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Planning a Picnic for the Fourth?

June 18, 2009 by Reader's Connection

Ah, the summer picnic–get up early, collect cooler, charcoal, blankets (for the all-important nap), bug spray, and outdoor games, then head to a State Park or other recreation area for the day. A simple pleasure that we can forget in our hurried lives, so look into this list to see if a picnic isn’t a memory you’d like to revisit soon. — Sherry Utterback, Central Librarian and assembler of this booklist.


The Deen Brothers Y'All Come Eat

The Deen Brothers Y’All Come Eat by Jamie & Bobby Deen











Picnics and Tailgates

Picnics and Tailgates: Good Food for the Great Outdoors by Diane Rossen Worthington














Country Living, Eating Outdoors

Country Living, Eating Outdoors: Sensational recipes for Cookouts, Picnics and Take-Along Food










You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. — Erma Bombeck



A Return to Family Picnics

A Return to Family Picnics by Russell Cronkhite












Picnics by Hilary Heminway










A Good Day for a Picnic

A Good Day for a Picnic: Simple Food that Travels Well by Jeremy Jackson












Festive Picnics

Festive Picnics: Recipes, Crafts & Decorations for Outdoor Occasions by Pamela Sheldon Johns










On the NPR show This American Life, host Ira Glass was interviewing Jonathan Morris, who maintains the Gone and Forgotten website about comic book super-heroes who never saw the big time. One of them was Ant Man, who had the “ability to control ants.” Glass and Morris laughed about this worthless ability, but then Glass suggested that this hero could “invade the picnics of super-villains.” It was funny when Glass said it. Click on the This American Life link (above) and listen to the episode. You can scroll forward to “Act Three” (at about 38:00) for the Morris interview.



The Great American Cookout

The Great American Cookout by Gregg R. Gillespie









Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals: Gettogethers

Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals: Gettogethers 













Picnics: Easy Recipes for the Best Alfresco Foods by Robin Vitetta-Miller








Summer begins in just a few days. Have a great Fourth, and a great summer.

1 comment »

  1. Pequita Sissom says:

    Refreshing! Good thoughts.

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