Eat Tweet, and other Twitter lit

Maureen Evans brings us Eat Tweet: A Twitter Cookbook, 1,020 recipe gems from the Twitter community’s @cookbook. Evans was the first person to tweet recipes on the social media site Twitter, and currently nearly 60,000 followers are getting daily recipe doses from Evans through @cookbook.

With Twitter comes a 140 character limit per post. What? A recipe that’s only 140 characters long? Yes, and here is a book compiling all those tweets. With only 140 characters for each recipe, you can fit a lot of recipes into one little cookbook, as is the case here. Also great about the word limitation, is that the recipes are quick and easy. The book is complete with a glossary to some of the shortcuts used in the recipes, to ensure that they maintain Twitter’s rules. The book is divided into categories and features recipes for all times of day and types of meals. Basics like sauces and stocks, as well as soups, meats, pastas, drinks, and more.

Fans of the Twitter-side of this book might also enjoy Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books In Twenty Tweets Or Less, featuring laugh out loud tweets from famous literary characters. Or there’s Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World, where history’s biggest personalities share their innermost thoughts via Twitter. LOL indeed.

Eat This, Not That

'Tis the season for parties and food as we visit with family and friends! "Eater's Remorse" may begin to creep up as we find ourselves overindulging in delectable holiday treats!

Worrying about packing on the pounds through the holiday season doesn't have to put a damper on your holiday enjoyment! Instead of an expanding waistline you can acquire expanding knowledge that will help you make the best and healthiest food choices this season.

The authors of the Eat This, Not That! series have just released a new edition to help you fight an expanding holiday waistline. When you know how many calories, fats, and sugars certain foods contain before you eat them, you can stick to a diet throughout the holiday season. With more knowledge and control, you will be better prepared to enjoy your favorites while leaving the diet busters alone!

Michigan Good Food Film Festival Call for Submissions!

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In collaboration with Slow Food Huron Valley, Food System Economic Partnership and Whole Foods Market the Washtenaw Community College digital video program is sponsoring the first ever Michigan Good Food Film Festival. The Festival is a juried competition encouraging students and community members to consider what good food means to them. Submissions are due on January 7, 2011. See the Michigan Good Food Film Festival website for submission guidelines. And don’t forget to put it on your calendar to attend the screening on Monday, February 28, 2011 in the Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building!

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month

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October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! Founded by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, October 1st kicks off this edible plant lover's time of year with World Vegetarian Day. Why not get involved in this celebration by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism or trying out a few vegetarian recipes on your own? Some great cookbooks include The Conscious Cook : Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change The Way You Eat, Betty Crocker's Vegetarian Cooking : Easy Meatless Main Dishes Your Family Will Love, Vegetarian : Create Great-tasting Dishes Through The Seasons or those from Vegetarian Times. For your viewing pleasure, check out 30 Minute Meals Vegging Out with Food Network chef Rachael Ray. Or to find that happy medium, The Flexitarian Table : Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone in Between offers exciting menus to satisfy both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Take this time to indulge in a meatless meal.

Happy National Coffee Day!

In celebration of the drink loved around the world, check out some of our coffee offerings here at the AADL. The Coffee Book : Anatomy of An Industry From Crop to The Last Drop will answer many of your questions, and probably offer up some facts you didn't even know, about this tasty beverage. The Joy of Coffee : The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying will guide you to coffees suited to your particular tastes. Making Your Own Gourmet Coffee Drinks : Espressos, Cappuccinos, Lattes, Mochas, and More! will assist you in the kitchen along with I Love Coffee! : Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks. Confessions of a Coffee Bean : The Complete Guide to Coffee Cuisine is yet another journey into the world of coffee.coffeecoffee

This Saturday is the Homegrown Festival

HomegrownHomegrownThat’s right! Are you ready for local food, local beverage, local live music, and good times? You’ll find it at the 3rd annual Homegrown Festival this Saturday, from 6pm – 11pm in the Kerrytown market area. The festival aims to promote awareness of local foods, farmers, resources, food security, and community support. There will be heirloom tomato tasting, kids activities, chef demos, non-profit booths, a silent auction, games, and more. Check out the website for full schedule, including a list of the fabulous food vendors. For more local food love keep an eye on 2011’s Local Food Summit, and keep in mind that September is Local Food Month!

Cook the Book: Pure and Simple

Note: This cookbook does use dairy products and is centered around northern cuisine

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Pure & Simple : Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine provides lots of ideas for easy to make vegetarian dishes. While you'll want to make sure you have indian ingredients like asafoetida and chickpea flour on hand for many of the dishes, there are some common ingredient recipes as well with tomatoes, potato, etc. There is a list of local ethnic grocery stores on Arborwiki if you have difficulty finding some of the ingredients.

While simple and little work, a potato/tomato dish had plenty of flavor with a myriad of spices (I found I needed to add more than directed for my taste level):

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A more elaborate dish was a chickpea flour dumplings (pictured above) in a spicy yogurt sauce:

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You can find a copy of this recipe online in a few places to give you an idea of ingredients used in the book. While it contains quite a few ingredients you might not keep on hand, the book uses them in most recipes so once you have the supplies for one you will likely have enough for most of the book. Overall I found the book easy to follow with good photography and background information. If you are looking for something new, even indian food-wise, give this book a checkout.

German Park is This Saturday, July 31st!

If you want some real German food traditional German music and dancing and to relax with friends or family outside, then German Park is the place for you! I attended my second German Park last month and had a lot of fun. There is plenty of space with picnic tables and shade. The food is deliscious from the Spätzle to the German potato salad, sauerkraut to the sausages.

If you can't get enough German food, here are a few cookbooks here at the library to get you started. Culinaria Germany , The German Cookbook; A Complete Guide To Mastering Authentic German Cooking, Recipes Of The Old German Restaurant : And Other Traditional German Recipes.

Do you want more German folk music? The library has that too! Here are Songs for Oktober Fest and Folksongs from Bavaria to get you started.

German park is the last Saturday of June, July and August. The remaining dates for 2010 are Saturday July 31st and Saturday August 28th. For hours, directions and prices please see the The German Park Website.

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AADL Favorites the Brass Sisters Coming up on Throwdown with Bobby Flay

Marilyn and Sheila Brass have been by AADL a few times to teach us about heirloom cooking. They always leave us wanting more of their humor and great kitchen tips. So we were excited (and a little afraid) for them when we heard about their upcoming appearance on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Brass Sisters have to take on Flay in a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Battle. We don't know who wins, but we know who we'll be routing for!

You can check out a few videos of past Brass Sisters visits to AADL in our online video collection. Watch them give a talk about their most recent book, Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters, and then check out an interview from AADL's Community Relations Manager Tim Grimes. Then be sure to tune in to the Food Network on Wednesday, June 30 at 9 pm for the Brass Sisters on Throwdown.

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