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Journeys of the Heart Book Launch: Honouring end of life transitions

April 29, 2015

On February 25th, we launched Journeys of the Heart: Carers’ stories of Love, Life and Transformation by Jodi Rose in the John Shine Room, Kinghorn Cancer Centre. The event was co-hosted by by Professor Anthony Schembri (CEO, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney) on behalf St Vincent’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, while Melissa Doyle performed as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Jodi Rose and contributor, Dr Michael Barbato, spoke movingly of their experiences as carers for loved ones going through end of life transitions. The event was attended by the carers contributed to the book as well as many distinguished patrons, staff and members of St Vincent’s Hospital and the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation.


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L-R: Melissa Doyle, Marcella Zemanek and Jodi Rose

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Associate Professor Anthony Schembri

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Dr Michael Barbato

Jodi Rose

Jodi Rose signing books

A deliciously Green book launch

October 20, 2014

Leigh Drew and Pam Ahern

Leigh Drew (Author of Greenilicious) and Pam Ahern, Founder of Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary

Last Friday night we threw a delicious party at the Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe to celebrate of the launch of our newest vegan book Greenilicious: 101 Ways to Love Your Greens. Greenilicious is an exciting new cookbook that seeks to make green vegetables the main attraction of everyday eating. Featuring a nutritional guide by Amanda Benham, Australia’s leading vegan nutritionist and 2013 Vegan of the Year, Greenilicious showcases over 100 delectable greens-based recipes all sprung from the endlessly inventive imagination of Veganissimo! author Leigh Drew.

Leigh also created the spread for the night which featured dishes from the book including Mini Asparagus Crustless Quiches, Mushroom Rockerfellers, Pesto Broccolini Pizzas and Green Crepes stuffed with Cashew Cream Cheese. We were incredibly fortunate to welcome as a guest of honour Pam Ahern, founder of Edgar’s Mission: an animal sanctuary. Pam gave deeply inspirational speech about her own journey towards animal advocacy and veganism which drove home the great benefits and rewards of a consciously vegan lifestyle. With a bevy of vegan treats at our disposal, it was an incredible night!

In full swing at Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe

Party for Greenilicious in full swing at the Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe


Pam Ahern

Pam Ahern, Founder of Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary

Leigh Drew

Leigh Drew (Author of Greenilicious)

Chryl Perry, Leigh Drew and Jessica Bailey

Chryl Perry (General Manager of Arbon Publishing), Leigh Drew and Jessica Bailey (Owner of Cruelty Free Shop)

Visit Edgar’s Mission:www.edgarsmission.org.au/

Visit Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe or Fitzroy: http://www.crueltyfreeshop.com.au/find-us/

Grab a copy of Greenilicious HERE/

Recipe of the Week: Quinoa, Zucchini, Dill, and Ricotta Pie with Hot Smoked Salmon

July 23, 2014

139 Quinoa, Zucchini, Dill, and Ricotta Pie

This dish from Ancient Grains: Whole-Food recipes for the Modern Table , is one of our very favourites. Perfect for brunch or a light dinner!



COOKING TIME 50 minutes

Gluten Free and Low GI


21⁄2 oz/70 g quinoa grain, rinsed and drained

6. fl oz/200 ml water

6 free-range eggs

1⁄4 cup (2 fl oz/60 ml) milk

51⁄2 oz/155 g fresh fat-reduced ricotta

101⁄2 oz/300 g zucchini (courgette), trimmed and coarsely grated

2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped

2 teaspoons lemon rind, finely grated

51⁄2 oz/155 g hot smoked salmon fillet, skin removed, flaked

Baby arugula (rocket) leaves to serve

Fat-reduced Greek-style plain yogurt to serve

Extra chopped chives to serve

Extra dill sprigs to serve


VEGETARIAN OPTION Replace the salmon with half a firm, ripe avocado that has been cut into thin wedges.

NOTE It is important to rinse the quinoa briefly before cooking, to remove any bitter saponin coating that remains on the grains.


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease the base of an 8-in (20-cm) round baking tin, and line the base with kitchen baking paper. Place the quinoa and water into a small saucepan, and bring it to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and simmer for 12 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and set it aside to cool.


Whisk together the eggs, milk, and ricotta in a large bowl. Squeeze out any excess moisture from the grated zucchini (courgette). Add the quinoa, zucchini (courgette), chives, dill, and lemon rind to the milk mixture, and stir to combine the ingredients. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin.


Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the filling is set, puffed, and golden. Remove the pie from the oven, set it aside to cool for 10 minutes, and then carefully remove it from the baking tin.


Serve the pie topped with the flaked salmon, baby arugula (rocket) leaves, a portion of yogurt, chopped chives, and dill sprigs.


