Some delightful Middle Eastern cookbooks and food blogs

We've gone out to eat at Lebanese restaurants in Jacksonville so often recently and enjoyed it so much that I ordered several cookbooks in an attempt to replicate the experience. I love the history of all of the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean, and their food is a living history of sorts. It has also been … Continue reading Some delightful Middle Eastern cookbooks and food blogs

Public libraries as literary gatekeepers

I don't have time to write anything lengthy today, but I wanted to share two enormously interesting articles about public libraries and the gatekeepers who determine what the library should and should not stock. Both of these are about Anne Carroll Moore, the first children's librarian at the New York Public Library, who absolutely loathed … Continue reading Public libraries as literary gatekeepers

What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)

I asked for a bunch of history books for Christmas (in addition to the world's coolest garden hose) and received quite a haul. My favorite periods of history are the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. I already had the Landmark Thucydides, but wanted the entire collection. So my husband gave me the Landmark Herodotus, Landmark … Continue reading What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)