Food/Cooking

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Have you been interested in including more veggies in your diet or slowly leaving meat behind? There are some great cookbooks for all ages that can provide fun and simple recipes to help you reach your ultimate veggie goal.

Originally an accidental invention by an 11-year-old boy back in 1905, the popsicle has become a mainstay treat for hot summer days. Whether you're in the mood for fresh and fruity or extra-sweet and indulgent, it's super easy to whip up your own homemade popsicles. Give it a try whenever you're in the mood for a refreshing snack or dessert. Below is a round-up of resources about America's favorite frozen confection.

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

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How about breaking the dinner routine tonight and having a picnic. It's not too hot out, and there's a cool summer breeze. You don't even have to pack up the car and drive to a park. Just  walk right out into your backyard, lay a blanket out on the grass, and rely on the food you have, with maybe a little creativity. You can even use leftovers from last night or throw together an effortless salad..Keep it simple, let the kids help, and play some no sweat games like duck, duck goose or  "I spy."  Avoiding too much fuss will promote relaxation and chilling and give you time to enjoy your family and friends. Spontaneous may be the best way to go.  When you're in the mood for something a little more hearty and you want to take your picnic up a notch, you'll find tons of great grilling and picnic recipes here. Check out a few cookbooks that will give you ideas for quick meals. Head back to 62 days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Looking to try something new in the kitchen? These cookbooks offer recipes from around the world and meal ideas both old and new!

Looking to try something new in the kitchen? These cookbooks offer recipes from around the world and meal ideas both old and new.  

  • Indian-ish by Priya Krishna - Indian food is everyday food! This colorful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna's loving tribute to her mom's "Indian-ish" cooking-a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen.

  • Six Ingredient Meals - With only six ingredients or less per recipe, making dinner has never been easier. Six Sisters' Stuff is one of the most popular blogs for quick and easy cooking and entertaining at home for families. In their eighth cookbook, they tackle how to master meals for any cook with any skill level with more than 100 easy recipes made with incredible flavor combinations from just six ingredients or less.
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder - You've watched the TV shows and movies, played the video games, and read the books. Now it's time to level-up your geek factor…into the kitchen. From Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Star Trek to Doctor Who, The Legend of Zelda, and World of Warcraft, The Geeky Chef compiles over 60 delectable, ethereal, and just plain odd-yet oddly delicious-recipes that you can re-create right in your own home. This smaller hardcover version of the original book has a new, fresh, modern design and includes 10 additional recipes from The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, making it the perfect gift for the geek in your life.
  • Tasting The Past: Recipes From Antiquity by Jacqui Wood - The many influences of the past on our diet today make the concept of 'British food' very hard to define. The Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans all brought ingredients to the table, as it were, and onwards the Crusades gave us all manner of spices. This book, one of three volumes, documents the rich history of our food, its fads and its fashions to be combined with a practical cookbook from antiquity. Offerings include tasty beach BBQ ideas from Celtic times, a hearty Roman Army lentil stew and ideas for festive feasts of ancient times.
  • Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi - Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London.
  • Myers+Chang At Home by Joanne Chang - These recipes, all bursting with flavor, are meant to be shared, and anyone can make them at home-try Dan Dan Noodle Salad, Triple Pork Mushu Stir-fry, or Grilled Corn with Spicy Sriracha Butter. This is food people crave and will want to make again and again. Paired with the couple's favorite recipes, the photography perfectly captures the spirit of the restaurant, making this book a keepsake for devoted fans.

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Happy New Year! Did you make your New Year's resolutions yet? The new year brings new beginnings and the opportunity to press the reset button. Hopefully, getting healthier and eating right will be a long lasting goal! Consider a change in your diet routine by eating clean. Clean eating is one way to improve your health and energy by choosing whole foods in their most natural state. Here some library resources to help you get started or find which diet was rated best by US News!

Complete with full-color photos of every recipe, Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry combines the best of Hungry Girl with the best of clean eating. The food is still guilt-free, and the portions are still huge...but now Lisa Lillien is highlighting CLEAN ingredients and doing away with artificial and processed foods. This book gives mainstream America delicious, satisfying, and clean recipes, using healthy ingredients found in supermarkets everywhere. 

