Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Chicken and Potato Salad

I recently checked out and skimmed The Best Chicken Recipes. This is a big volume that tells all about chicken, chicken recipes, and side dishes that complement the recipes. I was drawn to the chapter Backyard Chicken and I did end up preparing Grill-Roasted Beer Can Chicken and American Potato Salad. The beer can recipe gives a choice of two dry rubs, I chose Cajun Spice Rub (paprika, kosher salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, celery seeds, black pepper, and cayenne pepper). I used about 1/3 cup of that inside and outside of a 5 lb. chicken. Using a dry rub on a grilled chicken gives a nice crispy skin, and the flavor penetrated the meat nicely. The potato salad recipe (page 205) is pretty decent. There are endless variations of potato salad, this one turned out pretty good for me. This book is nicely organized. There is lots of good background info on selecting and handling chicken, and the use of specialized cooking tools and equipment. The authors give their opinion of various name brands of chicken. I had never realized the big growers all have selectively bred strains of chicken with different characteristics. I think I'll check this book out again later this summer and try a couple more recipes.


The Best Chicken Recipes

How Do You Feel?

Looking for just the right book? Whether you want a light summer read or a hefty classic, 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron will point you in the right direction. Still looking for good suggestions? Try one of Nancy Pearl's books, Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, or The Book That Changed My Life by Roxanne Coady.


1001 Books for Every Mood
Wendy W.

World War Z Author is Coming!

Born in New York City in 1972, the only son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Brooks’s introduction to the living dead began with a traumatic childhood incident, an incident he still refuses to discuss.

Brooks has devoted much of his life to the study and development of anti-ghoul security. He is, at present, the leading Western student in the Afro-Caribbean martial art of Mkunga-Lalem, the world's oldest and most effective anti-ghoul fighting skill.

After working for the B.B.C. in Great Britain and East Africa, Brooks began writing The Zombie Survival Guide. A former writer for Saturday Night Live, he lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle and his miniature dachshund, Maizey.


World War Z
Kevin King

Kofi and His Magic

Maya Angelou writes great children's Books!

Maya Angelou is most famous for her uplifting poetry and her great voice. Many people are familiar with titles like Still I Rise and Even the stars look lonesome. Maya Angelou is not only a poet but also a historian, actress, civil rights activist and world traveler. What many people might not know is that Maya Angelou is a great writer of children’s books. She has written delightful books on the children of Africa. Books like Kofi and His Magic gives a reader a very descriptive view of the villages of Ghana. This magical story tells a make-believe tale of a little boy named Kofi and his many travels through Ghana in his imagination. He only has to imagine himself in another village and he is there. Through Kofi’s mind-travel the reader learns a little of nearby villages’ history, geography and customs. Another book written by Maya Angelou for children is My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me. Maya Angelou tells the story of a little South African Ndebele girl and relationship with her brother and her beloved chicken.

These are great books to share. Pick one up and enjoy.

Kofi and His Magic

Such a paradise... and only 36.2 miles away

Anyone who loves the Great Lakes region or good photography (or both) will want to take a look at LAKE MICHIGAN : A PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO. Housed in both the Local History Room and in the general circulating collection is this stunning compilation of photographs that Ed Wargin took on the Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan shores of the lake. As indicated on the cover, the book is a journey that takes the reader through "ancient forests, rustic limestone bluffs, windswept sand dunes, endless miles of lazy beaches, dancing beach grasses, and through the rivers and streams that cut the shoreline." Looking at this book is not as good as being there, but it comes close.

Lake Michigan: A Photographic Portfolio
David D.
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