Books, programs to make your mouth water
641.5. That number might not mean anything to you, but in the world of the Delaware County District Library and other public libraries in the United States, that number is incredibly important and significant. 641.5 is the Dewey Decimal Classification number for cookbooks, one of the biggest and most used collection of nonfiction books in the library.
It is fascinating to browse the cookbook sections in the library. The books on these shelves cover such a wide and varied number of topics, from perennial favorites like The New York Times Cookbook to cookbooks by favorite Food Network stars such as Paula Dean, Guy Fieri, Rachel Ray and Emeril LaGasse, to healthy cookbooks, cookbooks for holidays, cookbooks for babies and even cookbooks for pets.
If you are like thousands of other library users, you probably have checked out a cookbook once or twice in your lifetime, perhaps for a particular recipe or just to leaf through it. Because of the popularity of these types of books, the library is now offering a “Cook Book Club” program, giving you a chance to discuss a cookbook and share a recipe prepared from it.
You are cordially invited to attend the first meeting of “The Cook Book Club” at the Delaware (Main) Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Attendees will review and discuss Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver, and then enjoy sharing a recipe that they prepared from the book. Check at the Information Desk for copies of the book — check it out, find a tantalizing recipe to prepare, and then share it with fellow “foodies” at this program.
Who was Cynthia Ann Parker?
Cynthia Ann Parker was born in 1825 in Illinois, according to World Book Encyclopedia. Her family traveled by wagon train to settle Fort Parker in Texas. In 1836, soon after the community was established, Comanches raided the settlement and kidnapped five settlers, including 10-year-old Cynthia. Four of the settlers were eventually returned to Fort Parker, but Cynthia Ann Parker stayed with the tribe for 25 years. In 1860, a raid by the Texas Rangers recovered Parker and her infant daughter. Her husband, Chief Peta was presumed dead, and her two sons escaped. Parker tried many times to return to the Comanches, but was found and sent back to the Parker family each time. Broken-hearted, Parker herself died in 1870 at the age of 43. Parker’s surviving son Quannah Parker became chief of the Quahadi Comanches and took control of the Texas plains for years, fighting back the U.S. Cavalry until 1874. Exiled to Oklahoma, he was revered as a tribal leader until his death in 1911.
What is a black swallower?
Black swallower are rarely seen undersea creatures because scientists have only seen them after they are dead — after one has attempted to eat a fish so large that its meal eventually killed it through indigestion. Grzimeks’ Animal Life Encyclopedia notes that while scientists have never seen the fish eating, they speculate that it grabs its prey by the tail and slowly starts swallowing it whole. Unfortunately, the black swallower is not too selective about the size of its prey, which often results in decomposition starting before it can be digested. The resulting gas builds up and leaves the black swallower to float to the surface.
How did Martha’s Vineyard get its name?
Prolific explorer Bartholomew Gosnold (1592–1607), who named both Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, pioneered the quickest way to sail from Great Britain to the northeastern seaboard of America. In a published account of his voyage in 1602, it was noted that he was responsible for popularizing the colonization of New England. Martha’s Vineyard is named after a daughter of Gosnold who died in infancy. I found this information in Names on the Land: An Historical Accounting of Place Names in the United States.
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