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Summer Learning Track: Foodie Fandom

Make this a super savory summer, and challenge yourself to learn more about all things food and cooking. Take the Richland Library Friends' Summer Learning Challenge!

You'll get credit for reading, attending programs, trying out recipes, and other steps you make toward your goal of edible exploration. Get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own. The challenge begins on May 30th and goes through August 16th.

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Delve into the delicous ways food has shaped our culture by reading some of these fascinating food histories:

  • Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World
  • Spice: The History of a Temptation
  • Salt: A World History
  • The True History of Chocolate
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
  • Food in the Ancient World

Or read Peter King's Gourmet Detective mystery series, which are available as eBooks through Overdrive:

  1. The Gourmet Detective
  2. Spiced to Death
  3. Dying on the Vine
  4. Death al Dente
  5. A Healthy Place to Die
  6. Eat, Drink and Be Buried
  7. Roux the Day
  8. Dine and Die on the Danube Express

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Satisfy your craving for new recipes with Richland Library's selection of cookbooks and foodie magazines, accessible in print at your local library as well as for your eReader.

Whether your interest is clean eating, party appetizers, beer and wine pairings, comfort food, slow-cooker dinners, or holiday baking, the 46 different Food & Cooking e-magazines available through Zinio have you covered. And there are hundreds of other cookbooks available on our shelves, from the classics your grandmother used to those highlighting modern molecular gastronomy. Here is just a small sample platter of great titles.

  • The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You've Got to Cook Something Great
  • The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook
  • Southern Comfort: A New Take on Recipes We Grew Up With
  • Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor
  • The Fat Duck Cookbook
  • The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking: Templates and Lessons for Making Delicious Meatless Meals Every Day
  • 101 Classic Cookbooks; 501 Classic Recipes.

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Get inspired by incredible edibles by watching these mouthwatering movies:

  • Julie and Julia
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • No Reservations
  • Bottle Shock
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Pressure Cooker
  • Toast
  • Mostly Martha

 

We wish you happy learning, and happy eating! In the words of Julia Child..."Bon Appetit!"


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