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Fun Friday Fact! Almonds and Art

February 28, 2014

In addition to truly scrumptious recipes by Lynda Baslev, our newest book: Almonds: Recipes, History and Culture is filled to the brim with beautiful almond-inspired artwork from around the world.

As the lovely introduction in the book details, artists have been inspired by the poetic beauty of the almond nut – and the rose tree that bears it – for centuries. In the realm of religious art, the almond would play a particularly indelible role. Ancient Egyptians found the almond alluring enough to inscribe on the walls of their tombs while Christian art – from the Byzantine period and beyond – saved the graceful curve of the almond nut shape for only the most sacrosanct of imagery.

If you’ve seen any medieval art, you’re no doubt familiar with the “mandorla” – the luminous cloud that surrounds sacred personages. Medieval artists used the almond shape to signify the divine nature of the subject it enclosed.  But what does “mandorla” actually mean? Why, it’s the Italian word for “almond”!  (Proof that the almond’s appeal is truly out of this world).

Mandorla Almond Mosaic

A stunning example of mandorla in mosaic

Mandorla Almond Manuscript

An example of mandorla in an illuminated manuscript


Murray Rose’s Malabar Magic Ocean Swim 2014

February 13, 2014


Are you in Sydney? Do you love to swim? Want to help out an amazing charity?

Why not battle the surf with more than a thousand Sydney swimmers in Murray Rose’s Malabar Magic Ocean Swim to be held this Sunday, 16th February 2014!

Founded in 2008, the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim raises money for Rainbow Club Australia, a charity that supports swimming programs for children with disabilities.

Murray Rose, author of our new book Life is Worth Swimming, was a treasured patron of Rainbow Club Australia. Following his death in early 2012, the Board of Rainbow Club Australia decided to honour Murray’s work with the charity by renaming the ocean swim after him.

When:  Sunday, 16th February 2014. On-the-day registration closes 8:30am

Where: Malabar Beach, NSW, Australia

For more information about the swim visit: http://malabarmagicoceanswim2014.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

For more information about Rainbow Club Australia visit: http://rainbowclubaust.com.au/

Life is Worth Swimming will be on sale at a special price of $35 on the day. $5 will be donated to Rainbow Club Australia for every copy purchased at the Murray Rose’s Malabar Magic Ocean Swim.

Glorious Almonds

February 3, 2014

Thanks to our newest book Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture, we can’t get enough of this versatile nut. One of the world’s superfoods, almonds are also an essential ingredient in many a decadent dessert. But how much do you really know about almonds? For example, did you know that almonds are Australia’s fastest growing horticultural export?

Here are some more nifty facts about the world’s most beloved nut:

Almonds book fact sheet


Life is Worth Swimming Book Launch

December 5, 2013

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On the 19th of November 2013, Life is Worth Swimming, the eagerly awaited memoir by the late Australian swimming icon Murray Rose, was officially launched at the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club by Australian Olympians Grant Hackett and Shane Gould

Reminiscing about Rose’s great achievements and influence on the history of international competitive swimming, Shane Gould described Murray Rose as a man “attuned to the water” and said that watching him swim was a “spiritual moment”. Grant Hackett cited Murray Rose as a “great inspiration” and said that “the dialogue (of Australian swimming) started with Murray…he was a master of the sport”.

Notable Australian sports commentator and comedian Greig Pickhaver (AKA H.G. Nelson), who acted as Master of Ceremonies at the launch, said of Rose, “Murray felt something for the water and discovered the purpose of life by moving through it”.

Launchers Shane Gould, Grant Hackett and Grieg Pickhaver were joined by Rose’s widow, Jodi, and fellow Olympians and friends, including John and Wendy Devitt and long-distance swimmer Susie Maroney.



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Veganissimo! Beautiful Vegan Food Book Launch

December 5, 2013
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Veganissimo! author Leigh Drew

On a balmy Tuesday evening in November, we launched our newest cookbook – Veganissimo! Beautiful Vegan Food, by Leigh Drew – to great acclaim at The Cruelty Free Shop, Glebe.

The book was officially launched by Lynda Stoner (CEO of Animal Liberation) and Master of Ceremonies Jess Bailey (Owner of The Cruelty Free Shop). During the launch Lynda Stoner emphasised the importance of providing a voice to those who are voiceless (animals) and highlighted the significance of Veganissimo! as a fun, accessible cookbook for both vegans and anyone interested in vegan cuisine.

Guests were offered a splendid vegan spread including different types of vegan bacon, vegan cheese, a range of dips and pikelets – all prepared especially for the event by Veganissimo!’s Sydney-based author, Leigh Drew, from recipes in the book.

Master of Ceremonies Jess Bailey (Cruelty Free Shop)

Master of Ceremonies Jess Bailey (Cruelty Free Shop)

Lynda Stoner (CEO of Animal Liberation)

Launcher Lynda Stoner (CEO of Animal Liberation)

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Arbon Book Reviews

August 29, 2013

Book Reviews


Almonds: Recipes, History and Culture

By Barbara Bryant & Betsy Fentress. Recipes by Lynda Balslev

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Review by Joanne T. Ferguson @ What’s on the List?

