A feast is worth a thousand words

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Thanksgiving…it’s just a few weeks away and I can already  smell the pumpkin pie. Whether you’re looking forward to a traditional turkey dinner, or this is the first time you’re experiencing our American tradition of eating too much and being thankful for it, we have some appetizing books to get you ready for the big day! Forget all those deadlines looming just around the corner and take a few minutes to remember all you have to be thankful for…family, friends, the Internet and food!

These titles can all be found in the IC Undergraduate Collection on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Wells Library West Tower. If they’re not on the shelf, try finding them in the special features display across from the IC Reference Desk…this month, it’s all about the food! Last, but not least, find all these books and more on our great list of cookbooks and foodie reading on Worldcat.

An Edible History of Humanity (GT 2850 .S73 2009): The bestselling author of “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages. (WorldCat review)

Food Matters (RA 784 .B55 2009): From the award-winning guru of culinary simplicity and author of the bestselling “How to Cook Everything” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” comes a plan for responsible eating that’s as good for the planet as it is for the waistline. (WorldCat review)

In Defense of Food (RA 784 .P643 2008): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan’s thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry… (WorldCat review)

Righteous Porkchop (TC 930.2 .N56): Part memoir, part expose, “Righteous Porkchop” offers a searing account of the factory farm industry–and the effects the techniques have on health and well-being–by an engaging crusader who finds love and purpose along the way. (WorldCat review)

Food: the History of Taste (TX 353 .F668 2007): Traces the history of food from the hunters and gatherers to the modern consumer age and a new landscape for gastronomy.

From Hardtack to Home fries (TX 360 .U6 H33 2002): As any cook knows, every meal, and every diet, has a story — whether it relates to presidents and first ladies or to the poorest of urban immigrants. From Hardtack to Home Fries brings together the best and most inspiring of those stories, from the 1840s to the present, focusing on a remarkable assembly of little-known or forgotten Americans who determined what our country ate during some of its most trying periods… (WorldCat review)

Cooking Green (TX653 .H49 2009): The foods we eat and the ways we buy, store and prepare them are significant contributors to global warming. This information-packed volume, from cookbook author and newgreenbasics.com founder Heyhoe, provides detailed guidance for those looking to make their cooking and eating habits earth-friendlier. (Publishers Weekly)

American History Cookbook (TX 715 .Z36): This book uses historical commentary and recipes to trace the history of American cooking from the first European contact with Native Americans to the 1970s.  (Abstract)

The New Taste of Chocolate (TX 767 .C5 P74 2001): Presilla, a marketing consultant for a Latin American chocolate producer, explains the history, science and production of what many consider the world’s most delectable snack.  (Publishers Weekly)


Resources for a Happy Halloween

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Fall is upon us!  For some, that means football games and tailgating.  For others, it means midterms and the impending doom of finals.  For me, it means the approach of Halloween and the festivities, fun, and freakishness surrounding it.  Whether you are a researcher interested in the origins of the occult, or someone who trick-or-treated far past the appropriate age like me, the Herman B Wells Library has books aplenty for you to discover. 

For those interested in spooky and spine-tingling tales, The Herman B Wells have one of the most comprehensive folklore collections in the nation.  Here are just a few suggestions:

 Adichie, C. N. (2009). The thing around your neck. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

 Undergraduate Core Collection     PR9387.9.A34354 T55 2009

 Marimen, M. (1998). School spirits: College ghost stories of the East and Midwest. Holt, Mich: Thunder Bay Press.

Research Collection      PS648.G48 M37 1998 v.1

 Marshall, P. (2007). Mother Leakey and the bishop : a ghost story. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Research Collection     GR142.M56 M37 2007

Poe, E. A. (1976). The short fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.                  

 Undergraduate Core Collection  PS2612 .L4

 Steiger, B. (2003). Real ghosts, restless spirits, and haunted places. Canton: Visile Ink Press.

Undergraduate Core Collection BF1461 .S84 2003

 Underwood, P. (1977). Thirteen famous ghost stories : edited and selected by Peter Underwood. London: Dutton.

 Research Collection       PR1309.G5 T5

For those interested in a scholarly point of view or the history of Halloween:

Messent, P. (1981). Literature of the occult ; a collection of critical essays. Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs.

Undergraduate Core Collection PR830.O33 L57

 Skal, D. (2002). Death makes a holiday : a cultural history of Halloween. New York: Bloomsbury.

Undergraduate Core Collection GT4965 .S58 2002

 White, M. (1999). Weird science : an expert explains ghosts, voodoo, the UFO conspiracy, and other paranormal phenomena. New York: Avon Books.

Undergraduate Core Collection BF1031 .W49 1999

 Find these books at the Herman B Wells Library.  Or ask a librarian for more titles! Also, Check out these spooky and fun events around Bloomington!

 The Bloomington Festival of Ghost Stories

Dennis James Hosts Halloween at the IU Auditorium

Festival of the Falls