Dione Joseph

Dione is an Auckland based theatre director and writer with background in performance and community & cultural development. She works as a freelance arts journalist, guest lecturer and creative advisor on a range of different projects both in New Zealand and internationally. She is primarily a non-fiction reviewer who adores travelogues, history, memoirs and creative cooking texts. Read more at www.dionejoseph.com

Books

Scrumptious, by Chelsea Winter

Chelsea Winter’s Scrumptious is every home cook's Bible to feeding the masses. Not just the ones under four-feet high with super sensitive food radars but equally the gangly teenagers and the adults who after a long day are just ravenous for a good feed. It’s here. Thanks Chelsea. Mediterranean Fish Bake. It’s easy enough to make [...]

Weekday Meals in Minutes, by Alison Holst

Alison Holst’s Weekday Meals in Minutes is exactly that: quick, easy and guaranteed to deliver a meal that will satisfy. It’s a clear-step-by-step collection of recipes that can be easily followed by just about anyone and boasts a range of flavours and tastes to suit any palate. From creamy chicken and spinach curry to bacon [...]

Film Review: Sing

Welcome to American Idol meets The Voice except this time the contestants are all creatures great and small. The latest instalment from the masterminds who brought us Inside Out and Despicable Me the team at Illumination have presented the perfect musical jukebox to lead us into the Christmas season. This is the story of Buster [...]

Real Food Everyday, by Caralee Caldwell

Caralee Caldwell’s recipes are special. Not only because they are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free (and I’m allergic to dairy) but because every time I whip up one of her recipes everybody is utterly silent around the table as they chow down on some fabulously tasty home cooked kai. Sometimes it’s as simple as kumara [...]

My Green Kitchen, by Neena Truscott & Belinda Macdonald

A cookbook that was made for New Zealanders.  Perfect.  I have to admit the reason it took me a while to get around to reviewing this cookbook because I was so busy trying out all the recipes. This particular cookbook also doubles as a health guide tracing its way from spice-based smoothies such as the [...]

The Art of Mindful Origami, by Dr Richard Chambers

The Art of Mindful Origami. That’s right, the title promises therapeutic benefits and saddled on one side with my partner's sister  and a friend’s fifteen-year-old son on the other, there seemed to be no better time than a Friday evening to see what’s all the fuss about. Of course, we didn’t start with something simple [...]

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook, by Jamie Oliver

I adore Jamie Oliver. Even if he doesn’t always wash his veggies (or even his hands for that matter) his food is just so darn finger-licking good. If you’ve ever watched his TV shows, then you know that the charisma translates right onto the page - and if you’re preparing to cook for a horde [...]

Bridget Jones’ Baby

Bridget Jones’ Baby Film Review

Bridget Jones’ Baby is everything a not-a-girl-every-inch-a-woman-chick-flick should be. Forty-three, single, career driven, unafraid to show off a few wrinkles and not giving a hoot about whether her thighs resemble tree trunks, this is our Bridget Jones and yes, it’s every bit the goofy, feel good rom-com drama that you would expect from the ongoing [...]

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