Introducing: Food For Thought 
We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay Allen, the Rooftop Farmer at Boston Medical Center and Operations Director at Higher Ground Farm for a discussion of urban gardening. Attendees will learn about the history of urban gardening, food justice, and innovative ways to grow food at your home.  

This is the first event in our Food for Though Community Gardening and Cooking Initiative!
 The initiative will continue with the installation of a teaching garden at the Central Library in the spring of 2019, and many hands on gardening and cooking workshops. Please contact
Lilly Sundell-Thomas at (617) 623-5000 x2961 or for more information.
Upcoming Programs

Post-holiday blues getting you down? Relax, refresh, and rejuvenate with free yoga at the library. Join us for an hour long session, for all ages and levels of experience.

Do you love to cook? We do too! The SPL Supper Club is a brand new book club that will meet at Remnant Brewing on the last Monday of each month. Each meeting will be a potluck dinner celebrating the cookbook of the month. Pick a dish to make and share! 

January's title is Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman!
Join us to learn about, write, and share poetry from your native countries! 

January Foodie Book Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 
This month's book theme is all about food - creating, sharing, and learning all about it. Special thanks to Tim, Heidi, Kevin, and Karen at the Central Library.
Edited by former Somerville residents Cara Kuball and Damon Bishop, "Table Scraps" features pancake recipes and illustrations by local Boston-area artists. The book was produced in conjunction with the annual International Pancake Film Festival, which Kuball and Bishop ran out of their Somerville home for almost 10 years.
Recommended by Tim
Fun and colorful cakes, doughnuts and all kinds of creations for you to bake. Full of ideas about sweets to satisfy the inner sweet-tooth at heart! 
Recommended by Heidi

This is a witty, readable tour of culinary and cultural history as seen through the lens of recipes. If you've ever been curious about the origins of the cupcake, wanted to make salad dressing 17th-century style, or wondered what an Ancient Roman chef would have done with that flamingo you've got sitting in the fridge, this is the book for you. 
Recommended by Kevin 
Essays on cooking and eating. The author writes strongly in favor of toast, and butter, and olive oil. Who can argue? When I finished reading it, I felt compelled to start again from the beginning. 
Recommended by Karen

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
YA (Young Adult) Recommendations
This issue's YA recommendations come from Mary and Lilly at the Central Library.

Hello, experienced cooks and newbies -- this book goes beyond the usual pizza and burgers, although there are recipes for those, too! Easy instructions for wholesome ingredients and tips on utensils will have you making tasty healthy dishes in no time.   
Recommended by Mary
Relish : My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

I loved this fun and heartfelt graphic novel about the author's lifelong love of food and sharing meals with others. Relish is a great read for both foodies and graphic novel enthusiasts. Spoiler alert: Knisley includes some tempting visual recipes for the reader to try at home! 

Recommended by Lilly

Looking for a couple of extra recommendations? Check out our YA Staff Picks ! 
Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Melinda and Kerry at the Central Library, and Alison at the West Library. 
Dragons love tacos, you just have to make sure there isn't any spice! A quirky plot and whimsical illustrations will bring a smile (and a craving for tacos) to anyone who picks up this amusing read.

Recommended by Melinda
Potato is excited -- the local clothing store is having a sale on Potato Pants!  But on his way to the store, Potato has a run-in with Eggplant, and has to figure out how to make peace.

Recommended by Alison

Since we all know how much bears love sandwiches, its very easy to imagine how one would get eaten in this city park. Find out just how the bear did it in this delightful, engrossing tale.

Recommended by Kerry

Each child in the Peters household has a different food preference, which might be enough to put Mrs. Peters over the edge.  Detailed illustrations and wonderful rhyming text make this a fan favorite for sure.

Recommended by Alison
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