Confused about culinary matters? Then go a great website called Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. It is the creation of a Renaissance man named Hank Shaw. He has had a wide and varied career ranging from line cook, fisherman, hunter and now wild game enthusiast. He has a remarkable series of recipes, techniques and advice on all matters culinary. Give his site a try and then use your knowledge in your own kitchen.
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Thomas De Voe (1811-1892) was a butcher by trade in New York City and had his business at the Jefferson Market from 1833 until 1872. He was also the author of two books The History of Public Markets (1862) and The Market Assistant (1867). The second title is a compendium of the surprising produce & livestock available in New York City. These included: squirrel, black bear, raccoon, pigeons, green geese, swan, and eels. In addition to these labors he was also the author of the Genealogy of the de Veaux Family in 1885. Quite the well-rounded man!
Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947) was the charismatic & energetic Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945. He was a staunch anti-Nazi but there is a little-known sidelight to this part of his amazing career. His sister, Gemma LaGuardia Gluck, had married a Hungarian and was arrested by the Gestapo on June 7, 1944. She was eventually sent to the notorious Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. Her husband perished in Mauthausen Concentration Camp. She was fortunate enough to survive and write about her experiences in her book Fiorello’s Sister…
Danbury Library recently received another volume in the definitive biography of Franz Kafka. This volume is actually the last volume in what will be a trilogy. It is entitled Kafka: The Years of Insight by Reiner Stach. It follows Kafka: The Decisive Years which was published in 2005. The reason why Reiner Stach is publishing the last two volumes first is in itself Kafkaesque. When Kafka died he made Max Brod his literary executor with the instruction to burn all of his work. Brod did not follow his instruction and published a great deal. But there is still a large amount of Kafka material which is in Israel and for which there is a legal fight underway. Stach wants to view this material and use it to write the first volume on the early life of Kafka.
One of the great gaps in the history of Danbury has been remedied thanks to the efforts of Bill Devlin & Herb Janick. They are the authors of the new volume entitled Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tri-Centennial. This volume has been needed for a long time and covers many important themes about Danbury. One of the most important is the foresight of Frank Lee, one of the largest hat manufacturers, who was instrumental in founding the Danbury Industrial Corporation which led the transition from hatting as the leading Danbury industry to becoming a haven for high-tech industry.