Are You Ready For Some Football?

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Are you all set for Super Bowl LIII? Whether or not you’re favorite team came heartbreakingly close to the big game, or they never had a chance, many of us will be tuning in on Feb. 3 to see if the New England Patriots tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins (six), or if the Los Angeles Rams hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time.

If you’re planning a get-together and want to impress your guests, check out these tantalizing cookbooks:

Book Cover of Barefoot Contessa parties with author holding glass of wineBarefoot Contessa Parties: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun by Ina Garten
Garten’s cookbook is divided into seasons (“football party” is in the autumn section), although there’s no reason to wait for spring to do a fun DIY pizza party.

The Party Food Bible: 565 Recipes for Amuse-Bouches, Flavorful Canapes, and Festive Finger Food by Lisa Eisenman Fisk
If you’re into bite-sized treats, don’t miss this collection of recipes, featuring sushi sliders, noodle baskets and even drink ideas.

Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round by Phyllis Pellman Good
On the other hand, if the thought of making cute delicacies gives you hives, this cookbook might just be what you’re looking for. The recipes in Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Entertaining by Beth Hensperger contain a bit more prep than those found in “Fix-It and Forget-It,” but include a variety of tasty treats.

Book Cover with sliced beef roastIf you or any of your guests have dietary restrictions, you’ll definitely want to consult these cookbooks:

Looking for football books for young fans? These awesome books will entertain and educate readers of all ages:

1st and 10: Top 10 Lists of Everything Football by Gary Gramling
“Top 10” style books are fun for both reluctant and avid readers. Published in 2016, this one includes lists for “Best Comebacks,” “Greatest Rushers” and even “Best Fans”!

Who were the teams in the first Super Bowl? What are considered the greatest all-time Super Bowl moments? If you’re into football history, The Super Bowl: Chasing Football Immortality by Matt Doeden and What is the Super Bowl? by Dina Anastasio should be at the top of your list.

Adult fans (or teens seriously into football) will want to scoop up these recently released titles:

Black cover with partial image of footballThe League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire by John Eisenberg unpacks the unpredictable and colorful early days of the NFL.

Renowned sportswriter John Feinstein’s Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League follows the careers of five unique quarterbacks in NFL history.

This is just a sampling of the cookbooks and football books available at Fauquier County public libraries; search our catalog or ask a librarian to help you find more!

Jennifer Schultz Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian

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