January 27, 2021 – National Chocolate Cake Day | Library Shelfie Day

Who Makes The Best Chocolate Cake?

Welcome to January 27th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate photogenic book shelves and a chocolate cake for everyone.

Lovers of chocolate like to go over the top and chocolate cake is no exception.  There is a chocolate cake recipe from a chef in Dubai that calls for cocoa beans from Italy, organic flour from the UK, vanilla from Uganda and 23 carats gold leaf and dust.  The Golden Phoenix, as it’s known, is served on a Marie Antoinette dessert trolley, whatever that is and comes at a price tag of over $1,000.00.  Luckily the kind that Duncan Hines makes is more accessible and some would argue, equally delicious.  I’m not trying to start an uprising here, but the point is this; you can’t go too far wrong with chocolate and cake.  Ever since a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up to grind cocoa beans in a stone mill the once exclusive ingredient became available to bakers everywhere.  On National Chocolate Cake Day you don’t have to be royalty to have your cake and eat it too.

In the early 1500s, Leonardo da Vinci kept a notebook to jot down his observations about the world around him. Among other things, he discusses why fossils of fish can be found in mountains and why the moon shines so brightly. It’s full of random notes and illustrations, and it’s written in Da Vinci’s famous backwards writing. It can only be read when viewed in a mirror. This simple 18 page book, known as the Codex Lester, was bought and sold several times over the years and became one of the most expensive books in the world. In 1994, Bill Gates bought it for just under 31 million dollars. While the books on our shelf may not be nearly as valuable, we all have our favorites. On Library Shelfie Day, share your own love of books by taking a selfie in front of your prized editions.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! 

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