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Shelf Talk 53: Fall Foods and National Cookbook Month

The first day of fall was September 22, and the weather is slowly starting to reflect the change of season. One of fall’s many staples is the many food options. From soups, chili, roasts, casseroles, cider and all things pumpkin, the fall season offers a variety of good foods. October happens to be National Cookbook Month which presents the perfect opportunity to visit your local library to check out a cookbook and try out a new fall recipe. Luckily, your MCLS offers a wide cookbook selection throughout the system with a little over 650 cookbook titles. There are cookbooks featuring just about every food type, including the beloved fall favorites. We also have several e-book options for those who enjoy using Libby. Just to name a few of the various types of cookbooks we have available: numerous titles from famous chefs including Giada De Laurentiis and Paula Deen, holiday editions for Halloween parties and Thanksgiving dinners, books with slow cooker recipes, as well as vegan cookbooks. The possibilities really are endless when it comes to seeking out that perfect recipe. The MCLS also offers the Library of Things. In this collection, there are numerous cake pans which can also be checked out with your cookbook. Various shapes including mini ghosts, a turkey, a football player, Santa, and a ninja turtle. To keep on the fall theme, these would be great to make ghost cupcakes for Halloween or a spice cake in the shape of a turkey for Thanksgiving. With fall also comes a series of fall festivals and chili cook-offs. Several have taken place or will be hosted throughout the county. We encourage you to look at the county’s event calendar which can be found in the newspaper or on Facebook, and venture to one of the upcoming fall festivals. The MCLS tries to pop up at as many of them as we can, so while you’re there, stop by our booth and say hi! National Cookbook Month comes just in time to enjoy some of the most popular fall foods. Take this as the invitation to celebrate the new season with your MCLS! Don’t let October pass you by without using your library to find that perfect fall recipe. If there is a certain cookbook you want to try a recipe from that we don’t have, you can always request it to be added to our collections!

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