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Delicious Digital Memoirs for you to Download

16 Mar

Hoboken Library Patrons have a banquet of eBook choices to sample thanks to eLibraryNJ, Cloud Library, and Hoopla. Here are three foodie memoirs with recipes I devoured recently. Let us know in the comments what some of your favorite books from the eBook services are.

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti

Voracious is based on Cara Nicoletti’s popular blog Yummy Books. Both feature recipes that corresponded with a variety of books that she loved (or occasionally hated). The memoir is broken into three sections: Childhood, Adolescent and College Years, and Adulthood.  Some entries focus more on her connection to the food and others to the books. She goes from breakfast sausage and Little House in the Big Woods to Wine-Braised Leg of Lamb with Wild Mushrooms in honor of The Secret History. She even has a fava bean dish for Silence of the Lambs. I think it would be interesting to see someday if she were to write a follow up about what her books/recipes would be for the period of Middle Age and Senior Years. Nicoletti currently works as a butcher, following in the footsteps of her grandfather who owned a butcher shop. This informs her picks for dishes which often have a head-to-tail sensibility that embraces the use of lard and other bits we often shy away from today. Her background as a former pastry chef is also seen in scrumptious sounding desserts. Two dishes I’d be most interested in baking myself are her Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie and Blackberry Hazelnut Coffee Cake. Hoboken and other BCCLS patrons can borrow this book from Cloud Library! BCCLS will be incorporating their eBCCLS service into Cloud Library in upcoming months so now is the ideal time to check it out, if you haven’t before.

Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm by Molly Yeh

Molly on the Range’s title is slightly misleading in that it does not just cover Yeh’s life on sugar beet farm on the North Dakota/Minnesota border, but also her time studying classical music at Julliard and her childhood in a Chicago suburb. This, however, added rather than subtracted from my enjoyment of the book since it was interesting to see her maturing and the contrast of her rural versus city life. Many of the recipes reflect Molly’s Jewish and Chinese heritage as well as including vegan and gluten free recipes reflecting the dietary preferences of her husband and in-laws. Molly on the Range is available to Hoboken and other BCCLS patrons from Hoopla. Although Hoopla does not have as large a selection of bestsellers as the other two services, it has the great feature of never having to wait for holds and it has a substantial selection of digital audiobooks. I recommend reading it on a device with a larger screen if possible since you will want to enjoy the lovely photographs and fun drawings accompanying the recipes. Yeh also authors the award-winning blog My Name is Yeh.

Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee

Since I practically have an addiction to kimchi and am also a fan of southern cuisine I was excited to check out Edward Lee’s memoir/cookbook. Edward was raised by Korean immigrants in Brooklyn, but found a home in Louisville, Kentucky, where he took over the culinary destination 610 Magnolia. Edward’s a multiple James Beard Award nominee so as you might imagine his recipes are culinary masterpieces. Though one suggestion he has for aging meat in a second fridge may seem daunting to many home chefs, he frequently gives alternatives to some of the trickier techniques. His multicultural dishes include things like Chicken-Fried Pork Steak with Ramen Crust, Collards and Kimchi, Braised Beef Kalbi with Grits, and Miso-Smothered Chicken. Besides the fascinating dishes, I found his keen wit and insight about his life’s journey highly enjoyable. Smoke and Pickles is available on Hoopla and eLibraryNJ. eLibraryNJ is a great choice for Kindle users since unlike the other two services, users can check out books in Kindle format, as well EPUB which is compatible with most tablets.

Need help with checking out these eBooks? Stop by the Reference Desk, or come to our OpenTech Times on Mondays from 1 PM to 3 PM!

-Written by Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

What’s New at the Hoboken Public Library: The Not So Secret Ways to Discover the Newest Titles Available at HPL

29 Jun

Want something new to read?  There are a variety of easy ways that you can find out what the newest titles at HPL are.  If you are looking to browse, the first two rows of books in the first floor circulation area are where the newest adult nonfiction and fiction are kept so it is a great way to sample our more recently added titles.  Of course you can always ask one of the library staff for their new (and older) item picks.

