Winter is here. Switch off, unplug and find your Zen with an indulgent selection of the perfect winter reads, as DECO invites you into the reading room

Sit back and enjoy a few of our favourite handpicked books. 

Honest Chocolate Café, Cape Town, image shot by Maruska Stipinovich




Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere

by Zach Klein & Steven Leckart

Yearning for a simpler life outdoors, amongst the tall trees and with a possible tranquil lake nearby? A collection brought together by a passionate group wanting to achieve just that. Their project? A DIY commune in a hidden forest, upstate New York. Cabin Porn, written by Steven Leckart and Zach Klein, creator of the Cabin Porn site (also co-founder of Vimeo), with photographs by Noah Kalina, each of these consisting of a biographical sketch showing the hard efforts that went into these off-grid places. The site offers idyllic settings with remarkable architecture. Share in the documentation of surreal cabins around the world and discover your next dream getaway into the jungle.

It’s an exercise in voyeurism, really, a window through which those of us shackled to our corporate cubicles and our safe and comfortable homes in the cities.

– Mark Flanagan, Editor of Run Spot Run

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Jamie’s Comfort Food

by Jamie Oliver

When it comes to comfort food, it’s those dishes that make you feel good, makes you feel safe and secure and most importantly, it makes you feel happy. Think warm, smoldering and wonderfully tasteful. A dish that can bring back a childhood memory or a nostalgic family tradition with only one taste, with the all guilty pleasures in one bowl. Jamie takes you on a journey with his much-loved recipes of good mood food.

‘From the perfect burger to the ultimate cheese toastie, shepherd’s pie, lasagne, chicken Kiev and bolognese ravioli, Jamie’s Comfort Food is packed full of reinvented classics, nostalgic comforters and old-school puds such as pavlova and sticky toffee pudding.’

The Food Network

Available at or Reader’s Warehouse

The Story of a House – Feasts and Fables of La Creuzette

by Louis Jansen van Vuuren & Hardy Olivier

It’s not only two cookbooks in one, but it tells history tales of the beautiful Château de la Creuzette, the manor surrounded by centuries-old trees, which took 15 years to restore. Captvating photographs accentuate the coffee-table-style book, with the vision to inspire readers to become mesmerised in their culinary experience.  90 new recipes, of French countryside cuisine, categorised to 5 seasons, there is even a Crookbook with tips and short-cut recipes for those days needing quick and easy meals. It’s not just a simple meal, but a beautiful feast.

The natural flavours of the lamb, the herby rosemary and the intense prunes combine perfectly with our recently-released 2015 Leopard’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

Leopard’s Leap

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by Ramael Scully & Yotam Ottolenghi

A collection of 120 new recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s outstanding restaurant, Nopi, in London. A combination of Ottolenghi genuis and head chef Ramael Scully’s culinary skills, this Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired hot spot celebrates bold flavours, with the menu changing with the seasons. Recreate traditional Ottolenghi staples with Asian infused inspiration. The restaurant itself boasts with marble, the brass is golden and the art is dynamic, with the pace being a little faster, the cookbook is no different. Sleek, clean and simple fine dining in the comfort of your home.

Chef Ramael Scully include courgette and manouri fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange and twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli jam.


Available at Exclusive Books


Honest Chocolate Café image shot by Maruska Stipinovich

The French Baker

by Jean Michel Raynaud

French-born Jean Michel’s stories invites you into his world of patisseries in France, the recipes’ history, traditions and cultural significance. Not only is it an inspirational, but also a practical guide to delicious French-style baking, whether it’s sweet or savoury, and what it truly means when baking in French society. It’s success lies in the authenticity of French tarts, cakes, pastries and breads. Now the head patissier of Sydney’s Renaissance Patisserie and Baroque restaurant, Jean Michel Raynaud established himself in Marseilles in France, where he worked as head pastry chef by the age of 20, he has taken the market by storm ever since.

The stunning photography throughout will have you captivated, as you flip through the pages to find recipes for Almond Biscotti, Liquorice and Banana Tart, Pearl Sugar Puffs and more.

– La Renaissance Patisserie

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The Kinfolk Home

by Nathan Williams

The Kinfolk Home explores the art of slow living, paging through more than 35 homes across the world, from the United States of America to Scandinavia to Asia, it’s a mixture of portrait and interior photography accompanied by essays and profiles of designers, architects, entrepreneurs, stylists and photographers, walking the reader through their stylish minimalistic homes. With the intention of focusing on what is essential in the home, and cultivating a community, readers can experience utmost simplicity and creativity come to life. Carlson,Editor in Chief of Remodelista comments on The Kinfolk home as it features stunning photography and thought-provoking essays, she explains that the book is a reexamination of what it means to live small and conscientiously.

The Kinfolk Home explores the slow living movement from a global perspective, presenting tours of creatively conceived domestic environments from Tokyo to Toronto.

– Julie Carlson, Editor in Chief of Remodelista

Available at Exclusive Books or


Modern Wineries of South Africa

by Craig Fraser & Hugh Fraser

This book takes you on a photo journey through South Africa’s top modern wineries, 18 breathtaking vineyards, with a remarkable architectural approach. As technology and techniques evolve and change, it’s a portrayal of the evolution of the SA wine-making industry. With organic farming on the rise in this particular industry, wine makers investing in new and their own methods of production, and branding being a top priority, the wine industry has changed, evolved and become a niche market.

Skeletal vines, scudding clouds, landscapes softly grey rather than green, interiors sliced by low light.

– Gorry Bowes Taylor

Available at Reader’s Warehouse or

Behind the scenes at Honest Chocolate Café


Images shot by Franke Theunissen

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The Winter Issue is all about de-cluttering, de-teching and slowing everything down. Packed with inspiration and ideas for making your home a sanctuary, we share the ultimate comfort food recipes, master the art of nesting and take you on a tour of the dreamiest hideaways. Pick up your copy today and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco using #WinterIssue.