New To Our Shelves; Destined For Your Table
Following Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds may have replaced the old recipe box crammed with magazine clippings, but if the holds for our new and upcoming cookbooks are any indication, print cookbooks are here to stay. If you’re looking for some inspiration in the kitchen, try out some recipes from these new and forthcoming books at Fauquier County Public Library.
I had a feeling that All-Time Best Dinners for Two (from Cook’s Illustrated) would be a big hit, and I was right! If you’re an empty nester, a couple without children, or living with college roommates, recipes that serve four to six people can result in wasted food or improperly prepared food (or an over-reliance on microwave meals/prepared foods), not to mention leftover fatigue. Not only does this practical book include recipes, but it also gives smart advice on how to shop for a small household.
Homefront Cooking: Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom From American Veterans and Their Loved Ones by Tracey Enerson Wood is filled with family stories, recipes and military traditions from the Civil War to present-day conflicts. The organization of the recipes makes browsing easy and fun with categories like “Things That Can be Made in a Hurry,” “Healthy Choices,” “Dishes Meant to be Shared,” and “What Gets Us Through Difficult Times,” among others.
One of the most eagerly anticipated cookbooks by our patrons and library staff alike is the new Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America’s Favorite Rural Bakery by Brian Noyes with Nevin Martell. This beautifully designed book includes recipes from the bakery’s most popular treats (as well as some of Noyes’ favorite recipes from home) and short introductions for each recipe. While he does make some very specific recommendations for ingredients that might require some hunting, substitutions and easily attainable ingredients for most recipes (and helpful hints) are also provided. Thanks to Noyes, who donated several copies of his popular book, the library can keep pace with patron demand.
If museum cafes are known for anything, they’re mostly known for serving overpriced food that’s “okay” at best. The cafes at the Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) are the exception and have becomes destination dining in their own right. Reflecting the cultures celebrated in their museums, the cafes were designed to serve authentically inspired dishes using locally-sourced food. Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African-American Cooking by Albert Lukas and Jessica B. Harris includes recipes from the NMAAHC’s cafe and showcases the variety of African-American cuisine.
Most people are comfortable with offering vegetarian options, especially with the semi-vegetarian/”Meatless Monday” trends that have been popular for years, but trying to accommodate vegan guests can be intimidating. Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley to the rescue. Recipes for Christmas morning and full vegan Christmas meal plans, including dessert, are included.
For a more complete list of cookbooks recently added to the library’s collection, check out my recent blog, Tasty Titles: New Cookbooks for the Holidays. There’s still time to add a few cookbooks to your shelves by stopping by The Book Cellar, the used bookstore in Warrenton operated by Friends of the Fauquier Library. All cookbooks are half-price; sale proceeds benefit Fauquier County Public Library.
Jennifer Schultz Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library.