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Local author writes alkaline cookbook for better health

PREVIEW Columnist and the Library Staff

Photo courtesy Carole Howard Local author Zhena has written a new cookbook called “Alkaline Cuisine” that offers multiple health hints and more than 200 recipes that are nutritious, easy to prepare and will counter the overly acidic foods so prevalent in our society today. The book 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. Zhena has donated a copy of her book to the Sisson Library.

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Local author Zhena has written a new cookbook called “Alkaline Cuisine” that offers multiple health hints and more than 200 recipes that are nutritious, easy to prepare and will counter the overly acidic foods so prevalent in our society today. The book 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. Zhena has donated a copy of her book to the Sisson Library.

Local author Zhena has written a new cookbook called “Alkaline Cuisine” that offers multiple health hints and more than 200 recipes that are nutritious, easy to prepare and will counter the overly acidic foods so prevalent in our society today.

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.

“Alkaline 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 alternatives 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.

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

Zhena has donated a copy of “Alkaline Cuisine” to the Sisson Library.

Sports gaming for teens

Seventh to 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 follows a woman who returns to her home town to help her alcoholic brother. “Home by Dark” by Marta Perry is a romantic 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 today.

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 love.

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 (65–8 B.C.), leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

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This story was posted on February 21, 2013.