Win the Autumn selection of books

Chinese Food Made Easy Murdoch Books by Ross Dobson AUD $39.99

Home cook’s guide to Chinese food that’s simple to make and delicious to share.

Master the art of cooking Chinese food at home with these simple, flavour-packed dishes by bestselling author Ross Dobson.

Chinese Food Made Easy takes favourite recipes from each of China’s diverse culinary regions and simplifies them so you can recreate them with ease at home. Including expert guidance on finding and selecting the key ingredients to stock your pantry, plus step-by-step guides to essential techniques such as blanching greens and making dumplings, this book will have you turning out favourite dishes like spicy Shanghai noodles, fragrant beef hotpot and Hainan chicken rice in no time. Also included is a detailed meal planner with suggestions on how to put together a truly fabulous Chinese feast.

Life in a Box Murdoch Books by Sarah Jane Adams AUD $39.99

The wonderfully compelling and unorthodox memoir of 63-year old international model and iconoclast, @mywrinklesaremystripes’ Sarah Jane Adams.

Auction catalogues can reveal a lot about a person: their life, their loves and their style. Antique jewellery dealer Sarah Jane Adams became an international model and overnight Instagram sensation in her sixties. She tells her story through a lifetime’s collection of rare pieces and worthless objects, as well as personal photographs and effects from her ‘estate’.

Told with wit, pathos and charm. Life In A Box illustrates the deeply personal connection that we have with our belongings: they are laden with rich meaning and adventure and, above all, redolent of our stories.

Great Sex starts at 50 Murdoch Books by Tracey Fox AUD $32.99

Celebrates a new era of sexuality for older women, written by one of the world’s leading sex experts and writers on sex and relationships.

“What a book. Slip between these covers. Satisfaction guaranteed.”

Kathy Lette, international bestselling writer and author of Puberty BluesMad Cows and The Boy Who Fell to EarthGet ready for the ride of your life

Fifty-plus looks nothing like it used to. Fitter, healthier, many of us hit half a century with little sign of slowing down. And yet…there’s no denying that something happens to us sexually at 50. The menopause brings with it a whole slew of challenges, from bottomed-out libidos to painful sex, weight gain and body image issues. Many men grapple with erectile dysfunction and the mixed blessing that is Viagra. Toss in dodgy knees, stiff backs and fatigue and sex can become a source of stress rather than pleasure. Other challenges go beyond the physical: how do you ignite desire after decades with the same person? And what if you (or your partner) simply no longer wants to have sex?

Happily, information and enthusiasm are all it takes to reclaim a robust sex life, whatever your situation. Let international sex expert Tracey Cox navigate you through what’s actually happening to your body and what you can do about it. She’ll show you how to age-proof your libido and stop comparing the sex you had when you were young with the sex you have now; how to arouse yourself and your partner (hello, sex toys!), how to flirt (remember?), how to create the perfect conditions for sex, what to do when infidelity visits, how to navigate sex when you’re fifty- (or sixty- or seventy-) something and single, and so much more.

Using a blend of research, case histories and personal anecdotes, Great Sex Starts at 50 is real, reassuring, honest, funny and most of all empowering. This is not about trying to stay young, or turning back the clock-it’s about being the best version of yourself so you can live the second half of your life as happily as the first.

The M Word Murdoch Books by Dr Ginni Mansberg AUD $32.99

A handbook for understanding, embracing and (even) enjoying the rite of passage that is peri-menopause and menopause; outlines the experience, the medical science, treatment options and home remedies; written by a practicing GP and media doctor who has just turned 50 herself.

Night sweats, hot flushes, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, itchy skin, low libido, painful sex … Ninety per cent of women experience these symptoms some time between the ages of 40 and 60.
Menopause and perimenopause (the hormonal rollercoaster years leading up to a woman’s last period) are among our last taboo subjects. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – once widely prescribed as the magical secret of youth – has been shunned by women and their doctors for two decades. Dr Ginni Mansberg, one of Australia’s most trusted health and wellbeing experts, is here to work through the evidence and bust the taboos out of the water. The M Word is all about you and your choices. Are you being offered the best solutions for your menopause issues? Because there are great solutions to help you thrive in this new stage of life.
Keto: A woman’s Guide & Cookbook Murdoch Books by Tasha Metcalf AUD $35.00

One size does not fit all when it comes to the ketogenic diet. Keto: A Woman’s Guide and Cookbook offers a balanced approach to using the keto diet to optimize hormonal balance and body composition, customizable to your specific dieting goals.

Women are biologically different from men, so why follow the same dieting advice? This expanded edition presents in-depth insight into how the keto diet works with the female body with easy-to-follow, realistic and customisable strategies for achieving your keto dieting goals.

