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For all foodies, read McGee’s “On Food and Cooking”

Many good ideas start with a simple, “why?”. Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking, first published in 1984, comes from wondering about questions such as: Why do eggs solidify when we cook them? Why do we use brown sugars in certain cookies? While the first edition emphasizes the relevance of cells and molecules to cooking, the second edition (2004) has been expanded to cover a greater range of ingredients and their preparation methods. McGee’s work, unmatched in accuracy, is a kitchen classic.

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For all foodies alike (self-proclaimed included), The Science of Good Cooking from America’s Test Kitchen

Winter is reserved for the following pleasures:

  • Layering – bundle up and embrace your marshmallow identity
  • Festivities – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, CNY

If you cook or like to cook and/or eat, I highly recommend The Science of Good Cooking (Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook).

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The original Mary Poppins is not so supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Many of us are probably familiar with Disney’s 1964 musical-film starring Julie Andrew as the delightful, simply wonderful nanny, Mary Poppins. While Disney’s Mary Poppins is indeed supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (even more so with her philosophy that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”), you would be missing out if you have never met the original Mary Poppins.

Written by P.L. Travers with illustrations by Mary Shepard, Mary Poppins is the world’s most beloved nanny. Arriving at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane with great style — blown over by the East Wind, Mary Poppins brings adventure, enchantment and excitement to the Banks house (and to you)!

Mary Poppins (written by P.L. Travers with illustrations by Mary Shepard)

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First comes the wheel, then comes storks — “The Wheel on the School”

Why would you want to put a wheel on top of the school?

If you are wondering “why,” then congratulations, you are curious! Curiosity is the beginning to great many things. Our story, which takes place in a little Dutch fishing village of Shora, begins with Lina, the only girl in the little Shora school (with five boys, and one man teacher). Now, the story does not begin with Lina because she is the only girl, but because she writes a composition on storks:

Do you know about storks? Storks on your roof bring all kinds of good luck. I know this about storks; they are big and white and have long yellow bills and tall yellow legs. They build great big messy nests, sometimes right on your roof. But when they build a nest on the roof of a house, they bring good luck to that house and to the whole village that the house stands in. Storks do not sing. They make a noise like you do when you clap your hands when you feel happy and good.

That is all Lina knows about storks because storks never come to Shora to build their nests. Like Lina, all her classmates (the teacher included) are now curious about storks. First, curiosity, then what? Then, you ask questions.

Why don’t the storks come to Shora? They did before, but why not now?

The Wheel on the School By Meindert DeJong & Pictures by Maurice Sendak

The Wheel on the School
By Meindert DeJong & Pictures by Maurice Sendak

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