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Food Stories

We often think of the "food" section at the library as a collection of cookbooks. While that is partly true, there is also a wealth of adventure among these shelves beyond recipes and diets. Most of our experiences -- childhood, friendships, career, etc. -- are shaped by or shared in the context of eating with other people…or sometimes alone. Here are a few of those experiences.

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Streaming Now

The books that inspired our favorite binge-worthy, Netflix or Hulu streaming originals. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The 100 most Jewish foods

Jewish Food for Everyone

A worldwide culinary journey

From bagels to tzimmis, American cooking has been undeniably influenced by Jewish culture. And the reason why is readily apparent -- just glance through one of these amazing volumes, and you'll find a wide variety of flavors and textures. From sweet to savory, Jewish cooking is undeniably diverse and delicious!

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

Cover image for What A Time to Be Alone by Eggerue

Going Solo

The Pleasures of Being Single

It’s spring, and love is in the air, or so the poets (and scientists) say. Look around and everyone seems to be holding hands or walking around with dreamy smiles on their faces. Except you.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Read It, Cook Eat, Eat It

Pairing Novels with Cookbooks

There is always something eminently enticing about a description of food. A good author brings you right into the kitchen or dining table as they conjure the smell, taste and experience of a good meal. For me, reading about food makes me want to drop everything and experience it myself. Here are three fabulous novels paired with three fabulous cookbooks that’ll take you from your reading nook and straight into your kitchen!

Cover image for The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry

Make the Most of Winter

Books to help you survive (or even celebrate) the coldest season

After the friendly and familial reunions, comfort food, and celebrations at the end of the year, turning the corner into January can sometimes seem like a slide right into the darkest heart of winter. Sometimes it feels like the sun never shines, and when it does, it seems colder than ever. At least we had a significant snowfall, so if you're a snow lover like me, there's plenty of the white stuff to enjoy.

Spanish Cookbook cover

Cooking: Spain and Latin America

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out these cookbooks celebrating the culinary diversity of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish, Middle Eastern, and African Cookbook by Pepita Aris et al.

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

Recipe for Fiction

Novels of Food and the Senses

A perusal of a list of the top 100 novels will inevitably yield a book with memorable food and or drink.  Sometimes there is even a clue as to what it is made of (sadly the butterbeer in the Harry Potter books lacks these details). A recipe or an experience well described can reveal something important about the main character or become a way for the reader to participate in the story.

Summer Shack Cookbook cover

Summertime Fun: Sweet Treats & Flavorful Meats

Planning an upcoming event this summer? Here are a few suggestions on what to make for all to enjoy. The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White

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