Get Inspired with Our Staff’s Favorite Cookbooks

In search of recipe inspo? These staff-suggested cookbooks are the perfect place to start.

From pop culture-inspired grub to vegetarian fare to easy recipes, there’s a cookbook for everyone! Let’s get cooking.🍳

Cookbooks We Love!

The Scooby-Doo Cookbook by Katrina Jorgensen
“This cookbook features food inspired by the beloved cartoon series and is just overall fun! Make creations that would make Shaggy and Scooby’s mouth water.”

– Brittany Parr, children’s services programmer, Cold Spring Branch

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Pieometry by Lauren Ko
“I followed the author on Instagram before she wrote the book. The artistry she bakes into her creations is just amazing and she has a great way of playing with words in her titles and descriptions. I made her peanut butter mousse tart with a shortbread crust with my own take on a decoration on top. It was delicious!”

– Carol Freytag, outreach services coordinator

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The Wok by J. Kenji López-Alt

The Wok has lots of detailed but easy-to-read recipes, explanations about ingredients, techniques, interesting history and cultural facts. It’s basically a textbook for cooking!”

– Cody Elliott, adult/teen services programmer

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The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson

“When I was a vegetarian, this book helped broaden my expectations for how delicious and visually appealing vegetarian meals could be without always being a salad. Years later, my partner and I still love to make the asparagus tart.”

– Jessi Holloway, children’s services programmer, Newport Branch

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

“The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, Lucy Knisley loves food. A cartoonist, Lucy’s memoir explores different moments in her life by food she was eating (and making) at the time. Each chapter includes an illustrated recipe, many of which are from her family!”

– Molly Walker, children’s services librarian, Cold Spring Branch

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What’s for Dessert by Claire Saffitz

“Claire shares so many delicious dessert recipes that are presented in an easy-to-follow and personable way for anyone to try. To accompany your reading and baking experience, I recommend checking out her YouTube channel (Claire Saffitz x Dessert Person).”

– Stacey Venneman, early literacy outreach librarian

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A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and book lovers Everywhere by Alison Walsh
“This cookbook has teatime blends and (both sweet and savory) treats that partner with classic favorite books. If you’ve ever wanted to try Anne Shirley’s raspberry cordial, have tea with Mr. Tumnus in Narnia, or bake some madeleines inspired by that “most specially greedy, strong, and wicked worm” Smaug the dragon, then this is the cookbook for you.”

– Stephanie Daugherty, patron services assistant, Newport Branch

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The Unofficial Studio Ghibli Cookbook by Jessica Yun

“Nothing is more fun than a themed night with your favorite anime. Pick a movie and make a snack (or meal) to go with it!”

– Valerie Davis, Newport Branch Manager

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