November: Focus on Food

For the month of November, Hunter Library’s Leisure Reading Group is highlighting the “edible” parts of our collection. Today we’re featuring some of the cookbooks in our collection – but cookbooks aren’t the only sort of food writing you’ll find here! Keep reading this blog all month as we feature other culinary parts of the Leisure Reading collection, including food history, culinary memoirs, eating for health, ethical eating, international cuisine, and fiction with culinary ties. Also be sure to check out our bookcart display in the Leisure Reading area, where you’ll find the titles we feature here, in addition to many other related books!

Whether you’re an experienced chef or you’re new to learning about cooking, our collection of cookbooks can help you spice things up in your kitchen with some fresh recipe ideas. Today we are looking at just a few examples of what you can find in the Leisure Reading collection – and remember, you can find many more cookbooks downstairs in the general collection. Search our online catalog, browse the TX section downstairs, or ask a librarian if you need help finding more.

fostersThe Foster’s Market Cookbook, by Sara Foster
If you’ve been to Foster’s Market in Durham or Chapel Hill, you’re probably already a fan of Sara Foster and her fresh, delicious meal ideas. If you haven’t gotten to experience Foster’s Market for yourself, this cookbook lets you try some of these dishes in the comfort of your own home. Recipes focus on seasonal ingredients and fresh flavors with some Southern flair. You’ll find scones, biscuits, quickbreads, omelets, frittatas, soups, sandwiches, salads, and all kinds of main dishes. The desserts are one of my favorite parts – try the Coconut Macaroons (page 247), the Blondies (page 252), or the Fresh Peach Cobbler (page 298).

eatinginEating In: The Ultimate Comfort Food for Entertaining at Home, by Alison Price and Nanette Newman
This book angles itself towards those who want host leisurely meals for friends and family, complete with easy-to-prepare dishes that are delicious but not necessarily fancy. Dish ideas range from suggestions for breakfast to side dishes to desserts to dinners, with everything in between. The layout is clean with easy-to-follow recipes, and the photography is simply mouthwatering. I especially want to try the Apple, lime and ginger refresher (page 15), the Pumpkin waffles (page 30), and the Potato gratin (page 115)!

150bestThe 150 Best American Recipes, edited by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens
This large book compiles favorites from the yearly Best American Recipes series. Recipes from well-known chefs and food personalities are represented, along with recipes from “undiscovered” cooks. Mark Bittman, Sara Foster, Thomas Keller, and Jamie Oliver are just some of the names you’ll find attached to recipes here; but the focus is really on the food. The recipes are tried and tested and range across cuisine styles, so there should be something for almost anyone. I want to try the charred tomatillo guacamole with seeded tortilla triangles (page 4), the lentil soup (page 54), the carrot, parsley, and pine nut salad with fried goat cheese (page 74), the cremini mushrooms with chive pasta (page 108), and the sticky toffee pudding with chocolate chips and toffee sauce (page 330).

– Anna Craft, nonfiction selector


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