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November 18, 2009 > Alameda County Library News: Cookbooks at the Library

Alameda County Library News: Cookbooks at the Library

Holidays are a time for celebrations; getting together with family and friends. Family and guests are the most important element of any kind of get-together, but great food will make for an unforgettable event your family and guests will talk about all year. But what to cook? Whether it is appetizers, a pot-luck dish, soups, salads, main dish or a fabulous dessert, the Alameda County Library has a wonderful collection of books, magazines and DVDS to help with all your cooking needs. You can browse our catalog at to find all of the items listed in this article. With your Alameda County library card you can reserve materials, have them sent to the library closest to your home and we will let you know by phone message or email when your requests are available to pick-up.

If you are someone who watches cooking shows on TV, the library has many cookbooks written by television chefs. Are you addicted to the Food Network (FN) cooking shows? Paula Deen has a new holiday cookbook; Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday. If you would like to see Paula Deen in action, borrow some of her DVDS from the Library. One good choice for the holidays is Paula's Home Cooking Memorable Treats. Don't forget the perky Rachel Ray. The Library owns dozens of her cookbooks, but check out this one, Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes for Easy Entertaining. On the FN and slightly offbeat is Alton Brown. Check out his cookbook on baking, I'm Just Here for More Food: Food X Mixing + Heat = Baking. Another great FN chef is Michael Chiarello, we own his cookbook, At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining, Recipes, Ideas, Inspiration.

Moving away from the Food Network, the library owns many books and DVDs from America's Test Kitchen on PBS. The most recent is The Cook's Country Cookbook: Rediscovering American Home Cooking with 500 Classic, Regional and Heirloom Recipes.

The Library subscribes to many magazines, you can find scrumptious recipe ideas in Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Cooking with Paula Deen, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fine Cooking, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, Real Simple, Taste of Home, Vegetarian Times and Weight Watchers. The current issue of all magazines is for browsing in the library, but all back issues can be borrowed for a week.

If baking is something you love to do, you'll enjoy the latest book from Rose Levy Beranbaum, Rose's Heavenly Cakes. If cake sounds like too much work, how about cookies; Cookies to Die For by Bev Shaffer or Martha Stewart's Cookies: the Very Best to Bake and Share from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. Or, borrow the Cake Mix Doctor Returns by Anne Byrne. If you are allergic to gluten, the library owns cookbooks such as You Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free by Roben Ryberg.

The Tri-Cities is an extraordinarily diverse community and the cookbooks in the library reflect this diversity. Borrow Great Indian Feasts by Mridula Baljekar, you'll not only find delicious recipes but one page descriptions of the major festivals celebrated throughout the year in India. Jewish Cooking Boot Camp: the Modern Girl's Guide to Cooking like a Jewish Grandmother by Andrea Marks Carneiro and Roz Marks (2009) is full of comforting home-style cooking. If you are vegetarian, try Entertaining for a Veggie Planet by Didi Emmons. If you are new to East Indian Cooking try Cooking with my Indian Mother-in-Law by Simon Daley (2008). If you are interested in recipes from the Middle East, read Arabian Delights: Recipes and Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula by Amy Rioto (2008). If you love to eat out at Vietnamese restaurants, try out some recipes at home from Into the Vietnamese Kitchen; Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors by Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen (2006). Try your hand at Afghan cooking with Afghan Cuisine: Cooking for Life, a Collection of Recipes by Nafisa Sekandari.

The Alameda County Library has something for everyone.

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