Celebrity Chefs at the Library

One of my favorite places in the library is the 641’s – who doesn’t love a good cookbook? I am especially partial to books with full-color pictures and have a great narrative to tell the stories behind the receipes. When I was a kid, I loved to read the cookbooks by Jeff Smith – The Frugal Gourmet. I never had any intention of making anything, but I loved taking the journey.


Make it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook”Ina Garten
I love Ina and her husband Jeffrey; Ina also has a group of fabulous friends that make me wish I was there, too!





“Sunny’s Kitchen”Sunny Anderson
Did you know that Sunny was a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force and a radio personality? Her recipes are delicious and easy to make.

Sunny 2




“Giada’s Feel Good Food”Giada De Laurentiis
Beautiful, appealing food and thoughtful recipes by the granddaughter of a famous movie mogul!





“Bobby’s Flay’s Barbeque Addiction”Bobby Flay
A New York City boy, born and bred – but he sure can make a mean barbeque.





“Week in a Day” Rachel Ray
Rachel may not be a classically-trained chef, but she understands that busy people and families want to eat well, too.





“Old School Comfort Food: How I Learned to Cook”Alex Guarnaschelli
Alex can often be found as a judge on shows like “Chopped” and frankly, her icy stare scares me a little bit, but her idea of comfort food is right on the mark!






“Simple Food, Big Flavor” Aaron Sanchez
Another chef/judge who specializes in Latin American flavors; he is a native of El Paso.






As an Anglophile who watches Downton Abbey on Sunday nights, I’ve gotten into the show right before it – The Great British Bake Off. One of the two judges, Paul Hollywood, has a new cookbook “Paul Hollywood’s British Baking.” Learn how to make an Eton Mess or a Cornish Pastie.






I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to wander through the 641’s and see what amazing adventures you can take by reading about food.

What’s your favorite cookbook?

— Kerry Montz, North Branch
(Is it dinner time yet?)


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