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Jul 28

Celebrating food and culinary arts: Cookbooks for all ages

Posted on July 28, 2022 at 11:13 AM by Michael Lang

National Culinary Arts Month recognizes professional cooks and chefs and honors their creativity and innovations in the kitchen. Let's celebrate by trying some new recipes this list of some of the cookbooks we have available.

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DB 64227 Joy of cooking by Irma von Starkloff Rombauer

This seventy-fifth anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking is based on the popular 1975 edition and restores many of the original standards dropped from the 1997 edition (DB 45254). In addition to recipes for salads, meats, and desserts, sections on nutrition, entertaining, ingredients, and cooking methods are included. 2006.

Title in white text on black backgrounds with squares of vegetables, fruits, and meat surrounding.

DB 106243 New Native kitchen: celebrating modern recipes of the American Indian by Freddie Bitsoie and James Fraioli

Chef Bitsoie and James Beard Award-winning author Fraioli present a collection of recipes celebrating Indigenous cuisine and food traditions of North America. Categories include soups, salads and vinaigrettes, vegetables and starches, land and sea, and puddings and sweets. Includes a list of pantry items typically found in Indigenous kitchens. 2021.

Hogwarts made by gingerbread and frosted red and green sweater sugar cookies with H and R.

DB 104382 The official Harry Potter baking book by Joanna Farrow

Forty-three tasty recipes inspired by the world of Harry Potter, including Nicolas Flamel's Parcels, Deathly Hallows Bread, Quidditch Pitch Focaccia, Whomping Willow Cheese Straw, Honeydukes Haul Cake, Wizard's Chess Squares, Mandrake Bread, Hogwarts Treacle Tart, Wand Breadsticks, and more. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2021.

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DB 106105 The new cooking school cookbook: fundamentals by America’s Test Kitchen

Exploration of the fundamentals of cooking by the authors of Cook for Your Gut Health (DB 103396) and Foolproof Preserving (DB 86037). Provides focused courses on dishes including pizza, fried rice, fish on the grill, and birthday cake. Examines cooking principles, techniques, key takeaways, and food science. 2021.

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DB 105702 Joshua Weissman: an unapologetic cookbook by Joshua Weissman

Collection of recipes presented with a humorous tone to encourage you to learn how to cook or level-up your current cooking skills. Recipes focus on learning skills which can be built on. Categories include bread and starches, breakfast, fish, meat, sandwiches, salads, soup, and dessert. Some strong language. 2021.

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DB 104027 The Pepper Thai cookbook: family recipes from everyone’s favorite Thai mom by Pepper Teigen

Mother of model Chrissy Teigen and mother-in-law of singer John Legend presents a collection of recipes drawing on her childhood growing up in Thailand and cooking for her American-born children and grandchildren. Recipe categories include snacks, salads, family specialties, vegetables, leftovers, curries and stews, and dessert. 2021.

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DB 76676 Recipes from my home kitchen: Asian and American comfort food from the winner of MasterChef season three by Christine Ha

Winner of TV's MasterChef recalls teaching herself to make treasured comfort foods as a teenager after her mother's death, losing her vision to neuromyelitis optica at age twenty-five, and relearning to cook. Recipes range from appetizers to desserts, chicken pot pie to ginger-coconut tuiles. 2013.

Bowls of dice tomatoes, avocado, and onions, two chicken quesodillas, and two lime quarters.

DB 94197 The complete cookbook for young chefs by America’s Test Kitchen

Tasty recipes for young cooks of all skill levels, including options for breakfast and dinner, snacks and beverages, and desserts. Provides step-by-step tips and techniques for creating the perfect guacamole, roasting zucchini "zoodles," and more. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2019.

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DB 102164 Women in the kitchen: twelve essential cookbook writes who defined the way we eat, from 1661 to today by Anne Willan

Analysis of the influence of twelve women cookbook authors including Hannah Woolley (1622-1675), Maria Rundell (1745-1828), Sarah Rutledge (1782-1855), Fannie Farmer (1857-1915), Irma Rombauer (1877-1962), Julia Child (1912-2004), Edna Lewis (1916-2006), and Alice Waters (b. 1944). Discusses impact on recipe writing and transmission of food culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Bowl of zucchini noodles, smoothie with blueberries and nuts on top, veggie saland, and apple rings.

DB 103148 The no-cook cookbook: recipes by Rebecca Woollard

More than fifty heat-free recipes designed to make young chefs more independent in the kitchen. Includes tips for food storage, instructions on how to grow your own food, and ways to change up the recipes. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2021.

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DB 101418 Modern comfort food: a barefoot contessa cookbook by Ina Garten

Collection of recipes by the author of Cook Like a Pro (DB 93340) that are geared to evoke an emotionally satisfying experience. Suggests ingredients which support the experiential nature of the food. Courses include cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables and sides, dessert, and breakfast. 2020.

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DB 95673 Magnolia table: a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines

Collection of recipes for gatherings of all sizes. Includes a list of pantry staples, tools, and universal conversion chart. Recipes cover breakfast, lunch, soups and salads, appetizers and starters, side dishes, dinner, and desserts. Instructions include a brief introduction, timing, ingredients, and tips for specific preparation methods. 2018.

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DB 84712 Baking with Mary Berry by Mary Berry

Collection of recipes and techniques for baking by one of the judges of PBS's The Great British Baking Show. Recipes are categorized into breakfast goods; cakes, cupcakes, and pastries; cookies, bars, and brownies; pies, tarts, and cobblers; British favorites; and special-occasion desserts. 2015.

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DB 84410 Fairy tale feasts: a literary cookbook for young readers and eaters by Jane Yolen

Twenty fairy tales retold and paired with twenty-five recipes connected to each story, from breakfast to dessert. Little Red Riding Hood's picnic basket would hold many tasty tidbits--perhaps such items as deviled eggs, Granny's potato salad, and chicken salad pockets. For grades 3-6. 2006.

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DB 82769 My kitchen year: 136 recipes that saved my life by Ruth Reichl

Former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine reflects on the time she spent recovering from the sudden loss of her job, when the owners closed down the publication. Shares recipes she used to reconnect with the reason she first entered food journalism. Commercial audiobook. 2015.