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  • One Pan Recipes Soup

    One pan cooking adds variety to mealtimes without adding more dishes. Our library has a huge collection of cookbooks, including a variety of cookbooks focusing on one pan—or pot—cooking. Whether you have an instant pot or an iron skillet, there’s a one pan option for everyone. Here are some new one-pot and one-pan cookbooks that are packed with ways to maximize flavors and minimize clean up. 

    By Marge Perry and David Bonom

    Using easy-to-find ingredients and new takes on comfort food dishes from around the world, HERO DINNERS provides a great introduction into one-pan cooking that is easy and satisfying. These one-pan meals focus on the strengths of sheet pans and skillets, with tips for how to minimize clean-up and get the most out of the simple ingredients. 


    by Lisa Burns

    While the instant pot has a variety of settings from sauté to pressure cooking, it can be confusing and even intimidating to use. FAMILY MEALS FROM SCRATCH focuses on delicious and kid-friendly recipes while walking through each step in a clear and concise way. From take-out favorites to dessert, there’s sure to be a recipe perfect for your home menu. 


    1.11 One Pot VegetarianONE-POT VEGETARIAN
    By Sabrina Fauda-Role

    Whether you’re a vegetarian or looking for a delicious meal for Meatless Monday, these plant-based recipes cover soups, stews, and casseroles packed with flavor and nutrition.ONE-POT VEGETARIAN focuses on one-pot stove top cooking for any palette, from mac and cheese to dahl, and includes tips for some powerful flavor combinations to make your flavors really stand out. 


    By Anne Byrn

    Skillet Love covers all the basics about cooking with a cast-iron skillet, including cast-iron care and other tips. The large collection of appetizers, mains, and desserts are made to satisfy any diet or picky eater. A lot of the recipes are southern comfort food like shrimp and grits or fried okra, but it also includes skillet classics like scalloped potatoes and steaks. You can take these recipes on the road and dress-up your camping fare, or cook these while cozy at home.

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    Found in: Cannon, Kenneth L., II. (1987) PROVO & OREM: A VERY ELLIGIBLE PLACE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY. Windsor Publications. 

    If you search "train wrecks 1918” online, you'll discover that 1918 was a terrible time to be on a train in the US. But did you know that Provo also had a train wreck that year? It's not easily discoverable on the web, but with a little investigation you can find the whole story (and some more besides) by taking a dive into our special collections. 

    In 1918, the OREM INTERURBAN was the train line that ran between Salt Lake City and Payson, running through Center Street Provo. There was also another train line that passed through Provo, known as the HEBER CREEPER (and a part of that train line still runs today).

    ETHEL TREGEAGLE recounts her memory of a crash in our oral histories, which happened right outside her house--"The Heber train always went by. I don't know what year it was but the Orem train that went across Center Street to go to Salt Lake wrecked... I was five years old. That was about 1917 or 1918. The war was on then."

    Our oral histories also include another eye-witness to the crash. KARL MILLER recounts the events of the wreck and how it came about, where he narrates his take on why the crash happened and lets us know a few other details. He includes the name of one of the engineers and narrows down the date--a "conference weekend" in 1918. What was especially interesting was that both Ethel and Karl mention a photo of the crash, so I decided to try and hunt that down, too.

    Luckily, we have a fantastic INDEX OF HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS that list the photographs we have in our special collections, so I was able to search that and find the famous photo of the Orem and Heber Creeper crash, which occurred on October 4th, 1918. 

    There are more articles about the OREM INTERURBAN, the famous crash, and how the people of Provo lived back in the day with railroads on Center Street in TALES OF UTAH VALLEY VOLUME I. According to the book, Ethel Tregeagle herself can be found in this photograph behind the man in the upper right-hand side of the photo as one of the young girls looking at the wreckage. Can you spot her?

    What will you find out by exploring our special collections?

  • Self Care

    With the American Psychology Association declaring that stress is now a mental health crisis in America, there seems to be a lot online about managing stress through self-care, especially when promoting products or picturesque lifestyle routines. But what does self-care actually mean? 

    There are a lot of different definitions, but the gist of it is self-care is taking time to care for your physical and mental health. It doesn't cost anything and requires no subscription fee. Just like you need to put the oxygen mask on first before helping others when flying in a plane, taking time to maintain your personal health will lead to a better balance in your other responsibilities and relationships. 

    2.3 Wisdom from a Humble JellyfishWISDOM FROM A HUMBLE JELLYFISH
    By Rani Shah

    By focusing on wisdom from the animal world in its minimal 126 pages, Rani Shah investigates the simplicity offered by observing the ways animals live and how to turn those observations into daily habits. From learning to slow down from the sloth or the perks of positivity from a sunflower, there are several self-care ideas packed in this easy read. 


    2.3 The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental HealthTHE UNAPOLOGETIC GUIDE TO BLACK MENTAL HEALTH
    By Rheeda Walker

    Psychologist and professor Rheeda Walker provides a thorough and comprehensive guide for Black mental health wellness, which includes self-care strategies specifically for the impacts of racism and related stress. Filled to the brim with exercises and frank discussion, THE UNAPOLOGETIC GUIDE TO BLACK MENTAL HEALTH is invaluable for incorporating emotional wellness and self-care against the constant stressors of systemic racism.


