Good Reads: All Under the Same Roof
August 21, 2008
Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1775-1826)Physiologie de Gout (1825)
Have you ever found yourself in the grocery store with no idea what to make for dinner? Or have you ever run in and you know what you want to make but you have no recipe and have not a clue what and how much you will need to make it a success? Or would you like to experiment with a new type of cooking but you think it will be too difficult to learn and you dont want to make a major investment of your hard earned cash? Orwould you just like a break from shopping?Hey! No Problem if you happen to be at Raleys in Incline Village. They have large (for a grocery store) book selection of literary Good Reads and a lovely couple of sections of current, interesting, easy-to-follow, well illustrated and well-written food and cookbooks located throughout the store near the beverage bar (with tables at which to read), by the pharmacy in the back of the store and also in the Health Food department. I, who own enough cookbooks to stock a department store, am totally impressed and find my time in there when I just run in to pick up a few things and Ill be right home has doubled if I go near those aisles. There have been times when my husband has called me to see what happened. Check out my samplings below of a few of their current cookbook offerings. And then get yourself over to Raleys and catch up on a good read (but remember, give yourself plenty of time)! And dont forget to take copy of their complimentary magazine Something Extra from the check-out stand. It is full of great ideas and suggestions.Melissas Great Book of Produce: Everything You Need to Know about Fruits and Vegetables by Cathy Thomas (hardcover). This is a wonderful reference book that clarifies questions you might have in buying and storing produce. It is organized alphabetically for easy reference and filled with essential information such as seasonal availability, has beautiful photographs, easy to follow recipes and tips.Simply Salads by Jennifer Chandler. More than 100 delicious , creative recipes made from prepackaged greens and a few easy-to-find ingredients (small hardcover). This is the perfect book to have at the store (and/or in your house) as all the things you will need are right there in the produce department. You might never of thought of putting together some of these healthy combinations before but you easily could be creating a new family favorite! Plus, there are even dressing tips.Authentic Mexican: 20th Anniversary Edition by Rick Bayless with Deann Groen Bayless (hardcover). This book consists of the recipes seen on the Public Television series Mexico-One Plate at a Time. Covering a full range of dishes from poultry, meat, fish, rice, beans, and vegetables to eggs, snack made with corn masa. Tacos, turnovers, enchiladas and their relatives, tamales, and moles and ending with desserts, sweets and beverages. This book is a classic and includes menu suggestions and timing and advanced preparation tips for todays busy families. The Essential Best Foods Book: 225 Irresistible Recipes Featuring the Healthiest and Most Delicious Foods by Dana Jacobi (large paperback). Here is a book that uses foods that matter most to our health. All the basics are here: salmon, broccoli, beans and whole grains along with avocado, pomegranates, chili peppers and quinoa. These bold recipes feed the senses proving the the best food and our health go hand in hand.The New Vegetarian Grill-Updated and Expanded by Andrea Chesman (large paperback). What a great book to have up here at the lake, particularly (but not only) in the summertime. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, you will love the wonderful presentations and suggestions offered in this book and cooking vegetables on the grill is quick, easy and irresistible! There are great techniques and equipment options for making simple but sophisticated dishes. The Sunset Grill by the editors of Sunset magazine. One hundred and twenty-five tasty recipes for casual get-togethers, easy weeknight cookouts and a forward by Cheryl and Bill Jamison (large paperback). Most of us who live our West appreciate Sunset magazine and their consistently balanced recipes and suggestions for the Western lifestyle. This cookbook feels like a member of the family with welcoming recipes for entertaining, family time or just plan dinner. This is a great one to thumb through to put together a delicious meal spur-of-the-moment and no one will ever know. These are recipes we all can relate to!Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining by Braiden Rex-Johnson. The people, places, food and drink in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia (hardcover). What a beautiful book. This book tempted me to hop on a plane and go see these places and experience the seafood, produce and fruits of the vine in person yet again. This area of the country has had a significant influence on our culinary palettes and style in the past several years and this book gives a well-written documentation, presentation and temptation of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. This would make a fabulous gift for any cook or lover of this part of the country. Jellies, Jams, and Chutneys Preserving the Harvest one hundred and fifty recipes by Thane Prince (hardcover). I could hardly put this down. In fact, I bought it. What a joy to find an easy-to-follow book on preserving with beautiful photographs and great planning information. Homemade ketchup (with variations), vinegars, jellies, chutneys, jams, marmalades, herb sugars, relish, pickled vegetables, fruit on sauce: its all in here. It discusses equipment, choosing the best ingredients to maximize flavor, fail-safe testing techniques, preservation know how. And guess what; it is not difficult to do.Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts Simple-sweet-Homemade by Peggy Fallon (hardcover). This smallish book is a real sleeper. It has very wonderful recipes for frozen desserts that have interesting ingredients and a real sophisticated flare. Baked Alaska, fresh ice creams, sorbets, ice milks, ice cream cakes molded desserts, sundaes and parfaits with a bit of panache are all included with excellent description and photos. There is a whole section on making ice cream at home. An ambitious cookbook but not hard to follow.Ice Cream Treats by Charity Ferreira (small hardcover). I included this book because it is so basic. It has simple recipes for everything most of us think of when we think of ice cream treat and you can use store bought ice cream. There are great choices for pies, shakes, sandwiches, sundaes, freezes and parfaits. There are also simple recipes for delicious toppings which saves you money and garnishes compliments!Martha Stewards Cookies (paperback). I had to include this book as cookies are my favorite dessert and this book will make anyone at any ages mouth water. Like all of Martha Stewards cookbooks, it is easy to use, visually embracing and tried and true recipes. It gives I bet you cant eat just one new meaning. It also will inspire you to forget about those prepackaged cookie or brownie boxes and buy the flour, eggs, butter and milk and whip up a real cookie. How can you resist with subdivisions such as chunky and nutty, crisp and crunchy, cakey and tender, soft and chewy, light and delicate, crumbly and sandy, rich and dense? Im hungry just writing about these books. Excuse me, but I have to go back to the grocery storeSee ya!
Wall Gallery: Jarvis Photography Gallery Display Cases: Jarvis Photography GalleryAfter School Story Time: Tuesdays, 4 to 4:30 p.m.Family Story Time: Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.Ongoing through August Catch the reading bug and sign up for the Summer Reading Club at Incline Village Library. Log your reading minutes to earn free books and fun prizes throughout the summer.Saturday, Aug. 23 4 to 5 p.m. The Incline Village library presents Hidden Incan Ruins of Peru. Hidden in the misty peaks of the Andean mountain range lies the magical ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the few remaining Incan sites not destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadors and recently ranked one of the new Wonders of the World. Join Myths and Mountains guide Kate Fenner to learn about this fascinating destination, the advanced and mysterious Incan civilization and insights into the stunning country of Peru.
Aug. 22: Ray Bradbury (1920), Will Hobbs (1947), E. (Edna) Annie Proulx (1935)Aug. 23: Nelson DeMilleAug. 24: Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Alexander McCall-Smith (1948), Max Beerbohm (1872), Howard Zinn (1922)Aug. 25: Frederick Forsyth (1938), Patrick McManus (1933)Aug. 26: Will Shortz (1952), Christopher Isherwood (1904)Aug. 27: Theodore Dreiser (1871)Aug. 28: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Vonda McIntyre (1948), Allen Say (1937), Leo Tolstoy (1828)
Adults (fiction): Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth StroutYoung Adult (ages 13 to 17): Unwind by Neal Shusterman Juvenile (4th to 6th grade): Homeless Bird by Gloria WhelanChildren (2nd to 3rd grade): A Dog Called Kitty by Bill WallaceBooks for Book Clubs: Five Skies by Ron Carlson