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Chew and Review: Long Live the Cookbook!

Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table book cover

I read a recent New York Times article, Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not), that lists the devices that we can do away with (or keep) now that technology has progressed to the point of redundancy. One of the suggestions broke my heart: cookbooks.

“BOOKS Keep them (with one exception)… there is one area where printed matter is going to give way to digital content: cookbooks. Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, a $5 app for the iPad, is the wave of the future. Every recipe has a photo of the dish (something far too expensive for many printed cookbooks).

Need some living space pizzazz?

Want to add some pizzazz to your living space?

I live in a 600 square foot loft apartment. It doesn’t feel small since the ceiling is so high. Yesterday I took a few minutes to look through a book about decorating small living spaces. The book provided some ideas that I plan to use. Whether your living space is large or small, you can use the books below to help you live more creatively.

Five Best Movies About Fashion

Tim Gunn's Golden Rules

Fashion expert Tim Gunn shares his five most favorite fashion films in his latest book Gunn's Golden Rules.

Trained artist, designer, and gentleman Tim Gunn is one of the reasons Project Runway is so popular. Take a mini-course on fashion and check out his five most recommended films on fashion:

Blow-Up - Starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave.

Funny Face - Starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Businesses Beware!

When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.

I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Let's Party Like It's 1929!

Two men dining at a soup kitchen in Denver. Courtesy WHG Photo Coll.

 Top 6 Tips for Cooking in a Depression

Whatever your favorite pundit is calling the current and ongoing economic crunch - recession, economic decline, bear market, slow down -- one thing is certain: the cost of living is going up. Groceries are more expensive and getting to and from the store is costlier as well.

Recently, a close friend said to me, "I just read an article that compares our current economic woes to some of the harbingers of the Great Depression. How are we supposed to prepare for that?"

Are You a Paranoid Parent?

The Paranod Parents Guide

Christie Barnes, author of The Paranoid Parents Guide: Worry Less, Parent Better, and Raise a Resilient Child will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on information gleaned from years of research, Ms. Barnes knows that many parents are wasting their time and energy worrying about the wrong things. In this presentation, she will give parents a much needed reality check, opening their eyes to the real dangers lurking that are more likely to impact their children--and what they can do about them. Bring your questions! Ms. Barnes will have several giveaways for lucky members of the audience, including Paranoid Parents Kits!

The Origins of Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman at the height of her allure in Gaslight.

You're not paranoid; people really are messing with you. Go ask Ingrid.

 gaslight -- (verb) gaslights (third-person singular simple present), gaslighting (present participle), gaslighted (simple past and past participle).

1. (slang; origin UK) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

Need Cooking Inspiration?

Need some motivation to cook?

I recently made soup that turned out tasty. I have to admit that I’m not much of a cook. I want to try making more dishes. If you need some cooking inspiration, try one of the books below.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Dr. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh

Join Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh will discuss his book Crossroads of Culture: Anthropology Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is also the author of other works on Native American anthropology and archaeology. Come find out about his books and the fascinating collections in our own Denver Museum of Nature and Science!

Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek

Sand Creek Massacre

Denver Public Library and Craig Bergsgaard Studios present:
Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek, a free panel discussion on one of the most infamous chapters in Colorado history.
Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Of all the atrocities perpetrated on the Native American people during the Westward expansion, Colorado was home to one of the worst: The Sand Creek Massacre.

On November 29, 1864, on the banks of the Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado, a 700-man militia raided a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho settlement, slaughtering and mutilating the inhabitants—most of whom were women, children, and elders.

For 146 years, people have been trying to understand why and how seemingly civilized people could perpetrate such a grisly act.

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