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Food & Cooking

Whether you are just starting out in the kitchen or are a seasoned chef, the library has an abundance of resources for you. Find new cookbooks and go to classics, print and e-magazines, e-books, food series on DVD or digital, and more!  We have also gathered some fun and informative web resources that will help inspire your next great meal. Let’s get cooking!

Inspiring Food Websites & Blogs

Serious Eats  – Serious Eats is a leading resource for all things food and drink: meticulously tested recipes that really work; in-depth, science-based explanations of cooking techniques that are truly reliable.

Sally’s Baking Addiction – Look here for plenty of helpful kitchen tips, lessons on baking basics, step-by-step photos, and video tutorials that will encourage you to grow and have confidence in the kitchen.

Spend with Pennies – Browse hundreds of easy and delicious recipes tried and tested to be perfect the first time and every time! From our home to yours, happy cooking!

Grandbaby Cakes  – Browse hundreds of authentic Southern recipes and soul food classics done right and some with modern twists. 

Damn Delicious – Damn Delicious proves that quick and easy doesn’t have to mean boring. Blogger Chungah Rhee has attracted millions of devoted fans with recipes that are undeniable ‘keepers’.

Half Baked Harvest – Family tested recipes to make everyone smile. From those with adventurous palettes to vegans to picky eaters, Half Baked Harvest has got you covered! 

Taste of Home – Taste of Home recipes are practical because they’re from home cooks—not gourmet chefs—and feature familiar, everyday ingredients; clear, beautiful photos; and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions

All Recipes – Allrecipes is the original and largest food-focused social network created for cooks by cooks; where everyone plays a part in helping cooks discover and share the joy of home cooking

The Kitchn – Inspiring cooks and nourishing homes through daily recipes, tips, kitchen design, and shopping guides.

Smitten Kitchen – Check out the celebrated blog Smitten Kitchen for “comfort food stepped up a bit”.

At the Library

Library of Things: Cake Pans – Check out our growing collection of cake pans in the Library of Things! The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items that complement our mission to offer engaging and relevant experiences for people of all ages, supporting a vibrant quality of life. 

Check Out a Food and Cooking Magazine

Recommended Digital Resources

Ohio Digital Library  – Check out ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies and music with the Ohio Digital Library. Click here to search Ohio Digital Library under the topic Cooking & Food. Also check out a variety of great food magazines in digital format such as Allrecipes, Cook’s Country, Bon Appetit and more!

Hoopla – Hoopla has a big selection of E-cookbooks that are immediately available for checkout. You can also watch movies, TV Shows and listen to audiobooks with Hoopla. 

Kanopy – Watch independent films, documentaries and instructional films. Try searching Kanopy under the topic Food Technology.

Recommended Library Databases

AtoZ World Food – Contains traditional recipes for 174 countries covering all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, bread, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. Also covers food culture for 174 countries of the world in six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.

Culture Grams – Information about U.S. states and the countries of the world, including history, customs, recipes, maps, and more.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center – This site offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines. Content includes full text for nearly 2,000 magazines and books, more than 720 videos, more than 180 hobby profiles, and more than 10,000 recipes.

Click here to find these databases and more.

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Last updated 08/11/2022