Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28 - What should we celebrate?

November 28th is Systems Engineer Day.
For books about systems theory, see 003.
For books about engineering design, see 620.0042.

November 28th is also Maize Day.
For books about growing corn, see 633.15.
For books about cooking sweet corn, see 641.6567.

November 28th is also Flossing Day.
For books about dentistry, see 617.6.

November 28th is also French Toast Day.
For books about cooking breakfast and brunch, see 641.52.
For books about baking bread, see 641.815.


Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection(641.5). 


Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.






In honor of:

                    Celebrating and promoting Veganism throughout November.

Besides the cookbook collection, The Lehigh Valley Library System has other resources that are useful for gathering vegan recipes.

Forks Over Knives (2011)
Vegucated (2010)

Vegan Health and Fitness 

Zinnio (e-magazine)

ILL Books
Supermarket Vegan by Donna Klein (2010)
Vegan Italiano by Donna Klein (2006)
Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by Celine Steen & Joni Marie Newman (2011)
Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (2009)

Youtube channels
Eco-Vegan Gal
The Sexy Vegan
The Vegan Zombie

Oh she Glows
Olives for Dinner
Finding Vegan
86 Lemons
Planet Vegan
The Vegan Woman 

(from home) 
TV Shows
Jazzy Vegetarian  (Create TV)
How to live to 100 (Cooking Channel)

Below the full recipe descriptions you will find a list of Vegan cookbooks owned by the Lehigh Valley Library System.
             Now for some of my picks of vegan recipes to honor World Vegan Month.

Overnight Pineapple Oats
      From "Short-Cut Vegan" @ 641.5636 S252s

Overnight oatmeal with bananas and walnuts layered with strawberry jam made from mashed strawberries with a touch of maple syrup and chia seeds:)
Campfire Chili
      From "Vegan Casseroles" @ 641.5 H355v

Chick'n and Mole Tamales
     From "Vegan Cooking for Carnivores" @ 641.5636 M382v

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
     From "The China Study Cookbook" @ 641.563 C188c

For full recipe description 

Reblogged: 11 Books to Read if You're Feeling Stressed

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Check out one of these books from the library, curl up in front of the fire with a nice hot cup of coffee and let yourself unwind.

Bustle Presents 11 Books to Read When You're Feeling Stressed


Any Sedaris book will do: When You’re Engulfed in Flames, Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, etc. However, those books don’t have the story about Sedaris’ colonoscopy. Read about someone’s colonoscopy, and I promise you will feel better instantaneously. Sedaris has an incredible gift; he can recall the time he worked for a moving company because he was broke and skill-less, or the relationship his brutish brother has with his dogs, and it will be the funniest thing you ever read.

John Steinbeck's TORTILLA FLAT

Tortilla Flat is so unlike any of Steinbeck’s other works, it almost doesn’t feel like this is by the same author who wrote Grapes of Wrath or East of Eden. But it is, and you’ll run into the same Californian imagery and simplicity of language; however, this book is different. It’s hilarious, and very Don Quixote-esque. Tortilla Flat, a story about Danny and his band of thieves and their love for wine and women, will make you laugh as it will remind you about loyalty at its finest (and maybe worst). 

J.D. Salinger's NINE STORIES

I often think of J.D. Salinger whenever I’m feeling crappy about myself. I loved The Catcher in the Rye when I was in high school. I thought I really identified with Holden, and I guess that’s why we read Salinger in 10th grade. But I outgrew Catcher, and started reading Salinger’s short stories, which are a lot better. They’re still whimsical, but sad and beautiful. If you’re feeling angsty, read Nine Stories (and no, not just because James Franco told you to).

Frank O'Hara's LUNCH POEMS

You know when you think of the perfect day, and sometimes it consists of just buying a good coffee and walking around the city and people-watching? Maybe I’ve just always romanticized New York, but that’s one of my fictional happy places. Lunch Poems is a collection of poems that encapsulates that, as well as a life that’s kind of frivolous and wonderful. 


I often flip through this collection of short stories just for a sense of belonging. I think a huge part of stress is feeling absolutely helpless, and Miranda July negates that helplessness with whimsical insight and characters who boldly express themselves in tears — the universal language!


Aren’t feeling your status quo? Well, explore another one. Slouching Towards Bethlehem is an awesome glimpse into ‘60s San Francisco. This book of essays is a really well-written depiction of youth, what it’s like looking into something as an outsider, the American dream, and California optimism. It’s such a cool book that really transports you to where Didion was, and allows you to see things the way she did.

