Sunday, September 7, 2008

Can We Help It If We're Fabulous?

Title: Can We Help It If We’re Fabulous?
Author: Peta Mathias
Publisher: Penguin
Price: $35.00

Peta Mathias is better known for culinary creations with hard to pronounce names featuring ingredients from far flung places. But proving she is a woman of formidable talents Peta has downed her pinny and pinot noir to create a fabulous book for women and in praise of women in Can We Help It If We’re Fabulous?

Sharing her own life experiences, Peta covers the spectrum of womanhood from sex, happiness, fashion, travel to beauty, food and men – it’s all there interspread with dos and don’ts necessary for every woman to be happy, independent and successful. It also features interviews with Peta’s friends for their views on the topics, giving the book a nice rounded feel, not just one woman’s spieling on life as the fairer sex.

I got the distinct impression that Peta had an absolute ball writing this book and has “been there, done that…and would do it all again!” if she had the chance. It felt like having a crazy/cool aunty dishing out witty and wise advice while the rest of your family looks down their noses at her sometimes outrageous, always hilarious offerings with her acid dipped tongue. Shrinking violets picking up this delightful book should prepare to have their sensibilities affronted.

I wasn’t expecting to laugh out loud or be so captivated I couldn’t put it down and raced through it in one night. But I loved it so much I firmly believe it’s a must read for the women of New Zealand to learn to love and embrace what being a woman in the 00s is all about.


Joanne Rendell said...

Ooh, this sounds fabulous. Must put it on the TBR list!

Inge De Leeuw said...

OMG, I had no idea this book was out, I'm so excited!! I love Peta Mathias, she's so unashamedly herself. Off to the bookstore during my lunch break today...

Karla said...

I love Peta and she is the most faboulous ging'a when she isnt messing about with hair dye. WOuld luv to borrow when you get back, already finished the 2 books you lent me (amazing what a bit of time of will do aye)