[bksvol-discuss] Re: bookbooks

Hi Kim!

I think I bought and scanned the Linda Chirinian book before NLS did it, but I'm not sure. I originally bought two print copies, one for me and one for a blind friend for her birthday, but, since she didn't have an optacon, I scanned and corrected it so I could send her an electronic copy so it would be accessible. I got her the printe book, because I thought I would be enfringing on copyright if I didn't.

Interesting to hear about your cassette cookbook collection. It wasn't too technical.

I know people who can't stand the buzzing of the optacon, though it has never bothered me. Yes, it is slow reading compared to braille, but I love the access it gives me to all the print I'd ever want to buzz through. The slate and stylus analogy is a good one.

Debby

At 01:14 AM 10/27/2009, Kim Friedman wrote
Hi, Debby, the book by Linda Chirinian was recorded for the NLS program and
that's where I heard it. I have a tape recorder I bought from APH and I made
a duplicate copy of the cookbook. You are right, this is definitely one
cookbook I like. I have a cookbook collection on cassette comprised of
cookbooks I copied from RFBandD, NLS recordings, or Braille books which I
read on to cassettes so I could keep them. My tape recorder has a tone index
button, but I never learned to do voice indexing as I used a four-track
format for the cassettes and they were recorded at 15/16 IPS. Don't worry,
the tech stuff stops now. All I'll say is I got to be very creative so that
each recipe had a tone differentiating it from its fellows. I never had an
Optacon and I can see how useful it is for you to use it and I think it
gives you an edge in proofreading, but speaking strictly for myself, I could
do without the buzzing and I couldn't understand how one could read fast if
you were using just one finger. It sounded to me like the reading equivalent
of using the slate and stylus. I'd love hearing from you again and thanks
much for writing. Regards, Kim Friedman.

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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: bookbooks

Hi Kim!

I'm with you.  I like cookbooks about food people eat and not the ones that
have recipes that skimp on the good tasting stuff for people trying to lose
weight or have to have a special diet.

I have scanned and shared several cookbooks with Bookshare since I have been
a member, I think since 2005.  I have gotten a lot of them from library
booksales in the '80's and early '90's as well as buying a few on Amazon and
eBay.  Since there are some ethnic cookbooks in the list, you might be
interested in reading some of them.  I eventually want to get all of my
cookbooks scanned, a first-run proofread for scanos by me with the optacon
and shared with Bookshare.  It's tedious work, but I really enjoy it, though
it's rather time consuming, so they are slow in coming.  Here is a list of
the cookbooks I have shared so far.  I searched on Bookshare to be sure they
were up there rather than me just assuming they were.

The Editors of Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes And Gardens Barbecues And Picnics
1963
06/21/05

Press, Lw
BBQ Made Easy
2005
04/23/07

Holsman, Beverly
and
Holsman, Gale T.
Great Cooking Outdoors
1980
04/30/07

This couple goes on camping and canoe trips shares some experiences and
brings good food in coolers to be able to dine well on them with their
friends.

Press, Lw
GREAT GRILLING
2005
04/22/07

Press, Lw
Kingsford Best Barbecues
1997
04/22/07

Dawson, Charlotte
Recreational Vehicle Cookbook
1970
06/02/06

She and her husband traveled around the country in their RV and there are
stories about the people who contributed recipes.  There are some
interesting people.

Chirinian, Linda
Secrets Of Cooking Armenian/Lebanese/Persian
1987
06/21/05

She lived in several countries of the Middle East and shares some of her
experiences and informs the reader about the ingredients and introduces you
to people she knew who contributed recipes.

Nathan, Joan
and
Sheffer, Nelli
The Foods Of Israel Today
2001
04/11/07

She lived in Israel and she shares her experiences as well as introducing
you to many people who contributed to the book as she traveled around Isreal
doing a documentary and gathering recipes.  There are some touching and sad
stories in this cookbook, so grab some klenex.  I never thought I'd cry over
a cookbook.

The ones I have commented on are very interesting reads as well as having
interesting recipes.

Debby

At 02:08 PM 10/26/2009, Kim Friedman wrote
>Hi, Monica, I thank you for your message. This stuff, needless to say,
>is unknown territory to me. The stuff I found on amazon.com vary in
>date, but I'll bet you some of them are definitely of recent vintage
>(not sure though). I thought these would be a change from the usual
>Weight Watcher stuff of which Bookshare seems to have a great amount. I
>like ethnic cookbooks and seem to be gravitating to cookbooks about
>desserts and baking, if only for making me imagine how those desserts
>might taste. (I'm getting hungry just thinking about this stuff.) I am
>not saying there shouldn't be books on health, diet, and nutrition, but
>I lean towards the straight cookbook that concerns itself with what
>people eat in a particular cuisine, how to get the ingredients, cooking
>methods, history of cooking in that cuisine, and (I hope) lovely
>delicious recipe instructions that make me wish I were eating what I'm
>reading about. Would anybody like me to go into amazon.com and I can
>send the names of cookbooks that I'm interested in seeing at bookshare,
>both the ones on my shopping cart (to be bought later) and those on my
>wish list? I think if anyone is interested in this I should send the
>lists directly to interested parties on the Bookshare volunteer
>discussion list. Also they might write me off list so nobody gets in
>trouble. Regards, Kim.
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>Monica Willyard
>Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 11:36 AM
>To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: bookbooks
>
>Hi Kim and Jamie. For what it's worth, I've found that many cookbooks
>from the 80s and early 90s scan better than brand new cookbooks. I
>think that's because they were using computers with more standard
>fonts, and they tend to use real fractions instead of the half symbol in
ingredient lists.
>Cookbooks from the 60s, on the other hand, don't scan so well because
>they often use a font that is sort of decorative or like handwriting,
>and the paper has yellowed. The Frugal Gourmet books from the late 80s
>scanned very well. I wish I still had them to submit. I scanned them
>back when I was using DOS when I scanned them in 1991, and they were almost
flawless.
>I couldn't convert them when I started using Windows, and that means
>scanning them from scratch. I got them from my local library. That
>means I can get them again. I just need some vacation time to do more
scanning.
>The Frugal Gourmet Cooks With Wine is my favorite in that series. Oh no!
>Now I've made myself hungry from thinking about the Italian gravy
>recipe in that book.
>
>Monica Willyard
>"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker
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