FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Rodder's Journal Number Fifty Nine I was outdoors this past weekend, catching up on yard chores. In the air, a short distance away, I heard the throaty exhaust rumble of a neighbor’s hot rod.  Wafting into my yard were the tasty aromas of other neighbors’ grilling and barbecuing efforts. I suddenly realized that it was the first full weekend of summer!

There are two great assets to summer living. One is being able to enjoy seeing cars that local folks take out from under wraps only during the warm weather months.  Another is being able to take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are at their peak during these few months and to do some of the cooking outdoors.

Our library has two magazines that can add to your enjoyment of these two features of summer. They are both available in the Newspaper / Magazine area on the 2nd Floor of the library. HOTRODHOTLINE, the world’s largest online rodding magazine, said that Rodder’s Journal “makes a serious effort to bring its readers the best stories and photographs on the hot rodding scene, past and present.”  If you’re a custom car or hot rod enthusiast, have a look at it the next time you visit the library. I think you’ll agree that the articles and photography make it probably the finest magazine covering this field.

Taste of the South  - May - June  2013In recent years, the number of people that are interested in regional cooking has grown dramatically. This can be seen by the popularity of regional food blogs, such as Christy Jordan’s Southern PlateTaste of the South introduces readers to a wide variety of Southern favorites. The recipes are approachable and you don’t need to spend half a day searching for difficult to find ingredients. The recent BBQ issue should be popular, especially with the 4th of July a little more than a week away, and cookouts on a number of family calendars.  If you haven’t looked at a copy of this popular magazine, you should add it to your to do list on your next visit to the library.

Summer is finally here. Try to find time each week to enjoy something that is unique to this season!

– Tom D.

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