Not Your Typical History Book

Books & Bites Podcast, Episode 21

Each month, JCPL librarians bring you book recommendations and discuss the bites and beverages to pair with them. On this episode, we discuss learning about history through cookbooks, poetry, graphic novels, and unconventional biographies.


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Book Notes

Carrie recommends:

Melissa recommends:

Bite Notes

  • Vanity cakes may have been to Laura Ingalls Wilder what madeleines were to Proust. Find the recipe in The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker or on the Sites and Stories blog.
  • Princess Margaret may have been impressed by her chef’s pink sauce, but we like something a little more flavorful than mayonnaise and ketchup. Try homemade remoulade instead.
  • Try any of the recipes in Sean Sherman’s The Sioux Chef, but the recipe for Squash and Apple Soup with Fresh Cranberry Sauce looks particularly perfect for the season.
  • My Lady Jane calls for a tall glass of fresh apple cider from your favorite local cidery, as G himself would recommend. If you’re local to central Kentucky, several orchards sell fresh cider and Pivot Brewing Company in Lexington can provide for all your hard apple cider needs.
  • For a taste of Marie Curie’s Eastern European roots, check out Mamushka by Olia Hercules. Her recipe for Vinegreta is commonly found in Eastern Europe and is often eaten around Christmas or New Years.