Friday, January 20, 2012

Good food news/librarians rock/it's a grand old bag

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery commissioned this portrait of food pioneer Alice Waters, founder of the Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe, the Edible Schoolyard, and champion of the Slow Food movement. It was created by Dave Woody, the first-place winner of the museum’s 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. We are keenly interested in Waters' food values and try to keep many related books in stock (e.g., The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living by Mark Bittman).

Rockin' the library with Marion the Librarian & friends!

Always on the lookout for oddball galleries, I stumbled on "The Museum of Bags" this week. Currently  online only, its displays draw on 7,000-plus items made from paper, plastic, ceramic, silver, glass, straw, vinyl, and burlap. Ranging from the 19th century to the 20th, they are divided into categories like commercial, political, and artistic. Here are some of its vintage "holdings."

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