Kindle Freebies: Cookbooks

Tis the season… for lots and lots of cooking. So Kindle has a bunch of free cookbooks, just there for the taking. So here’s a few that look absolutely delicious…

Cuisines of the Alps by Kay Shaw Nelson

The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook by Kay Shaw Nelson

Healthy South Indian Cooking by Alamelu Vairavan and Patricia Marquardt

The Best of Polish Cooking by Karen West

All Along the Rhine by Kay Shaw Nelson

Aprovecho: A Mexican-American Border Cookbook by Teresa Cordero-Cordell and Robert Cordell

Sephardic Israeli Cuisine: A Mediterranean Mosaic by Sheilah Kaufman

And there are a lot more where that came from – so go check it out!


Am I a fastidious spelling snob?

I like spelling things correctly. I get irritated at bad grammar. But I certainly don’t go as far as these people.

The article talks about people who get irked at misspelled words and misplaced apostrophes. It tells stories of grammar vigilantes who run around their cities with whiteout and a black marker, valiantly waging war against careless writers. Not only are there stories of vandalism (such as marking up a menu or putting whiteout on a store sign), there’s also a woman who called a business to inform them of their grammar mistakes and someone who refuses to patronize Krispy Kreme because of the spelling.

Yeah, I roll my eyes a bit at the spelling and grammar that businesses and people use, but I wouldn’t start vandalising store signs and I certainly wouldn’t let it keep from enjoying an occasional donut.

Oh, sorry. Doughnut.

Instead of a Bookmobile, a Biblioburro?

When I was a kid, I remember going to the Bookmobile on the island. We went to the mainland fairly often to visit the library, but it was still fun to go to the Bookmobile when it came to the island. The other day, I found a story about something similar, yet very different.

Meet the Biblioburro

Luis Soriana, a 36-year-old teacher in Colombia, loads up his two burros every weekend to take books to approximately 300 people that live near him. He picks up the books that they borrowed last time and lets them borrow new ones.

From the article: “This began as a necessity; then it became an obligation; and after that a custom,” he explained, squinting at the hills undulating into the horizon. “Now,” he said, “it is an institution.”

A whimsical riff on the bookmobile, Mr. Soriano’s Biblioburro is a small institution: one man and two donkeys. He created it out of the simple belief that the act of taking books to people who do not have them can somehow improve this impoverished region, and perhaps Colombia.

Soriano started out with only 70 books, but as he has become more well known, his book collection has grown to about 4,800. The people on his route look forward to seeing him every weekend, and he spends time with them, reading to the children, before he moves on.

It’s truly remarkable what one person can do if they set their mind to it.

PhD Thoughts…

Classes today went well – I’m still enjoying them, despite the ton of homework. One interesting thing was that I managed to catch Dr. B (Dean of my school) in his office after my Hebrew class to talk to him about getting a PhD after my masters. He had a lot to recommend and discuss about it – basically he suggests attending a different school to do PhD work, and he recommended choosing a school that was from a slightly different tradition. Asbury is Wesleyan-Arminian, and Dr. B chose to go to Union Theological Seminary, which is Reformed, for his PhD. The reason for doing so is to give yourself a broader perspective on the various traditions in Christian studies. He recommends getting your masters at a place that you can trust to support your own position, but then branch out during your PhD. He talked about various programs, both in the US and the British Isles, which is a bit different.

The breakdown:

US – I would need 75-90 graduate-level credit hours to get into a PhD program. I would have to apply to get into a program, which, depending on the school, would be more or less competitive. I would attend some classes and do a dissertation. Where I would attend would depend on what I want my focus to be: Old Testament or New Testament. Some schools have stronger programs than others, and I would really want to investigate how strong the department’s professors are in various subjects. For example, Princeton has excellent professors in both OT and NT, but Duke has one excellent professor who focuses on Paul. So really, it’s very important to pay attention to the professors that you’ll have before you identify where you want to attend. Some of the top schools are Princeton, Emory, Yale, Union, Notre Dame, etc.

England – They don’t care how many credit hours you have, as long as you have a masters degree, so I could go there with my minimum 60 credit hours Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies and have no problem getting into a PhD program. Also, their PhD is entirely dissertation – no classes. You connect with a professor, ask them to be your advisor, and write your dissertation under their guidance. Dr. B even said that if you contact the professor ahead of time and you both agree that it would be a good fit in terms of advisor/student, the professor will often go to the school and ask them to let the student into the program. The programs are more diverse, apparently, and also less competitive. Top schools are Oxford and Cambridge (obviously); slightly lesser schools are Sheffield, Manchester, Aberdeen, etc.

So a lot to think about over the next couple years, and some research to be done. 🙂

On a less scholarly note, the Fredrickson Library Bookcart Drill Team. 😀