Reviews and Blog Posts: cooking

When Molly Was a Harvey Girl

by Frances M Wood

The last place Illinois-born Molly Gerry wants to be is Raton, New Mexico, but when her father finally dies of a long illness her older sister, Colleen, sees few options other than to lie about Molly's age and get them both jobs as waitresses on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa...

Honey, Watch The Kids!

I'm going to a Fresh City Life, My Branch program this weekend!

Get some quiet sewing time in away from other demands! We’ll have our sewing machines set up with basic thread colors - just bring your own sewing knowledge and whatever you’re working on! Saturday, October 19 at 9 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris

by Ann Mah

DPL Rating:
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in...

Fresh City Life - At A Branch Near YOU!

Get ready for this week's Fresh City Life My Branch programs! Get them on your calendar and don't forget to check if registration is required!

Learn how to transfer images from photos and magazines onto recycled jars to make a beautiful candle holder or vase. If you would like to use a particular photo, please bring at least two laser copies. Registration is required. Friday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library.

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

DPL Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

International Cookbooks for the Ages

Marcella Hazan

The inimitable Marcella Hazan died this week at the age of 89. As the New York Times noted in the headline for her obituary, she "changed the way Americans cook Italian food." Her passing got me thinking about enduring cookbooks by strong-minded writers who have guided me in the kitchen and whose prose is a pleasure to read away from the stove. 

Hazan authored a number of cookbooks, notably The Classic Italian Cookbook. Although she never felt comfortable enough in English to compose in that language (she wrote in Italian and her husband translated the text), she had a forceful voice that commanded the reader's attention. She was exacting, opinionated, and sometimes peremptory--a stern teacher whose rigor her students cherish.

Ice Cream! (Need I Say More?)

We've got some tempting and delicious food programs planned for the next couple weeks!

Get out of the heat and enjoy some ice cream with your library friends! Join us at the Sam Gary Branch this Sunday and cool down with some frozen treats! Monica Kadillak will share ice cream, sorbet, & granitas recipes, as well as samples of these tempting indulgences. Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch.

Five-star Restaurant meals at home!

Eleven Madison Park Cookbook

I am a big fan of fine dining. But sometimes you just can't justify the price tag, especially since most of these delicious treats are out of town. Thankfully for those times when you are ready to eat like a star there are plenty of high powered cookbooks to quench your foodie desires.

Eleven Madison Park This is a large format beauty of a book. Sometimes I just like to read this one and fantasize.

Bouchon Bakery This delight from gastronomic powerhouse Thomas Keller is full of the best desserts you have ever dreamt of eating!

Mark Your Calendar With These Fresh City Life My Branch Programs!

We've got some great Fresh City Life My Branch programs coming up! Don't forget to mark your calendar!

You definitely don't want to miss ice cream sundaes at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Learn fun and easy ice cream and sauce recipes, as well as suggestions for making the best sundae ever! Saturday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch!

Shopping with Joan Crawford: This Isn't Her First Time At The Grocery Store

Joan Crawford filmed several public service ads to promote American grocery stores, but you can't miss the product placement for the company for whom she was really shilling. This nostalgic 1965 advertisement is a reminder that we need to take charge of our own eating and food choices. Unless you'd prefer Joan to do all of your shopping for you. Which I kind of would.

Our Chef Shellie brings great information and tasty sampling to our cooking event this Saturday.

Better Living Through Ignoring Chemistry: or How to Stop Being Part of a Dangerous Experiment
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
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