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Cook Books?

I love reading, and I love cooking so when something comes along and unites the two it's better than chocolate and peanut butter (or fresh homemade ricotta with a peach and mint salsa draped with prosciutto on crostini, just sayin'). These great items are literary feasts!

Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle

Literary Feasts: Inspired Eating from Classic Fiction by Sean Brand

What's For Dinner, Pavlov?

It seems like whenever food is mentioned in a book or a movie, I end up getting hungry for (or curious about) that food. When we read Catch 22 in high school, I was ravenous for eggs for weeks. After I finished giggling about some of the names of dishes in the Harry Potter books, I went looking for the foods.

Plaza Voices: The Culture Map

Cover of The Culture Map by Erin Meyer, available through DPL

This week, Plaza staff member Adrian C. shares a book recommendation:

What do you know about the people around you? Are you aware of the cultural differences that exist between you and every other person in the world? If not, then you must read The Culture Map by Erin Meyer.

Man Booker Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

I love Man Booker Prize books!

It's that time again!  The shortlist of nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2014 was announced on Tuesday.  I still have not yet read all of the shortlisted nominations from last year (yes, I know, it's terrible, please don't tell anyone), and here are all these new, wonderful selections - I really need to get cracking!

Plaza Voices: the Art of Ikebana

Still from Case Drury's video "Seiko"

Check out this beautiful video from Case Drury, featuring ikebana artist Seiko Yoshikawa sharing her skills in the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Your First Time

Pink

Do you remember your first time? 

Keegan, age 22, remembers. "I was new to the neighborhood. It didn't take any time at all!" Zac, age 31, also remembers. "My Mom held my hand through the whole thing!" Toby, age 52, just smiles. "I remember being so happy!" 

Plaza Voices: 100 Questions

Cover of Learn About the United States, an audiobook available through DPL

You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer.

The Passing of a Legend

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire!

Kilt Tease

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

Plaza Voices: Noodling Around

Picante Beef Flavor Top Ramen

When you think of "fusion cuisine," Top Ramen may not be what comes to mind. But a recent blog post by National Public Radio's Linda Poon has opened my eyes. Ramen, as one of her sources notes, is a platform food--just about anything can be built upon it.

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