Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Writing About Food and Cooking

Books about Food and Cooking

From memoirs to science, there is a wide range of topics for authors who muse about, inform and instruct us about food and cooking. You will find many of these titles on the shelves at the library. You can place reserves for them from home through the library catalog. Or call, email or visit and we can help you find them!

If you enjoy memoirs with an exotic flavor consider:
  • My life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  • Climbing the mango trees : a memoir of a childhood in India
  • A Culinary journey in Gascony : recipes and stories from my French canal boat by Kate Ratliffe
For vicarious living in the competitive, sometimes raunchy world of professional chefs:
  • Heat : an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta maker, and apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
  • Kitchen confidential : adventures in the culinary underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  • The devil in the kitchen : sex, pain, madness, and the making of a great chef by Marco Pierre White with James Steen
For thoughtful views of what we choose to eat:
  • The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals
  • Diet for a small planet by Frances Moore LappĂ©
  • Plenty : one man, one woman, and a raucous year of eating locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
  • How to eat : the pleasures and principles of good food by Nigella Lawson.
If you are a fan of micro-histories, you might enjoy these titles that look at history through the lens of an ingredient:
  • Salt : a world history by Mark Kurlansky
  • Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or, The true and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history by Giles Milton
  • Letters from the hive : an intimate history of bees, honey, and humankind by Stephen Buchmann with Banning Repplier
If you enjoy biographies:
  • Alice Waters and Chez Panisse : the romantic, impractical, often eccentric, ultimately brilliant making of a food revolution by Thomas McNamee
  • California dish : what I saw (and cooked) at the American culinary revolution by Jeremiah Tower
  • Stand facing the stove : the story of the women who gave America the Joy of Cooking by Anne Mendelson
  • The apprentice : my life in the kitchen by Jacques Pepin
  • Take big bites : adventures around the world and across the table by Linda Ellerbee
If you enjoy essays:
  • On food and cooking : the science and lore of the kitchen and The curious cook : more kitchen science and lore Harold McGee.
  • Many titles by Calvin Trillin and M. F. K. Fisher
Notable food authors to consider reading:

Ruth Reichl, Laurie Colwin

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ejournals now searchable in MARVEL!

Have you ever wanted to know how to locate particular journals, magazines, or newspapers in one of MARVEL!'s resources? Check out Ejournals@MARVEL by clicking "find journals, magazines and newspapers by title " on MARVEL!'s home page.


Advantages to Ejournals@MARVEL:

  • See exactly which journals, magazines, or newspapers are available at MARVEL! in one central location.
  • Search for a specific journals, magazines, newspapers by title, ISSN or by subject. [ISSN = International Standard Serial Number,which identifies journal publications]

What is MARVEL! you ask?

MARVEL! is a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers and reference books that are credible, reputable resources. It is
available to every resident of Maine!

MARVEL! provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for needed information. Check out "About MARVEL " for more information or "Getting Started."

Friday, December 07, 2007

Book Browsing for Agoraphobes

Would you like to see what new titles the library has purchased without having to subject yourself to:
  • winter driving?
  • slippery walking?
  • airborne diseases?
  • warm public places?
  • cold public places?
  • cheerful people?
  • crabby people?
  • people?
Our new fiction titles are on our web page arranged (as they are in the library) by Author.

Our new non-fiction books are arranged (as they are upstairs at the library) by Dewey number.

000-099 News, Internet, Museums & Magazines

100-199 Psychology, Witch Trials & Philosophy

200-299 Religion & Mythology

300-399 Education, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Social Sciences

400-499 Language

500-599 Sciences & Mathematics

600-699 Technology, Health & Cooking

700-799 Arts, Sports & Recreation

800-899 Literature

900-999 Geography, History & Travel

Call us at 725-5242 and we'll set a copy aside for you. Send a friend to pick it up.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Mitten and Hat Drive


Curtis Library is sponsoring a Mitten and Hat Drive. With snow and wind blowing, now is the time to think warm. Please donate a pair of new or gently used mittens, gloves or hat for a child in need.

Brunswick Human Services is looking for donations for children in kindergarten through grade 12.

Please drop them off at the Circulation Desk in the front lobby.

Thank You!!!