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Dr. Seuss

Aug 22 2012

Cooking the books

by Dea Anne M

I am just one of a legion of fans who love George R.R. Martin’s series of novels collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire. Halfway into the first book, A Game of Thrones, I knew that I was hooked. Martin’s work inspires a great deal of admiration and devotion in his followers and has been, in fact,  the subject of several posts on this blog ( for example here and here).  One of the latest Martin-inspired creations is the wonderful cookbook A Feast of Ice and Fire: the official companion cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Leher. Truly a labor of love, this book is compiled from the authors’ clever blog, The Inn at the Crossroads (featured in this post by my fellow blogger Jesse). A prominent feature of Martin’s series is his detailed descriptions of meals enjoyed (or not) by his characters. Monroe-Cassel and Leher’s blog project recreates dishes from the different regions that Martin has invented for his books. One of my favorite aspects of both the blog and the cookbook is that there is often a medieval version of the recipe on offer as well as a modern version. The authors have clearly done their research regarding the cooking and flavors of medieval Europe and their notes on the recipes are fascinating to read. Plus the recipes sound delicious!  I for one can’t wait to try cooking the Quails Drowned in Butter and the Almond Crusted Trout.  If you too are a fan of Martin’s work, I encourage you to check out this very interesting work. I promise you don’t have to be a cook to enjoy it!

DCPL has other cookbooks inspired by works of fiction that you may want to look into. Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader edited by Martha McIntosh includes recipes for dishes mentioned throughout Karon’s much beloved Mitford series. Joanne Fluke, who writes a mystery series featuring bakery owner Hannah Swensen regales fans with Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook which features new recipes as well as those from the books. For the younger set, don’t miss The Little House Cookbook: frontier foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic stories by Barbara Walker if you’re a fan, as was I, of the Ingalls/Wilder saga. Finally, check out Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: recipes inspired by Dr. Seuss! by Georgeanne Brennan. Included are recipes for (among many others) Pink Yink Ink Drink, Glunker Stew, and yes, Green Eggs and Ham featuring guacamole, cilantro, and parsley.

Do you have a favorite cookbook inspired by a work of fiction? Is there a book that you’d love to see inspire a cookbook?

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Mar 2 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

by Joseph M

When I was a kid, one of my favorite authors was Dr. Seuss. I’m not sure I could decide on a favorite book, but If I Ran The Circus and If I Ran The Zoo were among my favorites. I was really into all the crazy animals! At first it was just my mom reading the books to me, but eventually I picked up the habit myself. As I grew older and my taste in books expanded to offerings with more text, I retained my fondness for Seuss, and gradually began to appreciate his work on a deeper level; my parents even got me a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go when I graduated from high school. The gift was appropriate because there is meaning to be gleaned beyond the wacky rhymes and fanciful illustrations. Books like The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book depict concepts like environmentalism and the arms race in a manner that children can understand and absorb.

March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. In honor of this iconic author, the National Education Association (NEA) has established March 2nd as Read Across America day. Visit the website to learn more and find out how you can participate.

There are many programs at the Library to celebrate this event as well:

Can’t get enough Dr. Seuss? Take a gander at our catalog and see what you can find. You can also visit Seussville for more information, fun activities and events, and other resources. Have fun!