One of my favorite things to browse for at the library is cookbooks. I’m neither a foodie, nor a chef, but I do most of the cooking at my house and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Located in the 641’s (in Business, Science, & Technology at the Main Library), ACPL houses hundreds and hundreds of cookbooks of all shapes, sizes, and varieties.
You’ll often find me borrowing library cookbooks specific to one particular type of food, such as Annie Bell’s Soup, Glorious Soup or Michel Roux’s Eggs. If you follow a particular diet, such as gluten free, Paleo, or vegan, you can find tons of diet-specific cookbooks like Weeknight Gluten Free by Kristine Kidd, Paleo Happy Hour: Appetizers, Small Plates, & Drinks by Kelly Milton, or The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon.
You can expand your repertoire by borrowing cookbooks for regional or ethnic cuisines such as Cajun and Creole Cooking With Miss Edie and the Colonel: The Folklore and Art of Louisiana Cooking by Edie Hand and The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking For an American Kitchen by Marja Vongerichten. If you’re a gardener and interested in learning to preserve your harvest, you might try Judi Kigry’s Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today or my personal recommendation for first-time canners, the classic Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.
Even if you normally get your recipes online, the library still has something to offer you, as many of today’s most popular food bloggers are publishing traditional cookbooks, such as A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson (of the blog Manger) and Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine (of the blog Averie Cooks).
So, how about you? Do you borrow cookbooks from the library? What’s your favorite cookbook?