Getting inspired to cook up a storm
Do you love to cook? I must admit I have an addiction to cookbooks and it seems to be common in the library world as many of my coworkers also love to keep up to date with the latest recipe books. I have finally decided to clean out my cookbooks and revamp my collection.
Times have moved on and my stock pile of Alison Holst recipes no longer meets my needs.
Over the last few years there has been a strong movement towards healthier cooking such as paleo cookbooks, and more specialised areas that cater for people with health issues including gluten sensitivity and diabetes. My favourite cookbooks are the Chelsea Winter cookbooks and the Revive Cafe series, of which I own the whole series.
Chelsea Winter is just so practical and as the winner of the third season of Master Chef, has become a celebrity chef in her own right. She makes a chocolate cake to die for and it’s not a little one!
I baked this one for a staff shout and it disappeared so quickly the only memory was the crumbs left on the staffroom floor.
Chelsea has just put out another great cookbook called “Scrumptious” and yes the library has purchased this for the collection.
Other great new additions are “Basics to brilliance” by Donna Hay, and “Chop Chop: Asianinspired family favourites” by Brett McGregor.
I can personally recommend Brett McGregor’s book as I purchased it and have been making a recipe a week out of this one.
Everything has turned out amazingly well, and has been well received by my family.
Ask the staff at any of the district libraries to show you the cooking collection.
It’s a large section and full of amazing books to make any cook happy. There has been a clear change to more healthy cooking as people embrace fitness, and many chefs have created recipes to suit this lifestyle change.
You will find great magazines in the Timaru District Libraries for foodies that include Healthy Food Guide, Donna Hay, Nadia, Taste, Dish and Cuisine.
These can be borrowed for a two week period from Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine.
The library website now includes the latest copies of some food related magazines like Dish, Healthy Food and Cuisine, and viewing these magazines is free of charge for library members. These can be found in our PressReader area on the website.
Also on the Timaru District Libraries website you will find listed in the database section Healthy Food Guide.
This digital resource is packed with thousands of healthy recipes, practical articles, expert advice and tips on making healthier food choices.
Don’t let your family suffer from boring meals and lack of inspiration, come on down to your library and check out a few foodie books or magazines….
There are plenty of cookbooks to give you inspiration at the district’s libraries.