Snacks & Shorts for Thanksgiving Break

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Just a reminder that Durham Tech, including the Library, will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. We'll see you again on Monday, November 27 for the final push towards the end of the semester. 

Many of us will be seeing our families (blood or chosen) for this short Thanksgiving break or sometime over the next month of various food holidays, and while we love them, sometimes it's nice to have a little break. 

If you're looking to stretch, explore, or adapt your cooking opportunities this season, the Library has some options for you! Our campus libraries have lots of cookbooks (check out the TX section!), including these special selections available at the Main Campus Library--

New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian by Chef Freddie Bitsoie & James O. Fraioli

New Native Kitchen is a celebration of modern Indigenous cuisine. 

Offering delicious dishes like cherrystone clam soup from the Northeastern Wampanoag and spice-rubbed pork tenderloin from the Pueblo peoples, Chef Bitsoie showcases the variety of flavors and the culinary history of 566 federally recognized tribes and provides modern interpretations of 100 recipes that have long fed the people on this country's lands. 

The Ultimate Student Cookbook: From Chicken to Chili by Tiffany GoodallFor anyone (not just students!) looking to develop their core cooking recipes with 

  • only 20 essential pieces of kitchen equipment
  • fewer than 20 staples from the cupboard

The Ultimate Student Cookbook prioritizes recipes that call for healthy, inexpensive ingredients available at any grocery store AND include ways to use up your leftovers in various ways. Goodall's helpful book also includes important guidelines on how to store food and observe good food hygeine, in a friendly cookbook that includes step-by-step photographs showing each dish from start to finish (including presentation!). 

Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Recipes (and Love my Microwave) by David Chang and Priya KrishnaAnd lastly, for fancy folks or folks who just want to learn to stretch their cooking skills to the microwave, Chef David Chang (of Momofuku fame) and co-author Priya Krishna have created Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Recipes (and Love my Microwave). This clever cookbook covers figuring out how to use frozen vegetables to learning when to ditch the recipe and just taste your way to a terrific meal, including substituting, adapting, shortcutting, and how to cook a whole entire chicken in your microwave.

 For some Thanksgiving viewing, we've got some suggestions from our databases and the web for videos to get into the holiday spirit (or be thankful that your family isn't like this)-- 

Turkey's DoneIn the short film Turkey's Done (17:35, Not Rated, available through Films on Demand-- login with your Durham Tech username and password off-campus), Dino Brocco (Al Sapienza) returns home after ten years in jail. As Peaches (Cheri Oteri), his loving, loud-mouthed wife, starts to prepare for their first Thanksgiving together, she finds a lipstick mark and all hell breaks loose! A voodoo turkey with objects other than traditional stuffing inside and too-close-for-comfort nosey neighbors make this film a comedic Thanksgiving watch!

Revisit a childhood classic with a new movie from 2020 with An Arthur Thanksgiving (56:30, TV-Y, available through YouTube-- no login needed!). 

Arthur the Aardvark (one of our favorite library supporters!) and his family are getting ready for Thanksgiving when his little siste D.W. starts to think that her Aunt Minnie might be more of an Aunt "Meanie." Can family, friends, and the rest of Elwood City celebrate the best Thanksgiving yet? 

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (film)

Want something that will let you totally escape? 

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2:02:51, PG-13, available through AVON streaming video database--login with your Durham Tech username and password off-campus-- and as a DVD at the Main Campus) takes audiences along as Dr. Parnassus and his travelling show guide the imaginations of others on otherworldly experiences and adventures. But the doctor has a secret--thousands of years ago, he made a bet with the devil for immortality.