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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #3: Read a book about books

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

Tao of Martha

If You Give a Blogger a Book Deal

They’ll Want a YouTube Channel

Whether it’s a writer of a food blog or the star of a YouTube Channel, books by Internet celebrities are here to stay. The wave of bloggers and YouTube celebrities turned writers has been going strong since the medium gained popularity in the early 2000’s. In many cases, these writers have challenged the odds to cultivate loyal, if sometimes niche, fan bases. In the end, the book still reigns supreme as these online personalities have gone on to write humor, how-to-guides, cookbooks, and even incredibly personal memoirs.

Recipe Swap

NEW! Cookbook Club

Meet up with Cookbook Enthusiasts for Recipe Swaps & More!

Join us on the third Thursday each month for Cookbook Club! Each month meet up with other cookbook enthusiasts to exchange recipes and sample treats. Check back each month for a new, featured recipe!   Please see the Adult Services Librarian for more information, or call 202-698-6373.

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Gone Grilling!

BBQ, Sides, and Desserts

Craving good barbecue over the summer? The summer months are a great time to bring out the grill! Below are selection of titles for planning a barbecue cookout.  Copies are available to check out from the library system.

Egypt-omania

From the Banks of the Nile

Egypt Revisited

It doesn’t take a riddle of the Sphinx to understand why the world has been so fascinated with Egypt - the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, King Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, the Library of Alexandria, and the the mighty Nile just to name a few things. There is something epic about this country in the northeast corner of Africa. Here, for your perusal, is a taste of a few things Egyptian.  

Animal Vegetable Miracle

Always in Season

Americans spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about what we're eating. And if we're not eating like we "should" we often carry a lot of guilt to the table with us. These cookbooks and memoirs encourage healthy eating to be joyful and indulgent, connecting us to both good taste and to the earth. The cookbooks range from easy, family friendly meals to more complicated gourmet fare, but they all focus on eating in season. By doing this the food is fresher, grown nearby and more likely to support a local farmer. 

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

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2016 James Beard Foundation Award Winners

Some of the Best of the Beards

It’s that time of the year again when the Beard Foundation Awards have been given out to the top chefs, restaurants, media and food literature. Here is a list of some of this year’s winners in the various cookbook categories. This is not a complete list but rather a spotlight on some of my favorites. To see the complete list of winners visit James Beard Foundation.  

Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake

Haunted Bakeries and Creepy Cakes

Books for a saccharine scare

Are you looking for a decadent and dark read? Check out these titles for a fun fright! For Young Readers (1st-3rd Grade) The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine

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Read it and Eat it!

With all the rain we’ve had lately, I keep thinking back to the book, Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco.

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