In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month. October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. Continue reading
Today is World Egg Day! In the U.S., our eggs are generally unpreserved (other than being refrigerated) and unfertilized white chicken eggs and, if not used as one ingredient in another dish, are generally eaten fried, scrambled, or hard-boiled. Would it surprise you to learn that the kinds of eggs we eat and how we prepare them represent but a small fraction of what kinds of eggs are used and how they’re prepared worldwide? Continue reading
Who needs cookbooks when you have Pinterest, AllRecipes, food blogs and numerous other online recipe sites? It’s true – it has never been easier to instantly get your hands on myriad versions of any dish you can imagine, complete with photos and step by step instructions, not to mention reviews, ratings, and suggestions from readers, but there is just something so satisfying and much more permanent about the look and feel of a real cookbook. October is National Cookbook Month and a perfect time to celebrate the wide variety of mouthwatering cookbooks available today.
A cookbook, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is technically a “book containing recipes and other information about the preparation and cooking of food.” This clinical definition doesn’t begin to describe most cookbooks on the market or in kitchens today. Though cookbooks have been around for hundreds of years, at least as far back as the 3rd century BC, they have come a long way, even since the early days of modern all-purpose cookbooks like Betty Crocker, Good Housekeeping, and Joy of Cooking, venerable old standbys though they are. Now you can find shelf after shelf (or page after page if you are shopping online) of richly illustrated cookbooks devoted to every kind of food and cuisine, opening your eyes and mouth to new cultures and traditions. Other cookbooks cater to every type of cooking, cook, food, or diet imaginable. Some are devoted to cooks in a hurry, including eattweet: a twitter cookbook, a collection of 140 character recipes, or how about this 1989 cookbook, Manifold Destiny, recipes you can cook on your car engine as you travel – now that’s a timesaver! There are even cookbooks for pets; what cat wouldn’t love a helping of mackerel asparagus mousse from the Kitty-Cat Cookbook? If you are into heavy metal, you really can’t pass up Mosh Potatoes, a cookbook featuring “recipes, anecdotes, and mayhem from the heavyweights of heavy metal.”
The list of specialized cookbooks goes on and on, but one category close to all book lovers’ hearts is the literary cookbook. If you have a favorite book, there is a good chance there is a cookbook based on it, from children’s books to classics to pop culture and best sellers. Amazon lists hundreds of such books, but here is a small sampling:
- A Feast of Fire and Ice, featuring recipes from across the seven kingdoms and The Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine, described as a parody recipe book, serving up laughs as well as Game of Thrones inspired baked treats.
- The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Of Butterbeers and Treacle Tarts, and Cooking for Muggles are just a few of many cookbooks inspired by Harry Potter, while The Wizards Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and More pays homage to wizards of all sorts.
- Tea with Jane Austen and The Jane Austen Cookbook bring you back to the genteel days of 18th century England.
- Roald Dahl’s Completely Revolting Recipes will appeal to young fans of his books. Who could resist a chance to try Stink Bugs Eggs, Wormy Spaghetti, or Mudslinger Burgers, all straight from the pages of his popular books.
- Another cookbook geared to young cooks is Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters. Not only a collection of recipes, it is a beautifully illustrated book where readers can imagine themselves as “co-conspirators, cooks, and tellers of tales themselves.”
- Can’t decide on one book or author? Then Literary Eats is the cookbook for you. It lets you cook up the favorite dishes of 150 American authors, living and dead, from as far back as the 18th century.
Whatever your food preference, there is sure to be a cookbook devoted to it. For even more examples of unusual cookbooks, as well as a brief history of cookbooks, check out the links below, then celebrate this month by pulling out a favorite cookbook or treat yourself to a new one. Bon Appetit!
The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best. Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library. Here is the latest news from that newsletter:
The Library is offering more online library instruction sessions?
Due to the success of the evening online library instruction sessions, the Reference Department is offering daytime online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate. The next two daytime online instruction sessions will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., and on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Both online library instruction sessions are Central Standard Time. The links to sign up for either session can be found on the Library Events Calendar located in the bottom right hand corner of the Library’s website library.bellevue.edu. We will continue to offer online library instruction using Blackboard Collaborate in the evening.
The Library collected cans for the all campus food drive?
The Library collected 274 cans for Bellevue University’s 4th Annual Food Fight. The Library Staff then competed with other departments to come up with a creative design using the cans. The Library staff created an iron throne. All proceeds were donated to the Bellevue Food Pantry to help the local community.
The Library has a new flag?
Based on a student recommendation, the Library recently purchased a Bellevue University flag which has been placed next to the Nebraska flag and the United States flag in the back of the Library.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 20 No. 4, Fall 2017.
It’s hard to not feel the impending nerves that come with the holidays, after all – it is October. Halloween will happen soon enough and we’ll soon be hearing Christmas songs in stores. Planning for school as well as everyday life can be stressful. Luckily, there are many helpful tips out there on how to take out a bit of the guess work for Get Organized Week. Continue reading
The fall of 2017 is an exciting time for North American star-gazers: a full solar eclipse on August 21, a meeting of Venus and Jupiter on November 13, and an especially visible Geminid Meteor shower on December 13. These events as well as continuous astronomical discoveries are drawing a great deal of attention from the general public. Scientists catalog new planets and other space objects every day, and many are postulated to be suitable for the support of life. Unfortunately, these exciting advancements are often shrouded in scientific jargon and advanced mathematics which make them effectively inaccessible to the average person. This new audiobook offers a concise overview of current scientific knowledge concerning these newest breakthroughs. Continue reading
Banned Books Week is celebrated each year in the fall, to bring awareness to the freedom to read. Even though some books are banned or challenged in schools for various reasons, libraries support open access to all expressive works. The American Library Association is a strong advocate for the freedom to read and publishes the top banned and challenged book lists yearly to raise awareness and promote reading these books. This year’s theme was “Words Have Power.” Feel free to view the list of the banned/challenged books that Bellevue University Library has available in its collection. Continue reading
As our country becomes more multicultural you may feel the need to need to better understand the many of the world’s languages. If you find yourself wanting to know more about different languages the library has the database for you, Mango Languages. Continue reading
The week of Monday September 18-22, 2017, Bellevue University alumni, students, faculty and staff banded together to begin a new tradition on the Bellevue University campus. This new tradition is BRUIN Homecoming! Throughout the week there were special student activities on campus including a photo scavenger hunt, intramural co-ed dodge ball, and an evening bonfire. Continue reading