30. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Pot Roast, Politics, and Ants in the Pantry: Missouri's Cookbook Heritage by Carol Fisher, 235 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/30/2012

This cookbook starts off with a brief history of cookbooks in the United States and then moves into Missouri written and published cookbooks. It shows how early cookbooks where a record of our cultural heritage. How the cooks of the day would move from recipes for a fine dinner on one page to recipes to keep ants out of the house and add color to a flowers bloom on the next then back to recipes for every day meals.

The authors used more than 150 publications to discuss Missouri’s cookbook heritage. They started with manuscript cookbooks from 1821 in St Louis including those from the William Clark family. Yes, that’s Clark from the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. They continue on to modern days including the popularity and fundraising efforts of community and civic group cookbooks and how the state’s beef council has put recipes on the Internet.

An informative, fun history of cooking, every day life and even politics in Missouri.

30. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson, 108 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/29/2012

A history of tea and tea-time in England with emphasis on Jane Austen’s lifetime as well as examples of different tea traditions from different levels of British society and quotes from Austen’s novels that illustrate these traditions.

Did you know that coffee appeared in England before tea? Some households even served coffee or hot cocoa instead of tea at tea time but since tea had become the fashionable drink of high society and royalty this afternoon or evening repast became refered to as “tea.” The book includes recipes for tea treats and other drinks served at tea time with both traditional recipes and modern forms of the same recipes.

03. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Andrea, Informational Book, NonFiction, Travel · Tags: , , , , ,

Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo, 321 pages, read by Andrea, on 02/03/2012

Day of HoneyDay of Honey is a celebration of food and a memoir of war and the death of many people. It is written about Ciezadlo’s life in Lebanon during its internal sectarian conflicts between Sunni and Shia muslims. I am personally interested in all information that deals with Middle Eastern countries, so I was quite excited to read this book and had particularly high expectations for it as well. Ciezadlo describes Iraqi and Lebanese people as folks not unlike Americans. She shows how, despite hardship and death, the Lebanese people have always found comfort in food. With all of the negative media portrayals of the Middle Eastern countries right now, I thought this book was another great piece of literary work to help people in the US and other parts of the world understand the war torn Middle East and its people.