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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another library list

I guess I'd better get in the habit of posting more often, since the "school year" has started, though we don't actually have our facilitator visit until next week.

So this is our new library list. We ended up returning two large bags and one small one when we went in, only to come back out with two more bags of books. *L* We hadn't returned everything, so I figure I'd better write up the new list before everything gets hopelessly mixed together. ;-)

Eldest got her usual varied selection.

Gene Future: The Promise and Perils of the New Biology - Thomas F. Lee
The Trial - Franz Kafka
The Stories that Haunt Us: More Terrifying Tales from the author of Maritime Mysteries - Bill Jessome
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Nemesis: The Death-Star and the Other Theories of Mass Extinction - Donald Goldsmith
Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires - Michael E. Bell
Night Creatures - Enchanted World Series (usually, Youngest picks books from this series. ;-D )
Vampires, Zombies and Monster Men - Farson

The irony of all these vampire books is that Eldest doesn't like vampires and really detests vampire stories. She started reading the Anne Rice books and was totally turned off the entire genre. But, she's doing some stuff that requires vampire research, so there ya go. Eldest is also staying away from this entire list until such time as she finished the books she hadn't returned yet. She's finished Fly, which was a fascinating - and hilarious - read. Who though a book about evolution, genetics and fruit flies could be so funny?

Youngest still has stuff from last time, so she only took out one more book, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels - Scott McCloud

I've already gone through a lot of my books, so I can tell you more about them. ;-)

Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker - Debbie Stoller. This book has a wide variety of designs from different designers, as well as the basics of crochet. Some of the patterns are hopelessly tacky. Others are pretty fantastic. And I'll never understand why anyone would make a crochet string bikini, never mind actually wear one. *shudder*

Vintage Crochet: 30 Gorgeous Designs for Home, Garden, Fashion - Susan Cropper. Usually when I see things like "vintage" or "contemporary" in craft book titles, it's a warning to me that they will be filled with the weirdest things ever. Happily, this isn't like that. There are some designs that had me scratching my head a bit, but most of the patterns in this book are really good renditions of old techniques and patterns.

Christmas Ornaments to Make: 101 Sparkling Holiday Trims - Better Homes and Gardens. This one has some thread crochet patterns that I really like. Not anything I can use my glow in the dark yarn for, mind you; I have chunkier items in mind for that.

300 Slow Cooker Favorites and The Best Family Slow Cooker Recipes - Donna-Marle Pye. These were the only two slow cooker books I found, and it wasn't until I started looking at them later than I realized they were by the same person, and that the smaller one was basically a pared down remake of the 300 Favorites one. Which is fine. A lot of amazing sounding recipes to try out!

Once-a-Month Cooking - Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. I've been curious about once a month cooking for years, having talked to people on a home school email list that actually do it. It's not something we can do right now, but once every two weeks cooking is a possibility. ;-D

Margaretta Acworth's Georgian Cookery Book - edited by Alice and Frank Prochask. The authors found the handwritten cookbook of Margaretta Acworth, which gave a wonderful glimpse into life in the time period. The recipes were pared down to a few that could be more easily recreated in modern kitchens - and which they found taseted great, too. ;-)

The Roman Cookery of Apicius: A Treasury of Gourmet Recipes & Herbal Cookery, Translated and Adapted for the Modern Kitchen - John Edwards. Apicius defines ancient Roman cookery, even though he didn't actually write all the cookbooks attributed to him (there were also other people of the same name, but none as famous or flamboyant). Both recipes and history are fascinating, and I'd love to try and find some of the ingredients and try a few out.

The Philosopher's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the Modern Cook - Francine Segan. I actually took this out before and enjoyed it so much, I went hunting for it again. Really interesting. This is the source of Eldest's mushroom dish. The actual name of the recipe is Field and Forest Salad.

Now for the cd's of the week...

Bach: Art of Fugue - Vladimir Feltsman piano (I'm actually listening to this 2 cd set as I write this post)
Jungle Drums - Morton Gould and his Orchestra
Canto Gregorian
Dowland: Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits: Lute Music 1 - Nigel North, Lute

and the dvd's...

Joanne Weir's Cooking Class - this is a 4 dvd set. We've already watched most of the first one, and are more impressed than we thought we would be. No preaching are demonizing of certain ingredients. The people on here actually *like* their food!

Crochet Fasions in Motion: Create Trendy Fashion Accents - Liesure Arts. A how-to dvd with projects ranging from a hat and scarf set to a sarong skirt and fingerless gloves.

Fit for Real People - featuring Marta Alto. A how-to for sewing clothes to fit your own body type.

Shark Mountain: The Expedition of a Lifetime with Award-winning filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. Because we like shark stuff.

Dogfight Over Guadaleanal - Secrets of the Dead series. We'd really liked the Headless Romans dvd of this series and wanted to try out another.

Eldest picked this next bunch with her dad in mind.
France is Free - Rene-Jean Bouyer
1805 The Battle of Austerlitz - narrated by Brian Blessed
D-Day: The Battle that Liberated the World
The Libertation of Holland
The Battle of Britain: the Official History

I'd say this will tide us over for a little while. ;-)


The Travelers Journal said...

I have always been interested in the Once-a-Month Cooking too. I have a how to book somewhere here among all the others. My problem was more of space and freezing space. Even on a smaller scale would be fun though. If you decide to give it a try, you will have to blog about it and let us know how it goes. Maybe it will encourge us to give it a try! Can you tell I have cooking on the mind lately :)

Kunoichi said...

Yeah. We just have the freezer on the fridge, but a lot can be packed in there if it's done right. It's the last of counter space, etc. that is more of a hindrance for us right now. I would've loved to have found this book when I had a huge kitchen, all my tools and utensils, and a chest freezer. *L*

Ah, well. We make do with what we can.

I'll definitely blog about it if we give it a go.