Whether you’re into food, photography, nature or adventure, here are some books to fill any true traveller’s stocking (and heart).

1. Inside Tracks – Rick Smolan
This is a beautiful photographic story of one woman, a dog, four camels and 2700 kilometres of Australian outback. Former National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan captures Robyn Davidson’s extraordinary 1977 journey, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the major motion picture it inspired. Hardie Grant Books $59.95

2. Easy weekends – Neil Perry
You don’t have to be an aspiring chef to dabble in this 100+ collection of Neil Perry’s favourite weekend recipes. Inspired by ‘Australia’s rich multiculturalism’, these simple yet intriguing dishes offer a twist on familiar ingredients with a little Perry magic to shake up your weekend menu. Murdoch $39.99

3. Great White – James Woodford
What’s our worst nightmare is James Woodford’s reality. He tells of heart-stopping, face-to-face shark encounters, interviews world-renowned experts and joins research teams at Neptune Islands, one of the most famous shark aggregation locations, to uncover the fascinating world of sharks. Macmillan $34.99

4. Art in Nature – David Rennie
Photography is not just for the birds according to 2013 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year winner David Rennie. Filled with witty commentary and striking images of Mandurah Wetlands birds and landscapes, Rennie implores us to discover art in nature. Exisle Publishing $55

5. Dessert Divas – Christine Manfield
Get stuck into Christine Manfield’s latest offering and find out how to recreate some of these glamorous, show-stopping desserts to delight dinner guests, drop-ins, and maybe even your teenage critics. (No promises.) Penguin Books, $79.99

6. The Making of Mona – Adrian Franklin
How exactly does one go about creating the world’s most loved anti-museum? Author (and anthropologist) Professor Adrian Franklin’s latest tome examines just that. He shares his thoughts on the process. Penguin $59.99

7. Tasmanian Trail – Ben Milbourne
The former MasterChef contestant takes you on a produce-driven journey around our most southern isle, creating spectacular feasts centred around Tassie’s most beautiful products. BYO King Island Cream. New Holland, $40

8. Food Truck Feasts – Erika Budiman
Food trucks sure know how to serve up a mean feed – and now the best recipes from across Australia have been collated in this book, so you can recreate those flavours in your own kitchen. Erika Budiman, Australia thanks you. Explore Australia, $34.95

9. Sweet Envy – Alistair Wise & Teena Kearney-Wise
Warm up the oven, dust off the baking tins and ready little tongues for some spoon licking – a browse through these 100 recipes is an open invitation to don an apron and cook something really, really bad (in a good way). Murdoch Books, $45

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