News from the Reference Desk Category: Food & Drink

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – January 2021

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Entertainment

What to watch when: 1,000 TV shows for every mood and moment book cover James Bond Movie Encyclopedia book cover Jagged Little Pill: You Live, You Learn: The Stories Behind the Iconic Album and Groundbreaking Musical book cover

What to Watch When: 1,000 TV Shows for Every Mood and Moment by Christian Blauvelt

The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Jagged little pill : you live, you learn : the stories behind the iconic album and groundbreaking musical by Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and the complete cast & crew by Ruth Soukup

New in Retro 90’s Style

A very special 90210 book: 93 absolutely essential episodes from TV's most notorious zip code book cover Alright, Alright, Alright: An Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused book cover 100 best selling albums of the 90s book cover

A Very Special 90210 Book: 93 Absolutely Essential Episodes from TV’s Most Notorious Zip Code by Tara Araiano & Sarah D. Bunting

Alright, Alright, Alright: An Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused by Melissa Maerz

100 Best Selling Albums of the 90s by Peter Dodd

New in Cooking

Modern Flexitarian: plant-inspired recipes you can flex to add fish, meat, or dairy book cover Pie for Everyone: recipes and stories from Petee's Pie, New York's best pie shop book cover Parwana: recipies and stories from an Afghan kitchen book cover

Modern Flexitarian: Plant-Inspired Recipes You Can Flex to Add Fish, Meat, or Dairy by Lucy Taylor

Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee’s Pie, New York’s Best Pie Shop by Petra “Petee” Paredez

Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi

New in Science

The Story of Life in ten and half species book cover Cosmos: Possible Worlds book cover The Science of Why 5 book cover

The Story of Life in Ten and 1/2 Species by Marianne Taylor

Cosmos: Possible Worlds: The Sequel to Carl Sagan’s Beloved Classic by Ann Druyan

The Science of Why. Volume 5: Answers to Questions about the ordinary, the odd, and the outlandish by Jay Ingram

Gale Presents: Udemy

Mount Prospect Public Library card holders now have free access to Gale Presents: Udemy, an online learning platform that connects patrons to video-based courses taught by leading experts in business, technology, and more. Users can explore thousands of continuously updated, on-demand video courses that match their professional goals and personal interests.

Gale Presents: Udemy, from Gale, a Cengage Company, offers a unique, tailor-made learning experience for adults who want to upskill for a new job or advance in their current profession. This top collection, powered by Udemy for Business, helps learners get where they want to be personally and professionally.

Gale Presents: Udemy includes:

  • A wide selection of course topics with high-quality, in-demand content
  • Courses that are added and removed weekly, as new skills and demands emerge in each field
  • An opportunity to learn from world-class instructors working and making advancements in their fields
  • Anytime, anywhere access, allowing users to download classes off-line and listen via podcast-style audio or on Chromecast or Apple TV
  • A tailor-made learning experience based on skill needs and learning preferences
  • Video lectures, most of which offer subtitles and/or transcripts to support a variety of learning styles
  • Supplemental course content, such as assignments, quizzes, practice tests, and more
  • A certificate of completion, available for download when a course is finished

Major course categories include cloud computing, data science, design, development, finance and accounting, human resources, IT operations, leadership and management, marketing, office productivity, personal development, project management and operations, and sales.

Mount Prospect COVID-19 Restaurant Assistance Grant Program

The Village of Mount Prospect Mayor, Village Board of Trustees and Economic Development Commission recognize the financial burden on the Village’s restaurant community, and therefore, the Village has established the Mount Prospect COVID-19 Restaurant Assistance Grant Program, which is a grant program to provide funds to Mount Prospect restaurants that have suffered economic loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic (“Grant Program”). The Grant Program will distribute a grant to eligible local businesses to provide cash for short-term financial operational needs such as payroll, payment to suppliers, payment to service providers, payment of utilities, or rent. The Grant may not be used for capital expenditures.

