What do Julia Child, Nachos, and Woodstock have in common?

If you guessed today, August 15, you’re right!

Go buy yourself a plate of nachos as a prize. Or a French dish… Or tickets to a music festival. Whichever you’d enjoy most.

WHAT A DAY!

August 15 is a big day in the world of cuisine as it happens to be the birthday of both Julia Child (1912) and Ignacio Anaya Garcia (1895).

Julia Child, in case you don’t know, was a hugely popular and influential chef, cooking show host and author whose career spanned decades and helped change the way Americans cook. She is a household name to this day and her cookbooks continue to inspire home chefs to try their hand at French cuisine.

Ignacio Anaya Garcia worked in the El Moderno restaurant in the Texas-Mexico border town of Piedras Negras in 1943 when a group of American women came in looking for a quick snack. The kitchen was shutting down for the evening (or, depending on which story you hear, hadn’t finished setting up for lunch) and didn’t have any food ready so Ignacio threw together some ingredients and called it “Nachos Especiales.” Nachos were here to stay!

And, as if that wasn’t enough to make today special, today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Woodstock music festival!

Joe Cocker performs in front of huge lighting- and soundtowers

In honor of everything connected with this special day, here is a short and eclectic list of books for you to enjoy.

Thumbnail The Road to Woodstock Ultimate Nachos : From Nachos and Guacamole to Salsas and Cocktails Mastering the Art of French Cooking
The Everything Easy Mexican Cookbook : Includes Chipotle Salsa, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chiles Rellenos, Baja-Style Crab, Pistachio-Coconut Flan... and Hundreds More! My Life in France Woodstock : The Oral History Dark Side of the Spoon : The Rock Cookbook

It’s Not All Bad: The Search for Rational Optimism in a World Saturated with Sensational Pessimism

Sometimes the world can be a worrisome, scary place. But maybe it is not as bad as politicians, pundits and news networks make it seem.

Good News

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Here’s a quick list of books that highlight to good things, both in the world as it is right now and into the future that we will all be making and experiencing together.

Read and feel better about things.

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Thursday Ditto

For fans of history, royal dynasties, court intrigue and politics.

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Best Sellers List: July Update

NYT BEST SELLERS: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand (NEW)

42283286Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

  1. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
  2. THE RECKONING by John Grisham
  3. CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner
  5. BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
  6. UNSOLVED by James Patterson and David Ellis
  7. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
  8. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris
  9. GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  10. TOM CLANCY: ENEMY CONTACT by Mike Maden
  11. THE ORACLE by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
  12. COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber
  13. THERE GOES MY HEART by Bella Andre (NEW)
  14. PAST TENSE by Lee Child

Best Sellers Update: June

New York Times Best Sellers: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

36809135For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

  1. A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
  2. THE 18TH ABDUCTION by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. CARI MORA by Thomas Harris (NEW)
  4. PAST TENSE by Lee Child
  5. REDEMPTION by David Baldacci
  6. BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
  7. SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews
  8. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
  9. THE MISTER by E L James
  10. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris
  11. THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake
  12. A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles
  13. SECURING SIDNEY by Susan Stoker (NEW)
  14. FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin