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Notable Dates for the Week of October 9 to October 15

October 9 Leif Erickson Day

October 10 Spread awareness on World Mental Health Day

October 11 Face one of your fears on National Face Your Fears Day. Whether it's petting an animal that scares you or going to a place that gives you the heebie jeebies, give it a try.

October 12 National Gumbo Day

October 13 English Language Day

October 14 The 86th birthday of Winnie the Pooh!

October 15 Ignore syrupy, commercialized Sweetest Day and keep it real with National Grouch Day

Celebrate each and every day!

Magazines A-Z: Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach is a new food magazine published quarterly and is a collaboration between David Chang, a James Beard Award-winning chef and Peter Meehan, a New York Times food writer. Together they also wrote the book, Momofuku a celebration of ramen noodles, but written as part memoir and showcased by delicious photographs.
Recently added to the AADL offerings of over 600 magazine titles, the debut launch of Lucky Peach surprise, surprise, is the 'Ramen Issue' with 170 pages of interesting tales, recipes, and photographs. It is not 20 simple recipes you can whip up in 20 minutes; it's not that kind of foodie magazine.
Don't miss on page 121, 'A Recipe in Haikus' by Peter Meehan, 'Corn With Miso Butter and Bacon'
Alongside the newly added, 'Lucky Peach' magazine, you'll find Gluten-Free Living, edible WOW, and Living Without: The Magazine for People With Allergies & Food Insensitivities.

The Kitchen Daughter and the SIMMER Blog

Back in June, we were contacted by Jael McHenry, author of The Kitchen Daughter. She liked our blog and agreed to come visit. On Thursday, August 18th, Ms. McHenry will be at the Downtown Library at 7 pm. She will talk about her debut novel and sign copies (Don't worry if you don't have yours yet. Copies will be available for purchase).

Jael is also an enthusiastic amateur cook. Her food blog SIMMER is very popular with foodies. Bring questions about food, cooking and writing for an evening of great discussion and fun.

AND she is bringing us FOOD! We were sure that the TSA won't let her bring them on the plane but her mom is going to step in and BAKE! So come and taste one of the fabulous recipes in The Kitchen Daughter. Are we in for a treat!

BTW, if you don't already know... since our blog was published in April, The Kitchen Daughter was named "Pick of the Week" in the Boston Globe's Word on the Street, and in June Oprah picked it as one of this summer's "Tantalizing Beach Reads."

AADL Talks To Andrew F. Smith

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When he last spoke at the Library, we had the privilege of chatting with culinary historian Andrew F. Smith, prolific author of the recent book Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War and editor of the Edible Series. In this conversation, Andrew takes a witty and engaging view on a variety of topics, from recent culinary trends and the poor reputation of the potato to his fascination with the American Civil War. You can listen to or download the interview below, or watch the video of his talk at the Library on March 27, 2011, which was cosponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

For more information on Andrew Smith, visit: http://www.andrewfsmith.com.

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Magazine Update -- Owl Cake, Skateboarding Stars and "The Other Middleton"

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Memorial Day is right around the corner! If constant rain prevents you from hitting the pool, at least you will be able to read some great new youth and teen magazines! Or, hey, you could also read them at the pool...

Kids:
Owl Magazine celebrates their 35th birthday by giving you presents! You can win a retro owl t-shirt, and also bake an owl-shaped caked. Cuuute! Also inside are "Animal All Stars" and "10 Things You Didn't Know About Water."

Teens:
Transworld Skateboarding welcomes the "New Breed" of up-and-coming skateboard virtuosos and has fun interviewing Julian Davidson, Felipe Gustavo and Theotis Beasley, as well as oodles more.

Us Weekly shares the diet and exercise secrets of the stars in the "Hot Bodies" issue. You can also read the latest gossip about Leonardo DiCaprio's love life and Pippa Middleton, the sister of the new Duchess of Cambridge.

Of course, we have plenty more great magazines to read while working on your tan! Come on down and check some out, before Memorial Day Weekend!

Cookbook Award Winners

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James Beard a noted chef and food author lives on in the James Beard Foundation. The foundation's annual awards are the highest honors for food and beverage professionals working in America. They include awards for books, restaurant design, broadcast media, journalism, and restaurant and chef. In fact, Ann Arbor's own Alex Young of Zingerman’s Roadhouse won this year for best chef in the Great Lakes Region!

