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In January 2010, the LII Newsletter was renamed
"The Link: The Official Newsletter of the ipl2" and
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A Brief History of French Food
This 2002 article provides background about the development of French cuisine, such as "the origins of the restaurant, haute cuisine and Champagne, and the sorry case of the tardy lobster." Covers French cookery as influenced by Moorish cuisine in the 1400s, royal patronage in the 1600s, and Auguste Escoffier's founding of the "grand hotel style" of cuisine in the 1900s. From a British grocery store chain.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24093
Food in the Arts
This site provides a survey of the arts in connection with food. Themes include food in movies, music, literature, and art. Includes short essays on topics such as the movie "Like Water for Chocolate," food in Puccini's opera "La Bohème," Hemingway and food, poverty, and still life paintings of food. From the London Food Film Fiesta.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24094
NY Draft Riots
This illustrated presentation recounts the events of the New York City Draft Riots of July 1863, violent reactions to U.S. Civil War draft legislation and related political and social tensions. Includes maps showing the locations of events in Manhattan. From the New Media Lab, City University of New York (CUNY).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24100
This website is "dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world." It covers graffiti, stencils, billboard liberation, environmental art, wheatpastes, stickers, murals, and other street art found around the world. Include a blog, podcasts, and related links.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24047
Vodka War May Soon Be at an End
This 2007 article provides an overview of European Union (EU) negotiations regarding the definition of vodka. The discussion "has pitted countries from the 'vodka belt' like Poland, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia [who claim that vodka must be distilled from cereals or potatoes] against states that argue adding fruit does not affect the taste, therefore the product should carry the vodka label." Includes links to related material concerning the legislation. From the European Parliament.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24080
Backgrounder: Healthcare Costs and U.S. Competitiveness
Backgrounder about health care costs in the U.S., where "factoring in costs borne by government, the private sector, and individuals, the United States spends over $1.9 trillion annually on healthcare expenses, more than any other industrialized country." Includes links to related websites and other material about economics and health. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24083
Snapshots: Health Care Costs
This is "a series of online publications ... that use charts, data and analysis to provide insight into the political and policy debates about the cost of health care in the United States." Some of the topics include out-of-pocket spending for health care, insurance premium cost-sharing and coverage take-up, health care spending in the U.S. compared with other countries, and effect of changes in medical technology on health care costs. From the Kaiser Family Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24082
BBC Food: Bastille Day
Bastille Day (July 14) menus including Retro French recipes such as Chicken liver parfait with brandy, French Fancy recipes such as Lobster fricasée with champagne, and examples of "one of the most significant components of the French diet: cheese." From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24092
Chocolate & Zucchini
A "blog written by Clotilde Dusoulier, a 27-year-old Parisian woman [and cookbook author] who lives in Montmartre and shares her passion for all things food-related -- thoughts, recipes, musings, cookbook acquisitions, quirky products, nifty tools, restaurant experiences, ideas, and inspirations." Also features a recipe index, picture gallery, and guide to Paris restaurants.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24009
Recipes From Provençe
Collection of recipes for dishes from the Provençe region of southern France. Includes recipes for ratatouille, basil and cheese flan, grilled red mullet, and Provençales bean soup with basil (soupe au pistou). Additional recipes are available to subscribers. Part of CultureKiosque.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24112
Anna Mary Robertson ("Grandma") Moses
Biography and details about the work of self-taught artist Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (1860-1961), whose work was "discovered" in 1938. Includes images of selected paintings, listings of exhibitions, a brief timeline, and related material. From Galerie St. Etienne, the New York gallery that "mounted Grandma Moses's first one-woman exhibition in 1940 and represented her for the remainder of her life."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24113
Online exhibit exploring the life and work of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Some of the topics covered include Degas' artistic style, subjects of his art (including laundresses, ballet, and women bathing), and art collected by Degas. Provides a glossary and selected bibliography. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24101
NJ Wiffleball Association (NJWA)
Website for a New Jersey group that "has helped dozens of Wiffleball Leagues and Associations around the Country get started in the World of competitive Wiffleball." Wiffleball is a baseball-like game played with a perforated plastic ball. The site features rules, pitching tips, a dictionary of terms and jargon, and field photos. Also includes links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24116
Speed Reading: The Best Car Books of Summer '07
Selection of summer reading selections with automotive themes, such as Los Angeles car culture, the 75th anniversary of the 1932 Ford (2007), 1930s Bugatti racers William Grover and Robert Benoist (who served in the French resistance during WWII), muscle cars, and home garage design. From Edmunds Inside Line, an automotive enthusiast website from the producers of Edmunds car buying guides.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24104
Flex Your Power
The website for California's statewide energy efficiency campaign features energy efficiency and conservation information for residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, and agricultural users. Topics include energy saving tips, best practices guides, product guides, and more. Also includes information about rebates and the opportunity to sign up for email notification of alerts during California's hot weather season. Some material available in Spanish. From "a partnership of California's utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24106
Hot Topics 2007: February Presidential Primary
Overview and analysis of California SB 113 (signed in March 2007), which moves California's presidential primary from June to February. Provides background on presidential primaries in California and discussion of the significance of the change, potential cost and impact, and related issues. From the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library, University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24065
This site "aims to give you an honest insight and impartial guide to having a drink in the UK," with a focus on pubs in London. Features reviews of pubs, and a guide to drinking and pub etiquette in Britain. Search for pubs by city or neighborhood, name, London tube station, or rating. Also includes a list of reviewers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23964
IPET Risk & Reliability Report
Prototype risk assessment model and related documents from the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET), a "team of more than 150 ... experts ... [commissioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] soon after Hurricane Katrina to analyze how the system performed during the hurricane." An interactive map shows where annual flooding will likely occur in Greater New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. Note: Documents with an .mht file extension are best viewed in Internet Explorer.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24070
The Fund for Peace
The mission of the nonprofit Fund For Peace is "to prevent war and alleviate the conditions which cause war." The group's website features the annual Failed States Index (ranking countries "based on their social, economic, and political pressures") and reports on the Iraq conflict, globalization and human rights, peace and stability operations, and related topics. Additional material is subscription-based.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24062
Website for this Moscow, Russia, museum devoted to the history of this distilled alcoholic beverage. Provides a historical essay about vodka (up to the 1990s), images from the museum, and visitor information.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24081
Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
This educational foundation is "dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide." It sponsors International Forgiveness Day, celebrated on the first Sunday of August. The site includes material about Forgiveness Day observances back to 1999, tips for creating your own observance, brief profiles of people who have forgiven (such as a young girl who was paralyzed from the waist down from a gunshot), steps to forgiveness, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24114
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder