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Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand

Leela Punyaratabandhu

COOKING 641.5959 PUN

 Bangkok is a city in Thailand that is as unique as its food. This city contains a geographical feature that serves a great duty to the people in this city. The Chao Phraya River runs right through the heart of the city and is filled with fresh fish and prawns. The diet in Bangkok consist of mostly rice, fish, fruits and vegetables. This is due to the religious belief that frowns upon the killing and consumption of large animals such as cows or water buffalos because of their usefulness in rice farming. This cookbook contains step by step instructions on creating Bangkok cuisine such as Rice Noodle Parcels with Chile-lime Sauce, Watermelon with Fish Dip, Black Pepper Roasted Chicken, etc. Desserts such as Sour Mango and Salty Palm Sugar Caramel Dip, Steamed Bread with Dipping Custard, coconut rice pudding cakes, etc. are also included. If you are looking to explore a different culture’s cuisine, Bangkok, by Leela Punyaratabandhu is the book for you!

 Land of the Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China

 Fuchsia Dunlop

COOKING 641.5951 DUN

 Land of Fish and Rice is a cookbook based on the everyday diet in China’s Lower Yangtze. This region is known as “south of river” or in Chinese, Jiangnan. The Jiangnan culture has been growing rice since the Neolithic times. The Great Yangtze River Flows through the sides of China and is where the people get their fish. Pork and chicken are also cherished meats in the region, and is the main ingredient in most of the cuisine. Following the step by step recipes assists the production of food such as Eight-treasure Spicy Relish, Red-braised Fish, Chicken Congee, and more. This cookbook also has recipes for teas, vegetarians, desserts, soups, etc. If you are looking to step out of your everyday norm and try another culture’s cuisine, Land of the Fish and Rice, is a highly suggested cookbook.

 Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crust, Fillings, and Life

 Kate McDermott

COOKING 641.8652 MCD

 Kate McDermott simply enjoys the art of baking and teaching others how to bake pies. She views pie making as a craft that she wants to spread to the people around her. In her cookbook, Art of the Pie, she not only gives the physical instructions of pie making, but the emotional and mental as well. She includes techniques such as how to roll pie dough, how to create the right consistency of dough, freezing and baking fruit pies, and more. McDermott also encourages creating signatures for your pie to help make a pie your own. She includes many recipes like Gluten-Free Nutty No-Bake Crust, Blueberry Pie, Plum Pie, Mocha Cream Pie, and so much more! If you are looking to learn the craft of pie making and how to make a pie your own, Kate McDermott’s, Art of the Pie, is a must have!




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Genealogy resources available through Hoover Library

Are you curious about who you are, and the leaves that make up your family tree? Explore your family ancestry with Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online. Heritage Quest Online lets you explore your genealogy online from home. Search through census images for decades 1790-1930, books with family and local histories, an index of over 2.3 million geneaology and local history articles, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records from 1865-1874 and US Congress records including memorials, petitions and private relief actions. You can even search grave indices and locate where your ancestors are buried. Ancestry Library Edition is only available inside the library and offers  access to all of the same records and indices. What makes Ancestry Library Edition unique is that it offers a name search engine. Just enter a name, and Ancestry Library Edition will generate a list of all records available, saving time searching through millions of records to minutes!


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Insatiable Readers Meets Saturday, August 12

This month’s Insatiable Readers book group is delving into the world of Participatory Writing. This style cultivates the idea that the best way to learn about something new is to live it! The featured books this month will cover authors’ adventures and experiences from their very own “participatory year.” We will be talking about everything from Shonda Rimes’s My Year of Yes to A.J. Jacobs’s The Guinea Pig Diaries.



With anything from classes, book discussion groups, your favorite fiction and nonfiction materials, to live music our adult services is sure to have something for everyone!