42-16530779Out of all the items the library carries–magazines, CDs, DVDs, video games, books, and more–my weakness happens to be recipe books. Yup, dear reader, I can’t resist cookbooks.  Wave a lovely tome with bright, colorful pictures of delicious food and I’m done for!  I admit I have a problem and I should be going to Recipe Books Anonymous.

My addiction started when I moved out and got married.  I could cook, but only if the food came prepackaged in a box.  And don’t even get me started on my meatloaf catastrophe (it ended with a black smoke and grease everywhere. Why call it a loaf if you can’t use a loaf pan?).  I slowly worked my way through Sandra Lee’s series, which are fantastic if you want to ease your way out of processed food into making it from scratch. Then I moved onto the Taste of Home series and gleaned a few family favorites out of those books.

But after I had my daughter, I wanted to start eating better with less processed food.  I checked out The Eat-Clean Diet for Families and Kids by Tosca Reno, Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko, and the Cooking Light cookbooks, my favorite being Cooking Light: Fresh Food Superfast and for my little pea, I loved Cooking Light First Foods: Baby Steps to a Lifetime of Healthy Eating.

Now, I also get new recipes from Pinterest (CCPL is now on Pinterest , you should follow us!), but I still check out library cookbooks that catch my eye. I’m always looking for new, yummy recipes and if you are too, then think about coming to the North East Branch Library, April 6 at 11 am for our first Dessert Recipe Swap.  You simply make your favorite dessert and bring the recipe information.  We will share your dessert and you’ll get to taste 14 new, tasty desserts and get those recipes to take home.  If you’re interested in signing up for this program, you can simply call the North East Branch Library, 410-996-6269 or sign-up online by clicking here.

What’s your favorite dessert recipe and what are your favorite cookbooks?

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