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New Baking Books

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 5:33pm

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There are a handful of new baking books at AADL. They are all sweet, mouth-watering, and ultimately perfect for your summer potluck recipe needs.

[:catalog/record/1484603| Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show] is a wide-ranging book that includes laid back and kid-friendly recipes, but also some elaborate statement makers. The book offers a lot of playful and imaginative decorating ideas for cupcakes and cakes. Some ideas are a little far-fetched though, such as the “Succulent Cupcakes”, which are modeled in fondant to resemble little potted succulent plants. They are the show-stoppers promised by the book’s title, but seem terribly time consuming. I preferred the section on boozy treats, which pairs classic dessert recipes with cocktails. There are unique flavor pairings, such as the “Old-fashioned Mini Pies,” which incorporates bourbon into a classic cherry pie filling. Imagine sharing those at a holiday picnic. Yum!

[:/catalog/record/1491563|The Cookies and Cups Cookbook: 125+ Sweet and Savory Recipes Reminding You to Always Eat Dessert First] is a fun book, brimming with new family favorites. It’s a great book for busy bakers who appreciate short-cuts and swaps that produce treats appropriate for special occasions without so much labor. Some recipes are loaded with sugar (I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, just saying…) including the “Fruity Pebbles Cake,” which tops a layer cake with a dusting of the brightly-colored boxed cereal. Fun, festive, and worth looking through – even if your palette is more, shall I say, refined.

[:catalog/record/1491622|Sweeter Off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season] offers a breadth of recipes featuring fresh fruit, and is helpfully organized by season. The Spring and Summer recipes utilize rhubarb, berries and stone fruits in their prime. Recipes such as “Blueberry Skillet Cobbler with Whole Wheat Biscuits” and “Raspberry Sorbet with Pink Peppercorns” elevate simple fruits into lovely, share-worthy desserts. The book is rustic, and very stylish, with beautiful photographs accompanying each recipe. Each turn of the page is more tempting than the last, really.

Happy Baking!

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Appreciating Wine with Trader Joe's Wine Experts

Saturday July 9, 2016: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab

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Perfect Pies & Tarts

Wednesday June 15, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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Fat, That’s Where It’s At

Tuesday May 24, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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The Whole Truth About Whole Grains

Tuesday August 2, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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Food Combining Simplified

Tuesday July 12, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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The High-Energy Raw Vegan Diet

Tuesday June 14, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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Making Meals Mindful: Satisfaction Beyond Satiety

Monday May 9, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Food 52 – Good Food for Every Week

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 5:32pm

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Food 52 began as a website for home cooks looking for ideas and support. The Food 52 philosophy promotes good, healthy, homemade cooking every week of the year. The mantra: “How you eat is how you live!” You can find many of the Food 52 cookbooks in the AADL catalog. The books are inspiring; they offer quality recipes using quality ingredients, but with simple instructions (yes, simple enough for semi-lazy cooks too, I can attest) and include mouth-watering photographs.

[:catalog/record/1420590|The Food52 Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes from our Kitchens to Yours Volume 2] is organized by week and contains exactly 52 recipes ranging from entrée to dessert, including “Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata Bread Crumbs” and “Almond Cake with Orange Flower Water Syrup.” Each recipe is followed by community reviews and extra tips, much like you would imagine finding on a website.

[:catalog/record/1468815|Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes that Will Change the Way You Cook] is organized more classically with sections for breakfast, snacks, salads and main courses (both meaty and meatless). Again, the photographs are inspiration enough to break out the spoons and skillet! I can’t help but share more recipes with you, including “Currant Cottage Cheese Pancakes” and “Salt-Baked Herbed Salmon with Red Onion-Caper Viniagrette.” Yum! Paging through these books will surely inspire your next meal.

For a full list of available Food52 cookbooks, [:catalog/search/keyword/food52|see here].

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The Fermentable Harvest

Monday August 22, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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