The books, films & podcasts inspiring you to make a difference
WELCOME TO COUNTRY (2ND EDITION)
A TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA
BY MARCIA LANGTON (HARDIE GRANT EXPLORE 2021)
Review by Kel Buckley
This is activist and academic Marcia Langton’s 16th book on Indigenous culture and was produced to help local and international travellers discover important lands and waters, and to do it by making cultural connections through the people who know it best.
An updated and revised second edition of the 2018 release, this 530-page hardcover book not only guides us towards the culturally significant places, events and experiences each state and territory has to offer, but also has a quiet word in our ear about ensuring visitors are respectful and ethical in all situations and dealings.
Split into two parts, Part one, called Introducing Indigenous Cultures, takes the reader on a succinct but important journey from precolonial history right the way through until now and even looking towards the future, putting a framework around the oldest surviving culture on earth and how it has evolved to where it is today.
Covering all sorts of topics in its 15 chapters from racist stereotypes through to ethical dealings in Indigenous art, it’s frank, honest and extremely useful.
Part Two, called Exploring Indigenous Australia, has a chapter dedicated to each Australian state and territory including Torres Strait Islands. Each chapter features a comprehensive list of all events or places celebrating Indigenous culture, from art centres and annual awards, to tours, cruises and retreats, through to accomodation, campgrounds and festivals.
With information on how to get places, permits that may be required and contact details included for each and every listing, Welcome to Country is a must-read for any would-be traveller not only interested in visiting and learning about Australia’s culturally important places and events, but who wants to do it the most respectful and immersive way.
ADVENTURE COOKING WITH KIDS
BY SARAH GLOVER (PRESTEL PUBLISHING 2021)
In her first cookbook, Sarah Glover showed the world how liberating, satisfying and easy it is to cook healthy food outdoors. Now she brings kids of all ages into the mix, proving that they too can take part in collecting, preparing and cooking campfire meals. Glover’s simple yet elegant meals are inspired by the land and the sea: fish and ears of corn dangled on a stick over an open flame; perfect bread baked directly on hot coals; kale and potatoes simmered in saltwater; eggs fried alongside spicy sausage and toast; chilli-brined cherry tomatoes and more. Glover puts an emphasis on local and fresh seasonal food, and while her techniques date back to ancient traditions, the flavours are distinctly modern. Brimming with gorgeous photography from across Australia, this stylish yet down-to-earth cookbook encourages families to embrace the outdoors, teaches young chefs valuable techniques and life skills, and proves that everything tastes better cooked over a fire.
THE NOW (AND HOW) OF GROWING FOOD IN THE CITY
BY VALERY RIZZO (GESTLATEN 2021)
We are what we eat, but do you know what you’re eating? As our world becomes increasingly defined by urban structures, exploring inner-city agriculture has become an important tool in enriching quality of life for many. From underground mushroom farms to rooftop beekeeping, Urban Farmers explores the fascinating and diverse world of planting, growing and harvesting.
Equipped with the right know-how and the proper tools for growth, we are well on our way to ensuring the spaces we inhabit evolve in a healthy direction and a passion for nature is nourished. A must-have manual for city-dwellers who dream of a greener life, Urban Farmers offers an opportunity to learn best practices from experts and encourages you to get your hands dirty, be it in your balcony or beyond.
DOWN TO EARTH
Produced by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Down to Earth is a podcast that asks questions about sustainability and then tracks down experts with whom it discusses possible answers. There’s currently only eight episodes, but well worth a listen.
Sustianable(ish) isn’t about austerity, or deprivation, or needing to live off grid in a yurt, it’s about all of the little things we can all do that can add up to big and positive positive change in the world. Hosted by Jen Gale, the episodes run for about an hour and are released weekly.
Created and hosted by Emily Stochl, the Pre-loved Podcast is a weekly, hour-long interview show chatting about sustainability, slow fashion, the stories behind incredible vintage pieces, and why we choose secondhand things first.
REWILDING KIDS AUSTRALIA
A MINDFUL ACTIVITY BOOK
BY MELISSA MYLCHREEST (HARDIE GRANT EXPLORE 2022)
Australia is a mindful activity book with fun facts, nature-based activities and plenty of colouring opportunities for kids aged seven to 12 years, so they can marvel at amazing animals and plants in their natural habitats.
THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS
ON LOVE, LOSS AND THE MAGICAL POWER OF NATURE TO HEAL
BY INDIRA NAIDOO (MURDOCH BOOKS 2022)
Naidoo explores how nature can heal us during life’s darker chapters, whether nursing a broken heart or an anxious mind. The Space Between the Stars is a heart- rending, at times funny, and uplifting tribute to love and our innate need to connect to the natural world.
BY STEPHANIE ALEXANDER (PAN MACMILLAN AUSTRALIA 2022)
Home is a collection of more than 200 original recipes by Stephanie Alexander. Each recipe is a finely crafted tribute to her passions and preferences for produce and flavour, and each reflects her consummate skill in communicating the fundamentals of technique.