For more delicious recipes featuring quinoa purchase a copy of Ancient Grains HERE

Recipe of the week: Macaron Cookies from French Comfort Food

July 18, 2014

Here’s a moreish recipe from our fabulous new cookbook French Comfort Food! Perfect with a warm cuppa!


Les Macarons de Nancy

Makes 15 cookies


Special Equipment food processor; 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper


1⁄2 cup (60 g) almond slivers

3⁄4 cup (85 g) almond flour or

meal (Bob’s Red Mill)

3⁄4 cup (150 g) sugar

2 large egg whites, room


1 teaspoon almond extract



Preheat oven to 180° C.



In the food processor, process all ingredients until you have a paste.

Use a tablespoon of the paste for each cookie and space them out on the baking sheets with some room in between. With wet fingers, gently tap the cookies on the top to round them, though not to flatten them, and bake for 14–15 minutes, until they just barely turn golden around the edges with the tops still pale. Cool completely before serving.


Ideas and substitutions

You can also make them as close in size as possible and sandwich a filling in between two of them. Or you can dust them with powdered sugar once they are cool.


Credit: By Hillary Davis from French Comfort Food, photograph by Steven Rothfeld, reprint permission by Gibbs Smith.

Recipe of the Week: Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tart with Raspberries

July 9, 2014


Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tart with Raspberries



COOKING TIME 30 minutes, plus 3 hours chilling



Shortcrust Pastry

2 cups (9 oz/255 g) all-purpose flour

1⁄2 cup (3 oz/85 g) cocoa

1⁄2 cup (4 oz/115 g) rapadura sugar

1 cup (8 fl oz/240 ml) olive oil

1⁄4 –1⁄2 cup (2–4 fl oz/60–120 ml) nondairy milk


Chocolate Mousse

7 oz/200 g vegan chocolate

11⁄3 lb/600 g silken (soft) tofu

1⁄2 cup (4 fl oz/120 ml) maple syrup

1⁄2 cup (6 oz/170 g) rice syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1⁄3 cup (2 oz/60 g) cocoa


To Serve

1⁄2 cup (6 oz/170 g) raspberry jam

2 cups (14 oz/400 g) fresh or frozen raspberries


1. To make the shortcrust pastry, sift together the all-purpose flour and cocoa into a large bowl, and then stir through the rapadura sugar. Drizzle the olive oil over the flour mixture, a ½ cup at a time, and use your clean fingertips to work the olive oil through the flour mixture until the mixture looks like wet sand.

2. Using a table knife, fold through the nondairy milk a tablespoon at a time until the pastry begins to come together and is moist but not sticky. Gently knead the pastry in the bowl until it is smooth and forms a ball. Cover the pastry with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill.

3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). After the pastry has been in the refrigerator for an hour, roll the pastry out between two sheets of plastic wrap, and press it into a greased, 9-in (23-cm) tart tin. Lightly prick the pastry base with a fork, and then place the tart tin into the oven. Bake the pastry for about 20 minutes or until it is cooked and dry. Set the pastry aside to cool completely.

4. To make the chocolate mousse, melt the vegan chocolate in a bain-marie (a metal or glass bowl sitting above a saucepan of simmering water). Place the melted vegan chocolate, silken (soft) tofu, maple syrup, rice syrup, and vanilla extract into a food processor, and blend the ingredients until they are smooth. Add the cocoa, and blend the ingredients once again until the cocoa has been incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

5. To serve, spread the raspberry jam on the base of the cooled shortcrust pastry shell. Pour in the chocolate mousse, and smooth the top. Decorate the top with fresh or frozen raspberries. Place the tart in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the mousse to set.

You can replace the raspberries with other fruits—strawberries and cherries pair particularly well with chocolate mousse.

Veganissimo coverFor more delicious, vegan recipes why not take a peek at Veganissimo! avaliable HERE

This Friday: Antonella Gambotto-Burke @ Riverbend Books Bulimba

June 23, 2014



When: June 27, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Where: Riverbend Books 193 Oxford Street Bulimba QLD 4171 Australia
Cost: $10.00

Join us on Friday 27 June at 6:30pm to hear the author Antonella Gambotto-Burke speak about her new book, Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love at Riverbend Books, Bulimba.

When Antonella gave birth to her daughter Bethesda, she quickly became an attachment parent. She couldn’t stop writing about her baby, even when her marriage threatened to crumble under the weight of sickness, bereavement, family pressure and the Global Financial Crisis.

She began to interview leading childcare experts such as Sheila Kitzinger, Laura Markham and Steve Biddulph, and what she found were new ways to navigate motherhood in this era of disconnection.