If you want to plan ahead you can also find out online what the just added titles are.  Simply click on the What’s New link on the BCCLS home page and you will be taken to the new item page for HPL.  You can find out what has been recently added for Books, Videos (DVDS and BluRay), and Sound Recordings (Books on CD and Music).  You can also find out what is new at other BCCLS libraries as well.  This is a Beta version, so they are continuing to work on making the service even better!  If you look at the records for the items you can typically get not only a summary of the work, but also reviews from trusted sources like Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.  Also if you are doing a search in the library’s catalog on a particular topic, you can choose to have the results listed in order of publication date, to get the newest published work first.

If items seem interesting, but you don’t have the time to check them out at the time another great resources is the My List feature that you can access when you have logged into your account while browsing the catalog (you will need your library card and password/pin to login to your account).  You can setup different lists to save titles you are interested in; some of my lists include fantasy/scifi, mysteries, kids’ books, and travel.  Then when I’m in the mood to read something in a particular genre I can just login to my account and look at that list.  Need help with setting up a list or searching the catalog-just email us at reference AT hoboken DOT bccls DOT org and we will help you out!

Here are a few of the new titles that I plan to checkout from our New Item List from the beginning of June:

Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe

In Dear Fang, With Love a mostly absentee father and his recently diagnosed bipolar daughter take a history tour of Lithuania.  The novel is composed partially from Lucas’s narration along with emails and journal entries from Vera.  Library Journal, says “Thorpe’s second novel (after The Girls from Corona del Mar) is recommended for all fiction readers.”  Kirkus Reviews says “Fang, the novel weaves a strange and strangely intoxicating web of histories, both personal and geopolitical.”  Publishers Weekly says “…Thorpe’s prose is light, often hilarious, and unshakably grounded in the concrete details of daily life.”  Definitely sounds like one worth reading.

Following Fish: One Man’s Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast by Samanth Subramanian

Although I have only recently started eating fish more, I have always had an interest in the fascinating culture and delicious cuisine of India.  This intriguing sounding travelogue follows a journalist’s exploration along the Indian Coast learning about the fishing industry from the fisherman, cooks, and even tries himself a healing treatment that involves swallowing a live fish.  Publishers Weekly says, “This memorable travelogue should entice anyone remotely interested in the culture and food ways of coastal India. This is a superb guide to a rapidly changing region of South Asia.”  Booklist Review says, “Unique and entertaining, Subramanian’s impassioned, well-written, thoughtful quest will draw in even readers who might not have the same tireless love of fish. A cultural and culinary journey well worth taking.”

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

Warlock Holmes is the new novel by first time author G.S. Denning.  You may remember from a previous post that I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes, who is more popular now than ever in TV, movies, and books.  Here Denning has added a supernatural twist with Holmes having magical powers, Inspector Lestrade is a vampire, and Gregson is an ogre.  As with the originals, the book is setup as a series of short stories.  Publishers Weekly describes it as, “Douglas Adams meets Arthur Conan Doyle in this delightfully absurd collection…” and Booklist says, “Mashup fans will be eagerly awaiting more.”  I checked this one out right away since it seemed like an enjoyable read for a rainy weekend.

Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez  and illustrated by Dan Santat

I’m also always on the lookout for fun pictures books to share with my son.  Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks seems like it will amuse my little one who has recently become fascinated by various forms of martial arts.  The chicks in the title must rescue their parents from a fox who is holding them hostage in his cornbread house.  Publishers Weekly says, “Santat serves up an unstoppable barrage of exaggerated angles, action lines, and pop-eyed facial expressions to accompany Schwartz and Gomez’s sturdy limerick-metered verse.”  Booklist says, “Schwartz and Gomez’s lively limericks tell the story in a swift, kicky rhythm, while Santat’s dynamic, warm-toned, and action-filled illustrations throw a nice nod to kung-fu movies.”

You can click over to What’s New (Beta) and then let us know what newly available items you are interested in, in our comment section.

-Written by Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

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