The Village will be dispersing grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying local restaurants, with a fund total of at least $250,000. To be considered an eligible business to receive a Grant, businesses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have and maintain a current and valid Village of Mount Prospect Business License;
  2. Not have permanently ceased operations as of the date the funds are to be dispensed (businesses that have ceased operations per the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order and reopened once the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order was lifted or otherwise allowed will not be considered to have permanently ceased operations);
  3. Generate municipal sales tax as part of its operations and sales;
  4. Generate food and beverage tax as part of its operations and sales;
  5. Have indoor seating for dining;
  6. Not be part of a chain consisting of more than 4 units;
  7. Not be part of a franchise system;
  8. Not be a private club and must be open to the general public;
  9. Not be a home occupation; and
  10. Show evidence that they have suffered a decrease in municipal sales tax eligible sales from March 21, 2020 to the date of the Application when compared to the same time frame in 2019, to be verified by staff. Restaurants opened more recently will need to show loss of sales from date of opening; and
  11. Be in compliance with Restore Illinois Resurgence Mitigations.

Grant Program’s Terms and Conditions.

Applications must be submitted online.

A link will be published at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18th at WWW.MOUNTPROSPECT.ORG/RESTAURANTGRANT



Hunting for Banana Bread Recipes

loaf of Mango Banana Bread

If you’re like me and have been panic buying bananas, you’ve definitely tried turning the overripe ones into banana bread. I’ve done three of them. You might have a favorite recipe in a book or have gone to Google or YouTube to search one  out.  I tested three of our web resources.

AtoZ World Food is perfect for researching world cultures, world food, finding great pictures, with a catalog of thousands of recipes. A search for banana bread results in 10 different banana breads from various “Banana Lands,” for example, Bermuda, Brazil, Angola, or Zimbabwe.  One I think I’d like to try is the Banana Mango Bread from the Dominican Republic.  I’m not going to repeat the recipe here but have linked to it in the previous sentence, but just as soon as my banana pile turns black, this is what I’m doing.

For current recipes, I looked in PressReader, a great source for streaming current magazines and newspapers from around the world. It is easy to search but the results change day-to-day since they do not keep more than three or four back issues.  A search will look through all 7,000 different publications and give results from only the last three days.  Right now, I find banana bread with lots of variations, including blueberries, chocolate, oats, and sometimes measured out in grams and baked in Celsius.  This source is excellent for many reasons. I feel up-to-date on how the Coronavirus Quarantine prompted an explosion in home baking and have found a wide variety of recipes.

The other web resource I searched is Global Newsstream. This is not a streaming source but a straight up database of newspaper articles from thousands of papers dating back to the 1980’s (generally).  I did a search for the phrase (in quotation marks) “banana bread recipe”. There were 618 results arranged from most recent to the oldest, a 1985 article called 1955 Banana Bread Recipe has Become a Kitchen Classic published in the Toronto Star. This recipe contains shortening so I won’t be trying it, ever.  I had to click through four or five more articles until I got one that did much more than mention banana bread. Global Newsstream is good for many different areas of research but was not the immediate reward I thought it would be.

Now off to the kitchen to eat a fresh banana.

New and Forthcoming Books – February 2020

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Vegan Baking

Sweet Vegan Treats book cover Modern Vegan Baking book cover Easy Vegan Baking book coverThe Joy of Vegan Baking book cover

Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky

Modern Vegan Baking by Gretchen Price

Easy Vegan Baking by Kimberly Potts

The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau


New in Movies

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers book cover Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History book cover The Movie Musical book cover

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle

Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History by Sloan De Forest

The Movie Musical by Jeanine Basinger

New in the Classic Literature 

Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated book cover The Penguin Classics Book book cover Japanese Ghost Stories book cover

The World of Sanditon: The Secrets, Romance and History Behind Jane Austen's Final Story book cover
Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated by Seamus Heaney; edited by Daniel Donoghue

The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot

Japanese Ghost Stories edited by Lafcadio Hearn

The World of Sanditon: The Secrets, Romance and History Behind Jane Austen’s Final Story by Sara Sheridan

New in History

The Seine: The River That Made Paris book cover The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between book cover Roman Mythology: A Traveler's Guide from Troy to Tivoli book cover

The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between by Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Mark Oppenheimer