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Documentary Detroit

Detropia [videodisc] by Loki Films presents ; in association with Ford Foundation/Justfilms and ITVS, Impact Partners and Vital Projects ; produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady


Detroit [videodisc]: remember when by produced by WTVS in association with the Detroit Historical Society and Museums


The Hudson's building [videodisc] by an Urban Gralic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation


Searching for Sugar Man [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release of a Red Box Films/Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures and the Documentary Co. ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul


Henry Ford [videodisc]


Burn (DVD) [videorecording]

Michigan Authors

Michigan: MichiganMichigan is home to many noted authors. Whether native born or longtime residents, writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, the following authors have produced a remarkable body of work.

Culinary Arts Collection Database

The Culinary Arts Collection is a searchable database which includes major cooking and nutrition magazines and culinary journals. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information. Discover great reads for Chow Down.

Chow Down Music for Adults

Food, wine & song [sound recording]: music and feasting in Renaissance Europe — Songs on the subject of food in Latin, French, English, Italian, Spanish and German.


The rough guide to Paris café [sound recording] — Grab a café au lait and imagine you're relaxing in a Paris café.


J S Bach: Coffee cantata = Cantate du café = Kaffee- Kantate: BWV 211 ; Peasant cantata = Cantate des paysans = Bauern-Kantate: BWV 212 [sound recording] by J.S. Bach — Bach's amusing cantata about coffee.


The Rough Guide to Greek Cafe [sound recording] — Nibble on baklava and enjoy these Greek songs.


Puccini and pasta [sound recording]: a romantic Italian feast for your ears by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 — Whip up a batch of pesto and spin these tunes.


Chocolat [sound recording]: music from the Miramax motion picture — Chocolate themed music!

Chow Down Music for Children

Fun food songs [sound recording] by Raffi — This CD has tasty assortment of songs that are sure to satisfy listeners of all ages.


Fun food songs [electronic resource] — Stream this tasty assortment of songs via hoopla.


Disney funny food songs [sound recording] — A CD of funny food songs.


Ratatouille [sound recording]: what's cooking? — A CD of songs inspired by Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille.

Ratatouille [sound recording] by music by Michael Giacchino — The CD soundtrack to the movie.

Strawberry Shortcake [sound recording]: strawberry jams — This CD of songs from the "Strawberry Shortcake" videos features a lot of--you guessed it--strawberries!


Charlie and the chocolate factory [sound recording]: original motion picture soundtrack by music by Danny Elfman — A CD of songs celebrating Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Chow Down Streaming Movies for Children

Secret pizza party [electronic resource] — How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!


The wiggles: yummy, yummy [electronic resource] — Sing along to funny tunes about numbers, food and favorite animal friends.


Noodle and doodle: all aboard with noodle and doodle [electronic resource] — Make delicious recipes and kid friendly creations to remember a special vacation using materials from around the home.


Noodle and doodle: noodly doodly things to make [electronic resource] — Encourage your child's sense of creativity with fun craft projects and kid-friendly recipes that families can make together.


In the night kitchen [electronic resource] — Sendak's classic comic fantasy of Mickey's adventures in the night kitchen tells us how we get our morning cake.

Chow Down Streaming Movies for Adults

Mostly martha [electronic resource] — The head chef at a chic restaurant, Martha has no time for anything - or anyone - else. But, Martha's solitary life is shaken when a fateful accident brings her sister's eight-year-old daughter, Lina, to her doorstep.


A wedding for bella [electronic resource] — By day Dominic Pyzola is a corporate raider and by night an Italian pastry chef. Upon learning that his upstairs neighbor and surrogate mother, Bella, has fallen seriously ill, he determines to see Bella's long time dream come true by marrying Bella's daughter.


Love's kitchen [electronic resource] — Rob Haley, an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef Gordon Ramsay, Rob decides to spice up his life by turning a run-down country pub into a gourmet restaurant.


Burger town [electronic resource] by Scott Entertainment ; producer, Steve Sobel ; directors, Dann Linck, Gary Licker — A tasty, colorful tour of the Los Angeles burger and Drive-In scene that also traces its Americana roots from post World War II through the 1990s.

Food DVDs for Kids

The Wiggles. Let's eat! [videodisc]

Sesame Street. C is for cooking [videodisc]

Activity TV [videodisc]: Cooking, lunches & desserts

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

The nut job [videodisc] by Open Road Films presents ; a Redrover Co. Ltd. and Toonbox Entertainment Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures film ; produced by Wookyung Jung, Graham Moloy ; screenplay by Lorne Cameron, Peter Lepeniotis ; directed by Peter Lepeniotis

Fizzy's lunch lab. Fresh food 101 [videodisc] by created by Evan Sussman, Dave Schlafman ; directed by Mike Annear, Evan Sussman

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

Chow Down Fill in the Food Activity

In our Chow Down activity you find the food words missing from book titles. Stop by the library to get one of these activity sheets and start hunting! We've made one for kids and one for older folks. Find all the words and turn the sheet back in to us, and your will be entered in a prize drawing.

Foodie Films and TV Shows

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film — A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.


Julie & Julia [videodisc] — Julia Child's life is intertwined with the life of Julie Powell who decides to cook every recipe in Child's book "Mastering the art of French cooking" over the course of one year.


Chocolat [videodisc] by Miramax Films ; produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran ; screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs ; directed by Lasse Hallström — A single mother opens a chocolate shop in rural France - with Sunday hours -  and meets resistance from the rigidly moral community. But, as the townspeople discover their delicious products, attitudes change.


Waitress [videodisc] by Night and Day Pictures — A young married waitress who bakes wonderful pies discovers that she is pregnant, and as she begins to write letters to her child her life begins to change.