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James Beard Book Awards Announced

The 2011 James Beard Book Awards were recently announced. You may know of the James Beard Awards for chefs. While often those award winners are far away (with restaurants hard to get reservations at!), many of the cookbook award winners are available in the library. For a complete list of winners and nominees, click here.

Cookbook Hall of Fame: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, Harold McGee

Cookbook of the Year: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy, Diana Kennedy

American Cooking: Pig: King of the Southern Table, James Villas

If You Liked The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Denver Public Library is proud to be partnering with KWGN Channel 2 and other area libraries to facilitate the Everyday Book Club. The Everyday Book Club Selection for April was The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Book club segments air on Mondays during the Everyday show’s 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. broadcast.

If you loved The Paris Wife (or are still waiting for your copy), you might also like:

Serendipity of Browsing

Sandra visits the Central Library for serendipitous browsing: scouting new authors and reigniting intellectual passions.

Sandra enjoys wandering the stacks at the Central Library on Sundays when her neighborhood branch library is closed and parking is free at the downtown meters. "If anyone ever asks me the most valuable item in my purse," says Sandra, "It's my library card."

Colorado Author Elizabeth Yarnell Demonstrates Her Glorious One-Pot Meals

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series continues on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Elizabeth Yarnell will discuss her book Glorious One-Pot Meals: A New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch Oven Cooking. She will demonstrate her unique, patented method of quick and healthy one-pot dinners while telling the inspirational story of how she took a devastating diagnosis and turned it into a way of cooking and eating that everyone can enjoy. Books will be available for sale.

A tribute

Cycling. The sport of professional cycling is one of the most unique, bizarre and passionate sports viewed and participated in worldwide.

Two days ago, pro-cyclist Wouter Weylandt from Belgium, age 26, died on a descent just 12.4 miles from the finish line during the Giro D'Italia pro-cycling tour of Italy.

The sport of professional cycling yields danger each day as cyclists bike up to 244 kilometers (+) or 155 miles per day for up to three weeks straight, with perhaps a two or three day break the entire time.

City Tales: City Noir

paris noir

This time around our travels take us to the darker side of the city.

Are you ready for the seamier side of your favorite city? The Akashic Books city noir series combines two of my favorite things: noir mysteries and great cities. Each anthology features original stories (by authors such as Lawrence Block, Stewart O'Nan, Pete Hamill and Michael Connelly) set in a "distinct neighborhood or location within the city."

Indian Country Noir

CO Authors Series: Elizabeth Yarnell, Glorious One-Pot Meals

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series continues this Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman. 

 Elizabeth Yarnell will discuss her book Glorious One-Pot Meals: A New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch Oven Cooking. She will demonstrate her unique, patented method of quick and healthy one-pot dinners while telling the inspirational story of how she took a devastating diagnosis and turned it into a way of cooking and eating that everyone can enjoy. Books will be available for sale.

Happy Mother's Day

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone
 

I love my child dearly. It has been the hardest, most frustrating, most joyous, and most rewarding thing I've ever done. Some days it is nice to know you aren't crazy and your experiences aren't unique. The following books have brought me some comfort and laughs:

Ode to Japanese Authors

Yukio Mishima

I've always been taken on an interesting journey exploring the terrain of Japanese novels.

Japanese authors offer an array of characters reaching from the subtle layers mist to an ocean of depth and current in character development, so much so the characters become imprinted into our imagination.

Some authors to read:

Colorado Authors Series Presents Eleanor Brown, Author of The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Eleanor Brown's debut novel, The Weird Sisters, is the story of the Andreas family, whose motto might as well be "There's no problem a library card can't solve." When Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (named after Shakespeare heroines by their professor father) return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, they love each other. They just don't happen to like each other very much.

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