December 2016

In the Holiday Spirit: Films for the Season

December 15, 2016 • Written by

In the Holiday Spirit

For many of us, the holiday season is associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series highlights resources from RRC Library’s collection that honour these festivities. 

Happy holidays! The staff at RRC Library wish you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Below are some festive films to cozy up to on a cold winter night. (RRC network log in may be required.)

Seasonal Films from NFB

From Naughty to Nice

“This short film, featuring the work of the internationally-renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop, is a playful cautionary tale about the consequences of selfishness and greed. The film’s greedy boy-king, Santa Claus, has everything he could ever want, including a castle brimming with toys, but the path of the greedy has only one end: to wind up alone, without a single friend. Santa only wants more and more—until he discovers the gift of giving.” (Source: NFB Website)

NFB’s Ho Ho Holidays Channel

Enjoy the holidays with the National Film Board’s own fun collection of family films.

 

 

 

 

Jingle Bell Rocks!

“Starring an eclectic cast of characters – musicians, DJs composers, collectors & critics – plus two dozen amazing & original songs, Jingle Bell Rocks! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh ride into the strange & sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. Featuring: Run DMC, The Flaming Lips, Bob Dorough and Miles Davis, and many more!” (Source: NFB Website)

 

Seasonal Films from Curio.ca

The Secret of the Nutcracker

“This delightful Christmas tale tells the story of 12-year-old Clara’s mystical journey on Christmas Eve to find her father who is fighting as a pilot in World War II. She receives unexpected help from the mysterious Drosselmeyer who befriends Clara and encourages her to believe that she can create magic. The Secret of The Nutcracker is directed by Eric Till and features the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and John Estacio, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.” (Source. Curio.ca)

Walter and Tandoori’s Xmas

“It is just before Christmas in the village of Hart’s Landing and an ominous shadow threatens the tiny town. That’s right, Bill Counter, a wealthy, unscrupulous businessman, is building a huge department store right in the middle of town. With a thousand tricks up his sleeve, nothing appears to be able to stop him. “Buy, Buy and Always Buy” seem to be his favorite refrain. But after he makes friends with Walter and Tandoori, they are quick to realize the dishonest nature of dear Bill Counter! A major challenge awaits our hero Walter. With the help of his faithful sidekick Tandoori, he must save the village whose quality of life is being severely tested.” (Source: Curio.ca)

The Nativity

“Ideal for Religious Studies, The Nativity is not simply a retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus. Shot over two years in Morocco, this visually stunning international production explores the search of the Magi, the tyranny of Herod, and the earthly troubles of lowly shepherds. But at its heart, it is about two people — Mary, a young girl frightened by the momentous gift bestowed upon her, and Joseph, the kind man who loves her, but struggles to accept his own role in the greatest story ever told. The Nativity brings the story to life, rooting the action in a world we can all recognize and understand more than two millennia after the star first shone over the stable in Bethlehem.” (Source: Curio.ca)

 

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In the Holiday Spirit: Entertaining with Style

December 12, 2016 • Written by

In the Holiday Spirit

For many of us, the holiday season is associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series highlights resources from RRC Library’s collection that honour the season’s festivities. Today’s topic provides sources of ideas for stylish table settings.

Entertaining with Style

Table inspirations : original ideas for stylish entertaining

Table settings and decorations set the scene for a special occasion and create an atmosphere of hospitality, conviviality, and style. In Table Inspirations, stylist and interiors writer Emily Chalmers offers an abundance of delightful ideas for stylish settings and decorations for every occasion, from the simplest weekday suppers to classic celebratory dinners, or informal family lunches eaten al fresco.

 

 

Table settings : stylish entertaining made simple

Features 20 themed occasions, ranging from festive meals to simpler events, such as dinner for two or a lazy weekend breakfast. You don’t need family-heirloom china or silverware to recreate these appealing settings–fresh flowers, twinkling tea lights, and quirky decorative touches are enough. For easy reference, there is also a visual directory of international place settings. Designed for people with busy lifestyles, these stunning ideas by stylist Emily Chalmers are quick and easy to create.

 

Table magic : how to create fabulous table settings

Packed with over 100 creative and inspirational ideas for dressing the dining table, this book will help you set the scene for your dinner parties or special occasions.

 

 

 

 

 

The art of napkin folding

This book offers a diverse collection of 35 easy-to-do napkin designs, from classic favorites such as the Swan, to new creations such as Fanci Frills or the Happi Coat. Many of the designs will serve double duty: the Lazy Susan contains little compartments for serving nuts and snacks and the Roll Wrap keeps bread rolls warm from the oven. Following the carefully crafted step-by-step instructions, readers will discover how easily and effortlessly they can make memorable table decorations.

 

Napkin folding for every occasion

A well-dressed table is incomplete without an expertly folded napkin adorning each diner’s place, giving guests an enticing hint of the culinary delights to come. Now anyone can experience a touch of elegance, whether on a lavish holiday spread or to dress up everyday meals. The dozens of lovely forms displayed here range from the classic Roll with Tip to the extravagant Ice Bird, from the sophisticated Lying Lily to the voluptuous folds of the Shell. Using simple instructions and the detailed drawings, these small works of art can be formed from either fabric napkins or everyday paper, providing that little something extra that will really set your table apart.

