Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Library Loot LVI

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries! This week's Library Loot is at Marg's

It's been so long since I looted my library. The last time I reported my latest stack of library books was back in July when my 13 year old and I brought home some very exciting YA novels. NONE OF WHICH I ENDED UP READING. I returned them without reading them. Ugh. Don't you hate that? Anna did finish reading Across the Universe and says she would give it a B-. The following is what I've borrowed since then:

Gold by Chris Cleave 

I borrowed this new release from the library in August and since it was only a two week book, I pretty much read it and returned it within a few days. I liked it a lot and actually plan on reviewing it. Which I'd better do before I forget those little thoughts that I want to share.

I always peruse the new non-fiction shelves when I visit my library, usually finding a cookbook or two to bring home. These are the two I brought home recently:

Spilling the Beans 
by Julie Van Rosendaal & Sue Duncan
Published by Whitecap Books, 2011

I love beans and do eat them pretty regularly either in cooked dishes or in salads. I have had them in a Filipino dessert called halo-halo that is SO delicious. Very high in calories but omg so good. I had borrowed another bean cookbook several months ago from which I copied down a few recipes, but honestly, I like this one even more. The cookbook has a wide variety of recipes including beans for breakfast, appetizers & snacks, salads, sandwiches, soups & stews, one dish meals, pastas, sides and even baking with beans. All of the recipes are family friendly and would appeal to kids and even the non-bean lover. Plus there are tons of gorgeous, mouth watering photos. I can't wait to try some of these recipes and I have the feeling this cookbook might end up on my wish list to own.

Vegan a la Mode by Hannah Kaminsky 
Published by Skyhourse Publishing, 2012

What do I love more than any other food? Ice cream. I could eat it every day. This book is loaded with recipes for vegan ice cream. No dairy or eggs in any of these recipes but I don't think you'd miss it. The recipes are simple and call for ingredients most vegans would likely have on hand and if not, they're likely easy enough to find in most major supermarkets or health food stores. Even though I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, I have bookmarked several such as Easy as Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Chai Latte Ice Cream, Horchata Ice Cream, White Russian Ice Cream, Pistachio Praline Ice Cream and Pear-Cider Sorbet. Yum don't those flavors sound so good? Note: an ice cream maker is necessary for these recipes.

And that's my latest library loot!

What do you have out from your library right now?


  1. Wooo, the Vegan a la mode looks delicious! Please post pictures when you make them so I can drool. Lol.

    No library for me lately...or quiet some time actually. Although I have tried to frequent bookstores more. I miss the library.

  2. I'm going to have to find that bean cookbook. Great loot.

  3. That's really cool! I remember you mentioned Gold before so I look forward to you review.
    And that ice-cream book looks nice

  4. Don't think I have ever tasted vegan icecream before!

    enjoy your loot.

  5. little_alys: The Vegan A La Mode cookbook is very drool worthy. I have to admit, though, that regular milk-based ice cream appeals to me a lot more. But I'd try some of these recipes. I'll let you know if I do.

    Linda: The bean cookbook is really great. I want to try so many of the recipes.. a lot of Indian-inspired soups and one dish meals. Yum.

    Alex: I'll try to write that review asap! Before I forget! Honestly ... so many stories swimming around in my head. lol!

    Marg: The vegan ice creams use coconut milk and almond or soy milk as their bases.. and arrowroot powder as a thickening agent sometimes. Maybe I should try to test one of the recipes over the weekend for Weekend Cooking. I'll try..

  6. The Vegan ice cream cookbook looks good! I have many books from the library checked out right now.
    Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
    Sparks Fly by Katie MacAlister
    Nowhere to Run by Nancy Bush
    Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney
    Zombie Island by Lori Handeland
    and The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century.
    What can I say? My reading tastes are varied and weird. *g*
    I hope you enjoy your books!

  7. Brandy: I have NEVER read Tess Gerritsen before. Do you recommend? Where should I start? I'm pretty sure my library has tons of her books and I even see some at their used book sale all the time.

    The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century sounds AWESOME!!!

    Hope you enjoy your books, too! :)

  8. I'm so going to check out that beans cookbook too! I love beans and you're right, they're so nutritious and help make just about any meal more filling.

    Tanya Patrice

  9. Hi Tanya! I love the bean cookbook. I've bookmarked a few recipes. I want the cooler fall weather to come so I feel more inclined to make soups and stews!

  10. One warning. If you've ever seen the tv show Rizzoli and Isles based on the books? Don't expect the books and tv show to be ANYTHING alike. The only thing that is the same are the jobs and the characters names. *g* The Surgeon is the name of the first book in that series.


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