* Due to the closure for the Front Porch Construction Project, items located Downtown will not be used to fill requests, and items requested for pickup Downtown will be held at the Traverwood Branch. Unexpired requests will return to the Downtown Library when the Library reopens.

Foodie Radio & NPR Recommended Cookbooks: A perfect holiday treat

One of my favorite things to do on a leisurely weekend or holiday afternoon is tune the radio to a show about food, and cook something I don’t usually have the time for, like the 4-hour pork stew I made on Friday. The online archive of the Splendid Table does just the trick when my local NPR station isn’t playing something appropriate.

For inspiration on what to cook, or just to read for fun, read about NPR’s cookbook picks for this season. Each cookbook description includes a link to one recipe (free!) from the book . Titles held at the Ann Arbor District Library are:

Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan includes more than 300 recipes for delicious desserts, including Devil’s Food White-Out Cake, which is pictured on the cover. Greenspan has also written three other books in our collection: Baking with Julia, Desserts by Pierre Hermé, and, my favorite title of the day, Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight.

In Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver, see Italy through Jamie’s eyes, as he travels through the country, exploring what he calls “villagional” – variation in dishes that varies from village to village so much so that it is more than regional. You can take his recipe for pasta e ceci (pasta with chickpeas) for a test drive before checking out the book.

The King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains may not sound like a good source for the kind of decadence you usually associate with good baking, but be prepared to be proven wrong. The good folks at King Arthur are masters of great flavor, and in creating recipes for this cookbook, they said a decisive “no way” to any recipe that just “tastes good for whole grain.” Try out their Banana Chocolate Chip Squares for an example of some whole grain goodness that tastes great.

In Happy in the Kitchen, chef Michel Richard will make you drool, with gorgeous photos and this written record of what Arthur Boehm calls a “wonderfully playful cooking intelligence.” Recommended for serious amateurs and professional chefs, this book will provide useful tips while stretching your foodie imagination. There’s no free recipe link for this cookbook – you’ll just have to check it out at the library.

Wine Trivia, Wine Books

If you're ready to learn about wine, check out New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia. If you're ready to compete about wine, sign up for Wine Jeopardy Trivia Night @ Paesano's at 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 29. If you don't win, well, keep studying:
2007 Wine Buying Guide for Everyone
Ontario Wine Country
History In A Glass: Sixty Years Of Wine Writing From Gourmet.

Feminism Redux- A Novel Idea

Was Tolstoy right? Tracy Farber, 33 year old English professor disputes Tolstoy's claim that "happy families are all alike." Thus the title, Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish. Farber begins to investigate the possibility of happy endings, both in literature and life in this funny and intelligent foray into academic witch hunting and the search for a perfect man. Tracy meets George at a cocktail party where he, in an act of creative empathy, lets his hors d'oevres slide off his soggy plate as he watches Tracie's do the same. From then on, their whirlwind romance hits some rough spots as Tracy realizes that while a feminist, she can also accept some of George's traditional values. A few steps up from the "chick lit" genre, Tolstoy Lied is an engaging read.

Kid Bits - Donutheart

Sue Stauffacher http://www.suestauffacher.com/ has done it again, and she's a Michigan Author! Laugh out loud funny, combined with heartfelt issues!! Donuthead was the first book, and Donutheart is the pefect companion and follow-up. Franklin Delano Donuthead and his friend/nemesis Sarah Kervick enter sixth grade and Middle School. For what it's worth, life fits a bit smoother, by the end of the tale.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #43

Debra Ginsberg, commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered and the author of three books of memoirs, tries her hands at fiction.

Blind Submission revolves around Angel, a young woman with a passion for books who becomes the assistant to a famously demanding San Francisco literary agent and quickly finds herself overwhelmed in the maelstrom of the office.

Angel has a knack for turning mediocre manuscripts into moneymakers but when an
anonymous email submission takes on alarming similarities to the intimate details of her personal life and carries thinly veiled threats, Angel learns the lengths to which writers - and agents - will go to get a book deal.

“An affectionate skewering of the ludicrous side of the book business and a claws-out send-up of the perversities of power, Ginsberg's blithe blend of mystery, romance, and satire is smart, classy, and fun”. Starred review Booklist.

Top Ten Bestselling Children's Picture Books

Each issue of Publisher's Weekly features bestseller lists for all kinds of categories. Here are the top ten bestsellers in the children's picture book category according to the November 20, 2006 issue.

1. Our 50 States by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (This title is on order.)
2. Pirateology. Edited by Dugald A. Steer. (Library's copies are in teen section.)
3. Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland. Illustrated by Sonja Lamut.
4. Mommy? by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorkings and Matthew Reinhart. (This is a pop-up book. Pop-ups are problematic for library collections.)
5. Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell.
6. A Princess Primer by Stephanie True Peters. (This one has many removable pieces. Again, not practical for library collections.)
7. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
8. The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket.
9. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
10. Flotsam by David Wiesner.

Willkommen!

All ages are invited to make pine cone and star ornaments, dance to lively tunes played by Luther Schaible on accordion, and eat soft pretzels to celebrate traditions of German, Swiss and Austrian families. To get yourself in the mood, check out some Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and then party at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm!

It was cool in Los Angeles.

Sunday, November 9. We were working the night watch out of Robbery Detail.

That's classic radio. It turns out that we've got a recording of some of the original Dragnet programs in the catalog. Sadly, though, we don't have the DVD set with Jack Webb.

What we do have -- and I'm going to mix media here -- is a great collection of Raymond Chandler novels. It's like getting a Dragnet fix in conveneint paper doses. Starting with a set like The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, and The High Window should give you a good introduction to Philip Marlow and the hard detective style.

Anyone else have have any crime noir recomendations?

To Kill A Mockingbird at the Michigan Theater

Looking for something to do today, Friday, November 24? Sit back with some popcorn and watch the classic To Kill A Mockingbird at the Michigan Theater at 1:30 PM, part of the Pfizer Family-Friendly Film Series. The movie is FREE for children 12 and under! Afterwards check out the book from the library and spend the weekend curled up with a good book.

"A book is a gift you can open again and again" ~ Garrison Keillor

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It’s the season for giving and if your gifts of choice are books, we have a few suggestions for you.

We LOVE Powell’s Books and their right-on-the-money gift ideas. If you are on a budget, no problem! They have great suggestions for $7 and under.

Next time you are at any of our library locations, pick up a copy of the free review magazine BookPage. The December issue has a special feature called "Great Gifts for Readers of Every Stripe". Get a headstart and download the Holiday Gift Catalog.

We also like Amazon’s 2006 Top 50 Editors’ Picks; the Most Gifted in Books; and their lists of award winners.

Want to do right by the little ones?
Here are the N(ational) E(ducation) A(ssociation) Teachers' Top 100 Books and the Kids' top 100 books; New York Public Library’s 100 Favorite Children's Books and the 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know.

Clueless about those teenagers on your list?
What about music? You will be sure to find something on The Billboard Hot 100 to please them. You could also strongly encourage reading by presenting them with one or more of these fabulous picks from the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults.

And if you have deep pockets and are short on time, and you love shopping as much as scrubbing the toilet with a toothbrush, then there is always the BookBaskets option. I cannot personally vouch of this outfit, but Katie Couric is a satisfied customer.

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