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How to become vegetarian

vegetarian vegetable soupAre you thinking of adopting a vegetarian diet? Many people have, but there are important facts to know to make sure you stay healthy and get all the nutrition you need on a restricted diet. How to Become Vegetarian: 5 Key Steps (& Famous Vegetarian Celebrities) offers information and lots of links for further research that you may find helpful if you're considering vegetarianism. Even if you're already veggie, there is a lot of good info here that you may not have seen before.

What's inside the food we eat?

Ever wondered what's in those delicious fast-food hamburgers? Just beef right? Not exactly. Check out the documentary film King Corn to watch two friends as they return to the land of their ancestors, small-town Iowa, to uncover the corn industry and its impact on the American diet. The film also discusses the environmental impact of industrial farming. The film may not answer all of your questions but it will surely get a conversation started.

Kerrytown BookFest 2009

The 7th Annual Kerrytown BookFest is coming to the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market on Sunday, September 13 from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Jane & Michael Stern, authors of Roadfood will speak at Noon and at 2:00PM Aunt Agatha's presents Mysteries to Cook By with JoAnna Carl, Julie Hyzy, and Miranda Bliss a.k.a. Casey Daniels. Featured guest, Jeffery Deaver will speak at 4:00PM.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
There's a wonderful reason to celebrate this week. No, not just because it's Labor Day. The first week of September is National Waffle Week! I like to eat mine with honey. A friend of mine eats her's with peanut butter, chocolate chips and whipped cream. Some people like to top theirs with fruit. How do you like your waffles? Try some adventurous eating this week by having breakfast for dinner. Check out one of our Breakfast Cookbooks for ideas. Or read the book Everything on a Waffle as a family. And don't forget about waffle cones and waffle fries! There are plenty of ways to celebrate all week! Mmmmm, I'm hungry!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Fun Festivals & Fairs

As summer begins to wind down and fall begins to rev up, keep the fun going! Visit one of Michigan's great fall Festivals & Fairs.
The Michigan State Fair is going on now through Labor Day. See www.absolutemichigan.com for a schedule of events.
Check out www.Michigan.org for the many festivals and fairs available in just about every city.
Visit our large selections of materials on festivals and fairs. Some to check-out are:

Michigan Renaissance Festival Opens Saturday

Travel back to the 16th century when the 31st annual Michigan Renaissance Festival opens Saturday, August 22 for a 7-week run. Hilarity and merriment will ensue, with live entertainment from Ded Bob, Ric Roc, Owain Phyfe and other faire favorites, plus jousting, wine-tasting and special events each weekend. The festival runs every Saturday-Sunday through October 4.

Bottomfeeder...you'll never look at fish the same way

If you, like many of us these days, are on a quest to learn more about the food you consume -- where it comes from, how it is produced, what is in it, and if it is sustainably obtained -- you may want to read Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe. However, if you really love fish (and I do) be aware that it may change your fish consumption drastically. Shrimp is something I will now eat only on very special occasions.

Organic Kitchen Garden

Organic Kitchen GardenOrganic Kitchen Garden by Juliet Roberts, photographs by Gavin Kingcome

This guide to growing your own food covers the basics for most edibles you can grow here in Canton. In addition to how to plant, grow, and harvest, recommended varieties are listed. Beautifully photographed, this is a handy guide all gardeners of edibles will want to check out.

National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  In case you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 19), don't  fear, the whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month!  So thank President Reagan for designating this month to a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the nation's population when you dig into that bowl of vanilla ice cream, the nation's favorite flavor.  To learn more about the history of ice cream read Marilyn Powell's Ice Cream: A History or make your own ice cream.  

Is that REAL food you're eating?

Award-winning author Michael Pollan's latest book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto takes a stab at the overabundance of processed foods lining supermarket shelves, referring to them as "edible food-like substances" pretending to be food. Pollan makes a strong case for going back to basics when it comes to the food Americans ought to eat: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan suggests we shouldn't eat foods our great-grandmothers wouldn't recognize. In other words, meals should be prepared with whole, unprocessed foods that are mostly fruits and vegetables.

Consumer Reports

The Aug/09 edition of CR offers valuable comments on many kitchen appliances.  If you are "redoing" your present kitchen or just upgrading certain items...Consumer Reports is a good first step.  CR is available on the Adult magazine shelf, at the Adult Reference desk and the "magazine express" spinners

Gross me out!

What tastes like pudding and looks like kitty litter? A cake you can bake! Flex your culinary muscles with recipes from these wacky books. You could make a mashed potato mountain or a really weird veggie wrap with help from 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter. Don't have a babysitter? Never fear. You can gross out your neighbors with baked treats from Gross-Out Cakes: the Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics. Yum yum.

Home Brewing Basics

Join us Tuesday June 23rd at 7:00 pm and learn about the basics of home brewing, its methods and processes. This introductory presentation is designed for folks new to home brewing or those interested in learning about what it involves. Program will take place outside. Register by calling 734-397-0999!

Southern Recipes With A Touch Of Spice

June 21st is the beginning of summer. Get out the Bar-B-Que grill and try some of Pat and Gina Neely's flavorful grilled dishes. Down home with the Neely's, a southern cookbook has everything from how to soak woodchips for grilling, to the Neely's signature spice rubs as well as their southern recipes with a kick, and If that's not enough to satisfy you, the Husband and Wife team host their own cooking show Down home with the Neely's on the Food Network channel which airs Saturday's @11:00 a.m.

Cook Up Some Fun This Summer

Hey, grown-ups! This summer, why not take some time to teach your kids one of life's most useful skills - cooking. If you're not sure how to get started, or you feel like your own culinary skills aren't up to par, Cooking With Kids For Dummies can help. Chock-full of easy recipes you and your child can make together, this book will get you both on the road to becoming good cooks!

Summer Fun!

School's almost out!  Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer?  Why not try some activity books to help keep their summer exciting?  Here are some suggestions: Summer fun!:  60 activities for a kid-perfect summer, Summer activities, Summer smarts for cool kids: over 150 fantastic and fun learning activities to help kids beat the summer blahs, The vacation activity book

Do you love SPINACH but hate CANDY?!?...well Little Pea does.

Little Pea loves spinach but hates the fact that he has to eat five whole pieces of candy (for dinner) before he can have any spinach (for dessert). Little Pea is a very funny story that children will delight in reading over and over, especially the picky eaters. If you like Little Pea, be sure to check out some of our other books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal:

New Grilling Cookbooks

Memorial Day weekend is here and we have some beautiful weather! Seems like a good time to start grilling. If you're looking for some inspiration, take a look at some of our brand new titles such as: Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang or Emeril at the Grill by Emeril Lagasse.

Michigan Wine

You probably already know that Michigan makes cars and cereal but did you know Michigan produces wine too? There are over sixty commercial vineyards in the state. Many of these vineyards are in southern or western Michigan. Both red and white wines are produced. Learn more about Michigan wines and wineries by reading "From the Vine" by Sharon Kegerreis or visiting The Michigan Wines site.

What the World Eats

What the World EatsWhat the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio, is a look at families from around the world and what they eat in a typical week. The menu varies widely, as you can imagine, and there is quite a bit of variety represented. Interspersed with the photos and interviews with the families are facts about nutrition, health, wealth, and a bunch of other topics that relate to what we eat.