Food, Glorious Food!

Thanksgiving, the quintessential American meal, has come and gone.  With a big roasted turkey, lots of stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the fixings, it’s a meal everyone in America looks forward to all year long. Jumping on the food theme, we here at the ipl2 newsletter thought it would be fun to showcase the ipl2’s ethnic food collection. All told, there are 21 different websites that can help you break out of your dinner rut and try foods that you might have otherwise never discovered. In this week’s blog entry we’ll examine a few of our favorite websites and invite you to explore the others.

New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.

Recipe Source: Your Source for Recipes on the Internet
RecipeSource is an online recipe database project started in 1993 by Berkeley University which now holds over 70,000 recipes. The database is fully searchable by ingredient, type of dish (side, main) and ethnicity. In addition to food recipes, there are recipes for pet treats and hair and skin products, along with cooking hints and tips.

Hidden Korea
“A nourishing introduction to–or reminder of–the rich food and culture of an ancient society.” The companion website to a PBS television program of the same name.

The Congo Cookbook
A collection of recipes from all over the African continent, with with observations about African food and cooking. Recipes are grouped by region and by ingredients. Info about other African cookbooks also provided.

NEW! Pasta Recipes – Food Network
Tons of free pasta recipes from the chefs at Food Network.  Search the entire pasta collection or watch videos of chefs cooking pasta meals.  Comment and rate pasta recipes or save them to a free Food Network account for easy access.

For more information and resources for cooking different ethnic dishes check out the ethnic food section of the ipl2’s collection of online resources:

ipl2 — Resources by Subject — Entertainment and Leisure — Food — Ethnic

We hope that these websites help you spice up your recipe book and explore dishes from other cultures.

December Newsletter

The ipl2’s December newsletter is packed with star-studded resources that everyone can enjoy. First, a movie version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest comes out this month.  To learn more about this star of the stage, William Shakespeare, check out the ipl2’s special bookshelf collection and other brilliant Shakespeare links.  Next, we turn to the night sky. People have been gazing at the stars for centuries, and the ipl2 is happy to share a universe of resources on a captivating hobby for people of all ages.  Lastly, if stargazing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of spectacular events here on earth.  We have highlighted some entertaining festival resources to help you celebrate almost anything imaginable with your friends, family, and community.  New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.  We hope you enjoy this star-studded collection!

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Bookshelf
Quick links to the complete works of William Shakespeare, plus study guides, discussion groups, glossary and criticism.

Internet Shakespeare Editions
Find here “scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare’s plays, multimedia explorations of the context of Shakespeare’s life and works, and records of his plays in performance.” Includes materials dealing with the overall structure of the editions, refereed materials, a database of historical and current performance records, less formal texts useful to Shakespearean scholars, links to related sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance, and a discussion forum. Searchable. From the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Shakespeare for Kids
If you like Shakespeare, check out this page! You’ll find facts, word games, coloring pages, and displays of artifacts and manuscripts from Shakespeare’s time. You can also learn about Queen Elizabeth and explore current careers related to Shakespeare.

NEW! Open Source Shakespeare
“An experiment in literary technology. Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free website containing Shakespeare’s complete works.  It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind.”  Search for specific words in plays using the concordance, search for phrases or lines using the keyword search, or search by characters in the plays.  Sonnets and poems are also available, as well as a mobile-device version of the site.  Created by Eric M. Johnson for his MA thesis at George Mason University.

Space and Stargazing — Resources by Subject — Science and Technology — Astronomy — Stargazing
Fifteen resources to get you started stargazing: star maps for your location, buying your first telescope, stargazing diaries, Hubble telescope photos, and more. — For Kids — Math and Science — Air and Space — Astronomy
Twenty-seven resources to excite children’s interests in space exploration and technology, the solar system, stars, and more.
A space resource for all ages!  This site is “dedicated to space and all space-related subjects” by focusing on news, information, education and entertainment.

Earth and Moon Viewer
“A great resource for clickable satellite maps of the Earth and the Moon. You can select views of Earth from the Moon or from the Sun, locate specific craters on the Moon by name, zoom in and out, and select different types of displays including topographic maps, weather maps and cloud maps.”


The Film Festivals Server
This site features coverage of current and past film festivals around the world, film reviews, and a searchable listing of all film festivals from 1995 to the present.

Documentary Film Festivals
As part of the website, this page primarily focuses on festivals that are exclusively documentary in nature. However, there is also an extensive alphabetical listing of links to full film festivals from around the world.
A list of upcoming “community festivals, fairs and special events” worldwide. Searchable and browsable by subject.

European Festivals Association
Eurofestival Infocentre’s “information about the member festivals of the European Festivals Association (music-dance-theatre). The aim of this organisation is to promote the work of artistically high quality performing arts festivals across Europe.” Also available in French.