What’s Cooking at WPL

Staff love nothing more than to offer a good suggestion to our patrons. Cookbooks are one of the most in demand books at WPL, so as a result staff brainstormed and thought we would go to the next step to provide Reader’s Advisory on these items. We can’t recommend a cookbook if we haven’t tried the recipes. So we thought it was best to get cooking and then we can tell the customers what was delicious and presentable and what fell flat and tasted like road kill. From French delicacies to ultra healthy smoothies, we will try it all!  We will test some recipes out and then provide a review of what we thought. There will be a variety of everything, and if you have any questions, comments, or perhaps even suggestions on what to cook, please feel free to share.

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Leisa: I tried a recipe from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin, which features tasty recipes from the Vancouver bakery including: cookies, cakes, bars and more. We made the ‘Big Sugar Cookie’ recipe. It was easy, delish and, as you can, see, definitely lived up to its name!

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Amanda: I tried a recipe from Rino’s Kitchen: Cooking Local in Windsor and Essex County, by one of our newest City Councillors, Rino Bortolin! The cookbook is arranged by recipes that follow each season and features a list of local vendors ranging from bakeries to farms, where you can purchase local goods. The recipe we made was Linguine in Oil & Garlic with fresh ricotta and pancetta. This recipe was extremely easy to make and tasted phenomenal. It has now become one of our favourite meals to make!

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Angela: I tried a few recipes from the The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook by D. B. Walker. After the shocking finale on The Walking Dead, the only way I felt I could make myself feel better was by cooking up some comfort food from the awesome cookbook inspired by the show. By calling itself a cookbook in parody, one would think the recipes inside would be something of a joke. In fact, they are anything but! They are simple but tasty recipes that anyone can make. I decided on the “Last Stand Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter” and “Dripping Ribs with Bourbon”. Both recipes were a great success and I’ve actually copied them for future use. I can’t wait to try some more hilariously titled recipes from this book!

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