Here is a sampling of just some of the notable books awarded this year:

Cookbook of the Year: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy
American Cooking: Pig: King of the Southern Table
Baking and Dessert: Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
General Cooking: The Essential New York Times Cook Book: Classic Recipes for a New Century
Healthy Focus: The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook
International: Stir-frying to the sky's edge
Writing and Literature: Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
Cookbook Hall of Fame winner: On Food and Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen

To see the full list of award winners go here.

Cheesemaking for All

If you are anything like me, you are intrigued by the idea of making your own cheeses. However, to someone who is new to this experience it can seem like a daunting task. There are special tools, ingredients, and recipes which all contribute to the feeling that you are performing a grand science experiment instead of creating a tasty treat. However, thanks to the surge of material made available to those interested in environmentally friendly living, making your own cheese has now become an obtainable goal.

The library has plenty of resources if you are a first time, or even a seasoned cheesemaker. There are books that cover the basics and books that provide more details than you would ever want to know. And after you have successfully made your first edible cheese, you can sit down with a plate of it and watch a Benedictine nun traverse the French countryside learning about cheese. Really, when it comes to cheese, the possibilities are endless.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #258

In Jael McHenry's The Kitchen Daughter Ginny Selvaggio, a young woman living with Asperger's syndrome, in the attic of her family's enormous and historic home must learn to care for herself with her parents' unexpected death. Now her yuppie sister, Amanda wants to sell the house. Grieving Ginny retreats into her obsession with cooking, and at the wake, a batch of her Nonna's ribollita conjures up not only rich aroma and old family secrets, but also a ghost or two.

McHenry's debut novel is a "sensitive and realistic portrait of someone living with Asperger's,... (and) a touching tale about loss and grief, love and acceptance".

The author is an amateur cook who grew up in Michigan and Iowa. She now lives in New York, blogging about food and cooking at the Simmer blog.

Fans of foodie/culinary-themed Women's Fiction are no doubt familiar with Erica Bauermeister's The School of Essential Ingredients, Melissa Senate's The Love Goddess' Cooking School, and the lovely (and ghostly/magical) confections of Sarah Addison Allen.

Also hot-off-the-press in this genre are: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (Pub. April 2011) and (audio) The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted: A Novel by Bridget Asher (Pub. March 2011).

My Cooking Class: Step by Step Recipes

If you haven't already checked out the new cookbook series My Cooking Class, we now have a few including Pasta Basics. This cookbook series has a different kind of layout, with pictures showing what various steps look like in the process:

my cooking class example page

The recipes range from just a few simple ingredients to ones with many more steps. Here is an example of a simple pasta dish which is just tossed in a garlic, chili and oil heated mix:

Garlic, chili, oil spelt angel hair

Regardless of ingredients all recipes are easy to follow and make. If you are looking for good, delicious food that is easy and usually fast to cook look no further than the My Cooking Class series.

Author Birthdays: Hersh, Kingsolver, Okorafor-Mbachu

April 8th marks the birthday of authors Seymour Hersh, Barbara Kingsolver, and Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu.

Seymour Hersh is an American award-winning journalist and author. Many of his articles were written for The New Yorker. He won a Pulitzer in journalism for his writing on the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.

Hersh's books include a biography of JFK, called The Dark Side of Camelot, which portrays the late president as reckless, and was very controversial after its publication. He also wrote Chain Of Command: The Road From 9/11 To Abu Ghraib, which discusses topics like the torture and mistreatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.

Barbara Kingsolver is a multi-award-winning American author, whose latest novel was the popular The Lacuna, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010.

Kingsolver's best known work might be The Poisonwood Bible, which is about a missionary family who moves to the Belgian Congo in the mid-20th century. Her most interesting book, in my opinion, might be her non-fiction book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life, which outlines Kingsolver and her family as they attempt to eat solely locally-grown food for one year.

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu is a Nigerian-American fantasy writer. Her newest book, Who Fears Death, was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2010.

Okorafor-Mbachu has written some young adult novels, which may be of interest to many teens in world literature classes who are looking for something a bit more modern than the classics. Her novel The Shadow Speaker is set in a futuristic West Africa and relays the tale of a girl with magical powers who is seeking vengeance.

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