Library Moments: Foodie Fiction and Nonfiction

Amanda Wilk, Public Services Librarian: Hello, I’m Amanda Wilk from Haliburton County Public Library, and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or services we offer at the library.

As someone who loves food, I also love books that describe meals, foods, and tastes so vividly that they leave me feeing hungry, and intrigued to try the food the characters in the book were enjoying. Today on Library Moments, Bessie Sullivan, Sherrill Sherwood and I will be sharing some of our some of our favourite fiction and non-fiction foodie titles.

When in Doubt Add ButterBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: I recently read a book that is categorized as chick lit called When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.  What draws me to this book is the variety of needs each of these clients have and how the Gemma adapt to each of those needs.  People’s relationship with food, be it simply for fuel, overeating as an emotional response, or the putting together of a menu for entertainment is what drives this book.  For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and—oh yes—butter.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development/Marketing: Picking and eating food from our garden Backyard Homesteadgives me such pleasure. I love the fresh vibrant tastes and can just tell my body is thanking me. I like the connection between the food and my body without the pesticides and transportation and long shelf life involved when purchasing produce from the grocery store. When I look inside the book The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan I get the same feeling of comfort and connection just from looking at the pictures. The subtitle of this book is bound to catch the attention of anyone interested in growing their own sustenance – Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! This book explains how from a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts. Even if you’re not ready for complete self-sufficiency, in today’s economic climate it makes sense to try to produce some of your own food. A search on the library’s website for gardening resulted in 119 records found and the collection is growing along with the community’s interest.

A Discovery of WitchesAmanda: The first in the All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness tells the tale of a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript Ashmole 782, which draws them together. Not only does it offer readers a fast paced adventure filled with: romance, suspense, history, and the supernatural, it also contains delectable descriptions of food and wine. For example, one of my favourite food passages describes a glass of red wine as being: “like drinking velvet… there was milk chocolate, cherries, and a flood of flavors that made no sense and brought back memories of the long-ago smell of my father’s study after he’d been smoking and of emptying the shavings from the pencil sharpener in second grade.”  And similarly detailed descriptions frequent this captivating read.

As always, all of the titles mentioned are available to reserve from the library today. Thanks for tuning in to Library Moments here at 100.9 Canoe FM.

* Originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from May 13th-19th

 

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