    By Katie O'Donnell

    For those looking to incorporate more natural and herbal care into their lives,THE EVERYDAY AYURVEDA GUIDE TO SELF-CARE is both recipe book and self-care guide anchored in Indian Vedic traditions. From sleep routines to self-massage tips and lavender honey, there are several options for incorporating these timeless methods towards self-care. 


    2.3 Self Care for College StudentsSELF-CARE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
    By Julia Dellitt

    With over 150 ideas for focusing on different aspects of maintaining your personal and mental wellness, this book provides a series of activities and habits you can incorporate depending on what time you have available. This book is worth looking into when your main reason for avoiding self-care is not having enough time or space brought about by a hectic student lifestyle.

  • Fireside Storytelling

    “Narrative is the binding thread of human experience, and stories are a medium that we use to know one another and ourselves.” –Leanne Prain, Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles

    Storytelling is everywhere! We constantly speak in stories—from telling a potential employer about why we’re perfect for the job to a photo snapshot of a loved-one’s milestone. We talk about ourselves, about others, and about our experiences.

    And we have stories we tell ourselves, quietly, about the way we look at the world and how the world looks at us.

    Yet while this skill is often considered essential for those writing a book, or for actors on a stage, do we consider how to develop our own skill in telling our own stories? Everyone is captivated by a good story and a good story can come from anywhere. Everyone has at least one story to tell.

    Storytelling comes in a variety of forms, so let’s take a look at some different ways to express the stories we live. Do you have ideas about what stories you can tell? Are you a visual or a verbal storyteller? No matter how you express them, the stories you have can only be told by you!

    By Margot Leitman

    Long Story Short was my initial plunge into the art of storytelling, a book picked out due to boredom several years ago that turned out to have far more impact than I could imagine. Margot Leitman is a long-time storytelling teacher and award-winning storyteller champion (yes, that’s a thing) who paces the reader through examples and exercises with humor and spunk. Consider this a fantastic catch-all primer for the practical application of storytelling to your everyday life. 


    By Felix Scheinberger

    Perhaps watercolor is not the first thing to come to mind when thinking about storytelling, but Felix Scheinberger does a fantastic job with teaching technique with a purpose. Storytelling with watercolor, he argues, requires balance. “The secret to using watercolor to create pictures lies in striking a balance between control and letting go. Pictures are often only ‘really good’ when they surprise us.” 


    By Phillip Pullman
    Edited by Simon Mason

    Daemon Voices is a collection of 32 essays written by Philip Pullman over a variety of subjects, spanning a 17-year time period, and representing several perspectives and contexts considered by the acclaimed author. With a unique “topic finder” guide at the front of the book, the reader can turn directly to whatever interests them or read the whole collection front to back. And the one theme tying everything together? Storytelling. Daemon Voices is a fantastic glimpse at how any experience can become a story worth telling. 


    By Leanne Prain

    Author and artist Leanne Prain provides a compelling and thought-provoking argument for ways to weave (heh) life experiences into the physical and often underappreciated medium of textiles. Personal anecdotes and interviews with textile artists are punctuated with project ideas you can do at home. Strange Material looks at everything from story quilts to comedic embroidery and how to turn your own crafts into tangible stories.

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    Utah is in a drought. Most of the state still remains under extreme or exceptional drought, according to DROUGHT.GOV. While more than half of our water is used for agriculture, there is still quite a bit we can do on our own to manage our household water consumption.  

    One of the ways you can save on water is through XERISCAPING. Xeriscaping focuses on using plants native to desert climates and can completely remove the need for irrigation or watering. In addition to the resources available at the UTAH WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM website, we have several books on the topic of xeriscaping and conserving water that you can use for your home's landscaping and gardens. 

    3.5 Gardening with Less WaterGARDENING WITH LESS WATER
    By David A. Bainbridge

    Drought is not a new concept in the West and this book focuses on building gardens with these drought conditions in mind. From clay-pot irrigation systems to gravity wicks, there is bound to be a type of watering system that benefits your garden and minimizes your water bill. 


    3.5 Hot Color Dry GardenHOT COLOR, DRY GARDEN
    By Nan Sterman

    This water-wise gardener's resource covers dry gardening how-to, as well as the color and design elements needed to implement a functioning and beautiful space. Filled with bright images and a plant directory, this book provides a great starting point for embarking on a xeriscaping project. 


    3.5 The Water wise HomeTHE WATER-WISE HOME
    By Laura Allen

    Written by the co-founder of Greywater Action, THE WATER-WISE HOME provides tips and tricks for both inside and out to reuse your water. With discussions on how to target irrigation issues and maximize greywater reuse for your landscape, this user-friendly guide covers all questions and methods to make a water-wise landscape a reality. 


    3.5 Rock GardeningROCK GARDENING
    By Joseph Tychonievich

    A classic method of gardening that has been gaining popularity, ROCK GARDENING covers ways to garden among rocks that focuses on highlighting the climate you're in. From alpine gardens to desert-scaping, this book covers plants, soil, and construction with vibrant photos and down-to-earth writing. 


    More books on xeriscaping and climate-wise gardening can be found in our upstairs nonfiction section or in our CATALOG.