister Allen & Unwin Australia May 2023 Paperback – RRP AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% Jamie Callister’s grandfather, Cyril Callister, invented Vegemite – and if that isn’t a claim to fame, then I don’t know what is. Involved in munitions development in the UK during the Great War, Cyril […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE TAIL OF LITTLE ROO by Ross Knight & Matt Weston with Lluis Fuzzhound

BOOK REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE TAIL OF LITTLE ROO by Ross Knight & Matt Weston with Lluis Fuzzhound

| 5 March 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE TAIL OF LITTLE ROO by Ross Knight & Matt Weston with Lluis Fuzzhound Love Police Books December 2022 Hard cover – RRP AUD$24.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% Ross Knight is more often seen rocking out with his seminal band Cosmic Psychos than writing children’s stories, but here he and (band […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: GUGA – BREAKING THE BARBECUE RULES by Gustavo Tosta

COOKBOOK REVIEW: GUGA – BREAKING THE BARBECUE RULES by Gustavo Tosta

| 5 March 2024 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: GUGA – BREAKING THE BARBECUE RULES by Gustavo Tosta Penguin Random House Australia April 2023 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 89% Ol’ mate Guga – Brazilian American YouTube personality and cook Gustavo Tosta – likes nothing better than breaking the rules, ESPECIALLY the barbecue rules, and he encourages the reader to do […]

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BOOK REVIEW: PAUL McCARTNEY – 1964 EYES OF THE STORM

BOOK REVIEW: PAUL McCARTNEY – 1964 EYES OF THE STORM

| 4 March 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: PAUL McCARTNEY – 1964 EYES OF THE STORM Penguin June 2023 Hardback, $140 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% “Somewhere in the back of my mind, I always knew I had taken some pictures in the 1960s,” McCartney opens in the Foreword to this illuminating fly on the wall-type coffee table book, and what […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A STROKE OF THE PEN – The Lost Stories by Terry Pratchett

BOOK REVIEW: A STROKE OF THE PEN – The Lost Stories by Terry Pratchett

| 4 March 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A STROKE OF THE PEN – The Lost Stories by Terry Pratchett Penguin Random House October 2023 Paperback – $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 70% For Terry Pratchett obsessives, this is something akin to the Holy Grail – early, formative, long lost stories which were published in the 1960s, 70s and 80s under […]

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BOOK REVIEW: BERSERKER! By ADRIAN EDMONDSON

BOOK REVIEW: BERSERKER! By ADRIAN EDMONDSON

| 1 March 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: BERSERKER! By ADRIAN EDMONDSON Pan Macmillan Australia September 2023 Paperback, $36.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 93% At first it’s rather incongruous to read Adrian Edmondson refer to himself as “an accidental comedian.” After all, this is the man who influenced millions by bringing ‘very metal’ anarcho punk Vyvyan to life in Rik Mayall, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE KAMOGAWA FOOD DETECTIVES by HISASHI KASHIWAI

BOOK REVIEW: THE KAMOGAWA FOOD DETECTIVES by HISASHI KASHIWAI

| 1 March 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE KAMOGAWA FOOD DETECTIVES by HISASHI KASHIWAI Pan Macmillan Australia October 2023 Paperback, rrp $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% The Kamogawa Food Detectives are father/daughter duo Nagare and Koishi, as unlikely a pair of detectives as you will meet. Nagare is the chef at their diner – a hard-to-find little-known establishment without […]

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BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC AT 50 by Martin Popoff

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC AT 50 by Martin Popoff

| 29 February 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC AT 50 by Martin Popoff Motorbooks International May 2023 Hard cover, rrp $85.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 83% Martin Popoff is a rock music book writing machine, pumping out tome after tome as if he never sleeps or sees daylight, which can sometimes detract from his many, many words of content. He […]

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BOOK REVIEW: EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT by Benjamin Stevenson

BOOK REVIEW: EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT by Benjamin Stevenson

| 29 February 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT by Benjamin Stevenson Penguin Random House October 2023 Paperback – $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 82% Benjamin Stevenson’s Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone was a big hit in 2022, with the rights being sold quickly for a HBO film adaptation. In it, Ernie Cunningham […]

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BOOK REVIEW: PERILOUS TIMES by Thomas D Lee

BOOK REVIEW: PERILOUS TIMES by Thomas D Lee

| 27 February 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: PERILOUS TIMES by Thomas D Lee Orbit Books May 2023 $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 91% Thomas D Lee’s debut novel (endearingly dedicated to his high school English teacher Mrs Parker “because I said I would”) sees several Knights of the Round Table colliding headfirst with ecological cataclysm and a group of enviro-warriors. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: SIR HEREWARD & MISTER FITZ by Garth Nix