Yann Martel's LIFE OF PI

Like most movies, the books that inspired them are usually better. Such is definitely the case with Life of Pi, which is a gorgeous book that transcends the survival story trope and really enters a philosophical realm that helped me out in high school and college. Life of Pi is a character transformation novel; it solely focuses on Pi Patel and how he is able to survive over 200 days in a small boat in a vast ocean with, seemingly, a crew of zoo animals. Take this story as it is, or apply it to your own life. We’re all Pi Patel on some level, you know? Perhaps to get through hard times, we need to look at them through a different perspective or lens.

Kurt Vonnegut's IF THIS ISN'T NICE, WHAT IS?

I was feeling really bummed out a few weeks ago. It was a combination of stress and plain ol’ sadness. Sometimes just not knowing where you’re going to end up, or how you’ll be paying the bills a year from now is scary enough to drive any person to have a meltdown. I had bought If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? a collection of graduation speeches by Kurt Vonnegut a while back, and decided to read it. This advice doesn’t just apply to recent college grads. Two years after graduation, most of Vonnegut’s pearls are still relevant to me, such as: “Notice when you’re happy, and know when you’ve got enough,” and “We are all experiencing more or less the same lifetime now.”

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES

This book of poems was written after the poet’s really bad break-up. Whether you’re going through a break-up with a person, with cheese, or with a job, you know what it feels like. It hurts all over. You can’t think about anything else. The Year of No Mistakes is about a woman who is picking up the pieces, and it’s perfect because it’s what we do when things fall apart, or even when they’re just temporarily messed up. 


First of all, this title is interchangeable with any “beach read” you loved as a 14-year-old. Not a senior in high school. Not a sixth-grader. But that tender age right after tweenhood and before real teenagedom. You have all these notions of life through these funny, absurd books about women who spend too much money on scarves and end up destroying their lives and relationships, right? And they’re hilarious and slightly alien, since you don’t have a job, or credit card, or a real boyfriend. Looking back on these stories as an adult is a way to relive that glorious naiveté and be that 14-year-old with no money and no problems.

Beverly Cleary's RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8

Like the prior pick, reading a book you read as a kid is also a fun stress-reliever. Pick out a book you absolutely ADORED and read it. It should only take you like, 20 minutes. When I was little, I worshiped Ramona Quimby. I thought she was the most rebellious, relatable female character in the small literary world I was a part of. Maybe it’s because I’ve done shit like squeeze all the toothpaste out because I wanted to know how it feels. Or feel disgusted by my toddler neighbor eating graham crackers with sticky hands.

Titles can be reserved for $0.50 at any of the EAPL branches, Allentown, and Bethlehem libraries.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25 - What should we celebrate?

November 25th is Shopping Reminder Day.
For guidebooks for making purchases, see 640.73.

November 25th is also Parfait Day.
For books about making parfaits, see 641.864.

November 25th is also Evacuation Day in New York, to celebrate when the last of British authority departed from Manhattan Island in 1783.
For books about New York City, see 974.71.

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24 - What should we celebrate?

November 24th is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.
For books on creativity, see 153.35.
For books about gifted children, see 136.765.
For books about educating children who are gifted, see 371.95.
For books about genius, see 153.98.

Saturday, November 22, 2014



Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection(641.5). 


Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.



         In honor of: 

                          Celebrating and promoting Veganism throughout November.

The Leigh Valley Library System has a wonderful collection of vegan cookbooks with over 60 different authors contributing their delicious animal-free creations.

I've put together a list of popular authors, whom have multiple vegan titles in our library system.

Now for some of my picks of vegan recipes to honor World Vegan Month. 

Artichoke Hash Browns 

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls
      From "Chloes's Kitchen" @ 641.5636 C834c

Wild Rice Pilaf-Stuffed Peppers
     From "Vegan Holiday Kitchen" @ 641.5636 A881v

Chocolate Walnut Cake
     From "Crazy Sexy Kitchen" @ 641.5636 C311c

Check back each Friday in November 
for another set of vegan recipes. 
For full recipe description 

Artichoke Hash Browns
Adapted from :Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen. by Chloe Coscarelli, 2014, pg 34
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 (14-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pound frozen hash browns
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet, over medium heat.
Saute artichoke hearts, garlic and red pepper for a few minutes. 
Add frozen hash brown and seasonings.
Add remaining oil.  
Cook until crispy, turning occasionally.

Yields: 4 servings


Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls

Adapted from: Chloe's Kitchen. by Chloe Coscarelli, 2012, pg 51
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
sea salt

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups soy, almond, or rice milk
1 bunch broccoli, florets cut, stems trimmed, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes 
2 teaspoons lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
8 regular sourdough loaves 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Saute onion in oil until soft. Season with salt and pepper

Add broth, milk, and broccoli. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until broccoli is tender.