Here, Ketogasm website and blog creator Tasha Metcalf breaks down the essential differences between male and female keto dieters to create an actionable plan for adapting the keto diet to your own body and needs, whether you are looking to lose weight, reverse insulin resistance or PCOS, enhance athletic performance, improve thyroid health, or balance your hormonal cycle. The first part of this book introduces the keto diet and fat-burning metabolism, while busting common keto myths and addressing diet dogma. This sets the stage for you to confidently approach your diet, avoid the pitfalls, and put the naysayers to rest.
Next, learn exactly how female bodies respond to both diet and exercise. Find out how the keto diet and calories coexist, how the menstrual cycle and menopause affect metabolism and eating behavior, and how the keto diet can be used to bring harmony to your hormones.
Finally, put everything you’ve learned together to implement your custom keto diet with simple strategies and instructions. These and more delicious recipes make it easy to stay on track all day long:

Keto Oatmeal
Keto Smoothie
Portobello Eggs Benedict
Smoked Salmon Boats
Pan Seared Duck & Daikon Noodles
Coconut Curry Stew
Chicken Piccata with Squash Noodles
Coconut Yogurt

If you are ready to take charge of your health and transform your body, this friendly guide delivers a clear plan of action.

The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ Murdoch Books by Husbands, William Salazar and foreword by Michael Symon AUD $39.99

The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ presents barbecue (and BBQ-inspired) recipes from award-winning pitmaster Andy Husbands-perfect for tailgates, cocktail parties, and much more!

How do you improve on any celebration? Just add BBQ! Impress your friends, family, and co-workers with recipes from Boston’s popular Smoke Shop restaurant.

Gather round as Andy Husbands and Will Salazar share their secrets in The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ. Start things off right with a variety of meats: pulled pork, chicken, pork belly burnt ends, baby back ribs, St. Louis Ribs, and The Smoke Shop’s iconic Big Beef Rib. With a selection of their favorite sides, drinks, and desserts, it might seem like all you ever needed. But this is just the beginning. Subsequent chapters bring joy in the form of smokehouse flavor to a variety of different occasions:
Amp up your next cocktail party with BBQ peanuts, smoked trout, and country ham and egg on Texas Toast points, served alongside a big old bourbon punch bowl.
Throw the ultimate tailgate featuring The Smoke Shop’s Famous Wings, ham and pimento dip, ranch potato chips, and a killer hot dog bar with all the fixin’s.
Make Taco Tuesday extra special with burnt ends ropa, pulled chicken thighs with guajillo peppers, Texas-style rice, smoked salsa, pulled pork quesadillas, and The Smoke Shop Guac.

Additional chapters include a wedding party, kid’s birthday party, and a winter holiday party to keep the good eating going all year round. Gather your friends and family: it’s time for a BBQ-filled celebration!

Balance & Other B.S. How to hold it together when you’re having (doing) it all Allen & Unwin by Felicity Harley RRP $29.99

A warm and inspiring book about finding clarity in chaos and empowerment in the middle of our wonderfully messy lives.

‘Feeling overwhelmed is just part of the deal, right? *breathes into a paper bag*.’ – Turia Pitt

‘The woman still shoulders the lion’s share of all the other unpaid work required. She pays a high price for this . . .’ – Jane Caro

There’s never been a better time to be a woman – we can have it all! That’s what feminism promised, didn’t it?

When Felicity Harley, founding editor of Women’s Health magazine and whimn, felt really off kilter, she started talking to other women about their overwhelm. The floodgates opened. Turns out her girlfriends, colleagues and other mums at the school gate were also drowning in feminist guilt while trying to keep everything afloat; plagued by perfectionism, riddled with doubt, ruled by screens and hurtling towards burnout.

As we juggle the roles of partner, boss, friend, mother and employee (plus a side hustle), balance has never been more crucial. We’re obsessed with ‘wellness’, yet women’s mental health and wellbeing are in decline.

Using her own experiences, research and insights from leading Australian experts in health, sociology and feminism, and wisdom from smart women like Tanya Plibersek and Fifi Box, Felicity calls out the crap in ‘cult wellness’. In her warm and inspiring way, she shows how you can cut through the B.S. to find clarity in the chaos, shed some of your mental load, and feel truly empowered in the middle of your wonderfully messy life.

The Testaments Penguin Australia by Margaret Atwood RRP $42.99

Joint Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’ Margaret Atwood

Win Autumn selection of books, email the prize name “AUTUMN BOOKS” and ENTER TO WIN your contact details by June 7th, 2020 to competition@labelmagazine.com.au