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Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home via Adafruit Industries

May 2nd, 2020 Comments off
 

If you’ve run out of things to do or are just tired of making sourdough bread from scratch, Atlas Obscura lists digital projects that you can become involved in.

…many libraries and archives remain closed, and will likely stay shuttered for months. In the meantime, try sublimating your intellectual wanderlust with more ways to give researchers a (virtual) helping hand. These projects won’t help you stretch your legs, but they will give your brain a workout.

Historical Cooking Books – 51 in a series – The new London family cook; or town and country housekeeper’s guide by Duncan MacDonald (1808)

April 20th, 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 – 51 in a series – The new London family cook; or town and country housekeeper’s guide by Duncan MacDonald (1808)

Historical Cooking Books - 51 in a series - The new London family cook; or town and country housekeeper's guide by Duncan MacDonald (1808)

Historical Cooking Books - 51 in a series - The new London family cook; or town and country housekeeper's guide by Duncan MacDonald (1808)

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CONVINCED by my own experience, and by the numerous Complaints of others’, of the deficiency of all former books relating to Cookery and Domestic Economy, I have been induced to pre- pare the following work; in which I trust it will be found that many of the imperfections incidental to earlier publications, have been obviated.

 



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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

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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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Self Help Wartime Cooking Suggestions  with correction 0001

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.