Friday, November 29, 2013


The party season is beginning and there is no better way to celebrate than Chicago Style. Stop in the library for some great resources. We carry local magazines such as Chicago and Midwest Living, local tour books and guides to Chicago area restaurants. We have an amazing cookbook collection, colorful books by local chefs sharing their recipes and tips for wonderful holiday celebrations.


Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Sanacks 641.5972 BAY

The Berghoff Cafe Cookbook 641.5 BERThe Berghoff Café Cookbook

Prairie Avenue Cookbook 641.59773 PRA

    Gale Gand's Brunch!    Gale Gand's Brunch 641.53 GAN

Secrets of Chicago Chefs Cookbook 641.59773 SEC

Secrets of Chicago Chefs Cookbook

Charlie Trotter's Seafood 641.692 Charlie Trotter's Seafood

Windy City Kitchens 641.59773 WIN

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Need Help with Thanksgiving Dinner?

If you’re expecting a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner and are in need of some inspiration to create the perfect holiday feast – the library can help!  The following resources are just a sampling of the materials carried by the library that can help make your holiday gathering a success.  Click on the titles to determine availability in our catalog. 

Martha Stewart has the answers for creating a memorable Thanksgiving gathering -- demonstrating the creation of traditional Thanksgiving basics, as well as ideas for those interested in trying something new.  In this DVD, Martha covers a variety of topics including turkey, stuffing, side dish, and dessert recipes; centerpieces, table settings, decorating ideas, and Thanksgiving crafts for kids. 

A definitive, timeless guide to Thanksgiving dinner--preparing it, surviving it, and pulling it off in style. With simple, fool-proof recipes for classic Thanksgiving staples, as well as new takes on old standbys, this book proves that Thanksgiving does not have to be a day of kitchen stress. 

The editors of "Fine Cooking" magazine know all about the problems and pitfalls of preparing a full-course holiday meal...and they are here to help! This cooking survival guide presents all the reader needs to know to make things go smoothly, look great, and taste delicious.


With so many diverse regions across the United States, it's no surprise to find that the Thanksgiving menu changes significantly from New England to the Pacific Northwest. This is the quintessential cookbook for our national day of thanks, capturing this diversity with creative recipes for the perfect dinner and providing the key to a stress-free gathering.

Vegan cooking expert Zel Allen demonstrates that plant-based holiday foods are as delicious, innovative, and elegant as their hallowed meat-based counterparts. Taking readers on a world tour of holidays--including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's--Zel provides a banquet of recipes for irresistible dishes steeped in heritage and tradition, innovatively updated with novel touches.