Gift Ideas: Cooking, Health & Nutrition, Sports

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Today you’ll find gift ideas for Cooking, Health & Nutrition and Sports as supplied by Simone, Jeroen, Agnes and Martijn.

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Recipes From My Dutch Kitchen – Janny de Moor

A new book with Dutch recipes is always well received at ABC, especially one with good illustrations and a broad selection of dishes such as this one.
There is some background information on Dutch history, culture and eating habits, but most of all, there are lots and lots of interesting Dutch dishes. Peasoup, bitterkoekjespudding, hutspot, hete bliksem, asparagus, it all looks delicious!

The Book of Burger – Rachael Ray

Don’t know what to make for dinner? A burger is always fun to eat, and easy to make. This book contains burgers made from beef, veal, pork, turkey, chicken, lamb, fish and veggie burgers. With this large variety of toppings, spices, salads, dressings and accompanying dishes, you are bound to find the right burger just for you.

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver

This new title contains dishes that take you even less time than his last book, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals. These days, who doens’t need a quick meal every now and then? From Caesar Salad, Moroccan Bream to Baked Trout and Spring Frittata, there is a dish in here for every taste, and for every season.

Edible Selby – Todd Selby

Photographer Todd Selby is back, this time focusing his lens on the kitchens, gardens, homes, and restaurants of more than 40 of the most creative and dynamic figures working in the culinary world today. He takes us behind the scenes with Noma chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen; to Tokyo to have a slice with pizza maker Susumu Kakinuma; and up a hilltop to dine at an inn without an innkeeper in Valdobbiadene. Each profile is accompanied by watercolor illustrations and a handwritten questionnaire, which includes a signature recipe. Reveling in the pleasures of a taco at the beach, foraging for wild herbs, and the art of the perfectly cured olive, Selby captures the food we love to eat and the people who passionately grow, cook, pour, and serve these incredible edibles every day.

Vegan Eats World – Terry Hope Romero

The world is going vegan! As the popularity of meat-free, dairy-free, and health-focused eating continues to gain momentum, this cookbook answers the call with a wealth of novel flavors and ingredients. In Vegan Eats World, a masterful collection of more than 250 recipes, Terry Hope Romero makes delicious cuisine from all corners of the globe accessible to everyone.

Health & Nutrition

The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing: How to Live Longer, Look Younger and Feel Great – Patrick Holford & Jerome Burne

Scientifically-based, sound advice from the founder of the Institute of Optimal Nutrition. Essential for anybody over 55!

The Primal Blueprint : Reprogramme Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy – Mark Sisson

Going Paleo is all the rage! Mark Sisson gives you practical advice and promises you to lose weight and feel energetic.

ABC customer and reviewer David Young marked it as one of his favorite books in 2010!

Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation – Andreas Moritz

This book by Andreas Moritz has been around for some time, but his works have known a revival in interest this year. As a medical intuitive his approach to sickness is entirely different from conventional medicine. His classic The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush is available on our EBMs.

Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health – James Colquhoun & Mark Hyman

Providing practical solutions, Hungry for Change shows that your health is in your hands and that you can escape the diet trap forever. Experts from the fi eld of medicine and nutrition plus transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight give us the tools and inspiration we need to begin our journey toward health today.
Hungry for Change will help boost your energy levels, strengthen your body, and make you look and feel better every day for the rest of your life. (more…)

The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life – Timothy Ferriss

Featuring recipes and cooking tricks from world-renowned chefs, interspersed with the radically counterintuitive advice Ferriss’s fans have come to expect, The 4-Hour Chef is a practical but unusual guide to mastering food and cooking, whether you are a seasoned pro or a blank-slate novice.
Beyond that, it is designed to be “the cookbook for people who don’t buy cookbooks.” The 4-Hour Chef will teach Ferriss’s approach to learning any skill in minimum time, which is what his 1,000,000+ monthly blog readers have most requested he write about for nearly five years. Readers of this new book, using food as a vehicle, will learn the art and science of meta-learning–the skill of learning skills.

Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters – Gordon Shepherd

Leading neuroscientist Gordon M. Shepherd embarks on a paradigm-shifting trip through the “human brain flavor system,” laying the foundations for a new scientific field: neurogastronomy. Challenging the belief that the sense of smell diminished during human evolution, Shepherd argues that this sense, which constitutes the main component of flavor, is far more powerful and essential than previously believed. (more…)


The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs – Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle

The Secret Race is a definitive look at the world of professional cycling—and the doping issue surrounding this sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong—by former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle.
Over the course of two years, Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke candidly with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they need to win.

The Top Gear Years – Jeremy Clarkson

We now know all about the world according to Clarkson. In a series of bestselling books, including How Hard Can It Be? and Round the Bend, Jeremy has revealed it to be a puzzling, frustrating place where all too often the lunatics seem to be running the asylum. But in The Top Gear Years, we get something rather different. Because ten years ago, at an ex-RAF aerodrome in Surrey, Jeremy and his friends built a world that was rather more to his liking: they called it “Top Gear HQ”. And “Top Gear” is for Jeremy what the jungle is for “Tarzan”: the perfect place to work and play. But they didn’t stop there. With this corner of Surrey sorted out, Jeremy and the boys decided to have a crack at the rest of the world. With “Top Gear Live” charging through with the subtlety of a touring heavy rock band and far flung outposts across the globe from North America to China – an empire of petrol-headed upon which the sun never set. (more…)

Born to Run: the Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall

Focuses on the Tarahumara, a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world. This title tells their story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner.