Reviews and Blog Posts: cooking

James Beard Foundation Award Finalists Announced

Ripe

Whether you love discovering new recipes or just want to drool over the beautiful photographs, you'll want to check out the James Beard Award finalists for excellence in cookbooks and food writing.

American Cooking:

Fire in My Belly, Kevin Gillespie & David Joachim

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Southern Comfort, Allison Vines-Rushing & Slade Rushing

Beverage:

How to Love Wine, Eric Asimov

Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs

Bridges, Bunnies, and Peeps!

Hand sewn bunny

Knitting or cooking, planning your garden or coming together to share stories--join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Saturday, March 16:

Celebrate spring by making a Hand Sewn Felt Bunny! There's still space in this class at Schlessman at 10 a.m., register today: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

A Novel Thank You!

Somewhere South of Tuscany

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our 2nd annual Novel Night on Friday at the new Sam Gary Branch!

A wonderful time was had by all, hundreds of crafts were created from recycled books, amazing desserts by Monica Kadillak were consumed, books were donated (and traded), prizes were won, and, most importantly, Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Denver Public Library was supported! Special thanks to these sponsors:

Monica Kadillak, for her wonderful desserts--look for more cooking classes with Monica in the months to come!

The Denver Botanic Gardens

Starbucks

Crafting, Compassionate Communication, and Coffee Shop Treats!

Owl sleep mask

Whether you're feeling crafty or hungry, or want to learn to communicate with more compassion,Fresh City Life My Branch has the weekend program for you!

All you crafters out there, get ready! So many choices in our Make & Take Studio:

Friday, February 8, 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch: Handmade Owl Sleep Mask with Rebecca Hensley from the Denver Craft Ninjas. Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

All of these are happening Saturday, February 9:

Valentine's Day

valentine treats

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Expressing our love and care to others can take many forms. Baking and creating a special atmosphere for Valentine's Day is a fun way to celebrate this day. DPL has many resources to inspire you.

Culinary Competition

Knives at Dawn

While television food competitions like Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, and Chopped can be fun to watch, the most prestigious food competition is widely believed to be the Bocuse d'Or, held every other year in Lyon, France.

The 2013 contest was held just this week, and the team from the United States finished a respectable 7th in the field of teams from all over the world. Check out the NPR story on this year's U.S. team and how they trained here.

Whether you aspire to participate in such a competition someday, or just like to read about how cooking contests work, the library has some items to get you started.

February--The Shortest Month, but Packed with Programs!

Plush heart

February may be the shortest month, but Fresh City Life My Branch still has lots of programs for you to choose from. See the complete schedule here.

Intrigued by thrift store shopping and saving, but don't know where to start? Michelle from Shop My Closet will get you started! Learn how to incorporate thrift stores into your regular shopping rotation, and even get to try out your skills! Saturday, February 2, 1-3 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library.

All about braising : the art of uncomplicated cooking

by Molly Stevens

Reviewer Rating:
4

Braising, the art of cooking foods with both dry and moist methods resulting in melt in your mouth amazingness. Often used to tenderize tougher cuts of meat, but for me the stand out recipe in this book was the "World's Best Braised Cabbage ", cabbage, carrots, onions, olive oil and...

Food, Books, and Blogs!

Are you settling in to 2013? Ready to get the most out of the new year? Let Fresh City Life My Branch help!

If you've resolved to cook more interesting meals, you've come to the right place! On Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Monica Kadillak for Great Finds at International Markets. Denver has many specialty markets to help you explore international cuisine! You'll learn where to go, what to look for, and of course, what to do with those new ingredients when you get home! Recipes and samples included.

Swing Into the New Year with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Are you ready to start 2013 with some new skills or some new thoughts? Break out of your routine and into the new year with a Fresh City Life My Branch class!

Here are the offerings for Saturday, January 5:

UpCycle: Men's Shirts--get creative and create something new out of something old! Bring your own shirts, or use ones that we provide. So many possibilities that there will be a second session on January 19! 10 a.m. at Schlessman Family. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

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