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Food Writing

The luscious descriptions of food, cooking and restaurants filling these pages will appeal to anyone who loves to chow down.

Masala Farm: stories and recipes from an uncommon life in the country by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd — An Indian chef and consummate city dweller buys a farm in the country.

Beaten, seared, and sauced: on becoming a chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon — Discover what it's really like to study at the Culinary Institute of America.

Make a Cake

Sugarlicious: 50 cute and clever treats for every occasion by Meaghan Mountford

The complete photo guide to cake decorating by [Autumn Carpenter]

Special cupcakes by Wendy Sweetser

What's new, cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and

Author Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

Legendary writer Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91. Author of classics such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury saw several of his works turned into movies, among them The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His career of over 70 years earned him many honors, including 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

London Travel

Even if you can't make it to the Olympics in London this summer, you can use these books to plan (or daydream about) a trip to this fantastic city.

Fodor's 25 best London by Louise Nicholson; [additional writing by Sue Dobson]

London by main contributor, Michael Leapman

Frommer's London day by day by Joe Fullman

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on Saturday, June 23 from 2:00-3:00 PM.

Battle of the Cupcakes

On Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, test your baking skills in our Battle of the Cupcakes. Bring three delicious cupcakes for our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation.

Your cupcakes should be from the same recipe so our three judges are all tasting the same thing. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in the following three age categories:
  • Tweens (Ages 11-12)
  • Teens (Ages 13-18)
  • Adults (above age 18)

[cupcakes with a reading list by shimelle is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

2012 Reading List for Lunch and a Book

Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue — January 12

The girls from Ames: a story of women & a forty-year friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow — February 9

The postmistress by Sarah Blake — March 8

Lethal by Sandra Brown — April 12

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 PM.

Writing Conference and Contest

Detroit Working Writers (DWW) is hosting a one‐day creative celebration designed for writers of all genres and skill levels. Michigan novelist Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, author of the Emily Kincaid mystery series, will be the keynote speaker. Workshops will feature topics in poetry, micro fiction, social media, and self‐publishing, among others. The conference will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Main Branch of the Clinton‐Macomb Public Library.

Read Alikes for Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is a publishing sensation, climbing the bestseller lists. Maybe you read the book and want something else like it. Maybe you want a similar book to read while you wait to get your hands on it. Either way, these books are for you.

The edge of impropriety by Pam Rosenthal

Riding on instinct by Jaci Burton

Nauti dreams by Lora Leigh

Excel Basics

Want to create a spreadsheet, a family budget or manage a list? Learn how with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Date: Wednesday, April 18 from 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Internet Lab

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on April 28 at 2:00 PM.

Spring Break Mini-Breaks

Plymouth-Canton School's Spring Break starts on April 6th and you may have a great trip already planned. But if you can't fit in a long vacation to sunnier climates, why not plan a mini-break? We have some fantastic travel guides for close-by locations.

Detroit & Ann Arbor: a great destination by Jeff Counts

Fodor's 2012 Chicago by Margaret Kelly

Chicago restaurants 2012