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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.

Food Parisian Style

Clotilde Dusoulier writes one of the most charming food blogs around. Chocolate & Zucchini is a sprightly english language blog about French (mostly) food. She brings the same flair to Chocolate & Zucchini the cookbook, and Clotilde's edible adventures in Paris, a guide to groceries and restaurants in Paris.

Made From Scratch

Made From ScratchMade From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich is another ‘how I did it’ book about living a DIY sustainable lifestyle. The book covers a wide variety of activities (a number of which may not even occur to you as particularly unusual): keeping chickens, bees, working dogs, and rabbits; growing food; baking bread; thrifting; sewing and knitting, and playing music on traditional instruments like dulcimer and banjo.

Now Open: Canton Farmers Market

Here's a fresh idea: Stimulate the local economy--and your taste buds--at Canton Farmers Market! Now open every Sunday (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Oct. 25, the market is at historic Bartlett-Travis House, 500 N. Ridge Rd. (1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd. in Cherry Hill Village). Shop for local produce, plants, baked goods, honey and more. New this year: Farmers Market Cook-off Series. For more details, check out the Canton Farmers Market website.

Kneadlessly Simple

Fresh, delicious, homemade bread that is easy to make. Sounds too good to be true, but that's the claim for Kneadlessly Simple, a book on order at CPL. I'm eagerly awaiting my chance at the copy, and as soon as I've tried out a recipe or two, I'll report back and let you know if the recipes really work as promised.

Award Winning Cookbooks!

Art and Soul of Baking coverEvery year the International Association of Culinary Professionals announces their picks for the best cookbooks of the year. The Art & Soul of Baking is just one of the award winners owned by CPL.

A Homemade Life

When you visit Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette, you will find interesting introspections on food and life, interspersed with beautiful photographs. If this all sounds good, but you don't care so much for the blog format, check out her first book, A Homemade Life.

Where did that apple come from?

Want to find out where your food comes from? Learn about fair trade, food miles and local markets in Your Food by Sally Hewitt.

Go on a world tour...one meal at a time

Try these new and improved cookbooks with low-fat and vegetarian recipes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

shamroap.jpgWhy should you never iron a 4 leaf clover?
Because you don't want to press your luck!
Find more fun riddles like this as well as games, recipes and craft projects to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th.

A Fabulous Food Life

Moira Hodgson, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and current colmunist for the New York Observerbegan her food education as a child moving around the world as a British diplomat's daughter. In her new book, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, she recounts the fascinating food, places, and people she has discovered throughout her life.

My Favorite Veggie Cookbook

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone coverVegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the first book I would recommend to anyone maintaining, or even interested in, vegetarianism. Deborah Madison includes 1,400 recipes, making it the kind of all-encompassing book which becomes an immediate kitchen staple. At least it is in my kitchen--I've never had a failed recipe from this book.

Local Harvest

bee on hyssopLocal Harvest is a website dedicated to helping people find local food. You can find events, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers markets, co-ops, and more. There are many listings in the Canton area, including the Canton Township Farmers Market, which will start on April 26, 2009.

Urban Italian

Urban ItalianGorgeous photos make Urban Italian worth checking out even if you never cook any of the recipes, but it may be hard to resist trying a few. Delicious looking photos for recipes such as Pine Nut Cake or Squash Tortelloni show it may be worth the effort.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is coming up!  Do you want to make some fun and festive food to celebrate the holiday?  We have many cookbooks that will show you ways to surprise your favorite people.

Are You a Locavore?

Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.

Local Coffee Roasters

I’m always on the lookout for great coffee, so I enjoyed reading about local roasters in the Winter 2009 issue of Edible WOW. A little coffee history, roasting philosophy, and some buying tips had me wishing for a hot cup of joe while I read the rest of the articles—including one on local famers harvesting winter greens. Now I want a salad, too.

food expert Michael Pollan on Bill Moyers

In Defense of Food by Michael PollanBill Moyers recently interviewed food expert Michael Pollan about the ideal candidate for Secretary of Agriculture as President-Elect Obama names his cabinet. If it were up to Moyers, Pollan would be named, but Pollan disagrees.