Library Bookshelf: Food, cocktails unveiled in time for the holidays

FresnoDecember 7, 2013 

The Fresno County Library's Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items and provides information about library programs.


Top 5 most requested books

"Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich

"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan

"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

"W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton

"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan

New arrivals

"The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden" by Alice Waters. An attractive vegetable-focused book that offers 200 new recipes. Waters conveys enthusiasm for the many tasty types of fruits, vegetables and herbs that you can grow in your own garden or discover at your favorite farmers market.

"500 Cake & Cupcake Decorations: the Only Cake & Cupcake Decorating Compendium You'll Ever Need" by Amanda Rawlins & Caroline Deasy. Rawlins and Deasy show you all you need to know to start making your own decorations, from creative animals to delicate flowers.

"Cocktails: The Bartender's Bible: Contains over 3000 Cocktail Recipes" by Simon Difford. Sensible and rousing, this 11th edition includes recipes from the conventional to the new and creative.

Holiday themes

"Merry Christmas, Cowboy" by Janet Dailey. Denver police officer Paula Lewis volunteers to help local children at the Christmas House, where she is attracted to rancher Zach Bennett, as they team up to help a boy.

"The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Emma Thompson. In a story that was inspired by a real turkey that Emma Thompson met on Beatrix Potter's farm, Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny encounter a new friend, William the Turkey, and as the three eagerly prepare for Christmas, they understand that William is meant to be Mr. McGregor's Christmas supper!

"Pete the Cat Saves Christmas" by Eric Litwin. When Santa gets sick, Christmas may have to be canceled. Luckily, Pete the Cat comes to the rescue.

Upcoming events

Affordable Care Act: Enrollment and help sessions on how to register under the new federal health insurance law will be available at many libraries during the week. Go to or call (559) 600-READ (7253) for locations and times.

Family Storytime: The program includes both a simple craft and a story. Clovis Library, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-7 p.m. Details: (559) 600-9531.

After School Crafts: Fun craft projects for children K-6, limited seating. First come, first served. Cedar Clinton Library, Thursday, Dec. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Details: (559) 442-1770.

Stargazing: Enjoy an evening of stargazing with telescopes to view the meteor showers. Expert astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and point out constellations. Bring a chair and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies! If weather is foggy or rainy, this event will be canceled. Bear Mountain Library, Squaw Valley, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m. Details: (559) 332-2528.


This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. The library posts a full list of the week's events on Facebook. Events are usually free. Visit or call (559) 600-6227 for details.

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