Supper of the Lamb

Breaking away from books on homes or libraries, I read Supper of the Lamb yesterday by Capon; but only because I really wanted to read it and had to return it to the library.  Now, its difficult to read books about food.  Throughout the entire book I wanted to eat everything Capon wrote about;  even the lamb stew and I don’t like lamb.

Capon is an Episcopalian who loves food.  That is essentially what the book amounts with, though with lots of good things in between.  For instance, his chapter on knives or contemplating the onion.  He brings new insights into cooking that I hadn’t thought about before.  For instance, best ways for thickening sauces and soups without adding flour.  And how to stretch out that piece of meat the longest.  And why eating is wonderful.  What was also great was that he had a sense of humor.  It was hard reading this book quietly because I just kept laughing.  Really, we can laugh and enjoy this world around us? Yes!

The result of this book, I bought a spaetzle maker.  All I can think about is his description of homemade spaetzle and how wonderful it sounds.  So next week we’re having spaetzle (have to wait for Amazon to deliver).  I can’t wait.

And read this book! I cannot recommend it enough (and if you’re not a fan of contemplating onions, just wade through the chapter, it is great).

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I’ve been reading a few books on hospitality, and have gained things to think about and to implement in my own life.  As with any topic, after a while all the books begin to sound the same.  To sum up best what I think of what is hospitality, I quote Lord of the Rings (as quoted in one of the books I read):

“[Elrond’s house] was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all…

All of them, the ponies as well, grew refreshed and strong in a few days there.  Their clothes were mended as well as their bruises, their tempers and their hopes.”

J.R.R. Tolkien from The Hobbit.

Beginning of a new semester

You may have noticed that the posts are beginning to lag again.  Well, classes has started again.  I have started my fourth semester in my MLIS program.  This semester I am only taking six units: History of Books & Libraries and Digital Asset Management.  There has been quite a bit of reading, but not too much.  Mostly I find myself reading books from my own reading list.

My favorite class thus far is History of Books & Libraries.  This week we have been studying about Medieval Libraries and the teacher posted this YouTube link to give a glimpse of what a scriptorium is like (from the movie The Name of The Rose which I haven’t seen, but I’ve read the several times).

Don’t watch the movie, but read the book.  It is a great novel about monks, books, and art.  I liked it much better than Follet’s Pillars of the Earth (though that book too was fantastic).  As years pass, I find that I like the Medieval and Renaissance periods the best in literature and history.  But I should have known this as my childhood hero was Robin Hood (and not just for his ideals, but for the time period he was living in).