We’re going through a bit of a nonfiction phase here at CONTENT. From a sentient plant manifesto discovered at a Melbourne market (stick with us) to the glossy and jaw-droppingly gorgeous photograph-filled pages of a new cookbook, these are the books we’ve been passing around the office and that have wormed their way into our weekend reading rituals.
The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
‘A fascinating account of the physical, emotional and spiritual relations between plants and man.’ Originally published in 1973, (we were so excited to find the 1973 addition on a recent trip to Melbourne) you can easily see The Secret Life of Plants having been a favourite of your New Age grandmother, complete with its Day of the Triffids-esque cover art. Priceless chapter title names range from ‘Plants Can Read Your Mind’ to ‘Latest Soviet Discoveries.’
The Moon Juice Cookbook by Amanda Chantal Bacon
‘The ultimate resource for foodies looking to restore their health the natural way, using functional foods to create seriously healing drinks, snacks, and sweet treats.’ We especially love the tonic section. You’ll be tempted to rip out pages and tack them to your walls because the photos are honestly the ultimate dreamy dreamy Pinterest moodboard. Each recipe features three categorising roundels so you can get an at-a-glance look of its properties – reminds us of our ethos badges on product pages!
The Book of Joy by His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
CONTENT founder Imelda Burke picked this up after it was recommended by a friend as the first book she should read after a long year of reading her own words (she penned The Nature of Beauty – our green beauty handbook, out now). It is a record of a meeting between the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in which they discuss joy and share their life stories.