To book, please visit the Riverbend Books: http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/products/810235-AntonellaGambotto-Burke-Friday27June-RBE27JUN14



Sydney Mothers Alert: Meet Antonella next Wednesday @ Narrabeen RSL

May 21, 2014

Dear Sydney mums and dads,

Here’s your chance to meet Antonella Gambotto-Burke (Author of Mama) and discuss the joys and trials of parenting in a supportive environment. Next Wednesday afternoon (28th May 2014) , Antonella will be chatting about her parenting journey and her insights gleaned from interviews with
top parenting experts, in an event hosted by the Sydney Attachment Parenting group: Northern Beaches.
If you’re around the area – it’s an event not to be missed!

When: 3:30pm Wednesday 28th May, 2014

Where: North Narrabeen RSL

How much? Just $5 per ticket, pay at the door.

Any queries: Email claudette[at]arbonpublishing.com

Check the fabulous television and print press on Mama HERE!

Great, Grand & Famous Opera Houses gets a stunning new look

May 21, 2014


In case you didn’t know, Arbon Publishing offices are located in Crows Nest Sydney, so needless to say the Arbon team have enjoyed countless hours watching opera in the resplendent jewel that is the Sydney Opera House.

While we loved our old cover of the interior of Palais Garnier, we feel that this new cover, featuring a contemporary opera house, is a more fitting tribute to the magnetism and importance that opera houses continue to have today. Quoting from the expert evaluation report documenting the sucessful listing of the Sydney Opera House as a World Heritage Building:

“It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the twentieth century but in the history of humankind.”

Copies of Great, Grand & Famous Opera Houses with the new cover is available for purchase online- get your copy today!

Mama mia!

April 30, 2014


It was all hands on deck last week as we officially launched our newest book Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love by Antonella Gambotto-Burke.

Steve Biddulph introducing Mama



Antonella Gambotto-Burke introducing her new book, Mama


Phil Page from Pages and Pages Mosman, who hosted the event alongside Mosman library


The sold-out launch – held at Mosman Library – was a tremendous success with more than 180 attendees eager to hear what Antonella and special guest Steve Biddulph (Raising Boys) had to say about parenting in the new millennium. Introducing Antonella’s book, Steve gave a moving speech about keeping the flame alive for connection-focused parenting, citing Mama as an essential book, full of interviews with people he would “give his teeth to spend some time with”, including the seminal psychologist Gabor Mate and home birth advocate Sheila Kitzinger. Antonella followed Steve with a thoroughly absorbing account of the galvanizing, life-transforming experience that was her daughter’s birth, which inspired her to write Mama. The launch was filled with parents eager to seek advice from Antonella and Steve and share their own experiences.

In addition to the launch, Antonella had to contend with a whirlwind of press opportunities. Here are some highlights:

Antonella with David Campbell on Mornings with David and Sonia on Channel 9
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 Click HERE for full interview

Antonella with Natarsha Bellings and James Mathison on Wake Up Channel 10

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Click HERE for full interview

Antonella at Dymocks George St Sydney for an author talk and signing

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Antonella’s article “Mother Load” was published in the May Edition of Vogue Australia (currently in stores!)


Finally, Antonella joined Natascha Mitchell on Life Matters (Radio National) to discuss attachment parenting. Dr John Irvine, noted psychologist and author of the best-selling Handbook for Happy Families was also invited to this segment to offer a skeptical perspective towards attachment parenting. Yet he only had wildly complimentary things to say about the book, citing Antonella as “to motherhood what Germaine Greer is to womanhood” and of Mama, a book that “every mother should think about reading…it’s life boiled down to the bones”.

Check out the amazing interview HERE

BUY Mama in bookshops and online HERE.

Mama Book Launch: Steve Biddulph in conversation with Antonella Gambotto-Burke

March 6, 2014
Mama launch event
Join us as we celebrate the launch of our new book Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love with author Antonella Gambotto-Burke and special guest Steve Bidduplh!
Vogue writer Antonella Gambotto-Burke spent her pregnancy wondering whether she had it in her to love her child as deeply as she did sparkly Prada mules. And then she heard her daughter’s cry.Wild with love, Antonella became an attachment parent. She couldn’t stop writing about her baby, and kept writing, even when her marriage threatened to shatter under the weight of sickness, bereavement, family pressures and the global financial crisis.

So why did she become an attachment parent, what does attachment parenting involve and how is it changing our approach to caring for our children?

Join us as Australia’s bestselling parenting author Steve Biddulph speaks to Antonella about the outsourcing of care and attachment parenting as a concept for parents in the new millennium.

When: 7:00pm Wednesday, 23rd April 2014
Where: Mosman Library 605 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088

How much? $10 – includes nibblies and wine
Bookings essential.

Purchase tickets here: http://events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/events/731/steve-biddulph-in-conversation-with-antonell-gambotto-burke

Visit Antonella’s website here: http://antonellagambottoburke.com/

 Pre-order MAMA here: http://arbonpublishing.com/product/mamabook/