Lose weight by eating guilt-free, low-calorie, unprocessed versions of all your favorite foods, with this helpful, accessible diet and cookbook--featuring more than 130 clean eating recipes and gorgeous full-color photos. At 275 pounds, Audrey Johns was unhealthy and unhappy--until the day she vowed to give up the "fake food" and taught herself to cook her favorites from scratch. Within eleven months, Audrey mastered the kitchen, began to take better care of herself, and lost more than 150 pounds--over half her body weight. Now, Audrey shares her story, insights, and clean eating recipes to help you slim down. Lose Weight by Eating includes more than 130 mouthwatering recipes for family favorites, including pasta, scones, fried chicken, nachos, meatloaf, and cookies--all bursting with flavor and fewer than 500 calories per serving. Most recipes use simple and inexpensive smart swaps and are full of hidden vegetables that keep you feeling fuller longer, and all are picky-kid-friendly and husband-approved.

In October, the Canton Public Library has a beautiful display and collaboration with VegMichigan about the health benefits of going vegan or plant-based. Additionally, we had a presentation on reversing chronic illness with a plant-based diet from Marc Ramirez of Chickpea and Bean (and former U of M football player). Whether you are curious about the display or presentation, or want a refresher on some of the books and documentaries available, here is just a taste of the many vegan and plant-based offerings the library has. 

Documentaries / Movies

If you enjoyed reading about Blaire Wilson, the American Girl of the Year 2019, you might enjoy these other books about local farming and food, and community service.

Fiction

Gabriela Rivera is a sixth-grader with a serious peanut allergy, lots of artistic talent, one friend at her school, and a total lack of self-confidence--but when she meets Daisy, the owner and baker at Daisy's Desserts, who makes allergy free treats, she finally starts to gain some confidence in her own considerable abilities.

Fire up the grill and test out some new recipes to celebrate National Grilling Month.

Weber's ultimate grilling by Jamie Purviance

This week, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean Diet as the best overall diet of 2019. It shouldn't come as a surprise. The plant-based diet focuses on fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds, and lots of heart-healthy olive oil. But it's more than just a diet, it's a way of life. The diet encourages mindful meal planning and taking your time to enjoy a wholesome meal with family and friends around the dinner table. These benefits promote a balanced lifestyle and reduces the risk of many diseases. Interested? Check out these resources from the health collection!

The DASH diet has been a staple of the dieting world, recommended by doctors, nutritionists, and crowned the US News and World Report's #1 best diet. But popular tastes and medical guidelines have shown, that a Mediterranean diet program can lead to a longer life. Marla Heller, MS RD has overhauled the DASH plan to reflect the latest, cutting-edge research on hypertension, diabetes, depression, and other health issues that impact millions of Americans. Meal planning gets a new focus on unprocessed foods (less sugar free jello, more fresh fruits!), seafood options, and even a whole section examining vegan and vegetarian choices. Filled with four weeks of menus and tons of strategies and research, The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution offers readers a new approach to their best health the DASH diet way.

The key to great digestive health lies in rewilding the gut and keeping the diverse microbes that inhabit it happy and thriving. In Wild Mediterranean Stella Metsovas breaks down the complex science behind digestive health and shares a deceptively simple and down-to-earth plan for ending the digestive issues that can have far-reaching effects on our everyday lives. Using foods you already know, trust, and love-delicious Mediterranean cuisine-it's easy to reintroduce essential microbes to your system and cultivate a healthy microbiome to banish bloating, discomfort, and irregularity forever. At the heart of Wild Mediterranean are Stella's unique village-to-table recipes, all based on the historically probiotic-rich cuisines favored by the world's healthiest populations and her own family heritage. Packed with pre-tox and detox protocols for preparing the gut to heal, key lifestyle practices to support overall wellness, and the scientific evidence to back it all up, Wild Mediterranean is a practical resource for restoring the microbial balance in your gut and realizing your best digestive health. 

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