02/21/2013 – Local author writes alkaline cookbook for better health





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Zhena has been helping people to
eat according to their particular needs for the past 33 years.  She is the former chef/owner of Zhena’s
Cuisine, a fine vegetarian restaurant in Amherst,
Mass.  Having moved to Pagosa Springs 15 years ago,
she teaches cooking classes and offers nutrition consultations.

Cuisine” includes advice on healthy eating, food stories from family and
friends, a herb and spices list with suggestions for their use, tips on fruit
canning, a how-to for making yogurt, a guide to drying foods, advice on wood
stove cooking, a special chapter on dental health and a list of fun foods for
children..  She also offers a section
with alternative to sweeteners, calling the wrong choices a “recipe for mood
swings,” and three gluten-free dessert recipes.

The book’s 246 recipes
are divided into helpful sections including morning foods, appetizers, salads,
entrees (mostly vegetarian), wok cooking, desserts and breads, and more.  Many of the recipes feature personable notes
that impart useful advice, especially for novice cooks.

Pagosans will notice in the Acknowledgments the names of several locals
including Randall Davis, Kelly Evans, and Jackie Welch and the staff of your

has donated a copy of “Alkaline Cuisine” to the Sisson Library.  To order your own copy, go to www.alkalinecuisine.net


Sports gaming for teens

            Seventh – 12th
graders are invited to join us for free fun electronic sports gaming and snacks
from 2 – 3:30 p.m. tomorrow
(Friday, Feb. 22) and the fourth Friday of every month.


Free high-tech training

We are at the end
of our highly popular free high-tech learning sessions with Cody, as he and his
equally talented wife Tiffany are leaving Pagosa to return to librarian jobs in
the Denver
area.  Catch his last informal session
today (Thursday, Feb. 21) from 3 – 5
p.m.  Cody’s replacement will
start work April 1 and tech training sessions will resume at that time. 


Memoirs and biographies

            “My Beloved World”
by Sonia Sotomayor is a memoir by the first Hispanic and third woman appointed
to the U.S. Supreme Court.  “Dinner with
Lenny” by Jonathan Cott chronicles his last long interview with music icon
Leonard Bernstein.  “Bruce Springsteen
and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Marc Dolan follows the life of this great
musician and strong cultural voice. 


Other nonfiction

            “The Fall of the
House of Dixie” by Bruce Levine chronicles the Civil War and the social
revolution that transformed the South. 
“The World until Yesterday” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond looks
at human societies over tens of thousands of years.  “A Higher Call” by Adam Makos is the true
story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II.  “China Goes Global: The Partial
Power” by David Shambaugh is a sweeping account of China’s growing prominence on the
international stage.


Mysteries and thrillers

            “The Kashmir
Shawl” by Rosie Thomas is a romantic mystery epic set in India after
World War II.  “Enemy of Mine” by Brad
Taylor is the third thriller in the series featuring terrorist task force head
Pike Logan.  “Standing in Another Man’s
Grave” by Ian Rankin is a suspense story featuring former detective John Rebus.


Large print

            “The Road to Cardinal Valley” by Earlene Fowler is a follows a
woman who returns to her home town to help her alcoholic brother.  “Home by Dark” by Marta Perry is a romanic
suspense story set in an Amish community. 
“Big Sky River” by Linda Lael Miller is a western
romance set in Montana.  “The Lawgiver” by Pulitzer Prize winner
Herman Wouk tells the story of Moses via people making a movie about him


Other new novels

            “The Aviator’s
Wife” by Melanie Benjamin is a fictional account of the life and love of
Charles Lindberg’s wife.  “Fear of
Beauty” by Susan Froetschel is the story of women in a small Afghanistan
village after the death of a young boy. 
“Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel is the story of two
couples  four decades apart and their


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Scottie Gibson and several anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “Life grants
nothing to us mortals without hard work.” – Horace (65 B.C. – 8 B.C.), leading
Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.     



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