Book Review: Good and Cheap

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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day is an essential cookbook, not just one for those trying to eat on a budget. So many cookbooks are loaded with complicated recipes with ingredients that nobody can pronounce with a straight face. This book strips cooking down to it’s essentials, and is driven by the idea that simple, fresh ingredients are the key to eating well. It’s also a commentary on the assumption that one has to be rich to eat well these days, and that it’s cheaper to eat fast food or instant processed food. This book shows that with a few basic cooking skills and the knowledge of which┬áingredients to buy, one can eat for a day on less than what the average “value meal” at McDonald’s costs.

Lately, we have seen many books of this nature. Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan have become celebrities and best selling authors by promoting the “real food” movement. With such lines like, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” the real food movement has been rapidly gaining fans. This book is a perfect addition to those already on the bandwagon, or for those who are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to convert to a simple, nutritious, and delicious diet.

For those interested in the book, it can be borrowed from the library here, or the author has made it available for free via pdf download here.

Costume Exchange

costume exchangeLooking for an awesome new Halloween costume? Check out our costume exchange. We have lots of great costumes for all ages. Just bring in a new or used costume and in exchange you can take home one of ours! They will be set up all throughout October so stop in when you can.

Costume Contest Party

costume partyOctober 22 is the Aitkin Library Costume Contest for kids 5th grade and younger. The party starts at 5:30. Tricks and treats will be provided. We’ll have pumpkins to decorate and take home, and we’ll be showing classic Halloween specials. First, second and third place winners of the costume contest will take home spooky movies to get the whole family in the mood for Halloween! Sign up at the library or here on Facebook.

New Website

site screen shotThe library’s new website is now live!! Please explore it use it, and feel free to ask questions or offer suggestions. It is still a work in progress, but our former website was due for an update. All of the most important functionality such as accessing the catalog, ebooks, and MeLCat are easily accessible.