What to read: our pick of of the latest non-fiction

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This week's selection includes a vegan cookbook, armchair travel and a parenting book that will answer all the scary questions that moms and dads have about their teens but have always been too scared to ask.

Made with Love & Plants

By Tammy Fry

Penguin Random House    

Whether you’re keen to add more vegetarian or vegan dishes to your repertoire or are wanting to go the whole hog and ditch meat entirely, this book will provide you with plenty of inspiration. Compiled by local vegan guru Tammy Fry, whose family developed the popular Fry’s vegetarian food range, it features loads of practical, easy to prepare and nutritious recipes. From chickpea omelets to the most delicious looking baby marrow fritters (which I’ll definitely be making) and a scrumptious looking potato salad made with coconut “ bacon” – there are lots of yummy, innovative dishes that will probably have even the most committed carnivore begging for seconds.



By Brandon Stanton


The creator of the hit phenomenon Humans of New York broadens his focus, travelling to more than 40 countries to conduct intimate interviews which he combines with arresting portraits of his subjects. Some of the interviews run over a couple of pages while others are encapsulated in a line or two and it’s these ones that are often the most profound: “He fell in love with me because I used to have a big ass”, “I should have invested the money I stole”, “When I’m bored, I call up Radio Pakistan and request a song, then I start dancing.” This book is the perfect remedy for the lockdown blues.

Things They Don't Want You To Know

By Ben Brooks


Do you sometimes feel like you are your kids are on different planets? All kinds of experts have tried to explain how the minds of teens work but this book is like no other – it’s written by a guy who was a teen himself just a few years ago and he doesn’t sugarcoat it. Technology and the internet have transformed adolescence, Ben Brookes writes in the intro, and he’s on a mission to help parents understand what their children are really going through. Porn, sexting, drugs, self-harm – no subject is off limits. In short, it’s everything you’ve always wanted to know but been too scared to ask.

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