Book Club: Cosy Up With These Winter Reads

Cooking and reading is about all we want to do in this cold snap and we've got you covered

There's plenty of books to tuck into this winter. Photo / Supplied

New Wave Clay: Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture
By Tom Morris
You find very few simple pots or vases in New Wave Clay. Instead, there are pages of mind-bending sculptures of all sizes, organic forms that seem to drip and melt, and an unpredictable use of colour, which come together to form a comprehensive survey of the new trends defying convention. The book covers more than 50 dynamic artists, designers and creatives who are making the clay medium completely their own — and dividing opinions while they’re at it. (Frame, $70)

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'New Wave Clay' has all the ceramicists you need to know about. Photo / Supplied

Pizzapedia: An illustrated guide to everyone’s favourite food
By Dan Bransfield
Even the most dedicated pizza-lovers will be able to find some new slices of knowledge from this guide to its history, ingredients and modern innovations. Filled with bright illustrations and brimming with delectable tidbits, this fun book is a must-have for anyone whose favourite pastime is gazing at delicious food... That’s possibly everyone. (Penguin Random House, $27)

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Tokyo Local
By Caryn and Brendan Liew
Explore Tokyo’s food scene through 70 recipes that aim to capture the essence of this eclectic city. Among all the mouth-watering food are pages of vibrant travel photography that will transport you to the streets of Tokyo, taking you through alleyways and into the best ramen joints and coffee shops. The book is organised according to times of the day, with illustrations opening each section and an informative introduction accompanying each recipe. If you’re not jetting off to Japan anytime soon, this book is the next best thing. (Smith Street Books, $45)

Explore the streets of Tokyo in this new travel guide and recipe book. Photos / Alana Dimou

The Long and Short of Pasta
By Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi
If you’ve always wanted to try making your own pasta, a copy of this book will have you well on your way to carb-filled heaven. From potato gnocchi, to spirals and sauces, Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi have it covered, with plenty of helpful diagrams to keep you on track. The Long and Short of Pasta is filled with creamy, cheesy delights, comforting ragu, fresh pestos and plenty of seafood dishes, which are all inspired by the restaurateurs’ travels through Italy. Recipes such as ravioli filled with tomato and bread stuffing in mozzarella cream, or ricotta gnocchi fried in sage and bacon butter will make it hard to resist eating pasta every night of the week. (Hardie Grant Books, $40)

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Try this comforting Neapolitian Ragu from Italian cookbook 'The Long and Short of Pasta'. Photo / Supplied

The Glitch
By Elisabeth Cohen
Witty, strange, and of-the-moment, this novel will see you dive into the world of a high-powered Silicon Valley CEO who is doing her very best to have it all but has her perfectly organised life disrupted by a series of 'glitches' that throw off her ability to control all aspects of her world. She's forced to confront a woman who seems to be her younger self and raises questions about what it really means to live a 'dream life'. (Doubleday, $37)

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A new book on Orla Kiely has been released alongside an exhibition at London's Fashion and Textile Museum. Photo / Supplied

A Life in Pattern: And how it can make you happy without you even noticing
By Orla Kiely
The iconic designs of Irish fashion and textile designer Orla Kiely first graced the hats and handbags she created during the 1990s and a new exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum looks at how far her widely adored brand has come since then.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern showcases the incredible range of objects Orla’s patterns have decorated, the creative process behind them, as well as her collaborations with other creatives such as photographer and film-maker Gia Coppola. If you’re not jetting to London before the exhibition closes in September, the accompanying book is a beautiful option, aptly titled A Life in Pattern: And how it can make you happy without you even noticing. (Octopus, $48)

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