Cookbooks for Thanksgiving Inspiration

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Whether you’re hosting a bunch of people for Thanksgiving or you’re looking for a tasty dish to contribute to your family’s smorgasbord, the library has plenty of new cookbooks to check out. Look for ideas from any of these cookbooks available from the library:

Gather & Graze by Stephanie Izard – A collection of 120 recipes from the James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef designed to maximize and balance flavor through creative food pairings.

Now & Again by Julia Turshen – Offers over 100 recipes and menu ideas for reinventing leftovers, including such dishes as kale salad with pepita dressing, baked saffron rice, chicken and black-eyed pea chili, and black forest cake.

Gluten-Free Family Favorites by Kelli Bronski – Makes gluten-free cooking fun, with 75 recipes designed to meet your family’s everyday needs, including breakfasts, snacks, sides, balanced dinners, familiar classics, and tasty treats.

Inspiralized & Beyond by Ali Maffucci – Goes beyond “spiralizing” to share the most fun ways to fit more vegetables into any healthy diet, such as using cauliflower for pizza crust and broccoli for tater tots.

Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal – Shares 100 recipes that will up your kitchen game, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers.

Everyday Vegan by Good Housekeeping – Offers 85 scrumptious recipes incorporating plant-based proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The New Essentials Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen – Provides information to help home chefs build their cooking skills through practical lessons combined with 200 increasingly challenging recipes.

Sweet Laurel: Recipes for Whole Food, Grain-Free Desserts by Laurel Gallucci & Claire Thomas – The co-founder of Sweet Laurel Bakery shares 85 dessert recipes that are grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy free.

Veterans Day

18poster_lowresVeterans Day is celebrated on November 11 to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans.

It was originally called Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. But, the fighting ended about seven months before this date, when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, was greatly considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and dubbed Armistice Day.

In 1926, Congress officially recognized November 11 as the end of the war, and in 1938, it became an official holiday. The holiday was a day set aside to honor the veterans of World War I. However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.  

Other countries also celebrate Veterans Day. Canada, Great Britain, and Australia call November 11 “Remembrance Day.” Canada’s observance is pretty close to our own, except many of its citizens wear red poppy flowers to honor their war dead. In Australia, the day is similar to our Memorial Day.

We now always acknowledge November 11 as Veterans Day as this “helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good” (US Department of Veterans Affairs), but this wasn’t always the case. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, and it moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. But in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, citing the important historical significance of the date.

Resources for veterans and their families:
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
Mitchell Hash Foundation (local organization)
Legal Services for Veterans

Books about Veterans Day:
Caught Up in Time: Oral History Narratives of Appalachian Vietnam Veterans by John Hennen
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran’s Career Guide to Life’s Next Phase by James D. Murphy and William M. Duke

Celebrating Picture Books

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It’s Picture Book Month, a literacy initiative that honors printed picture books during the month of November. Celebrate with your young family members by getting together and reading one of these titles recommended by JMRL children’s librarians:

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal – When Alma Sofia Esperanza Josâe Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents. (Also available in Spanish).

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins – When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates – A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain in this tribute to inclusion and tolerance.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh – Excited by her first trip to Coney Island, a young immigrant girl is fascinated by the differences between the beach culture in her new home and her native Iran.

Ginny Goblin is Not Allowed to Open This Box by David Goodner – Tempted by a box on a shelf that she is forbidden to open until dinnertime, Ginny engages in a series of wacky box-snatching strategies involving ninja suits, catapults and scaly serpents.

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin – A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke – A story that gently introduces numbers while describing how an adorable baby covertly sneaks fruits into his doting mother’s shopping basket.

Summer Color! by Diana Murray – Two rambunctious children take off on a backyard adventure through the wonders and colors of summer.