 

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Cooking Up Culinary True Stories Well Told

December 9, 2016 • Written by

Every year, Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential comes in and out of the library like a popular restaurant dish, causing the library to add a second copy to keep up with the demand. It’s not surprising considering he has a charisma to go with his knowledge, both displayed on CNN’s ‘Parts Unknown.’

Many believe Bourdain’s book ushered in the era of the ‘celebrity chef’, but his story provides a peek into the workings of a busy restaurant kitchen, something students and staff in the Culinary Arts Program experience with enough stories of their own to fill entire shelves. However, this book represents one part of a vast world and the library offers a few suggestions for those wanting to explore the world of chefs and their kitchens, a place of innovation and a reflection of the world in general.

 

Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen
Author: Deborah A. Harris and Patti Guiffre

A number of recent books, magazines, and television programs have emerged that promise to take viewers inside the exciting world of professional chefs. While media suggest that the occupation is undergoing a transformation, one thing remains clear: being a chef is a decidedly male-dominated job. Over the past six years, the prestigious James Beard Foundation has presented 84 awards for excellence as a chef, but only 19 were given to women. Likewise, Food and Wine magazine has recognized the talent of 110 chefs on its annual Best New Chef list since 2000, and to date, only 16 women have been included. How is it that women the gender most associated with cooking have lagged behind men in this occupation?–Back Cover

 

 

The Making of a Chef : Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America
Author: Michael Ruhlman

In the winter of 1996, journalist Michael Ruhlman donned a chef‘s jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students at the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s oldest and most influential cooking school. But The Making of a Chef is not just about holding a knife or slicing an onion, it’s also about the nature and spirit of being a professional cook and the people who enter the profession. As Ruhlman– now an expert on the fundamentals of cooking– recounts his growing mastery of the skills of his adopted profession, he propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great food. — Back cover.

Michael Ruhlman also wrote a follow-up entitled The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen also available at the library.

 

 

Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Author: Marcus Samuelsson

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister–all battling tuberculosis–walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up–Back Cover

 

 

Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food
Author: Colman Andrews

Ferrari Adria is arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Hailed as a genius and a prophet by fellow chefs, worshipped (if often misunderstood) by critics and lay diners alike, Adria is imitated and paid homage to in professional kitchens, and in more than a few private ones, all over the world.
In his lively close-up portrait of Adria, award-winning food writer Colman Andrews traces this groundbreaking chef’s rise from resort-hotel dishwasher to culinary deity, and the evolution of El Bulli from a German-owned beach bar into one of the world’s best restaurants. With a new afterword revealing the future of El Bulli, Perron brings to life the most exciting food movement of our time and illuminates the ways in which Adria has forever altered our understanding and appreciation of food and cooking.–Back Cover

 

Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-To-Table Meal
Author: Kurt Timmermeister

To support his endeavors, Timmermeister prepared weekly dinners from the farm’s bounty. With the menus designed to reflect the changing seasons on Vashon Island, the Cookhouse dinners brought people out fo the city and onto the farm to share a locally grown, home-cooked meals. Growing a Feast tells the story of a Kurtwood Farms Cookhouse dinner, from farm to table.–Book Jacket

In the Holiday Spirit: Let’s Get Cooking

December 8, 2016 • Written by

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For many of us, the holiday season is associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series highlights resources from RRC Library’s collection in honour of the season’s festivities. Today’s theme is for those who like to cook.

Let’s Get Cooking

Here are some noteworthy cookbooks available to all RRC staff and students.

America’s test kitchen cookbookamericas-test-kitchen-cookbook

The recipes, cookware ratings, and food tastings that entertain America each week on the public television series “America’s Test Kitchen” are now available in this new cookbook. Includes more than 200 recipes and the surprising results of unbiased kitchen tests.

 

 

 

The Bon Appétit cookbookbon-appetit-cookbook

Celebrate a half-century of “Bon Appétit”! Editor-in-Chief Fairchild brings together more than 1,200 of the magazine’s all-time favorite recipes in “The Bon Appétit Cookbook.” Packed with test-kitchen secrets, color photos, and more, it’s the ultimate culinary companion.

 

 

 

Family meafamily-meall : home cooking with Ferran Adrià

A collection of simple, tasty and affordable recipes for the dishes that the staff at elBulli eats every day. Shows the reader the step-by-step secrets of how to plan, prepare and cook everyday meals in the easiest way possible.

 

 

 

 

NoMnomad-cookbookad cookbook

What appears to be a traditional cookbook is in fact two books in one: upon opening, readers discover that the back half contains false pages in which a smaller cocktail recipe book is hidden. The result is a wonderfully unexpected collection of both sweet and savory food recipes and cocktail recipes, with the lush photography by Francesco Tonelli and impeccable style for which the authors, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, are known.

 

 

 

fat-duck-cookbookFat Duck cookbook

A lavishly photographed volume of recipes by the award-winning restaurateur is complemented by historical information and explanations of the scientific principles behind many of his most popular dishes.