BOOK REVIEW: SIR HEREWARD & MISTER FITZ by Garth Nix

| 15 February 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: SIR HEREWARD & MISTER FITZ by Garth Nix Allen & Unwin August 2023 Paperback – RRP AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 70% Garth Nix should be well known to fantasy fans – especially through his YA writing – with his myriad of titles selling over six million copies around the world, and 65+ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: JAWSOME 1 by R TIMMIS

BOOK REVIEW: JAWSOME 1 by R TIMMIS

| 31 January 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: JAWSOME 1 by R TIMMIS Albert Street Books (Allen & Unwin) August 2023 Paperback – RRP AUD$15.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 75% Who could possibly guess that Finley the Reef Shark and his schoolmates Hunter the Tiger Shark, Gnash the Great White and Gilleon the Lemon Shark were members of ultra famous rock […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE HOUSEKEEPERS by Alex Hay

BOOK REVIEW: THE HOUSEKEEPERS by Alex Hay

| 31 January 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE HOUSEKEEPERS by Alex Hay Hachette Australia July 2023 Paperback – RRP AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 88% The Housekeepers is a thrilling, page turner of an epic revenge saga which introduces us to a motley band of Robin Hood-styled servants who decide to take what’s rightfully theirs from their ex-employer, Mr de […]

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BOOK REVIEW: EAGLES – DARK DESERT HIGHWAY by MICK WALL

BOOK REVIEW: EAGLES – DARK DESERT HIGHWAY by MICK WALL

| 17 December 2023 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: EAGLES – DARK DESERT HIGHWAY by MICK WALL Hachette Australia May 2023 Paperback, Rrp $34.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% Gold standard rock writer (amongst many other things over a storied career) Mick Wall eschews the traditional rock and roll bio tropes of meticulously detailed dates and times and quotes and, well, formality […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: TEKEBASH & SABA – RECIPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA by SABA ALEMAYOH

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TEKEBASH & SABA – RECIPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA by SABA ALEMAYOH

| 17 December 2023 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TEKEBASH & SABA – RECIPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA by SABA ALEMAYOH Murdoch Books March 2023 Hardcover, Rrp $45.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% Named after the author’s mother, Tekebasha, and herself, Saba Alemayoh’s book is part food memoir, part tribute to her mother and the cuisine of Tigray (in northwestern Ethiopia) […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: INTOLERANCE-FRIENDLY KITCHEN by GEORGIA McDERMOTT

COOKBOOK REVIEW: INTOLERANCE-FRIENDLY KITCHEN by GEORGIA McDERMOTT

| 17 December 2023 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: INTOLERANCE-FRIENDLY KITCHEN by GEORGIA McDERMOTT Penguin Random House Australia March 2022 Paperback, Rrp $34.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% Georgia McDermott expresses the fears of many gluten intolerant people in her introduction to this book: “A life of bland, boring food seems to be the foregone conclusion when considering a life without onion, […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: MEZCLA – RECIPES TO EXCITE by IXTA BELFRAGE

COOKBOOK REVIEW: MEZCLA – RECIPES TO EXCITE by IXTA BELFRAGE

| 17 November 2023 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: MEZCLA – RECIPES TO EXCITE by IXTA BELFRAGE Penguin Random House Australia July 2022 Hardcover, Rrp $55.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 91% In Australia we are deprived the opportunity to visit many of the world’s finest restaurants, but that doesn’t mean we have to remain in the dark about global food trends and […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: BAKED IN ONE by ELOISE HEAD & CRUMBS & DOILIES by JEMMA WILSON

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BAKED IN ONE by ELOISE HEAD & CRUMBS & DOILIES by JEMMA WILSON

| 17 November 2023 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BAKED IN ONE by ELOISE HEAD & CRUMBS & DOILIES by JEMMA WILSON Penguin Random House Australia February & March 2023, respectively Hardcover, Rrp $45.00 & $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Both 85% I’ve grouped these two little rippers together due to them being from the same publisher, being published so close together, […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: DARK RYE & HONEY CAKE by REGULA YSEWIJN

COOKBOOK REVIEW: DARK RYE & HONEY CAKE by REGULA YSEWIJN

| 17 November 2023 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: DARK RYE & HONEY CAKE by REGULA YSEWIJN Murdoch Books February 2023 Hardcover, Rrp $55.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 92% I called Regula Ysewijn’s previous book, Pride & Pudding – subtitled “the history of British puddings both savoury and sweet” – indispensable, and found that its “lush and evocative descriptions of the way […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: GLUTEN FREE BAKING MADE SIMPLE by CHERIE LYDEN

COOKBOOK REVIEW: GLUTEN FREE BAKING MADE SIMPLE by CHERIE LYDEN

| 17 November 2023 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: GLUTEN FREE BAKING MADE SIMPLE by CHERIE LYDEN Murdoch Books April 2023 Hardcover, Rrp $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% With coeliac disease so prevalent, plus thyroid problems such as Hashimoto’s Disease making gluten not only problematic, but actually dangerous, for many people, Gluten Free options are essential in a modern kitchen. All […]

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