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Mouth-wateringly good cookbooks

If you like to try new recipes using cookbooks, you are probably drawn to cookbooks with appealing photos of the finished creations. Nothing gets us more excited about trying to make a new dish than seeing a mouth-watering photo in a cookbook. Here are our suggestions for a few new cookbooks to check out!

Sunny's Kitchen book cover

Although not every single recipe is accompanied by a photo, the majority do have a picture of the finished dish. Additionally, what we love about this cookbook is the variety of cuisines found  in this cookbook, from gouda-stuffed burgers to curry-lime pork kabobs to scorched red snapper with Bahamian hot sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Food Fast book coverWith full color photos of each recipe on every page, this cookbook is bound to make your stomach rumble. And, one of the best features of this cookbook is that each recipe is no more than 5-7 ingredients with either pantry staples or easy to find grocery items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the big book of cookies book cover

Whether you are looking for an easy enhancement to cookies from a mix or a fresh from scratch recipe, this book is for you. Chocolate lovers can choose from recipes such as Chocolate-Banana Bread Cookies and Chocolate Crinkles or adorable Chocolate Reindeer Cookies that are a snap to decorate. For those looking for something a little different, you can try the Maple-Walnut Shortbread Cookies or Whoopie Pies. There are even brownie recipes in here and for those of us in a hurry, there are several delicious looking bar cookie recipes.

 

 

 

just cook it: 145 built-to-be-easy recipes that are totally delicious book cover

Though not every single recipe in this book is accompanied by a photo, the majority do have a mouth-watering photo showing the finished dish. Although the ingredients are simple and easy to find, this cookbook is full of unusual dishes not found in just any run-of-the-mill cookbook. From Fideos with Lamb Sausage, Chickpeas and Mint to California-Style Fattoush and even desserts such as DIY Chocolate Truffles with just 3 simple ingredients. Plus, with handy tips for cooking basics and easy to follow instructions, even novice cooks will enjoy trying out the new recipes here.

 

 

 

meatless: more than 200 of the very best vegetarian recipes book cover

For anyone looking for alternatives to 50 ways to prepare tofu, this is the book for you! Focusing more on veggie heavy recipes such as Eggplant Parmesan Stacks or Vegetable-Barley Potpies and less on vegetarian staples with soy-based protein (although there are a few tofu-based recipes in here as well), this book is a great way to change things up for the vegetarian cook tired of the same old thing.

Looking to learn something new? Check out these titles!

Crochet for the Absolute Beginner by Pauline Turner

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Fix Anything: Essential Home Repairs Anyone Can Do (or 200 Home Repair Solutions that Anyone Can Do) from Popular Mechanics Press

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Beginnings: Beading: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Own Custom Jewelry by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half  by Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jemma Kidd Make-up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman’s Beauty Issues and Make-up Dilemmas by Jemma Kidd and Zia Mattocks

 

 

 

 

 

mango languages web resources icon

Want to learn a new language? Check out Mango Languages!!! Register for this free resource using your library card and then use it from any computer or mobile device. Visit the Web Resources page on the Research section of our website. Need more help? Just ask at any desk.

 

Who’s Ready for the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LIII will be played on Sunday, February 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia. Whether you’re attending a Super Bowl party or just watching at home, wow your friends and family with the info you will get from these books here at MPPL!

When it Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl by Harvey Frommer; foreword by Frank Gifford

 

 

 

 

50 Super Bowls: The Greatest Moments of the Biggest Game in Sports by Allan Maki & Dave Naylor

 

 

 

 

 

Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game foreword by Peter King

 

 

 

 

 

50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl Team that Changed Football by Bob Lederer

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, for those of you who are new to the game, grab a copy of Football for Dummies by Howie Long with John Czarnecki so that you can learn the lingo, from a pick six to icing the kicker and just who (and what) a safety is.

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Check out these book titles!

Whether you are looking for books to help make your holiday special or just hoping to curl up with a good holiday themed book, here are some titles to get you started.


Holiday Crafts by Gini Holland

 

 

 

 

 


Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year Round Celebrations

 

 

 

 

Creating Winter Crafts by Dana Meachen Rau

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Nights by Francis Ray, Shirley Hailstock, and Donna Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 


Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, Jennifer Gracen, Stacey Agdern, and KK Hendin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology edited by Christopher Golden

Scare yourself silly for Halloween

Looking for something to get you in the Halloween mood? Scare up a few of these classics of horror from the Mount Prospect Public Library and get ready for some serious goosebumps. Read/watch  them if you dare!

The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring by Kōji Suzuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson