Windsor Public Library is thrilled to launch its Guest Blogger program. Once a month we’ll invite someone from our community with a particular interest or expertise to share their three favourite items on that topic from WPL’s collection. We’re also getting kind of nosy and asking them what other reading materials are on their nightstand! This is a fun way to see how others in our community are using WPL’s collection! Our inaugural guest blogger is Beatrice Fantoni, reporter for the Windsor Star, writing about three food-related items. A special thanks to Beatrice for being our guinea pig with this new project!
1. The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out – by Angela Liddon
I actually checked out this cookbook twice in the span of a few months because that’s how much I liked it! (And I recently learned this was one of the top non-fiction circulation items last year. I guess my multiple check-outs had something to do with that.) I was already familiar with the author’s blog because I cook a lot of vegan food, but I was keen to see the cookbook version and try out some new things. The book has a great no-bake protein bar recipe that’s really quick to make.
2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – directed by David Gelb
I think this doc is considered required viewing for food writers (which is why I borrowed it) but I would say even if you’re not a die-hard foodie, it’s fascinating to watch the story of Jiro Ono – considered to be one of the world’s greatest sushi chefs – and his never-ending quest for perfection. In fact, I’d say it probably spoke more to my perfectionist side than to my food-loving side. And Jiro is not one of those superstar-diva-type chefs like you’d see on food television, which is so refreshing.
3. The Trouble with Brunch – by Shawn Micallef
This book – let’s call it a long essay – by Windsor native Shawn Micallef really got me thinking about the act of “going for brunch” and what it means in the 21st century. As someone who loves brunch (or at least, I love the idea of going out for eggs and pancakes on Sunday mornings even though I hate lining up for it) I was suddenly confronted with the notion of brunch as an expression of class consciousness. No seriously! It’s a provocative idea. In fact, after reading it, I resolved to “brunch out” less and eat in more. Bonus: The book is nice and short so it’s not an onerous read.
ON MY NIGHTSTAND
I’m currently reading “Adventures in Stationery: A journey through your pencil case.” A dear friend of mine who understands my undying love for Parker pens and nice notepaper gave me this book for my birthday. The UK author James Ward is a stationery nerd who turned his blog about the history of Moleskine notebooks and Bic pens into a book. It’s so interesting to read about the industrial design, technology and business side of everyday objects like ballpoint pens and staplers. I’m serious! And Ward is very funny. I’ll never look at a paper clip the same way again.
Beatrice Fantoni is a reporter and editor at the Windsor Star who loves to eat but can’t be bothered to do any of the cooking. You’ll spot her byline in the food, lifestyle and news sections of the newspaper. You might also spot her goofy grin in the occasional video on windsorstar.com. When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s usually dancing or attempting something crafty. She recently took up canning and preserving and now has a cupboard full of pickles, which makes her feel unusually self-sufficient and responsible.