Spoon out a small amount of broccoli floret and reserve.  Transfer the remaining contents of the pot to a blender and puree.  Return pureed soup to the pot and add the reserved broccoli.  Stir in nutritional yeast over low heat, then add the lemon juice.  Mix well

Slice top off of sourdough bread, hollow out the inside.  Brush oil on the inside of bowl.  Place bread bowls on a baking sheet and bake for 15 min, or until lightly brown on the inside.  Place bread bowl into a soup bowl and ladle the soup into the bread bowl and serve with the bread chunks.

Yields: 8 Servings


Wild Rice Pilaf-Stuffed Peppers
Adapted from: Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas, 2011, pg 91
2/3 cup wild rice, rinsed
1 vegetable bouillon cube
2/3 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely diced celery
2 medium tart apples, such as Granny smith, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup orange juice
2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
pinch each: cinnamon and nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup minced parsley
1/2 cup chopped pecans
6 medium red bell peppers
6 medium orange or yellow bell peppers

Preheat the over to 350.

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 3/4 cups of water and the wild rice with bouillon cube all to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in the brown rice and cover.  Simmer until the water is absorbed, about 35 minutes.

Saute onion and celery in oil until the onion is golden.  Add apples and saute 5 more minutes. Stir in cooked rice mixture along with the juice, scallions, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Season with salt and pepper. 

After 5 minutes of stirring over a low heat and in the parsley and pecans.

Cut the peppers in half lengthwise.  Remove the stems, seeds, and fibers.  Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Stuff the pepper halves generously with the mixture.  Cover loosely with foil and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the peppers are tender but still retain their shape.  Serve at once.

Yields: 12 servings.

Chocolate Walnut Cake
Adapted from :Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr, 2012, pg 265
Canola spray
1/2 cup walnuts, ground
1 cup unbleached white flour
2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup maple syrup
4 ounces vegan sour cream
3/4 cup water

1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
1/2 cup chocolate soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray an 8x8 baking dish or a 9" round pan with canola oil.

Grind walnuts in the food processor until they have a flour-like consistency, making sure not the grind them into a paste.  In a bowl mix walnuts, flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder together. 

In another bowl cream together the canola oil, maple syrup and sour-cream, using a stand mixer or food processor.  Add water and mix again.

Combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture and stir until well mixed (do not over mix)
Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.

Blend all ingredients for frosting until creamy.

Frost the top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with walnuts and garnish with fresh raspberries. 

Yields: 6 Servings


November 22 - What should we celebrate?

November 22nd is Go for a Ride Day.
For books about cars and buses and subways, see 388.
For books about trains and railroads, see 385.
For books about ships, see 387.2.
For books about airplanes, see 387.7.
For technical books about transportation, see 656.

November 22nd is also Alphabet Day in Albania.
For books about the alphabet in general, see 411.
For books about the Albanian language, see 491.991.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21 - What should we celebrate?

November 21st is World Hello Day.
For books about social communication, see 302.2.
For books about developing speech and language skills, see 401.9.
For books about how knowledge is communicated, see 001.5.
For books of universal history, see 909.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20 - What should we celebrate?

November 20th is Use Less Stuff Day.
For books about waste, see 363.728.
For books about recycling paper, see 676.22.
For books about conservation and protection of the earth, see 333.72.

November 20th is also Transgender Day of Remembrance, in memory of Rita Hester.
For books about gay, lesbian, and queer studies, see 305.9066.
For books about transgenderism and intersexuality, see 306.768.
For books about sexual identity disorders, see 616.8583.

On this date in 284 A.D., Diocletian was proclaimed Emperor of Rome.
For books about the Roman Empire, see 937.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19 - What should we celebrate?

November 19th is Have a Bad Day Day.
For books about natural disasters, see 363.34.
For books about emotions, see 152.4.
For books about personal improvement and analysis, see 158.1.
For the book "Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day," look under Viorst in the picture book section.

November 19th is also World Toilet Day.
For books about plumbing, see 696.1.
For books about water for generation of energy, see 333.914.
For books about sewage treatment and disposal, see 628.3.
For books about toilet training, see 649.62.
For books about bathrooms, see 747.78.

November is also International Men's Day.
For gender studies about men, see 305.3.
For books about men from a social perspective, see 301.411.
For psychology books about men, see 155.332.
For an explanation and/or demonstration of masculinity in its purest form, see Philip in his office and be prepared to take notes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18 - What should we celebrate?

November 18th is National Entrepreneurs' Day.
For books about entrepreneurship, see 338.04.

November 18th is also Occult Day.
For books about occultism, see 133.

