For some people, fall is all about Halloween, raking leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. But for some of us, the cooler weather means pie baking, and digging out the slow cooker. Thoughts turn from light summer soups and salads to heartier stews and chowders. If you love to cook and you haven’t checked out your library’s cookbook section yet, you are in for a treat. Borrowing a cookbook from the library is a good way to try before you buy. Cookbooks can be expensive. And because libraries collect all kinds of cookbooks which feature recipes from many different countries and cultures, it’s a fun way to try your hand at cooking something new.
Cookbook: A collection of recipes arranged in such a fashion that the cook must turn the page just after the point where a thick paste of flour, water, and lard is mixed by hand.
Remember that Jello cookbook you got from your mother-in-law? Or the vegetarian cookbooks you bought when your sister-in-law announced that her family was not eating meat for Thanksgiving last year? Find out if your library hosts a cookbook exchange. It’s a wonderful way to pass along some of the cookbooks you no longer use.
Fix-It and Forget-It Series
If you have a slow cooker, try out the Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook series. There are a number of them and they include slow cooker recipes for soups, stews, even desserts. You’ll be surprised at the number of things you can make in your slow cooker.
Sheet Pan Suppers
If you like one-pot meals but don’t have a slow cooker, try out Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert.
Home-made soups are a wonderful way to warm up your family this fall. Chowderland by Brooke Dojny is a lovely collection of heartier soups and stews for the cold weather.
Art of the Pie
And it just isn’t a meal without dessert. Pie is a fall favorite. Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott is a beautiful book that will have you hurrying off to get pie apples or a pumpkin and a quart of vanilla ice cream.