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Celebrating Food @your Library

For anyone who loves to cook or to bake or just to eat – Bracebridge Public Library has a wonderful assortment of cookbooks. You can find cookbooks for cakes, cookies, desserts, vegetable dishes, casseroles and more. We have books of recipes for people who like to barbeque, for people on special diets and for people just learning to cook. The cookbook section (641) includes recipes for international dishes, gluten free, cancer-fighting, calcium building, and healthy heart promotion.

Some particularly interesting cookbooks are found on the New Book Shelf this week, starting with Out of Old Ontario Kitchens by Lindy Mechefske. This is a return to pioneer days when everything was made from scratch. Beautifully illustrated with photos of people and ads from the day as well as actual recipes from the past, this cookbook is a visual treat. The author wisely includes a conversion chart at the back, enabling us to substitute baking soda for potash and to know that “butter the size of a walnut” would now be 2 tablespoons. Great fun.

If you love to bake, please check out Baking All Year Round, a gorgeous cookbook by Rosanna Pansino. Not only does she have one-of-a-kind recipes but they are accompanied by step-by-step illustrations. The book is organized by holidays with a chapter for other special occasions as well. Icons designating gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan can be found on many of the recipes and templates for shapes that can be copied are found at the end of the book.

SOLO: a modern cookbook for a party of one by chef Anita Lo is described in her introduction as a book “for urban dwellers who would like to cook a fabulous, sophisticated meal for themselves…” Whether you routinely dine alone or just differ in your tastes from your partner, this book has a wealth of recipes for everything from vegetables to sweets.

Marie Viljoen’s curiosity about wild edible plants has led to her publication of Forage, Harvest, Feast: a wild-inspired cuisine. Each chapter is devoted to one particular wild plant and several ways it can be used in cooking today. For instance, she includes how to collect and prepare wild garlic or garlic mustard and use it to make relish, pesto or served with spicy pork.

Food, glorious food – something for everyone to savour at the Bracebridge Public Library.

April 10, 2019

By Ruth Holtz

Digital and Information Services Librarian

Bracebridge Public Library



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You may view what the library has ordered however please note, this is not a list of new acquisitions. Please do not contact the library to place a request on any of these items until they are available in the catalogue. Some items are ordered "pre-publication", so it could be several months before they arrive. THANK YOU.