Food/Cooking

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. 

The 17th Annual Canton Senior Summit hosted by Canton Leisure Services in conjunction with the Supervisor's office will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Canton's Summit on the Park. 

During the Senior Summit, citizens who are 55+ enjoy a continental breakfast, box lunch, goody bag, and door prizes. The day includes a variety of workshops, health screenings, and informational booths hosted by area community service and health providers. Afternoon BINGO is also being offered! Tickets are free but participants are asked to please pre-register in person at the Summit, over the phone at 734.394.5858, or online through Canton Leisure Services.

The Library will be there sharing how we help community members live their best lives with our materials, services, and programs. We hope to see you at the Summit on Wednesday, May 15!

An Evening with Sister Pie

Business owner and recent cookbook author Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie will join us for a presentation on her journey from the concept to the kitchen to a successful pie shop in Detroit and beyond. Source Booksellers will be on hand with copies of her cookbook for purchase and there will, of course, be a few treats to taste.

Upcoming sessions

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As the new year begins, one of the many promises we make to ourselves is to choose healthier food options and stay in better shape. For busy families, that can be a challenge. Not sure which diet plan is fits your lifestyle? The U.S. News and World Report rated the best diets overall and the Mediterranean Diet was ranked first. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, plant-based oils, and lean proteins. Interested? Here's some books to help bring your family to the dinner table!

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 for 8 years in a row. But popular tastes and medical guidelines have evolved, and THE Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution presents a new approach to the time tested diet program that highlights the benefits of whole foods. 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.

This book brings the Mediterranean into the home kitchen, with 600 recipes for everyday cooking. The Mediterranean diet is known for being one of the healthiest in the world, with benefits ranging from cancer prevention to improved brain function. The diet also boasts food appeal, with its fresh, high-quality ingredients and extraordinary flavors. Although the diet has been around for decades, it has recently experienced a burst of renewed popularity.

June is National Dairy Month! Americans love dairy products. We consume about 275 pounds of milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream a year! Consuming dairy products helps maintain healthy bones, teeth and gums throughout our lives. Nutrients found in dairy products include calcium, protein, potassium and vitamins. Want to learn more? Visit Maybury Farm in Northville where you can meet farm animals and learn about farming. And check out some amazing books about all things dairy and dairy substitutes! 

A wide-ranging history of a surprisingly controversial form of nourishment. Milk, from humans and a variety of animals, is the subject of the latest enthusiastic investigation by the prolific Kurlansky (Paper: Paging Through History, 2016, etc.), winner of the James Beard Award and Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, among other accolades. For 10,000 years, milk has been "the most argued-over food in human history," the author asserts, with experts opining about whether milk was fit for human consumption, whether babies should be breast-fed (and by whom—their own mothers or wet nurses), which mammal produced the best milk, whether milk should be pasteurized and homogenized, how cows should be raised and milked, and what effects such interventions as hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified crops have on the milk we consume. Although many cultures feature milk-based creation myths, breast-feeding has long been a source of contention. Excavations of ancient Roman gravesites have turned up baby milk bottles, indicating that some babies were artificially fed. In the Middle Ages, artificial feeding was common, with numerous recipes for baby formulas; in 1816, one writer advised that babies should be suckled on goats, setting off a trend throughout Europe. Also popular was the employment of wet nurses, who often became live-in domestics. The choice of wet nurse was not simple: Many believed that the baby would inherit the nurse's disposition and traits; one doctor recommended that "a brunette with her first child, which should be a boy" made the ideal wet nurse. Especially in cities, spoilage, unclean udders, and unsanitary dairies caused illness and a great number of infant deaths. Pasteurization was a solution, but consumers complained about the taste. Debate about the safety of raw milk, much prized by cheese makers and organic farmers, still rages. Kurlansky looks at the production of milk and its uses in liquid and solid form (yogurt, butter, cheese, ice cream, pudding) around the world throughout history and into the present.Chock-full of fascinating details and more than 100 recipes.

The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese a year, and physician and veganism advocate Barnard (Power Foods for the Brain) asserts that giving it up could be a route to improved overall health. Cheese, he warns, is an essentially unhealthy product-filled with fat, cholesterol, and sodium-and has addictive properties as well. Despite an overly alarmist tone, Barnard is effective in explaining how the "ultimate processed food" is manufactured, and, with plenty of statistics to hand, why it isn't healthful. To this end, he raises the array of medical problems potentially associated with dairy or obesity. Barnard's antidote is a standard plant-based food plan. Readers can eschew cheese and create healthier versions of favorite foods by following 70 recipes developed by vegan cookbook author Dreena Burton for meals, snacks, and desserts. The book also lists versatile cheese replacements employing nut butters, non-dairy plant milks, coconuts, and soy. 

For decades, he worked 13-hour days as a line cook in restaurants in New York and the Northeast before he became executive chef in the 1990s...until his "madcap" memoir about the dark corners of New York’s restaurants made him into a celebrity chef and touched off a nearly two-decade career as a globe-trotting television host.

“We have lost someone who was in my opinion the sharpest and keenest observer of culture that I have ever known,” [Andrew Zimmern] said. “When we were alone his hopes and dreams extended into amazing areas.” - New York Times

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Chef and author Anthony Bourdain travels the world sampling local foods and culture.

The 16th annual Canton Area Senior Summit, hosted by Canton Supervisor Pat Williams, will be held on Wednesday, May 30 from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM at Canton's Summit on the Park. Typically held in September, this year's Senior Summit has been moved to May to accommodate fall renovations to the facilities at Summit on the Park.

During the Senior Summit, enjoy a continental breakfast, box lunch, goody bag, and door prizes. The day includes a variety of workshops, health screenings, and informational booths hosted by area community service and health providers. Tickets are free but participants are asked to please pre-register at Club 55+ by calling (734) 394-5485.

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