Get­ting in­spired to cook up a storm

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - CATHER­INE GILBERT

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.

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