Summer library program sign ups start today. Kids ages 5 through 5th grade can sign up for a four week session in June on Tuesdays at 10 am, or a four week session in July on Tuesdays at 10 am. Call the library with any questions about toddler or teen programs this summer, or for more information about our grade school ages programs. Or, find the sign up forms to print here. This year’s theme is Get Ready, Get Set, Read!
46 million Americans are on some sort of nutritional assistance from the government or SNAP. You’ve probably seen the little signs in the grocery store next to certain qualifying ingredients. The benefits of SNAP average out to about $4 a day per person. Whether you’re part of a SNAP program or the like, everyone could use a little assistance in keeping food costs low. This week’s Port Pick can help. The outgrowth of a graduate degree in food studies, Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4 a day by Leanne Brown walks you through the principles of buying and making great food on a tight budget. Over 100 recipes, plus grocery shopping strategies, necessary (but basic) cooking equipment, tips to use leftovers, plus a chart for buying vegetables seasonally make this nearly a one-stop cookbook. The recipes are made for modern palates too, so cooks won’t feel constrained to outdated or unusual recipes. Each section is populated with at least 10 recipes for breakfasts, soups and salads, snacks and sides, dinner, drinks and desserts, big batch recipes, and a few pantry basics you can make yourself to save money. Nearly every recipe has a full color photograph to tempt you, and serving sizes range from 2 to 6 people for regular recipes, to 10 or more for the big batch section. This isn’t a diet book and doesn’t take into account special diets, but the author is quick to point out that the recipes are designed to accommodate substitutions to suit your situation.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4 a day by Leanne Brown, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”