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What's Cooking?: A Culinary Journey Around the World

Getting cabin fever? Want to do some traveling? Cookbooks are a great vehicle to expand your horizons to foreign lands. Get a taste of a culture, the people, and most importantly, the foods, just by walking through international cookbooks. You can travel across an exotic country like Tibet, a province like Provence, France, or a region like the Mediterranean. The trek is boundless. From browsing the recipes and their ingredients you can envision the types of spices, vegetables, grains and livestock that are indigenous to that area. Have you ever used turmeric, cumin, tamarind, or lemongrass? Have you heard about stinky tofu or durian fruit from Southeast Asia? How about being adventurous by adding octopus, eel or snails to your menu? Well, if these food items don’t turn you on, there are plenty of scrumptious dishes that are sure to entice you. “Traveling” through these cookbooks also introduces us to new and different methods of cooking.

What's Cooking?: Hot and Steamy...

 

After the gluttonous escapades of holiday eating, it is natural to look for ways to detox and trim down.  Yet when it is bitterly cold outdoors, my body seeks that nourishing warmth to coat me inside out.  What cries out to me?   No cold salads, low carb diets or nonfat foods will satiate me!  Hopefully what awaits me as I walk through the door is a bowl of steamy hot soup or chili with a nice crusty baguette, or a pot of chunky beef stew simmering over the stove, or even better the aroma of whatever went into the slow cooker prepared hours before.  I received a new slow cooking cookbook from my son this Christmas.  There is a great selection of delicious meals with little preparation.  Those slow-cooked Asian Red Glazed baby back ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender.  It is ready as soon as I get home from work and when the mouth-watering aroma hits me…wow!  If you haven’t used a slow cooker, give it a try.  It sure comes in handy in a busy household.

What's Cooking?: Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Preparation for the Christmas season is on its way along with Chanukah and Kwanzaa.  It is a time of gift giving and what better way to start then creating edible presents from your kitchen?  Culinary treats as holiday gifts are personal and thoughtful especially when you make them yourselves.  Homemade gifts from the kitchen may save you some money.  They can also be customized for those with special diets or allergies.  It is also a wonderful way to gather the family together in making them!

What's Cooking?: Thanksgiving

The autumn holidays are here!  Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It is a special time to gather with families and friends around the table.  With the blustery fall weather, there is nothing like the comforting aroma of a steamy pot of soup or stew braising on the stove, or meat and root vegetables roasting in the oven.  I can still remember my dad's pork & shrimp wonton dumplings in a hot clear broth and how it took the chill out from the cold.  Soups are great comfort foods.

What's Cooking?

Do you love the culinary arts as I do?  Interested in cooking, baking, and reading cookbooks?  Yes, I'm one of those who reads cookbooks with the same intensity and concentration as I do a novel or a nonfiction title.  That's why it is my good fortune to have the joy of ordering and maintaining the cookery collection.  One of my goals is to provide the latest cookbooks as well as a diversified collection, a little bit of something for everyone.  Check out our cookbook display by the new nonfiction in the Adult Service area. 

We welcome feedback so please share your culinary experiences or comments.  I hope you will be excited as I am with the following newly acquired cookbooks:

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