Best Books of 2016: Lifestyle and Cookbooks

by |January 16, 2017

Here at Booktopia we’ve done the hard work for you. We’re read countless books this year, flicked over thousands of pages, and forgone sleep, all in search of the very best books published this year.

Below, you’ll find the lifestyle and cookbooks we haven’t stopped talking about. The books we can’t stop re-reading, can’t stop bragging about. Buy, borrow or steal yourself a copy. Either way, these stories need to be read and shared.

Food and Drink: Winner

by Hetty McKinnon

When Hetty McKinnon uprooted her beloved Arthur Street Kitchen from Sydney’s Surry Hills and relocated to Brooklyn, NYC, she left behind legions of devoted fans. These fans found solace in Community, Hetty’s immensely popular cookbook showcasing the delicious, seasonal salads so adored by her customers.

Now Hetty is back, with a second cookbook that is equally sure to delight and inspire. Neighbourhood takes its cues from Community and ventures a little bit further. These salad and sweets recipes are inspired by many different places, journeying from Brooklyn to the greater Americas, the Mediterranean, Asia, France, Australia and many other places around the world for inspiration… Learn more.

Food and Drink: The Shortlist

The Shortlist: Street Food Asia by Luke Nguyen, The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander, The Complete Gut Health Cookbook by Pete Evans,  More Please! by Manu Feildel, Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay, and Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan.

Lifestyle: Winner

Amazinger Face
by Zoe Foster (Blake)

Fully revised and updated! Over 60 new pages! New longer title! Sometimes a lady just needs to know the most flattering lipstick for her skin tone, or how to correctly use sunscreen, or a very quick hairstyle to conceal her unwashed hair. And there’s no reason she shouldn’t know which foundation or mascara is best for her, either.

All the answers are here, in this top-to-toe beauty extravaganza. Former Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR beauty director, and the founder of Go-To skin care, Zoë Foster (Blake) suggests makeup colours and brands for every occasion, useful, practical skin care routines and products for every age, and step-by-step instructions for winged eyeliner, arresting red lips, foolproof tanning, simple up-dos, sexy second-day hair, and much, much more… Learn more.


Lifestyle: The Shortlist

The Shortlist: The Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel, Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom, The Art of Reading by Damon Young, The Travel Book by Lonely Planet, Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, and Live a Beautiful Life by Jesinta Campbell.


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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.


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