Review by Liz Posmyk @ Bizzy Lizzy Good Things

‘Nutty over Nuts’ :  Review by Christine Salins (Food Wine Travel) at PS News

Review by Corinne @ Gourmantic

Review by Sally Hammond @ Food & Travel

Life is Worth Swimming

By Murray Rose

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Australian Story: “A Feeling for the Water” Two part documentary series on Murray Rose on ABC1, 11/11/2013-18/11/2013

Shane Gould on Life is Worth Swimming and Murray Rose on the TODAY Show 19/11/2013

Grant Hackett with Fran Kelly on Murray Rose on Radio National Breakfast 25/11/2013

“How dog paddle days shaped an athlete”: Excerpt from Life is Worth Swimming in Sydney Morning Herald 17/11/2013

Jodi Rose with Moyd and Loretta from 4BC on her husband’s life

“Look to Murray Rose for our swimmers to bloom” Moving tribute by Australian Olympian Nicole Livingstone in The Australian

“A golden boy by any other name” Jodi Rose with Louise Saunders on Drive Hobart

“Your best poolside reading”: review in The Advertiser (Adelaide)

 “A tribute to Australian swimming legend Murray Rose” Jodi Rose speaks to 89.9FM Light FM

Best X-mas books: Non Fiction (The Sports Lover) by Meredith Jaffe The Hoopla

Love to read? Here’s our list of top 20 books of 2013 (Mentioned under Ponting), Herald Sun


By Leigh Drew


Radio interview on ABC 774 Melbourne: “The Main Ingredient” with Kellie Brett

Book review and Interview with author Leigh Drew on Viva La Vegan

Review on where’s the beef?

Review on Made of Stars

Lasagne and Thai curry recipes for vegans: Featured recipe on Good Food

Featured recipe on Green Lifestyle Magazine

Podcast interview with Leigh Drew and Team Earthling

Featured recipe on Urban Society

‘Consciously healthy’ Review by Christine Salins (Food Wine Travel) on PS News

‘The Art of Vegan’: Leigh Drew in The Adelaide Messenger


Ancient Grains

By Catherine Saxelby

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Catherine Saxelby interviewed on Life Matters @ Radio National ABC 4/6/2013

“Grains of old restore us”Illawarra Mercury

“Ancient grains are all the rage” Article by Catherine Saxelby – Daily Life

“Ancient Grains book launch”The Food Coach.com.au

“Ancient Grains” – extract and recipe in Goodfood.com.au

“Ancient Grains”– Christine Salins, Foodwineandtravel.com.au

Review and recipeGI News: The Official Glycemic Index Newsletter

“New Recipe Book ‘Ancient Grains’ by Catherine Saxelby”EatReadLove, Natalie Hayllar

Great, Grand & Famous Opera Houses

Presented by Fritz Gubler
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“Frozen Music” Extract from Great, Grand & Famous Opera Houses found in Good Reading’s November 2012 issue.
Reviewed in Australian Country Style
Reviewed in Vogue Living

Five Billion Sold

David Glynn


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‘Books by the billion’: Five Billion Sold is the cover story for Good Reading Magazine May 2012.

‘Success-to-excess stories’The Canberra Times

Radio Interview with Gillian O’Shaughnessy720 ABC Perth

Radio Interview with James Valentine702 Sydney

Radio Interview with Sonya Feldhoff 891 Adelaide

Radio Interview with Michael Cathcart Books and Arts Daily, Radio National 666 Canberra

Radio Interview with Peter and Mary4BC Brisbane

‘No Way to Write a Hit’ – Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald (Weekend Edition)


Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes: Behind the Bubbles

Jayne Powell, Fritz Gubler, Dannielle Viera

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Must Have Cookbooks – Mindfood December 2012

The Perfect Book for this season… – Luxury STYLE December 2012

A little food flight reading– The Weekend Australian

A Sparkling IntroductionThe Canberra Times

Great, Grand & Famous ChampagnesSally Hammond

Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes – E-vine

Champagne Comes to Life Behind the BubbleThe Shout

Great, Grand & Famous: Champagnes- Fooderati


Australian Open Book

Alan Trengrove, Suzi Patkovski, Charlotte James and Darren Saligari

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Swot up on tennisThe Financial Review


The Salt Book

Fritz Gubler and David Glynn

Contributions by Dr Russell Keast

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A Cookbook with Substance– MX Newspaper (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane publications)

The Absolutely Complete Book about Salthttp://www.foodandtravel.com.au/

A Mineral Worth It’s Salt- Sydney Morning Herald, Good Living

Your One-stop Shop for Salt- West Australian- Fresh


Great, Grand & Famous Chefs and their Signature Dishes

Presented by Fritz Gubler



Cook like a World Famous Chefwww.sallyhammond.com.au

A Rush of Fire to the Head Air- Qantas Magazine

Becoming a Superstar Chef- Taste.com.au


Waldorf Hysteria

Presented by Fritz Gubler

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Introducing Waldorf Hysteria: Hotel Manners, Misbehaviour & Minibars– The Sydney Morning Herald

Photo Challenge

August 29, 2013

Over the month of June, Catherine Saxelby, leading nutritionist, media commentator and author of our latest cookbook: Ancient Grains, ran an exciting photo-a-day challenge all about – you guessed it- Ancient Grains! Read more →

Kobe Jones Salt Tasting

June 23, 2013

When: 23rd June 2011

Where: Kobe Jones Wharf Teppanyaki
King Street Wharf,
21 Lime Street, Sydney

Time: 6.30pm

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Book Launch | Ancient Grains

May 24, 2013

Last Tuesday (21st May 2013) we celebrated the publication of our latest title  Ancient Grains: Whole-food Recipes for the Modern Table, with a stylish and delicious launch at organic superstore About Life Rozelle.

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An Education in Salt.

February 21, 2013


Fritz Gubler, Managing Director of Arbon Publishing and co-author of The Salt Book, presents a masterclass on salt to an enthusiastic audience of apprentice chefs.The event, sponsored by HTN (Hospitality Training Network), was held at Ryde College (Tafe). Read more →