News from the Reference Desk Category: Hobbies

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.

RBdigital Big Bonus!

The Library is a longtime subscriber the magazine streaming resource RBdigital. Just recently we’ve upped the game. From only 55 different magazine titles, we now have thousands. I was up to page 7 on the results list when I gave up counting.  Some that I’ve been enjoying the past week include Archaeology, Cook’s Illustrated, Bon Appetit, GQ France, Architectural Digest India, and National Geographic Mexico. If you have a printer and crayons, you can print pages from the coloring books for adults! Yes, there is an app.

Our other magazine streaming site is PressReader. It has some of the same magazines but thousands of others as well as newspapers including Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune. It also has a great app.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Books – March 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 Paris Travel

Paris: A Curious Traveler's Guide book cover Pocket Precincts Paris: A Pocket Guide to the City's Best Cultural Hangouts, Shops, Bars, and Eateries book cover

The Seine: The River That Made Paris book cover Paris for Food Lovers book cover
Paris: A Curious Traveler’s Guide by Eleanor Aldridge

Paris: A Pocket Guide to the City’s Best Cultural Hangouts, Shops, Bars and Eateries by Gretchen Price

The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

Paris for Food Lovers by Eileen Unnes

 

New in New Outlooks

Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together, the African Way book cover How to Adult: A Guide to Not Being a Trash Human, and Other Life Lessons book cover The Little Book of Scandi Living book cover

Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together the African Way by Mungi Ngomane

How to Adult: Your Guide to not Being a Trash Human, and Other Life Lessons by Anna Blackie

The Little Book of Scandi Living by Brontë Aurell

New in Crafts

The Addictive Sketcher book cover Modern Crochet Bible: Over 100 Contemporary Crochet Techniques and Stitches book cover

The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting: The Complete Guide to Cutting Paper for Artworks, Greeting Cards, Keepsakes, and More book cover
The Addictive Sketcher by Adebanji Alade

Modern Crochet Bible: Over 100 Contemporary Crochet Techniques and Stitches by Sarah Shrimpton

The Crafter’s Guide to Papercutting by Emily Hogarth

New in Miscellaneous Topics

South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels book cover How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish book cover The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century book cover

South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels by Meaghan Marie Hackinen

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish edited by Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert

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

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – September 2019

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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 Food

Rice Noodles. Yum.: Everyone's favorite Southeast Asian dishes Botanical baking: contemporary baking and cake decorating with edible flowers and herbs book cover healthy homemade dog treats: simple and delicious treats for your furry best friend

Rice. Noodles. Yum.: Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Sotto Raines, Creator of Manila Spoon

Botanical Baking: Contemporary Baking and Cake Decorating with Edible Flowers and Herbs by Juliet Sear

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: More than 70 Simple & Delicious Treats for your Furry Best Friend by Serena Faber-Nelson

New in House Plants

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers book cover How to make a plant love you: Cultivate green space in your home and heart book cover Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants book cover

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers by Leslie F. Halleck

How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes

Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants by Hilton Carter

New in Better Living

Science the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life's Little Problems book cover Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now book cover How To: Absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems book cover

Science and the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life’s Little Problems by Colin Stuart

Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now by Jordan Kassalow and Jennifer Krause

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

New in Games

The Floor is Lava and 99 more games for everyone, everywhere book cover The Everything Tabletop Games Book: rom Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, find out which games to choose, how to play, and the best ways to win! book cover   100 best solitaire games: featuring 100 classic, new, challenging, & just plain fun solitaires book cover

The Floor is Lava: And 99 More Games for Everyone, Everywhere by Ivan Brett.

The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games to Choose, How to Play, and the Best Ways to Win!  by Bebo of Be Bold Games

100 Best Solitaire Games: Featuring 100 Classic, New, Challenging, & Just Plain Fun Solitaires by Sloane Lee & Gabriel Packard