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So I am having a Stephanie Plum* moment…in my mind, my kitchen is clean and ready to bake Parker House rolls. In my mind, I have all the ingredients to make those lebkuchen spice cookies I have been thinking about. In my mind, I didn’t make Hello Dolly squares, with ingredients so old the condensed milk had actually caramelized. In my mind, I have shelves to the ceiling with cookbooks and a walk-in pantry.

In reality, I could wash my dishes every night and have room to bake whenever I have the urge. In reality, I could stop buying chips and frozen pizza and budget for all those spices and baking items I would like.   In reality, I have neither the shelf space nor the budget to own all those books, but the library does! Okay, not all the cookbooks I want, but a lot of those cookbooks.

So what are you looking for? We are currently entering the foodiest time of the year!! Potlucks, family dinners, cookies, squares, homemade hostess gifts and people dropping by unexpectedly and you need to serve them a lunch.  Why not drop by the library to check out our fantastic cookbook collection. 

Do you love watching the Food Network? Giada De Laurentiis, Ina Garten, Anna Olsen, Michael Smith, Jamie Oliver, we’ve got them.  Hell’s Kitchen? We have Gordon Ramsey.  Cakeboss, we’ve got Buddy too. 

Are you a food blog reader? Check out Joy the Baker, Smitten Kitchen or What Katie Ate.

Boycotting turkey or planning a fun non-traditional holiday feast? Try Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee YinnLowor Tacos, Quesadillas & Burritos by Laura Washburn.

Maybe you are trying to stay healthy for the holidays, take a peak at Hungry girl by Lisa Lillien or Flat Belly Diet.  Maybe you need a gluten-free baking book, or you’re a vegan and no one ever thinks of you at meal time. The library does. Just ask us.

Cookbooks to hide vegetables from your kids or cookbooks for your kids to help out in the kitchen.  Cookbooks to help you make your own pastry, pasta, candy, butter or pop tarts. Cookbooks to help smoke your own meat or learn to preserve your own food. We have something to fit the bill.

Oh! The list is almost endless, Julia, Martha, Betty Crocker, LooneySpoons, Epicurious. Get cookbooks for your e-reader or pick up a DVD. Learning to cook or been cooking for years, we have something for everyone.

Wait! You don’t cook? How about a Culinary Mystery? Yes, you read that correctly. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanna Fluke, Hickory Smoked Homicide by Riley Adams, or Sinister Sprinkles by Jessica Beck.

Drop by your local library and check out something from our collection.  Oh and by the way there is absolutely nothing wrong with checking out cookbooks just to look at the pictures!

* Stephanie Plum is the main character in the popular Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie owns a pot and a frying pan, but she mostly eats peanut butter and olive sandwiches over the sink. She dreams about a kitchen where she roasts chickens and owns a grinder for fresh coffee. Stephanie NEVER keeps two birthday cakes in her freezer, because she will only eat them. Takedown Twenty, the latest in the Plum series is available at your Library.


Chantelle Taylor is the youth services librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.


Organizations: Parker House, Food Network, Cumberland Public Libraries

Geographic location: Ina Garten

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