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I’ve mentioned before how much I love my library. Multnomah County Library even has an app. How cool is that?! I meet some hot guy in a bar and we get to talking about Tolstoy and Gorey and I can just add books to my reserve list right there. (we won’t discuss the rudeness of me pulling out my phone in front of this guy.) In reality what happens is when I wake up at my usual 2am with my mind racing, I can roll over, grab my phone, add a book to the list and (hopefully) go back to sleep.

Most of what I get from the library are “how-to” books. how to cook, craft, build a barn…

With the new year upon us and a resolve to eat better, this month’s library selection reflects that.

Peter Reinhart’s American Pie is a journey to the perfect pizza. He continues his quest on his blog.

Cooking Light Soups and Stews is a great collection of easy soups that I ultimately take for lunches.

Another Peter Reinhart about artisan breads, the topic he is best known for. In this book he makes it a bit more approachable for the home baker.

Madhur Jaffrey Foolproof Indian Cooking. I enjoy all of her books. She has such a comfortable way to her writing that gives you the confidence to try anything.

Another Cooking Light, this one about baking. I’m always playing around to see what works. Bread is usually a waste of space, but if I can make it healthier then I may be more apt to give up those calories.

What’s on your bed-side table or to-read shelf?