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Happy July

July is…evidently, July is about food.  This is National Eggplant and Lettuce Month, National Ice Cream Month, and National Blueberry Month.  Also the month of horseradish, mango, melon, nectarine, garlic, hot dogs, and grilling in general  (I am not making this up).

This year, I subscribed to my first CSA (community-supported agriculture).  Every other week, I get a box full of local produce just brimming with vim and vigor and vitamins.  It’s like a treasure box!  I have to get on the web to learn how to use wheatberries, or scapes, or green garlic.  I feel so virtuous: I’m eating local, supporting local farming, and eating more vegetables–how much more virtuous can you get in the summer?  (If you’re interested, visit vivafarms.org, it’s a very nifty Skagit organization.)

So in honor of July (and virtue), I thought I’d share with you some of the books here at the library that celebrate good food.

Learn about it
Michael Pollan:  The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Food Rules
Jonathan S. Foer:  Eating Animals
Steve Ettlinger:  Twinkie, Deconstructed
Alisa Smith: Plenty : eating locally on the 100-mile diet  (in British Columbia) 

Grow it
Barbara Kingsolver:  Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: a year of food life
Susan Browne: Little farm in the foothills   (in Whatcom County)

Ann Lovejoy: The year in bloom : gardening for all seasons in the Pacific Northwest
William Alexander: The $64 Tomato


Cook it
Food for all seasons : savory recipes from the Pacific Northwest
The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook
Understanding and managing your child’s food allergies
The Divvies Bakery cookbook : no nuts, no eggs, no dairy, just delicious!


Revel in It  (light fiction for reading in the hammock)(with some food)
Aimee Bender:  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Erica Bauermeister:  The School of Essential Ingredients
Kate Jacobs:  Comfort Food
arah Addison Allen:  The Sugar Queen
Joanne Harris:  Chocolat
Diane Mott Davidson:  any of her mysteries, like The Cereal Murders, or Fatally Flaky

                             —Bon Appetit!  Mary Beth



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The Eating Season

Earlier this week we celebrated a staff birthday with yummy Pumpkin Pie Bars. Cut them in dessert size portions, add a squirt of whip cream, and it’s a great alternative for anyone who’s reluctant to go to all the work of rolling out dough for a pumpkin pie.

With the holiday season fast approaching (or as it’s known at my house: The Eating Season), check out the great selection of cookbooks @ your library for a new recipe, or maybe a new twist on an old favorite. Here are a few options: Sweet Alternative, Pie, Pie, Pie, and The All-American Dessert Book.

We subscribe to several cooking and food magazines as well, like: Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Cook’s Illustrated, Taste of Home, and Weight Watchers.

Bon Appétit, and I’ll let you know when one of the staff cooks up another tasty creation.



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