5 Ingredients for a Festive Holiday Feast

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November 08, 2021

By Marlene Mark

Categories: Collections, Staff Picks

It’s already November and the holiday season is fast approaching! Here are five things from the library collection to help you conquer whatever culinary challenge awaits you.

1. For finding new flavors

Our many regional and ethnic cookbooks can inspire you to make an old dish stand out. Try Maangchi's Big Book of Korean Cooking or Chetna's 30-Minute Indian.

2. For keeping a strict diet

Check out one of our many cookbooks that cater to dietary restrictions, like Danielle Walker's Against All Grain: Celebrations or The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook.

3. For branching out your baking

We have an extensive collection of cookbooks devoted to baking. There’s more than one way to bake a cake (or cookie or bread or pastry), so why not try them all? Or maybe just Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season or The Artisanal Kitchen: Jewish Holiday Baking.

4. For the tech savvy chef

Download a variety of cooking and baking titles on your smartphone or tablet that we might not have in print, like Cuisine At Home or Delish. Check out our Digital Magazines page for more.

5. For learning about all things food

A to Z World Food and A to Z Food America (accessible with your library card) serve up excellent tips and tricks, along with demonstrations of cooking, baking, and making beverages. And their clever food quotes, table etiquette info, and ingredient database will help you win any dinner party.

Bonus Booklist

Find all the books mentioned in this post plus a few more cookbooks of all kinds in our Festive Food & More staff-made booklist. A toast to the holidays, whatever they look like to you!



Marlene Mark is an Adult Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.