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Story Time will take a break after this week’s ‘Christmas’ event


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Story Time will be entering a brief holiday hiatus for the next few weeks. Wednesday’s “Christmas” Story Time will be the final one of the year, but they will resume the regular schedule on Saturday, January 6th with “The Letter J” as the theme.

In other seasonal scheduling, the Library itself will be open on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd during the regular hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will be only be closed on Sunday the 24th and Monday the 25th for the Christmas holiday, but only for those two days. All of the online services should remain functional at this time, so you will still be able to check out materials through Overdrive, Cloud Library, RB Digital (formerly Zinio) and Freegal during the holidays!

For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley
Reference Librarian

Stella Parks is a Culinary Institute of America-trained pastry chef who, along with her friend Stephen “Rosco” Weber, started a project to create a cookbook back in the late 2000’s. While that book never was completed, the two did create a food blog that received enough attention to land Rosco a great job in 2010. While Rosco moved out of state, Stella continued to work on the cookbook with another friend, photographer and fellow chef, Sarah Jane. In 2012, Stella landed a contract for the cookbook that finally came out in August of 2017. Along the way, Stella managed to be named one America’s Best New Pastry Chefs in 2012 by “Food & Wine” magazine, along with being nominated for a James Beard Award for roasting sugar. Stella currently works as a senior editor for “Serious Eats”, a web-based food magazine.

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Stella’s cookbook, titled “BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts”, quickly made its way on to the New York Times Best Seller List and after reading though this excellent book, I know why. This is not just a collection of recipes with stock photos of finished masterpieces that you will never be able to match at home, but a practical guide that will allow you to explore your own tastes. Each recipe in the book is preceded by well-researched histories on its origins. While this information is not necessary for a recipe on how to make perfect snickerdoodles, it’s fun to read through her research and learn fun facts like where the name came from (hint: it takes learning a bit of the Pennsylvania Dutch language).

Along with the history of each item, Stella includes practical advice on how to do basic baking techniques and what to look for when things are going wrong along the way. She personally tested each recipe and gives quick and easy variations on each. I am definitely going to try the Bacon Snickerdoodle one! For those of you who are looking for gluten-free desserts, the substitute options for the recipes often include a gluten-free version. They may not look exactly like the original, but the taste should still be there.

You definitely need to stop at the Roswell Public Library and check out this great new cookbook (by the way, it is not the only good dessert book we have available). So let’s all start the New Year with some sweet treats.

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