Books we love and recipes to try: introducing the RUSSH round-up

From the television shows that have us hooked, the art we’re pining for or the must-try recipes to make during a cold snap, the RUSSH team round up all that’s on their cultural radar this week.

Billie Iveson

Acting Editor

I watched Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the children’s TV show presenter Fred Rodgers. Not having ever heard of Rodgers, I enjoyed the delightful story about a man working to spread joy and education to children that will leave you with tears.

I found this book on a recent second-hand book hunt, and it has beautiful inspiring imagery that I’ve been randomly looking at for inspiration.

Natalie Petrevski

Junior Fashion Editor

I have been obsessed with interiors, homes and architecture lately, as I’m designing my dream apartment (in my head) with a large wish list of furniture, art and ceramics included. This inspiration comes from my constant visits to The Design Files and snooping through the incredible homes and workshops of inspiring people.

I am also about to begin my next book, Helter Skelter, which was given to me by my friend and colleague Victoria. I know I’m a little late to the game here, but I have recently become obsessed with Sharon Tate due to my suspense for the upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I’m beyond ready to see this now, as I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino and Leo [DiCaprio] fan. Gold class tickets lined up.

Jess Blanch

Editor in Chief

Mattea Perrotta’s new group exhibition works (including woven pieces), at Imagined futures, reconstructed pasts, showing at LAMB Arts, São Paulo, Brazil.

Ellen Presbury

Market & Beauty Editor

Throwing a towel on my lounge room floor, pushing the furniture out of the way and YouTubing a workout is the only way I am ever going to exercise. Props for being not-annoying and choose-your-own adventure in style.

Victoria sent me this article, and if you’ve ever read any Donna Tartt or Bret Easton Ellis then you’ll lose yourself in this seemingly lost world mid-way through.

Also, some of us have houses with proper insulation to keep warm, the rest of us should cook this.

Victoria Pearson

Arts Editor

After an extended viewing hiatus I am (unhealthily) binging season six of the greatest show ever, VEEP. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the best at everything.

I’m years behind the game but currently reading Middlesex, it’s dense but totally engrossing. The writing is beautiful and I don’t want it to end.

Finally, Bon Appetite’s Instagram account @basically is a gold mine for mid-week dinner inspiration.

Gabriela Hidalgo

Senior Designer

Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love has me dreaming of being jammed in stand-still traffic on my morning commute just to squeeze in a few more chapters. This book had me at the contents page, the chapter titles confirming exactly how amusing and how very specific Dolly was going to be in the pages that follow. She shares stories, confessions, revelations and lessons, making you feel like less of a reader and more like a long lost friend catching up over a spontaneous Tuesday night wine. No details left out.

Megan Nolan

Brand & Creative Services Co-ordinator

Ninju is possibly the coolest person on Instagram and he’s an 84 year old grandfather from Japan. If you're looking for style inspiration or just some fun newsfeed content I can guarantee he won’t disappoint.

I've been obsessed with Glass Animals for a while but had never gone back and listened to their first album, Zaba, until very recently. It is absolutely incredible and exactly what I need to get me out of bed on a cold winters morning.

Andréa Tchacos

Features Director

In the wake of our Soul issue (and likely for the foreseeable future) I’m vibing what Matt Ringrose is creating at his Bondi Meditation Centre – recently relaunched on Old South Head Road. Beyond Vedic meditation lessons, BMC’s schedule includes drop-in group meditations, a book club and ‘vinyl immersion’ sessions (this week’s record is Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On). For the secular, spiritual or otherwise – something we could use more of is a sense of community irl, and that’s what Matt is building here.

From top: Won't You Be My Neighbor? 2018; Arpag Mekhitarian, Egyptian Painting (The Great Centuries of Painting); @thedesignfiles; Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry, Helter Skelter; @lamb_arts; Lili Anolik, The Secret Oral History of Bennington: The 1980's Most Decadent College,; Emma Knowles, Pork rib, black lentil and white bean stew,; Yoga with Adriene; VEEP; Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex; @basically; Dolly Alderson, Everything I know about love; Glass Animals, Zaba; @slvr.tty; Bondi Meditation Centre; Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On.