Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’re interested in to request it or check it out)

Our digital suggestion for today is the ebook:

Food Can Fix It The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy by Mehmet Oz:

Improve your life through your diet with a friendly, non-punishing, and completely authoritative approach to harnessing the healing power of food from Dr. Mehmet Oz, America’s #1 authority on health and well-being.

What if you had an effortless way to improve your mood, heal your body, lose weight, and feel fantastic? What if a cure for everything from fatigue to stress to chronic pain lay at your fingertips? In his groundbreaking new book, Dr. Oz reveals how every meal, snack, and bite we take holds the solution to our health problems.

In a world of endless choices, determining what to eat and when to eat it can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. In Food Can Fix It, Dr. Oz lays out a simple, easy-to-follow blueprint for harnessing the healing power of food. Through simple modifications and a meal plan filled with nutrient-rich superfoods, Dr. Oz explains how to kickstart weight loss, improve your energy, decrease inflammation, and prevent or alleviate a host of other common conditions—all without medication. His plan also includes stress-free, healthy, and delicious recipes and appealing full-color photographs that show just how easy it can be to improve your well-being through the food you eat. Drawing on responses from thousands of readers of The Good Life, Dr. Oz’s popular, prize-winning magazine, Food Can Fix It is the ultimate field guide to eating for health, and the ticket to living your best life, starting today.

And our print suggestion for today is:

Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine by Kelley Fanto Deetz:

In grocery store aisles and kitchens across the country, smiling images of “Aunt Jemima” and other historical and fictional black cooks can be found on various food products and in advertising. Although these images are sanitized and romanticized in American popular culture, they represent the untold stories of enslaved men and women who had a significant impact on the nation’s culinary and hospitality traditions even as they were forced to prepare food for their oppressors.

Kelley Fanto Deetz draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond. She reveals how these men and women were literally “bound to the fire” as they lived and worked in the sweltering and often fetid conditions of plantation house kitchens. These highly skilled cooks drew upon skills and ingredients brought with them from their African homelands to create complex, labor-intensive dishes such as oyster stew, gumbo, and fried fish. However, their white owners overwhelmingly received the credit for their creations.

Focusing on enslaved cooks at Virginia plantations including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Deetz restores these forgotten figures to their rightful place in American and Southern history. Bound to the Fire not only uncovers their rich and complex stories and illuminates their role in plantation culture, but it celebrates their living legacy with the recipes that they created and passed down to future generations.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

You can request physical items, i.e. print books, DVDs & CDs, online via StarCat:

or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:


The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:


Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

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