There is definitely a science to cooking, measuring ingredients, heating at the perfect temperature, blending ingredients to make sauces, and the timing involved in preparing a recipe. But cooking is a lot more than just a science. Cooking is an art form! The fact is, cooking impacts all of our senses. The aromas of the carefully chosen seasonings, the sounds of chopping as we prepare ingredients or that hot sizzling in a pan, and there is the visual presentation of complimentary colors and textures. Then of course is the finale, the wonderful tastes and textures of your creation!
Our library has so many wonderful cookbooks that can take you around the world on any given night or perhaps for a special occasion. There is Italian, Mexican, or Thai cooking; or you can find books on dietary styles such as vegetarian, low-fat, or gluten free. Whatever cuisine you fancy, I'm sure you will find it in our library's cookbook collection. Even if you're not a cook, you have to appreciate CCLD Central Library's beautiful collection of cookbooks! Here are some of our newest titles.....
Cooking for two : more than 130 delicious recipes to enjoy together Edited by Jeff Nowak Healthy - sensible small batch cooking with the nutritional information provided.
Grain Power By Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming - over 100 easy to make recipes featuring gluten-free ancient grains.
Lidia's commonsense Italian cooking : 150 delicious and simple recipes everyone can master By Lidia Mattichio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali - easy steps to wonderful recipes, plus tips for choosing and preparing ingredients.
New Middle Eastern street food : snacks, comfort food, and mezze from Snackistan By Sally Butcher - a variety of Middle Eastern snack recipes for those who love this exotic cuisine.
Stuffed : the ultimate comfort food cookbook : taking your favorite foods and stuffing them to make new, different and delicious meals By Dan Whalen - some fun and different recipes, taken to the Extreme!
Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District
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