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5 palate-cleansing cookbooks to give your body a boost
Still emerging from a festive cheese and carb-induced stupor? Us too. Reawaken those tastebuds with the fresh, vibrant recipes in these cool cookbooks
 
For when you fancy a takeaway

Winter nights in often call for a takeaway. But rather than opening your Deliveroo app this month, turn to genius new cookbook Fakeaway: Healthy Home-Cooked Takeaway Meals (DK), which gives fast food favourites a wholesome spin. We’re talking lamb jalfrezi, sweet and sour chicken and loaded nachos, all remixed with healthy ingredients to leave you feeling good. £14.99, DK (available 23 Jan)

 
For Earth-friendly eating

How do you transform leftovers into a mouth-watering meal? Melissa Hemsley has some ideas: her new book Eat Green (Ebury) contains over 100 flexitarian recipes designed to celebrate veg and be a little kinder to the planet. From one-pot wonders like fridge-raid frittata and restorative noodle soup to quinoa cakes and parsnip dahl, this is hearty food that can be whipped up from the odds and ends in your fridge. £14.32 (was £22), Wordery

 
For dinner party kudos

We love Ottolenghi. But when it comes to super-cool Middle Eastern cooking, Yasmin Khan is coming for his crown. In her beautiful book Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen (Bloomsbury), you’ll find fragrant, flavour-packed recipes like spicy prawn and tomato stew and lentil soup with walnut and coriander smash, interwoven with personal stories from Khan’s travels through Palestine. £26, Amnesty Shop

 
For a hint of spice

You don’t have to be vegan to get some plant-based power in your life, and Sasha Gill’s new book Jackfruit and Blue Ginger (Murdoch Books) proves that point perfectly. Inspired by the street-stall cuisines of India, Thailand, Malaysia, China and Japan, Gill recreates the vibrant Asian flavours of her childhood using zero animal products. Give the cauliflower samosas, tofu pad thai and jackfruit biryani a whirl. £18.99, Waterstones

 
For global inspiration

Love to experiment with cooking? Try The Blues Zones Kitchen (National Geographic), in which Dan Buettner blends recipes from the happiest, longest-living cultures in the world (think Sardinian caponata, cornmeal waffles from Loma Linda and Okinawan spiced chickpeas) with proper science and stunning Nat Geo photography. Click here to try some of the recipes before you buy – delicious. £17.99 (was £20), Amazon

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Spiritually Curious is a monthly column investigating practices that have been adopted by the modern wellness movement. This week, Stylist’s acting features writer Chloe has her birth chart read for the first time…
 

So what is a birth chart? More indulgent than a horoscope, it’s a form of personality mapping based on the planets’ locations when you were born.

What does it involve? Astrologer Francesca Oddie generates my chart and explains what the houses, planets and signs mean. She also gives me specific dates to look out for in future.

How much does it cost? From around £150 per session.

And does it work? Oddie’s analysis of my personality was eerily accurate. I’ve never identified as a Cancer – turns out, that’s because my moon is in Leo and my ascendant sign is Virgo. Coincidence? Maybe. But the session still felt like therapy. Read more

Do you know your APRs from your ISAs? Tune into BBC Sounds’ new money podcast to get your personal finances in shape in 2020  
 

Checking your bank balance is never a cheery activity, especially after the indulgence of party season. But if there’s one thing that’s going to make things easier, it’s new podcast Money 101. Host Bea Duncan explores need-to-know financial issues like freelancing, student loan debt and investing, as well as breaking down the nuts and bolts of basic money management. It’s everything we wish we learned in school. Listen here

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