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Posted on: November 22, 2020

Get Cooking With Your Library

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Have you ever read a book and came across food that sounded wonderful or a book that has a few recipes included? The recipes really add to the book and might even inspire the reader to make the recipe themselves. Your Abilene Public Library has a variety of cookbooks that are recipe collections from book series or recipes inspired by books. The books cover a wide variety of genres so there is something for everyone...and here are a few that might tickle your tastebuds. 

Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook: If you are familiar with the Hannah Swensen mystery series written by Joanne Fluke then you know about the yummy recipes that are included in each book. Hannah Swensen is an owner of a bakery who just happens to unofficially solve murders on the side. This cookbook is a collection of the recipes that are included in the series. This would be a great book to check out for the holidays especially if you are looking for new cookie recipes for those holiday baking marathons.  

Outlander Kitchen Book CoverOutlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders: If you are a fan of the popular book series ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon then this book is for you. For those unfamiliar with the series, ‘Outlander’ is a time-traveling series set in Scotland and later the American colonies. This cookbook is a mix of Scottish recipes and New World recipes. The cookbook covers recipes from breakfast to dessert, cocktails, and condiments. You can even attempt a multi-course meal for an Outlander themed dinner.  

The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and More: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods by Cassandra Reeder: If you like your meals with a good side helping of geeky, then this cookbook is for you. Whatever fantasy or sci-fi world is your favorite there is probably a recipe in this book for you. Learn how to make Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter, cheesy bread from The Hunger Games, and other recipes from or inspired by your favorite science fiction or fantasy book. The Pumpkin Pasties might be a fun alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.  

The Secret Garden Cookbook Book CoverThe Secret Garden Cookbook: Inspiring Recipes from the Magical World of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden by Amy Cotler: If you like your food a little more proper and Victorian then you must check out this book of recipes inspired by the beloved children’s classic ‘The Secret Garden.’ This is another cookbook that will take you from breakfast to tea time to dinner to dessert. You can try your hand at making English Toffee Cakes with Butterscotch Sauce or Yorkshire Puddings.  

These are just a small sampling of literary inspired cookbooks.  You can search the online catalog using the subject ‘Literary Cookbooks’ to find even more cookbooks inspired by your favorite books. Our cookbook section at our locations are filled with wonderful cookbooks available for checkout. With the holidays and colder weather approaching this is the perfect time to try out new recipes and learn a few new cooking and baking techniques.  

If you want to show off your baking skills, the library will be collecting photos of your baked goods that are made from cookbooks that you checked out at the library. Between December 1st and December 15th you can submit photos of your baked goods and the cookbook you used to amy.watterman@abilenetx.gov and a photo album will be created on the library's Facebook page showcasing the baked goods and the cookbooks. Using cookbooks from the library will allow others to check out the cookbook for themselves. Please contact Amy Watterman if you have any questions.  

Article Contributed by Amy Watterman, Mockingbird Branch Manager

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