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The 10 best non-fiction books via Good Housekeeping

April 15th, 2020 Comments off
The 10 best non-fiction books via Good Housekeeping

Non-fiction books have an extraordinary amount to offer. Whether they’re compelling memoirs or more practical advice books, the topics might be wide-ranging but you’ll come away from each having learnt something new.

While some prefer to be immersed in novels, the books we’ve selected below all have on thing in common – you’ll want to read them cover to cover, just like a good fiction book.

From older classics like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic to hot-off-the-press gems such as Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates, here are 10 of the best non-fiction books you can buy now.

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An Archive of Handwritten Traditional Mexican Cookbooks Is Now Online via Open Culture

April 14th, 2020 Comments off
An Archive of Handwritten Traditional Mexican Cookbooks Is Now Online via Open Culture
“The search for authentic Mexican food—or rather, the struggle to define what that meant—has been going on for two hundred years,” writes Jeffrey Pilcher at Guernica. Arguments over national cuisine first divided into factions along historical lines of conquest. Indigenous, corn-based cuisines were pitted against wheat-based European foods, while Tex-Mex cooking has been “industrialized and carried around the world,” its processed commodification posing an offense to both indigenous peoples and Spanish elites, who themselves later “sought to ground their national cuisine in the pre-Hispanic past” in order to fend off associations with globalized Mexican food of the chain restaurant variety.

Historical Cooking Books – 50 in a series – The still-room (19003) by Charles Roundell, Mrs Harry Roberts

April 13th, 2020 Comments off

What might you find in these old cookbooks? What special recipes have been handed down to you? Share in the Comments!

Historical Cooking Books – 50 in a series – The still-room (19003) by Charles Roundell, Mrs Harry Roberts

Historical Cooking Books - 49 in a series - The still-room (19003) by Charles Roundell, Mrs Harry Roberts

Historical Cooking Books - 49 in a series - The still-room (19003) by Charles Roundell, Mrs Harry Roberts

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A PLEA FOR HOUSEWIFERY

WE live in an age which may well be called the age of the purveyor ; and, if we continue travelling along the road upon which we have entered, the time cannot be far distant when it will be held ridiculous to do anything at all for ourselves. To appreciate, to criticize, to display taste in selection — these are the hall-marks of to-day, and home is but another name for a private restaurant. Homes such as those in which Goldsmith and Dickens delighted are now calculated to bring a blush to the cheeks of the superior and the ” artistic.” Of few of our fine ladies can it be said that “they are excellent Housewives, and as capable of descending to the kitchen with propriety as of acting in their exalted stations with dignity.”



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Home School: The Vatican Library Goes Online and Digitizes Tens of Thousands of Manuscripts, Books, Coins, and More via Open Culture

April 13th, 2020 Comments off
If any one of us ran our own country, we’d surely drive no small amount of resources toward building an impressive national library. That would be true even if we ran a country the size of the Vatican, the smallest sovereign state in the world — but one that, unsurprisingly, punches well above its weight in terms of the size and historical value of its holdings. “It was in 1451 when Pope Nicholas V, a renowned bibliophile himself, attempted to re-establish Rome as an academic center of global importance,” writes Aleteia’s Daniel Esparza. That formidable task involved first “building a relatively modest library of over 1,200 volumes, including his personal collection of Greek and Roman classics and a series of texts brought from Constantinople.”

Home School: Why Should We Read William Shakespeare? Four Animated Videos Make the Case via Open Culture

April 10th, 2020 Comments off

Sooner or later, we all encounter the plays of William Shakespeare: whether on the page, the stage, or—maybe most frequently these days—the screen. Over four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is still very much relevant, not only as the most recognizable name in English literature, but also perhaps as its most famous storyteller, even if we don’t recognize his hand in modern adaptations that barely resemble their originals.

But if we can turn Shakespeare’s plays into other kinds of entertainment that don’t require us to read footnotes or sit flummoxed in the audience while actors make archaic jokes, why should we read Shakespeare at all? He can be profoundly difficult to understand, an issue even his first audiences encountered, since he stuffed his speeches not only with hundreds of loan words, but hundreds of his own coinages as well.

Parents Rejoice! Sesame Workshop Has Made 110 Sesame Street eBooks Free via Gizmodo

March 27th, 2020 Comments off

If your recent transition to working from home every day was made all the more challenging with a house full of kids not able to go to school, Big Bird and his Sesame Street gang are offering a little relief by making 110 ebooks for kids absolutely free on all the major online book platforms.

Accessing the free titles, which include everything from books teaching kids timely lessons like sitting still to sparking an interest in becoming the President one day, does require access to a mobile device like a smartphone, tablet, or ereader. But the Sesame Workshop has extended this offer to platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook, and even Kobo, with no specified expiration date just yet.

Historical Cooking Books – 49 in a series – Self Help Wartime Cooking Suggestions

March 22nd, 2020 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 49 in a series – Self Help Wartime Cooking Suggestions

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RATION HINTS.

1. To clarify fat for cooking:—

(a) Put into saucepan with plenty of water. Bring to the boil, then stand in a cool place till set. Lift out the set fat, scrape any sediment from the under side. All gravy and sediment will remain in saucepan.

(b) Melt fat and add a potato cut in quarters. When the potato is browned, and the fat stops bubbling, strain the fat through a double cheese cloth and store in a cool, dry place.

• • • •

Substitute for Whipped Cream.

