Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Beautiful Little Book

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I don't really know what I expected when I selected this book. It's a fairly small volume, about 5"x7", hard covered, with very nice coated pages. Each page has a contemporary watercolor, with notes about the way the artist created the picture. I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this book. Perhaps a little more detail? This is what the author says in her introduction, in part: "Accompanying each work is a short exploration of the artist's approach and the techniques used, so you can try some of the ideas out too."

Each pair of pages contains a picture to the right, and a paragraph or 2 on the left page briefly discussing what the painting is, and perhaps what the artist intended to create. Other than the pages about making blooms and similar special effects, there isn't much on how the paintings were created - paper, paint, ink, whatever - in most cases. It's a pretty little book, and a nice review, but isn't as helpful to the artistic process as I might have hope.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Nostalgic Tale

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PROVENCE, 1970 BY LUKE BARR

A nostalgic view of the reinvention of American food in Provence in 1970 based on the journals of M.F.K. Fisher.  Luke Barr, the grandnephew of Fisher, details the coming together of Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard.  They cooked and ate and talked late into the night about the future of food in America, while we sit with them and enjoy the evening.    Wonderful stories, wonderful food.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD MAKE THIS COOKBOOK BETTER IS IF JOY SENT A DESSERT WITH EACH BOOK. Sue Hill 5 Stars November 25, 2014

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Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats 

 

 



I just love looking through this cookbook and seeing the photographs of these wonderful desserts. 
The cookie recipe that I want to make for Christmas is the "Melty Chocolate-Truffle Cookies."

JOY WILSON is the blogger behind the award-winning JoytheBaker.com. Joy’s photography has been featured in Food & Wine, Redbook, The Atlantic, and Forbes.com. Joy the Baker has been named one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by the London Times and Best Baking Blog by Saveur. She is also host of the Joy the Baker Podcast and the web series Bonkers Awesome! on Scripps’ Ulive network.  

Joy Wilson has created and photographed 125 recipes in Homemade Decadence. While I have not baked all 125, I can tell you that every recipe I've tried out from Joy the Baker so far has left me impressed - Not only due to the accuracy and ease of the instructions for each recipe, but also the taste, texture and all around incredible  look of the finished product.

Wonderful photos and a great index.






Friday, November 7, 2014

THE BREAD REVOLUTION.

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.My favorite bread cookbook is "THE TASSAJARA BREAD BOOK."  More than 30 years old, it covered whole grain bread making in an era when most people were still buying Wonder Bread.  It changed not only how I made bread, but the whole grain ingredients that I used.  I had never heard of the "sponge" method of raising bread and I enjoyed making making my loaves using my large white bowl.  "The Bread Revolution" by Peter Reinhart has the potential to revolutionize the making of bread for a new generation just like the "Tassajara Bread Book" did for mine.  The volume will be very interesting for those people who store whole grains and would enjoy the health benefits of baking with sprouted grains.

One negative note:  I was looking forward to this title then I opened the book and was disappointed at the font size and choice of print coloring. I found it difficult to read, might only be a personal issue. If you are using a protective cookbook stand in the kitchen for your recipes the print is very small and difficult to read at a glance while preparing a recipe.  Perhaps buying it as a ebook would making it more readable for the cooks who plan on preparing recipes from this book.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Story Time Review

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Halloween Story Time

Our final week of this session and we did Halloween stories with the children. We read It's Halloween Night by Jennifer O'Connell, Ghost Ate it All by Janee Trasler, The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by Elizabeth Mills, Algernon Graves is Scary Enough by Peter Bollinger and How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Miner.

Since the Ghost Ate it All book is so small I decided to translate it into a flannel board story. I printed off pictures of the food mentioned in the story and laminated it. I then made a tissue paper ghost and printed out a picture of the Frankenstein monster. This worked so well the kids really enjoyed it. As an extension activity I also printed out some picture of Halloween items like spiders and bats and such. I took an empty milk jug and cut out a square mouth and drew on some black eyes with magic marker. Then the kids took turns choosing a picture and feeding things to the ghost. Sorry somehow the photos of all of this got deleted from the staff camera! But I think you can use your imagination since it was fairly straight forward.

For our craft we continued with The Ghost Ate It All theme. I gave the children a die-cut ghost and some pictures of the Halloween items we used for the previous activity. They glued the ghost onto a piece of construction paper and added what they wanted inside the ghost. Then they could take home the ghost and retell the story.

Next session will begin in January! Registration day will be January 6th at 10:00 a.m.
See you all soon!

Michele Schumann,
Children's Librarian

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Flour + Water Pasta

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From San Francisco's popular Italian restaurant,  "Flour + Water", comes a complete primer on the craft of pasta making.  You might think that a comprehensive tutorial in pasta making would be dry, but you’d be wrong. I read flour + water in one sitting, fascinated by the lively story of one of San Francisco’s great restaurants and the smartly written, easy to follow recipes. This is an enchanting, inspiring book.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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The Eensy Weensy Spider...came to Story Time!
This week our story time topic was spiders. We read Halloween Bugs by David A. Carter, A Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, and Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman with our Jr. classes.  We read Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Graham, The Spider and the Fly by Mary Botham Howitt with Illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi, and The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out (Big Time!) by Troy Cummings with our preschoolers.

We did a couple of spider finger plays and of course we had to sing the Eensy Weensy Spider song.

I created a spider web with some chairs and some yarn and the children pretended to be little bugs and climb under the web without getting caught by the spider. To add to the challenge, I hung some bells on the web. If they touched the web they would be caught when the bell rang and alerted the spider.

For our craft we created a web for our spider using a paper plate and some black yarn.

Next Week: Flies and bugs
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian