GrownUps book club: Win a book – then tell us what you think


Do you like reading the latest books? And do you always have an opinion to share with others?

This month we’re launching the GrownUps Book Club. We’ll be giving away a selection of books each month and asking the winners to send us a review to share with other members.

This month we’re giving away two great cookbooks from Jamie Oliver and Rachel Khoo, a non-fiction book about the future of New Zealand and an illustrated children’s book about Puffin the Architect. Read about each of the books then tell us which title you’d like to win.

And remember to stay tuned to find out what other GrownUps members think about the books!


Jamie Cooks Italy

Jamie Oliver has travelled around Italy to find the best of fast and slow cooking, Italian style. Enjoy the worlds favourite cuisine in your kitchen at home with Jamie’s tried and trusted recipes.

Jamie Cooks Italy is a celebration of the joy of Italian food. Jamie wants to share his love of all things Italian with accessible, best-ever recipes for Classic Carbonara, Salina Chicken, Stuffed Focaccia, Baked Risotto Pie, Pot-Roasted Cauliflower and Limoncello Tiramisu. This is about bringing the pleasure and passion of the world’s favourite cuisine to your kitchen at home.

Featuring 130 recipes in Jamie’s easy-to-follow style, the book has chapters on Antipasti, Salad, Soup, Meat, Pasta, Fish, Rice & Dumplings, Bread & Pastry, Sides, Desserts and all the Basics you need.

The recipes are a mix of fast and slow cooking, familiar classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and celebrations. Whether cooking for yourself or cooking for friends and family, the aromas and tastes will transport you straight to the landscapes of Italy. Viva Italia!


The Little Swedish Kitchen

The bestselling author of The Little Paris Kitchen shares over 100 joyful, seasonal recipes from her new Swedish kitchen.

Bestselling food writer Rachel Khoo bid farewell to her Parisian kitchen and moved to Sweden in pursuit of love. Having made the country her home, Rachel now shares over 100 delicious and seasonal Swedish recipes from her new little Scandi kitchen ­- celebrating traditional fare, embracing local ingredients, exploring what the locals eat at home and offering her own fresh and delicious takes on Swedish recipes.

Woven through with stunning photographs of the location and food, and created with Rachel’s inimitably stylish touch, this ravishing new cookbook takes readers on a culinary tour of this beautiful country and lets them experience the Swedish art of enjoying just the perfect amount of the best things in life for themselves.

Recipes include:

  • Mushroom toast with bacon and thyme
  • Cod with asparagus, smashed eggs and parsley sauce
  • Yellow pea soup with smoked sausage dumplings
  • Roasted butternut squash waffles
  • Praline and parsnip cake
  • Almond and lingonberry buns


The Big Questions 

Just where is New Zealand headed? How will our future shape up? Will we be okay?

New Zealand is at a crossroads. People are increasingly concerned about where we are headed. Can we improve our appalling statistics on poverty and violence?

What about work – will we all be replaced by robots? Will our children (let alone our grandchildren) be able to afford to buy a house? Can we clean up our rivers?

This book looks at many aspects of our lives and our nation. Experts in their fields write about the challenges that face us and the opportunities we have to make changes for the better.

A fascinating set of perspectives and ideas on our way of life and our future as a nation.

Writers are: Dame Anne Salmond, Judge Andrew Becroft; Rod Oram; Jacinta Ruru; Felicity Goodyear-Smith; Tim Watkin; Patrick Reynolds; Jarrod Gilbert; Stuart McNaughton; David Brougham, Jarrod Haar & Yumiko Olliver-Gray; Golriz Ghahraman; Theresa Gattung; Peter O’Connor; and Leonie Freeman.



Puffin the Architect

Meet Puffin, a clever architect who always creates the perfect home for her clients. But her newest clients are VERY hard to please!

Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients’ expectations, that is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever – her own pufflings!

Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds. Together they visit all kinds of cleverly designed spaces – Otter’s floating home, Pig’s toolshed on wheels, Painter Goose’s light-filled studio and Platypus’s cosy underground bakehouse.

The pufflings are unimpressed.

Her clients really are a challenge! Will Puffin come up with a puffling-perfect home design?

This gorgeous story, with endearing animal characters, intriguing house designs, ingenious mechanisms and storage solutions to pore over on every page, will spark a brand new generation of architects, engineers and interior designers!


Which of these books caught your eye? Enter below to be in to win. Remember, we’ll ask winners for a brief review to share with other members!

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The winner will be notified via email. Competition closes 1 September. Winners will need to provide their book review by 1 October.

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