2. Add a sliced banana to the white of an egg, and beat until very stiff. The banana will dissolve.

• • • •

Instead of Dry Toast.

To Those Who Like Their Bread Buttered Before It Is Toasted.

3. Did you ever try bacon dripping instead of the hard-to-get butter? Just spread it on lightly before toasting.

• • • •

How to Tell When a Cake is Done.

4. If layer cake pan is used, press very lightly on top of cake with flat of your finger. If the slight dent springs back, cake is done. If deep pan or loaf pan is used, insert a wire cake tester, or if you do not have one, a clean straw in centre of cake. If it comes out dry, without dough sticking to it, your cake is finished baking.

• • • •

To Save Sugar. . .

5. To save sugar add pinch of soda when stewing fruit.

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Home School: Download 435 High Resolution Images from John J. Audubon’s The Birds of America via Open Culture

March 21st, 2020 Comments off
While we are all stuck at home, we might as well learn something. Check out these amazing Audubon bird painting then get outside yourself. — Douglas
 
 

In our experience, bird lovers fall into two general categories:

Keenly observant cataloguers like John James Audubon …

And those of us who cannot resist assigning anthropomorphic personalities and behaviors to the 435 stars of Audubon’s The Birds of America, a stunning collection of prints from life-size watercolors he produced between 1827 and 1838.

Our suspicions have little to do with biology, but rather, a certain zestiness of expression, an overemphatic beak, a droll gleam in the eye.

The Audubon Society’s newly redesigned website abounds with treasure for those in either camp:

  • Free high res downloads of all 435 plates.
  • Mp3s of each specimen’s call.
  • And vintage commentary that effectively splits the difference between science and the unintentionally humorous locutions of another age.

FREE Audiobooks for kids (and adults) from Audible

March 20th, 2020 Comments off
No need to download or log in or anything. Click the book and start listening immediately! Maybe it’s time you finally read/listened to one of those classics, like Frankenstein, that you have always been meaning to read. — Douglas
 
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
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Historical Cooking Books – 48 in a series – Smiley’s cook book and universal household guide (1896)

March 8th, 2020 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 48 in a series – Smiley’s cook book and universal household guide (1896)

Historical Cooking Books - 48 in a series - Smiley's cook book and universal household guide (1896)

Historical Cooking Books - 48 in a series - Smiley's cook book and universal household guide (1896)

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PREFACE.

THE following pages are the result of many years of experi ment, investigation and study. We have aimed to prepare a work for the use of housekeepers on a more thorough and comprehensive plan than has been heretofore attempted. As the book is intended for the use of the average housekeeper, there is nothing in it which cannot be easily understood by any person of ordinary intelligence, for we have taken much pains to present the results of modern scientific investigations in a clear and simple way^ avoiding, as far as possible, the use of technical terms.

Most of the household books in current use give the processes for doing things merely, with no attempt to explain the I’easons for the processes or the principles which underlie them. We also give, as clearly as possible, the most detailed directions in all our recipes, but we do not stop there, as we think any one can work more intelli gently by understanding not only how to do a certain thing, but also ivhy it is done one way rather than another, and the principles which underlie the process. For this reason, throughout the work, we systematically explain principles as well as processes. We have long felt that a sad defect in most cook books is their utter failure to explain those simple, fundamental principles which every cook should, if possible, understand.’ If these principles are once thoroughly understood the mystery and uncertainty of kitchen operations will vanish, and cooking will simply be adopting certain clearly under stood methods to produce certain definite results, and success will always follow.

For years we have been gathering material for this book, resulting in the accumulation of a great mass of recipes. These have been tested and culled, and in making selections our rule has been to choose those which were most simple and economical, because the book is primarily designed for the use of the masses, whose means are always limited, and we aim to meet their every day wants, although we present also an ample number of more elaborate recipes suitable for special occasions. Our endeavor has been to make the collection as complete and comprehensive as possible, and to give new, choice, and well-tested recipes in every department of house hold cookery.

The “Time Tables for Cooking,” and also the “Time to Cook” given with recipes throughout the book, will be very convenient and helpful to our readers and this is a feature which is lacking in most other cook books. Its preparation has cost us much labor.

In the chapter on “Cake” we have adopted a new arrangement of the recipes, and used an exceptionally large and clear type which for practical kitchen use will be found a great convenience. The type used throughout the book is large, clear and new, and the ease with which it can be read will be appreciated by busy housewives.

The colored plates and numerous illustrations with which the book is embellished have required much labor and expense, and they will make many of the subjects much clearer than any wholly verbal de scription could possibly do.

In preparing this work we have constantly had four main objects in view. (1) To secure the fullest, latest, and most reliable informa tion possible on the subjects treated. (2) To explain processes and methods for saving time and labor, for the average housewife is sadly overworked and her time and strength are of the utmost value. (3) To select the best and most economical recipes; and (4) to point out ways to prevent waste.

In the general department of household topics we present a more complete and systematic treatment of the various subjects connected with household management than can be found elsewhere, and the information therein contained will certainly be of great practical value to housekeepers.

The effort of the editor has been to produce a thoroughly reliable and a plain and practical guide to housekeeping in all its branches, which no housewife can afford to do without.

The book has not been written by any one individual, but many pens have been employed more or less in its preparation.

The book will certainly shed much needed light on the problems which confront and often harass housekeepers, explain the funda mental principles which underlie their work, and present a mass of recipes which will materially aid them in their labors.

The Editor.



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