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Aug 20

6 New Cookbooks to Check Out

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM by Craig Jacobson

Untitled Document weeknight easy.jpg1. Good Housekeeping Weeknight Easy: 185 Really Quick, Simply Delicious Recipes

Whether you are looking for a delicious take on a traditional favorite like Macaroni and Cheese or a new sizzling Stir Fry to try, you are sure to find many wonderful ideas here. There is truly something for all ages. Each recipe provided has a healthy twist making calorie intake reasonable and the ingredients needed are those you may already have in your pantry and will not cost you a fortune. It is a book that is both practical and offers multiple ways to use various ingredients. You won’t be disappointed.

meatless all day.jpg2. Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals
By: Dina Cheney

In Cheney’s book, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served up along with resources/websites regarding information on the vegetarian lifestyle and how to maintain it. Cheney offers up vegetarian versions of your favorite dishes along with some new ideas that are both heart healthy and good-tasting. From Quiche to Cuban Black Bean Stew to Mexican Shepherd’s Pie, this book has so many good ideas that it would be a shame not to give it a try. Even those who are not vegetarians may find something in this book to interest them. It is truly a gem.

buttermilk.jpg3. The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook: Recipes and Reflections from a Small Vermont Dairy
By: Diane St. Clair

There is a quiet elegance to this book and the way it is put together that is to be appreciated. It will also surprise you just how many truly wonderful recipe ideas you can sink your teeth into using the main ingredient of buttermilk. In this book, buttermilk goes beyond the pancake with such recipes as: Oatmeal Muffins with Apples and Cinnamon, Buttermilk Lasagna, Buttermilk and Shrimp Soup, Buttermilk Béchamel Pizza, and many more. There is also a delightful and simple recipe for Buttermilk Oyster Crackers that are wonderful with various soups. Do yourself a favor and take a peek at this gorgeous book.

simple thai food.jpg4. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen
By: Leela Punyaratabandhu

Looking to put a little spice in your life? Then this is just the book for you! The recipes are delicious and simple enough for you to try at home with many restaurant quality dishes to serve up. The Pad Thai with Shrimp is especially tasty and might even tempt you away from ordering out. Love Spring Rolls and Chicken Cashew Stir Fry? Those and many other terrific favorites are offered up here. With rice dishes, salads, sides and various main courses you are set to go with this helpful book.

neelys.jpg5. Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours
By: Pat & Gina Neely

This book is all about southern comfort food and recipes that have been passed down through the generations. The Neelys bring a loving, down-home zest for cooking in this joyful book that is contagious. You will feed off of their enthusiasm for cooking and sharing with family and friends. And with 100 recipes, from Skillet Roasted Chicken to Brunswick Stew to zesty Bourbon French Toast, you will no doubt find something to try out with your family here. This book is vibrant and colorful with many great tips that Pat and Gina also use on their Food Network hit series, Down Home with the Neelys. They are a fun and loving couple with so many innovative ideas to share. Be sure to check out this book today.

smitten kitchen.jpg6. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook
By: Deb Perelman

This book is a personal favorite with so many terrific recipes that it is difficult to decide which one to try out first. Perelman created a book that is both relatable to the average person, being that she is not a chef or restaurant owner, and fun, with delicious twists on classics that will not seem as daunting as other cookbook’s might make them out to be. Her Vermouth Mussels with Tarragon Oven Fries are not only delicious but easy to make and her Tomato-Glazed Meatloaf with brown butter mashed potatoes is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The stand-outs in this book though have to be the amazingly mouth-watering desserts, such as: Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake, Marbled Pumpkin Gingersnap Tart, and the amazing Deepest Dish Apple Pie. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is definitely worth a look.

These are just a few of the many wonderful cookbooks Frank L. Weyenberg Library has on the shelves. Young and old, good home cooking is something to be appreciated by all. Please stop in and check out our selection today. We look forward to seeing you!

