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Take a look at our bestselling books of 2014! It's only the best of the best in this year's top 10 countdown to literary perfection: From Chelsea Winter's new book Everyday Delicious to Al Brown's Depot (The Biography of a Restaurant), it really has been the year of the cook. But with dogs, cats, comedic giants and rogue military men, 2014 has been a sensational year for books. Which book is number 1?

With the release of the 11th and Rizolli and Isles book, Die Again: (Rizzoli and Isles 11), we reckon it's a great time to open the files of Tess Gerritsen's bestselling detective duo. 

Tina Makereti, has won the fiction category of the 2014 Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards with her debut novel, Where the Rekohu Bone Sings.

Sweeping majestically between China past and present, Susan Barker's third novel, The Incarnations, illuminates the cyclical nature of history and shows us how man is condemned to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

Dec 11

The Most Read Crime Books of 2014

by Random House NZ on 11 December 2014

The most read book from the Crime & Thrillers app in 2014 was James Patterson’s Unlucky 13, but we are also thrilled to see several debut authors in the list such as Terry Hayes and Emma Kavanagh to name a few.  Have you read all the books in the list?

When I’m not writing books I’m busy being Travel Editor of NZ Woman’s Day so come holiday time, I’m the girl to come to for advice. 

We can't get enough of Yotam Ottolenghi and his flavourful recipes. Highlighting the humble vegetable, Ottolenghi's latest cookbook Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off. This tomato and pomegranate salad recipe from Plenty More is bursting with flavour and is a great side dish or light dinner.

Christmas is a time for family and friends, for tradition and treats. Let Nigella Lawson come to the rescue with her glorious celebration of the festive season, Nigella Christmas. It's full of inspirational ideas, reassuring advice and easy-to-follow, reliable Christmas recipes. This one puts a twist on the classic pavlova recipe and is sure to be a family favourite!

Dec 10

Rick Stein's Gremolata Prawns

by Random House NZ on 10 December 2014

Gremolata is like the Italian equivalent of French persillade, which is parsley finely chopped with garlic. This fantastic recipe comes from Rick Stein's new cookbook, Fish & Shellfish.

When famed New Zealand chef and restaurateur Al Brown opened his Auckland eatery, Depot, it was an instant hit. In his new book, Depot: The Biography of a Restaurant (With Recipes), Al offers all the recipes that have been cooked at Depot so that you can make them at home.