 

 

 

 

The best of cooking with beerbest-of-cooking-with-beer

Whether you’re entertaining a group or cooking for one, using beer as an ingredient is a perfect way to marry your passion for cooking with your love of finely crafted beer. This selection of recipes represents your favorite recipes from Craft beer & brewing magazine.

 

 

 

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In the Holiday Spirit: I’ll Drink to That!

December 6, 2016 • Written by

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For many of us, the holiday season is associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series showcases resources from our collection that support the season’s festivities. This post is for those who enjoy drinking to the occasion.

I’ll Drink to That!

drinksDrinks

From French wines, single malt whiskies, and Cuban rums to Belgian beers, English ciders, and classic cocktails, this is a sumptuously illustrated one-stop reference to the world’s best alcoholic drinks.

 

 

 

 

The modern mixologist : contemporary classic cocktailsmodern-mixologist

A cocktail guide for the 21st century, complete with 60 recipes for new and classic drinks. Full-color photography throughout, with tips on ingredients, barware, and technique.

 

 

 

 

what-to-drink-with-what-you-eatWhat to drink with what you eat : the definitive guide to pairing food with wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea– even water– based on expert advice from Americas best sommeliers

The most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled–complete with practical advice from the best wine stewards and chefs in America. 70 full-color photos.

 

 

ultimate-beerUltimate beer

Written for the novice as well as the connoisseur, “UltimateBeer” elevates the beverage to the lofty status of wine and cigars. It is a complete guide to every aspect of beer, including how to find the right beer for every occasion.

 

 

 

everyday-guide-to-wineEveryday guide to wine (DVD)

Whether you’re a novice looking to master the basics, an enthusiast who tours vineyards, or something in between, there’s no better way to learn about wine than from wine expert Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, who has an authoritative knowledge of wine in all its glorious breadth and depth.

 

 

 

 

how-to-pair-wineHow to pair wine : an expert’s guide, featuring recipes, tips and insights for home dining (e-book)

A companion piece and recipe book to teach readers how to pair the perfect wine with a variety of delicious, unique dishes. RRC network log in required.

 

 

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In the Holiday Spirit: Sweet Inspirations

December 2, 2016 • Written by

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For many of us, December is closely associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. Stay tuned this December for RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series, which will highlight some fantastic resources from RRC Library’s collection. Today’s topic will inspire those who like to make sweet things – desserts, cookies and more.

Sweet Inspirations

good-cookieThe good cookie : techniques, advice, and more than 250 recipes from the pros

Trained pastry chef and writer Tish Boyle has designed recipes to indulge every cookie lover’s taste and craving — from timeless Colossal Peanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, and other standbys to wholesome favourites such as Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and stylish originals such as Triple-Ginger Pecan Biscotti.

 

Sticky fingers’ sweets : 100 super-secret vegan recipessticky-fingers-sweets

When Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats opened in 2002, it instantly became one of the most popular bakeries in D.C. and was voted D.C.’s best bakery by The Washington City Paper, and chef Doron Petersan found herself beating out traditional bakers on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Sweet! is packed with one hundred of her beloved recipes – from indulgent snacks like Fudgetastic Brownies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to breakfast treats like Pecan Spice Coffee Cake and Cranberry Ginger Scones, and from celebratory desserts like Chocolate Seltzer Cake and Red Velvet Cupcakes to Sticky Fingers’ most popular sweets – Little Devils, Cowvins, and Sticky Buns. Petersan also includes “love bite” nutritional tips and valuable tricks-of-the- trade techniques that every home baker will appreciate.

 

Baked : new frontiers in baking

bakedHip. Cool. Fashion-forward. These aren’t adjectives you’d ordinarily think of applying to baked goods. Think again. Not every baker wants to re-create Grandma’s angel food cake of cherry pie. Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito certainly didn’t, when they left their advertising careers behind, pooled their life savings, and opened their dream bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, New York, a few years back. The visions that danced in their heads were of other, brand-new kinds of confections… things like a Malt Ball Cake with Mild Chocolate Frosting, which captures the flavour of their favourite Whoppers candies (and ups the ante with a malted milk ball garnish). Whether trendsetting or tried-and-true, every idea in this book is freshly baked.

 

American Cake Decorating (periodical)american-cake-decorating-3963

Each issue includes several tutorials, reviews of cake shows and contests across the country, fresh ideas, new products and business information for the professional.The purpose of the magazine has always been to bring new ideas, techniques and skills to its readers through the use of step-by-step tutorials, themed showcases, new product information and more. As an industry that thrives on sharing, ACD inspires creativity by giving all its readers access to top-level talents from around the world.

 

 

honey-everyday-recipes-for-cooking-and-bakingHoney : Everyday Recipes for Cooking and Baking with Nature’s Sweetest Secret Ingredient (e-book)

A collection of recipes that showcase the sweet, rich, and sunny-colored delight made by nature’s hardest worker—the bee. Honey is a natural whole food that can be used in many different dishes and enjoyed in a variety of ways—this book introduces you to the countless possibilities of nature’s sweetest natural ingredient. RRC network log in required.

 

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