-All Book Cover Photos Provided via EasiCat.
Aug 04

Coming Attractions…

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM by Craig Jacobson

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They may not be released in theaters quite yet, but they are available for check out at your local library.  What happens when Hollywood takes a favorite book and adapts the story for the big screen?  Some love seeing the images and characters come to life while others would prefer to let the story live on in their imagination.  Regardless of which direction you lean, movie adaptations inevitably lead to much discussion.  The liberties that filmmakers often take with the source material may result in feelings of outrage (changed endings, cutting favorite characters, etc.) or joy (changed endings, cutting annoying characters, etc.)  As summer winds down and the fall movie season begins there are a number of book adaptations for all ages about to hit theaters. 

wild.jpgwild_movie.jpgFor adults, several star-studded adaptations make their way to the silver screen.  First, thrillers Dark Places starring Charlize Theron and Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck, both books penned by Gillian Flynn, will hit theaters on September 1st and October 3rd respectively.  The family drama starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey This is Where I Leave You adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Tropper opens on September 19.  The Mequon-Thiensville Community Book Club’s September selection Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (discussion on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:30) a memoir by Cheryl Strayed will open in theaters on December 5 starring Reese Witherspoon.  A second true life story set to hit theaters on Christmas Day is Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption in which Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of POW Louis Zamperini. 

mazerunner_movie.jpgmazerunner.jpgYoung adult book to movie adaptations this year cover everything from first love and tragedy to action and adventure.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman, in theaters August 22, tells the story of Mia Hall, a young cellist who finds herself in a coma after a devastating accident and must figure out how to live with the repercussions.  The first installment in a new trilogy opens with Maze Runner (September 19) and puts readers and viewers in the midst of a brand new adventure from the mind of James Dashner.  Finally, one of the most anticipated films of 2014 is the first installment of Mockingjay, the third and final story in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 

herebemonsters.jpgboxtrolls_movie.jpgSeveral children’s book adaptations bring beloved stories to life and encourage families to revisit the original stories again.  First the children’s novel Here be Monsters!: an Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures by Alan Snow is released on September 26 under a different title: The Boxtrolls.  Classic picture books Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  (by Judith Viorst) and Paddington (by Michael Bond) both receive the silver screen treatment and will be released in theaters on October 10 and December 25, respectively. 

Which title are you looking forward to most?  All titles mentioned above are available at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library in a variety of formats and will be in demand in the coming months, so get started now.  Read the book and then see the movie or see the movie then read the book, whichever you prefer.  Ask your reference librarian for any help locating these titles and enjoy the show!

All images provide courtesy of Easicat and the Eastern Shores Library System or IMDB.com

Jul 23

Beach Time is Reading Time

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM by Craig Jacobson

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Top.jpgSummer is finally here and it’s time for the beach. Now that you’re done swimming and playing your third game of volleyball how about soaking in the sun with a good read.  If you like mysteries, enjoy authors like Patterson and Evanovich, and you want to spend your time english american book cover.jpgat the beach with likable detectives, you might enjoy the following series -Stephanie Plum Novels, Alex Cross Novels, Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Odd Thomas Novels, No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the Scarpetta Series, Kinsey Millhone Mysteries and the Lincoln Rhyme Novels.

Some of you may prefer a lighter, more romantic type of writing.  In that case you might enjoy The English American, The Guy Not Taken, The Devil Wears Prada, Queen of Babble, Savannah Breeze, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Anybody Out There.  For romance, you can never go wrong with anything written by Nora Roberts or Nicolas Sparks.

Thunderbolt kid.jpgIf you don’t like all that fluff, then you might enjoy books like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Beginner’s Greek, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Body Surfing, Water for Elephants, and Digging to America.  If you would rather read a real tear jerker then The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Happiness Sold Separately, and Testimony might be more to your liking.  Don’t forget the Kleenex.

Seeing as it is summer, you just might want a book that’s faster paced and shorter. Some of these YA books might just fit the bill, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hungry Games Trilogy, When You Reach Me, The Twilight Saga, Eleanor & Park, If I Stay, A Northern Light, and Rose Under Fire.

rose under fire book cover.jpgPerhaps you might want to spend your time under the sun reading one of the newest releases in 2014.  Here are a few suggestions for you:  The Invention of Wings , The Visionist, Hollow City, Still Life With Bread Crumbs, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Summer House With a Swimming Pool, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

Whether you are stretched out on some beautiful beach or just in your favorite hammock in the back yard, with a few minutes to spare, happy summer and happy reading.

Book covers courtesy of Easicat.