Reviews and Blog Posts: food

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Madame Defarge Celebrates the Season: No one will lose their head, but it will still be amusing!

Our knitting salon has been hosting knitters, crocheters and fiber hobbyists for nearly ten years! And our lady of the yarn, Madame Defarge, loves to bring her crew together at the end of the year -- just for fun! Great light snacks, a warm cup of cider and the joy of hanging out together. Join us for this festive annual tradition. And check out more adult cultural events at Fresh City Life. 

Madame Defarge’s Holiday Party
Monday, December 2, 5-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

René has two last names

by René Colato Laínez

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris

by Ann Mah

Reviewer Rating:
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in...

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

Reviewer Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

International Cookbooks for the Ages

Marcella Hazan

The inimitable Marcella Hazan died this week at the age of 89. As the New York Times noted in the headline for her obituary, she "changed the way Americans cook Italian food." Her passing got me thinking about enduring cookbooks by strong-minded writers who have guided me in the kitchen and whose prose is a pleasure to read away from the stove. 

Hazan authored a number of cookbooks, notably The Classic Italian Cookbook. Although she never felt comfortable enough in English to compose in that language (she wrote in Italian and her husband translated the text), she had a forceful voice that commanded the reader's attention. She was exacting, opinionated, and sometimes peremptory--a stern teacher whose rigor her students cherish.

Weekend Fun Just For The Grown-ups!

This weekend is jam-packed with Fresh City Life My Branch programs!

Lose yourself in the beauty of Tuscany, as Diana Armstrong shares her experiences of living and cooking in Italy. Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Coming Attractions: United State of Food

Green smoothie photo from abeachcottage.com

Our favorite Chef, Shellie Kark, of KitchenCUE, will talk about the up-to-the-minute news about your food supply and share tips for making the best choices for healthy eating. 

We are leaving out talk of table manners and etiquette, in this three-part series about rolling up your sleeves, tucking in your napkin and taking your food supply into your own hands. You can stop being spoon fed information that someone else chooses for you to consume -- and educate yourself on what is coming to your table. Chef Shellie will help. We're also giving away a set of lunch boxes from The Container Store to one registered audience member!

Fresh Food In the City

Whether you need fresh new ideas or you're making an effort to get away from processed foods, you're sure to find these cooking programs helpful! Start by learning how to make easy homemade baby food, then learn how to pick out fresh produce, and finally discover easy make ahead meals. But don't forget to mark it on your calendar! It's all coming up in the next two weeks!

Join us on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch, as Clelia McVay from Happy Baby Foods shows you how to make healthy, homemade baby food. She'll demonstrate how to avoid allergens and create healthy food for your baby.

Relish : my life in the kitchen

by Lucy Knisley

Reviewer Rating:
5

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

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