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Cooking with the Stars

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Three new cookbooks arrived at our library, today.

eva’s kitchen, by Eva Longoria; if it makes you healthy, by Sheryl Crow and Chuck White, and my father’s daughter, by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Am I convinced for one hot minute that any of these beautiful multi-millionaires are schlepping grocery bags or peeling carrots? Nope. But I’m still suggesting that you check these books out!

eva’s kitchen contains lots of simple recipes, with accessible, familiar ingredients. I love cookbooks with lots of great pictures, and this one has plenty! Check it out if you like Mexican or southwestern foods.

my father’s daughter makes use of slightly more exotic ingredients and includes an icon for each recipe, representing that the recipe is vegetarian, vegan, quick, make-ahead, a one-pot meal, or a dress-up meal.

If it makes you healthy includes a bit of dialogue about each dish, and lots of tips about the ingredients and their alternate uses. Crow and her co-author frequently comment about their preferences, and how the recipes in the book were developed.

Calgary Public Library has an enormous collection of cookbooks. Check them out today, by browsing section 641, at your local branch.

Unbearable Lightness, by Portia De Rossi

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WOW – what a fantastic book! Portia De Rossi is a gay actress, married to well-known talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. In Unbearable Lightness, De Rossi reflects on her past and shares insights into why she developed and eventually overcame both anorexia and bulimia.

This is a wonderful book; I read it in only a few days. De Rossi is insightful, sharp, funny, honest and unflinching about her past. What surprised me most was her skill as a prose writer. I may be judgemental, given that I don’t typically assume former models with long blonde hair are “the literary type”, but De Rossi certainly is. In articulate and poignant descriptions, she reveals how difficult it is to be an actress (let alone a gay actress) in a culture of beauty, thinness and body obsession.

Read this book if you struggle with anorexia or bulimia. Read it if you’ve ever felt too fat or too thin. Read this book if you enjoy biographies. Read this book if you’re a fan of the TV program Arrested Development.

I have a new appreciation for De Rossi’s work, and I’m sure you will, too!

Going Against the Grain

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It is estimated that tens of thousands of Canadians are gluten intolerant. This means that foods which contain gluten (such as pastas and breads) cause a host of ailments, from cramping and bloating to ...well, I’ll spare you the gory gastronomic details.

If you are gluten intolerant, or suspect you might be, then check out our awesome collection of wheat-free cookbooks.

We’ve got hundreds of books dedicated to beans, lentils, potatoes, corn, rice and more!

Our collection truly does have something for everyone. Browse and find recipes for vegan, diabetic or kosher diets. Or, browse according to region: Japanese, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and many more!

Be sure to read our food blog, too!

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Baking for Special Diets

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There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread. Except, of course, eating the bread! But for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, noshing on the nearest loaf isn’t always an option. Gluten intolerance requires many people to give up bread, baked goods, pasta, and a host of other (why-even-get-out-of-bed-if-I-can’t-have-them?) foods.

If you’re someone who has to avoid gluten, then take heart - we’ve got a special treat for you! In fact, this program is for diabetics and vegetarians, too! Come one, come all!

On September 25th, from 11 - 12 PM, join Brian Hinton of Lakeview Bakery, as he shares tips and tricks to help you bake for celiacs, diabetics, and vegetarians.

Discover a new "flour power" and a whole lot more at our Food is Life Weekend!

Register for programs online, by calling (403)260-2600, or by visiting your nearest branch.

September 25 - 26: Food is Life Weekend!

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You don’t have to wait until January to make resolutions. Make them in September!

Attend the Food is Life Weekend, September 25 - 26, and get inspired to nourish and care for your body by feeding it well. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in raw food, slow food, gardening, special diets, or food trends.

A variety of one hour sessions makes it easy for you to attend what's of interest to you. John Gilchrist, Community Natural Foods, Slow Food Calgary, the Calgary Horticultural Society, Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms and Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms are just some of the many folks who will be facilitating our awesome line-up of programs.

Register for programs in any branch, online, or by calling (403)260-2600.

Gristle, edited by Moby and Minyun Park

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The meat that you (may or may not) consume is part of a complicated nexus involving human health, the environment, animals, communities, workers, children and more.

In only 126 short pages, a variety of Gristle contributors highlight a huge range of issues and supplement their comments with fascinating (and unsettling!) charts and graphs.

Read this book whether you’re a vegetarian or not. Read this book if you care about sustainable food policy, or if you simply love to eat.

Also, be sure to browse our catalogue. We’ve got tons of literature about meat, cooking, vegetarianism, and health.

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