Things We Love: Food and Television

It is that time of year when we begin thinking about food just a bit too much, and plan meals and treats that would be perfect for such and such occasion. Why not celebrate food a little further with some quality cooking shows on DVD! They are ever-entrancing and sure to have you grabbing snacks from the kitchen as you watch.

Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations: Chef and author Anthony Bourdain travels the world sampling local foods and culture. His dry wit and honest opinion of food and culture keep this show lively.

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie: Gourmet travels the world to serve you a feast of culinary trends, exotic ingredients, and food-obsessed personalities. Exploring the world through food never looked so yummy.

America’s Test Kitchen: In the most watched cooking show on public television, viewers can learn the secrets to foolproof home cooking along with no-nonsense reviews of kitchen equipment and supermarket ingredients.

Cook’s Country: Christopher Kimball and your favorite chefs from America's Test Kitchen turn their no-nonsense approach to cooking to the American repertoire, turning bad food into great food through careful testing. Set in a farmhouse of interesting characters, this show is a hoot.

Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home: Two of the world's most talented and engaging chefs, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, gather in Julia's famous kitchen to present the essence of great home cooking.

Oliver’s Twist: Chef Jamie Oliver shows us how to shop for the freshest, most flavorful ingredients and then it's back to his flat where he rustles up some tasty dishes for his friends. Jamie’s charisma and food knowledge make me want to bike down to the local bakery and buy some fancy breads after watching this show.

Chef! Famous chef Gareth Blackstock struggles with dividing time between wife Janice and the restaurant. It's a good thing he can let off steam with his remarks.

Now back away from the TV and go stir that sauce!

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Notable Dates for the Week of November 1 to November 7

November 1 National Cook For Your Pets Day

November 2 All Soul’s Day

November 3 The first animal was sent into space on this date in 1957: A female dog named Laika.

November 4 Egyptian Day of Love. Founded by journalist Mustafa Amin in 1977, the day is meant as an annual reminder for people to treat others with love and respect.

November 5 Guy Fawkes Night is traditionally celebrated with fireworks and a bonfire. Sounds fun!

November 6 Nachos Day

November 7 The New York Museum of Modern Art opened on this date in 1929.

Keep your mind off all the big holidays coming up by focusing on these. It's a productive form of procrastination.

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Notable Dates for the Week of October 23 to October 31

October 23 National Mother-in-Law Day

October 24 Get your tricks ready for International Magic Week beginning on the 25th and running to the 31st

October 25 On Sourest Day have yourself a drink of lemonade!

October 26 National Frankenstein Day

October 27 Cranky Coworkers Day

October 28 Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern to Work Day

October 29 National Cat Day

October 30 Haunted Refrigerator Day was inspired by Stephen King’s short story "The Mauler" in the Night Shift. The idea is for everyone to clean their crusty refrigerators before they take over the kitchen.

October 31 All Hallows’ Eve

Last Week In Booklists

Notable Dates for the Week of October 16 to October 22

October 16 Freedom From Bullies Week starting from the 16th to 22nd

October 17 Black Poetry Day

October 18 National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 19 Mother Teresa Day

October 20 44th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin filming of Sasquatch

October 21 National Reptile Day

October 22 International Stuttering
Awareness Day

Celebrate each and every day, punctuality may or may not make a difference.

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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:

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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...

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."

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.

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