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It’s cookbook season

['At the Library with Chantelle Taylor']
['At the Library with Chantelle Taylor']

At the Library with Chantelle Taylor

If you are not in the publishing industry you may not know that fall is cookbook season.  Which makes a lot of sense since this time of year we do a lot of eating and a little gift giving to our favorite cooks!  It’s no secret that I love a good cookbook and while I don’t bake as much as I used to, that doesn’t stop me from pouring over other people’s recipes.

If you are a lover of the Great British Bake-off you will know the name Mary Berry.  If you have never watched the great British cooking competition show, Mary Berry is a very well know British author of over 75 cookbooks including, Mary Berry Every day and Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.  She is also one of the hosts of The Great British Bake-off, 3 seasons of which you can borrow from the library, along with The Great British Bake-off: Perfect Cakes and Bakes to Make at Home and The Great British Bake-off: Christmas.

One of the reasons I stopped watching the Food Network was because there were too many competition shows and not enough cooking shows and that’s where food blogging stepped in.  Food bloggers have become a lucrative market for the publishing industry with many popular bloggers being offered book deals.  Smitten Kitchen. Every day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perlman is hot off the presses and one of my favorite recipe blogs. From her blog I highly recommend: Garlic Butter Mushrooms ( or her Confetti Cookies (  Check out Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Canadian blogger Karlynn Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie. This blog contains recipes for classics like Mars Bar Squares, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares, Butter Tarts, Nuts and Bolts, Deviled Eggs and something I’m interested in trying, Girl Guide Cookie Cheesecake.

For more blogger cookbooks try: Damned Delicious: 100 Super-fast and Super Easy Recipes by Chungah Rhee, The Fearless Baker by Erin Jeanne McDowell, The Dude Diet by Serena Wolf or any of Joy Wilson’s (aka Joy the Baker) cookbooks.

Some other great cookbooks that I have ordered lately include: Munchies: Late Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs by JJ Goode, Helen Hollyman and the Editors of Munchies, Dining In by Alison Roman, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerrard, Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone and Chefs and Company: 75 Top Chefs Share More than 180 Recipes to Wow Last-minute Guests by Maria Isabella.

Sitting here at my desk going through all these cookbooks certainly has me want to bake something tonight. For more cookbooks check out our website at


Chantelle Taylor is the deputy chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.

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