On this date in 1918, Latvia celebrated its independence from Russia.
For books about Latvia, see 947.43 or 947.96.

Monday, November 17, 2014

No Longer "NEW"

No Longer  "NEW"

Have you ever wondered what happened to that book you couldn't get your hands on when it first came out?  Have you thought about adding your name to the request list only to find that you are the 20th person on the list?  and finally...  Have you ever decided to wait until a popular release was not in such high demand only to forget it ever existed?

Well the time has come....

We are providing you with a list of some of our most popular books that are,

no longer considered   "NEW"


no longer limited to a  14 day   borrowing period.

Enjoy browsing our list of  No Longer "NEW"  books and catch up on what you've missed.  Check back for monthly updates.

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November 17 - What should we celebrate?

November 17th is Take a Hike Day.
For books about outdoor life, see 796.5.

November 17th is also Petroleum Day.
For books about petroleum, see 665.5.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection(641.5). 


Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.


In honor of:

 Celebrating and promoting Veganism throughout November.

 To help those of you just starting out I thought I would talk about food shopping for a plant based diet.

I always shop using a list.  Before I make a shopping list I create a menu for the week. The menu isn't specific, with certain meals assigned to certain days; instead I make a chart with spaces for 5 different choices for each meal (snacks included).

To put together my menu I get out my cookbooks and folder of my favorite recipes and fill in the spaces with my choices for the upcoming week.

Once all meals, snacks and desserts are picked, I then use the recipes to create my shopping list.  I try to choose recipes that have common ingredients so as to use up my fresh food within the 1 week's menu.  So the leftover vegetables from the breakfast scramble could be used later in the week for the vegan jambalaya bake.

With a stocked pantry and a well planned shopping trip you can make you favorite meals, having all the necessary ingredients at your fingertips. 

Keep your menu on the fridge and choose each meal form your chart.

Now for some of my picks of vegan recipes to honor World Vegan Month.

Breakfast Scramble
     from  Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook @ 641.5636 F721s

Black Bean Lettuce Bundles
     from  Eat to Live  @ 641.5636 F959e
Texas Macaroni Bowls
     from  Betty Goes Vegan 641.5636 S528b

Apple Fritter Cups
     from Everyday Happy Herbivore @ 641.5636 N736e

Check back each Friday in November 
for another set of vegan recipes.
For full recipe description

Breakfast Scramble
Adapted from : Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook. By Del Sroufe, 2012, pg 54
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice 
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice 
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 to 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup nutritional yeast, optional

Saute onion, peppers and mushroom in a skillet over medium-high heat until onions are translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes. 

Add water a tablespoon at a time to keep the vegetables from sticking to the skillet.  

Add cauliflower and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients to pan and cook for 5 more minutes or until hot.

Yields: 6 servings

 Black Bean Lettuce Bundles
Adapted from : Eat to Live. By Joel Fuhrman, 2013, pg 223 
2 cups cooked black bean or 1 (15oz ) can low-sodium black beans, drained
1/2 large ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup low-sodium mild salsa
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
8 large romaine lettuce leaves

Mash the beans and avocado together until well blended and just slightly chunky.  Add all other ingredients except the lettuce, and mix.

Add 1/4 of the mixture to the center of each lettuce leaf  then roll up like a burrito.

Yields: 4 servings
Texas Macaroni Bowls
1 package whole wheat macaroni
Olive oil cooking spray
1/2 cup beer
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14 oz) can kidney beans in chili sauce, not drained and rinsed
1 (14 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Dash of liquid smoke
Nutritional yeast, black olives, fresh cilantro, and fresh avocado slices as toppers. 

Cook macaroni per package instructions and drain.

In a large saucepan, mix the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat.

To serve fill a soup bowl with pasta and spoon over-top the bean mixture. Sprinkle on your favorite toppers. 

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Apple Fritter Cups 
1 1/2 cups chopped apple
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup nondairy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
dash of ground nutmeg or ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Basic Glaze  (1 c powder sugar + 5 tsp nondairy milk)

Preheat oven to 350F

Fill muffin tin with paper liners.

Mix a few dashes of cinnamon and a little brown sugar with 1 cup of apple slices until well coated and set aside. (Topping)

Whisk nondairy milk with vinegar and set aside. 

Whisk together all the dry ingredients, adding the sugar last.  Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients.  Add vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup of apples.  Stir to combine.

Spoon into muffin tin, filling each cup a tad more than halfway.  Add sugar-cinnamon apple topping on each.

Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick, inserted in center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, make Basic Glaze.

Drizzle warm fritters with glaze.

Yields: 1 dozen