Marea Kahn

Food for Thought

Relax and savor tidbits `in A History of Foods by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat. Visit this link for availability in our library:   Find out about the legends of coffee, sugar, and the peach.  Who wouldn’t want to know about the history of breads and cakes?  Do you know what the most widely eaten plant in the world is?
Discover little known facts about well known foods –
“The ancient world did not see intoxication, whether induced by mead, beers, or diluted wine, as reprehensible.  To some extent it was regarded as an act of religion”(p229)
“Rosé wine is not a mixture of red and white wine, but is made from black grapes” (p232)

“In Arab tradition, to dream of fish is a very good omen.” (p281)
“Among the 15,000 species of edible sea fish, only about 40, as have seen, are sold in the developed and wasteful societies of Europe.” (p284)

The Greeks and Romans first valued cinnamon as “medicine, a cordial and an aphrodisiac.” (p437)
“The scent of vanilla is so intoxicating that in large doses, for instance inhaled by workers who handle large quantities daily, it sometimes has an effect like a drug.” (p473)

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Remembering Jim Crow

Imagine winning a seat on the town council but not being allowed to serve. Imagine being an 11 year old girl sexually harassed by police simply because of your color. Imagine being segregated at a hospital and receiving inadequate treatment. “Stories of rapes and beatings, of houses burned to the ground and land stolen, of harrowing escapes in the middle of the night” appear alongside accounts of “the extraordinary and multiple ways in which resistance to Jim Crow occurred and was nourished.” (Publishers Weekly). Read these voices in Remembering Jim Crow – African American Tell about Life in the Segregated South, a book and CD now available at our library and part of our One Book, One College series.

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“Seen and Heard — A century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture”

Interested in reading about Arab women and society? A recent addition to our library is Seen and Heard — A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture . “New York University professor Mona Mikhail’s new collection of essays casts a wide net over literature, film, popular culture, and the law in order to investigate the living, often rapidly changing, reality of Arab women and their societies. Whether she examines Egyptian film, contemporary rewritings of the Sherazad story, or women in North African novels, Mikhail sheds valuable light on the role of Arab women within Islam and within the Arab world.”

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