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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Holidays Mean Food and Lots of It!

Posted by: Staff

As various winter holidays approach, the number of celebratory events escalate, and at each, you can be sure there will be food.  Whether you are thinking of trying a new recipe, looking for gift items, preparing for a party, or want to spend some family time together in the kitchen, the library is well stocked with cookbooks to provide guidance.

Some of the staff have selected their favorite cookbooks for the holidays; pick up a few and be inspired!

Alana T.: Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share
I love giving cookies as gifts and this book is a fantastic resource for recipes.  Every one I've tried has been excellent!

Pam O.: Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from my Favorite Holiday
I like the stories about the author's Christmas memories.  The book has a great recipe for baked french toast I make every year for Christmas morning.

Annie. H : Better Homes and Gardens Complete Step-by-Step Cookbook.
Everything you need is here - step by step.  Just good homemade food.

Judy TThe Marshall Field's Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Fresh Takes from the Field's Culinary Council
I grew up in Chicago, and we would go to the State Street Marshall Field's store every year before Christmas to eat lunch in the Walnut Room and see the store's amazing Christmas tree.  The chicken pot pie was my favorite food there, and the recipe, along with so many wonderful memories, is in this book.

Dani G.: Cooking at Home (Williams-Sonoma).  A great cookbook with everything in it. All the recipes are easy to understand and follow - everything you need is here.

Other ideas for celebratory meals and entertaining:
     Martha Stewart's Hors D'oeuvres Handbook by Martha Stewart
    Celebrate! by Sheila Lukins
    Celebration Breads: Recipes, Tales and Traditions by B. Oppenneer
    The Jewish Holiday Baker by Joan Nathan
    All About Party Foods & Drinks by Irma S. Rombauer et al.
    Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America by José Andrés
    Back to the Family: Food Tastes Better Shared with the Ones You Love by A. Smith
    Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates: Festive Meals for Holidays and Special Occasions

Other ideas for homemade food gifts:
    The Christmas Candy Book by Lou Seibert Pappas
    Christmastime Treats by Sara Perry
    The Mason Jar Dessert Cookbook by Lonnette Parks
    Seasonal Preserves by Joanna Farrow
    Making Artisan Chocolates by Andrew Garrison Shotts

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