The holidays are coming up, and that means lots of food. If you’re the one who does the cooking, you probably have some holiday staples passed down through family or friends.
Maybe you want to try something new this year, or you have to accommodate some people with allergies or sensitivities. This is where the magic of cookbooks come in.
Cookbooks can be very expensive, running from $10 to $50 on average. Luckily for those who live in Forsyth County, the Forsyth County Public Library has an online catalog of thousands of books, including cookbooks.
The online catalog has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and many libraries across the country are including online catalogs to their list of services. And the best part? It’s completely free.
To get started checking out digital books of all kinds, you first need a library card. Click HERE to get started applying, or ask a librarian at any of the locations.
Next, you’ll need a device of some sort. Computer, tablets and smartphones are all compatible. The program that Forsyth County Libraries use is called OverDrive. This program has an app that can be downloaded for free onto any device. Library cardholders can check out up to five titles at a time, for a variety of lending times. The app itself is free and easy to use. Click HERE for more information about the program and how to use it on each device.
Keep reading for some cookbook recommendations for the holidays that are available on the digital catalog, courtesy of those of us here at Camel City Dispatch.
Holiday Slow Cooker by Jonnie Downing
With dozens of 5 star reviews, this is the perfect book if you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen during the holidays. Take advantage of your slow cooker and make everything from appetizers to main courses to delicate desserts. Click HERE for more information
Jewish Holiday Feasts by Jeanette Ferray
This book contains recipes for classics for Sabbath, Passover, and Rosh Hashanah. Whether you’re having a family get together or want to explore traditional Jewish foods for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with this book. Click HERE for more information.
Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand
Can’t forget the kids! Check out this book for tons of recipes and activities to do with the young ones. There are even activities for a variety of holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s and Boxing Day. Click HERE for more information.
Vegan for the Holidays by Zen Allen
For vegan versions of your favorite recipes, as well as some new ones, try this cookbook out. It even includes vegan versions of traditional recipes for religious holidays. Cook something up for your vegan friends and family, or try out a healthy, new recipe. Click HERE for more information.
How to Cook Everything Christmas by Mark Bittman
Loaded with a variety of goody recipes, this one is perfect to try some new Christmas traditions. It includes both desserts, party food and more. Click HERE for more information.
Happy Holidays to everyone from Camel City Dispatch.