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Books for the Beer Connoisseur


Over the past few decades the craft beer movement has exploded in size. In 1980 there were 89 craft breweries in the states, by 2012 that number had skyrocketed to 2,483. With the summer heat approaching you may find yourself in need of a cold beverage to slake your summertime thirst. Why not take the time and explore some of the libations these new breweries have to offer? San Jose Public Library offers several books on the subject.

 

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The Naked Pint: and Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer by Christina Perozzi & Hallie Beaune

Renowned beer sommeliers Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune offer this definitive primer on craft and artisinal brews that celebrates beer for what it truly is: sophisticated, complex, and flavorful. Covering everything from beer history to the science behind beer, food and beer pairings, tasting, and home brewing, Perozzi and Beaune strip down America's favorite beverage to its truest form.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beer, Food, and Flavor: A Guide to Tasting, Pairing, and the Culture of Craft Beer by Schuyler Schultz

Here is your authoritative guide to exploring the diverse array of flavors found in craft beer—and the joys of pairing those flavors with great food to transform everyday meals into culinary events. Armed with the precise tasting techniques and pairing strategies offered inside, participating in the growing craft beer community is now easier than ever. This book will enable you to learn about the top craft breweries in your region, seek out new beer styles and specialty brews with confidence, create innovative menus, and pair craft beer with fine food, whether at home or while dining out.

 

 

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Beer by Michael Jackson

This title helps you learn all about your favourite beer with expert advice and information from a team of specialists, introduced by the world's best-selling beer writer Michael Jackson (not to be confused with the late entertainer). You can uncover drinks from every significant brewing region as well as less well-known areas. You can find out why beers taste the way they do, how to appreciate flavour, aroma, texture and finish, and identify your own favourite style.

 

 

 

 

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The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli

Discover the underdog story of how America came to dominate beer stylistically in this book, the first and only history book on American craft beer.

Based on extensive archival research as well as interviews with the movement's key players going back to the 1960s, this book is the most comprehensive chronicle yet of one of the most interesting and lucrative culinary trends in the U.S. since World War II. Available in e-book format only.



Social Workers in the Library - Last Session At King Until August


NEED HELP?  Help is here:  Social Workers in the Library

 

At King Library: Tonight, May 5, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Call: 1-408-808-2350

(Please note: Last session at King Library until August 2014!)

 

Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:

  • Education
  • Emergency Services - food/clothing/housing and crisis support
  • Employment
  • Family Matters - parenting, childcare, divorce, elder issues and domestic violence
  • Health Improvement - mental, physical and health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Support Groups - men, women and teens

 

Make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.

 

Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership between the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social Work, National Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.



Social Workers in the Library


NEED HELP? Help is here: Social Workers in the Library

 

At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Call: 1-408-808-2350

 

Or

 

At East Branch Library: Once a month – every 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Spanish/English bilingual Social Worker available)

Call: 1-408-808-2350

 

Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:

 

  • Education - ESL, Literacy, Special Needs
  • Emergency Services - food/clothing/housing and crisis support
  • Employment
  • Family Matters - parenting, childcare, divorce, elder issues and domestic violence
  • Health Improvement - mental/physical health and health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Support Groups - men, women and teens

 

Make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge



New Year, New Recipes


It’s finally 2014!  After the over indulgence of the holiday season, it is usually a good time to start a new cooking regime. I find eating and cooking at home to be the fastest way to get my eating habits back on the right track. Cookbooks can be a great place to find inspiration. Here are some titles that might be just what you need to get in the kitchen.

 

Cooking Light cookbookCooking Light: Way to Bake:  I love to bake. I bake homemade bread at least once a week, and I have been known to bake copious amounts of cupcakes. The only problem is that butter and shortening might not be the best ingredients for you. Cooking Light is a great magazine full of tasty calorie friendly recipes. This book is not only full of recipes, but also has great step-by-step visuals for those new to baking.

 

 

moosewood cookbookMoosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health:  For health reasons my parents were fairly strict vegetarians for most of my adolescence, with only the occasional stop at the sushi bar. Having to switch from being a meat and potatoes kind of kid to eating salads and black bean patties was immensely difficult. Thankfully my mom had the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook. This cookbook has so many delicious recipes. It is a great starter book to vegetarian cooking.

 

Hungry Girl CookbookHungry Girl to the Max: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook:  I love fake-out food. I love food that should be bad for you, but is not and is still delicious. The Hungry Girl series is great. It has tons of recipes for delicious “guilt-free” food. With some 650 recipes from breakfast, to snacks, to desserts, there is plenty of cooking that is sure to be going on in your kitchen sometime soon.

 

Paleo cookbookThe Paleo Slow Cooker : Healthy, Gluten-Free Meals the Easy Way:  While I am too much of a carb lover to become a Paleo devotee, but I know many people that swear by the Paleo lifestyle. For those unfamiliar, the Paleo diet supposedly mimics what Paleolithic Era humans (cavemen) ate. This means no grains or legumes, but lots of veggies and lean grass-fed meat. If you or someone in your household is a carnivore, this might be the diet for you. This cookbook is full of easy slow cooker recipes. If you’re interested in learning more about Paleo or starting a meal plan check out, Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, or if the waiting list is too long, check out another Paleo slow cooker book here.



Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi (Những món ăn chay từ Luân Đôn)


Plenty book coverI got attracted to Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi by its cover and also because my husband and my entire family have been eating vegetarian food for the last two years.  Who would think of combinining pomegranates with eggplant and buttermilk sauce anyway?  I am not a good cook, so I skipped the complicated recipes, such as the Sweet Corn Polenta.  My friends would probably love this recipe though.  They will have to make the eggplant sauce, and then shave off the kernels (this would be too be much work for me...).  However, this has been one of my favorite vegetarian food in the world!

 

This book has lots of marvelous photos of other Middle Eastern food, and also a lot of salad recipes, soups, and pizzas.  What I like are the recipes that use yogurt  as the main ingredient, such as the Chickpea saute' with Greek yogurt, and the Spiced Red Lentils with Cucumber Yogurt.  Whether you have time to do the long, complicated recipes, or you don't have time but still would like to prepare something quick and vegetarian, this book still has it for you.

 

It also has "bánh xèo" (Vietnamese pancake) on page 54, which is yet another Vietnamese gourmet food besides "chả gìo" (egg rolls), only a little less time-consuming to prepare.  It has the potential of quickly becoming a popular gourmet food to enjoy, once the workers of this Silicon Valley or this Bay Area discover that "bánh xèo" is available in many of the Vietnamese restaurants, whereever there is a presence of a large overseas Vietnamese refugee community with roots in South Vietnam.

 

On pages 32 and 36, the "Sweet potato cakes" and the Leek fritters" look similar to the Vietnamese "Sweet Corn Polenta" (Sweet Corn fritters) or to the Vietnamese Bánh Khọt in flat form, although the Vietnamese Bánh Khọt normally has the shape of a cupcake.  The "Bánh Khọt" is another favorite gourmet food of mine.  It is so time-consuming to prepare it that I would prefer to go out to enjoy it instead of having to cook it myself.  I anticipate that together with Bánh Xèo, Bánh Khọt will become part of life here in Silicon Valley. 

 

These two potato cakes and leek fritters look so scrumptious that they are making me feel very hungry, and thay make eating vegetarian food a very easy task.

 

Tôi xin trân trọng giới thiệu đến các bạn và các bác cuốn sách này vì nó rất nhiều món ăn chay rất lạ và thú vị.  Tuy đôi khi nó hơi lạ đối với người Việt mình một chút vì có nhiều món mang âm hưởng Trung Đông, có rất nhiều món là pizza, yô-ua, xà-lát và xúp cho nên có vẻ Tây Phương, tuy nhiên, cũng có nhiều món mà người Á Đông mình rất thích và vẫn thường hay ăn, đó là món Sweet Corn Polenta.  Nghe thì lạ lẫm thật,  nhưng thực ra, đó chính là món bắp chiên mà các bác, các bà, các cô vẫn thường hay thích làm cho bạn đạo và cho gia đình ăn.

 

 

Ngoà i ra, cò n có  n bá nh xè o chay ở trang 54.  Cũng giản dị thôi, vì chỉ cần bỏ đi thịt và tôm, là các bác đã biến món bánh xèo mặn thành món bánh xèo chay rồi, đúng không các bác?

 

Sách này còn có 2 món khác, trên trang 32 và 36, bánh khoai lang chiên, và món bánh tỏi tây chiên, nhìn rất giống cách làm món bắp chiên, và món bánh khọt (nếu đập dẹp xuống thay vì dùng khuôn có hình cái phễu hay có hình của bánh ngọt cupcake).  Đối với riêng tôi thì bài "Bánh tỏi tây chiên" dài quá, điệu này chắc tôi phải đi ra ngoài ăn chắc có lẽ "feasible" hơn quá! (dễ thành hiện thực hơn!)  Do đó, từ từ, Bánh Khọt cùng với Bánh Xèo cũng sẽ được đi vào lòng người dân vùng Thung Lũng Điện Tử Hoa Vàng ở Bắc Cali này.  Mong lắm thay!