Cookbooks local and international — a treasure trove of recipes

Everyone knows there are huge numbers of excellent cooks living in Archuleta County. So it should be no surprise that cookbooks featuring favorite recipes of local cooks are real gems, because every recipe is a tried and true favorite of your friends and neighbors.

The latest local cookbook donated to the library comes from Lisa Scott, who hosts a Girls’ Night Out and Holiday Cookie Exchange each Christmas. She commemorates each cookie party by printing a booklet containing the recipes from the previous year, the current one being Vol. 7 from 2007. All seven of the annual cookie booklets are available in a binder behind the circulation desk. You’re welcome to review them but not take them out of the library, to ensure these booklets remain available for all patrons. If you want to copy any of the recipes, you may do so free on the library’s copy machine.

All of the other 301 cookbooks on the library’s shelves are available to be borrowed. The variety is impressive — and we are grateful for people’s generosity because about half these cookbooks have been donated. We recently have weeded out older cookbooks and those that were not being borrowed to be sure we have room for the latest and most popular for your cooking pleasure.

Other outstanding local recipe collections in the library include those produced by the Gray Wolf Ski Club, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, the Woman’s Civic Club and Friends of the Library, and Chimney Rock volunteers, plus, “Radiant Health, Inner Wealth,” by local vegetarian cooking instructor “Tess” Challis. There are also booklets with high-altitude baking tips.

Nationally, there are some of the “best of” annual collections from cooking magazines. There also are cookbooks from celebrity chefs such as Craig Claiborne, Julia Child, the Frugal Gourmet, Paul Prudhomme, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Alice Waters and the Barefoot Contessa.

Recipes from famous restaurants such as Chez Panisse, the Silver Palate and Moosewood Restaurant are available, as is the Denver Junior League’s Creme de Colorado and a unique collection from First Ladies. There are classics, like the “Joy of Cooking,” plus offerings for special diet needs like low-fat, low carb, low cholesterol, vegetarian and diabetic. And there are books of international recipes from China, India, Thailand, the Caribbean and most all the European countries.

Next time you are in the library, take a few moments to look over the cookbooks to add some variety to the food you cook for your family and friends.

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“The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet” is the story of what happens to this bookish sister after the close of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” “Black Ops,” by W.E.B. Griffin, is a presidential agent adventure suspense novel. “Running Hot,” by Jayne Ann Krentz, is an Arcane Society paranormal novel. “Three Weeks to Say Goodbye,” by C. J. Box, is a mystery surrounding the adoption of a baby.

New novels

“Broken Colors,” by Michele Zackheim, is set in Europe and the Southwest starting during World War I. “Without a Backward Glance,” by Kate Veitch, is about the four children of a mother who abandons them and then reappears. “Church of the Dog,” by Kaya McLaren, is set deep in the Oregon farm countryside. “Revolutionary Road,” by Richard Yates, is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. “Chez Moi,” by Agnes Desarthe, describes the second chance a women gets as she establishes a new restaurant.

Fantasy and magic

“A Song in Stone,” by Walter H. Hunt, is a novel of the Templars set in the 1300s. “The Knights of the Cornerstone,” by James P. Blaylock, is about a town’s secrets relating to holy relics, a modern-day incarnation of the Knights Templar. “Living Dead in Dallas,” by Charlaine Harris, is a Sookie Stackhouse novel, a blend of vampire and mystery.

Self-help for teens

We have 11 new books for teens on a wide variety of how-to and self-help topics: “Atlas of the Human Body,” by Vigue-Martin; “Live Writing,” by Ralph Fletcher; “But What If I Don’t Want to Go to College?” by Harlow G. Unger; “Tobacco and Your Mouth: The Incredibly Disgusting Story,” by Michael A. Sommers; “The Biggest Loser Fitness Program” adapted from the NBC hit show, “Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss and the Myths,” by Gina Kolata; “It Doesn’t Take a Genius: Five Truths to Inspire Success in Every Student,” by Randall McCutcheon and Tommie Lindsey; “Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now,” by Jessica Weiner; “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” by Sean Covey; “Does This Book Make Me Look Fat: Stories about Loving and Loathing Your Body;” plus “How To Be a Budget Fashionista;” by Kathryn Finny. That last book was donated by the Mountain View Homemakers.

Books for pre-teens

We have three new books aimed at students in the third through seventh grades: “Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things,” by Wendelin Van Draanen; “Water: Our Precious Resource,” by Roy A. Gallant, and “What If I Do Nothing? Earth’s Water Crisis,” from the World Almanac Library.

Jobs and careers

“Cool Careers for Dummies/third edition,” by Marty Nemko, is an updated resource featuring more than 500 profiles of cool careers. “Knock ‘em Dead: Resumes/eighth edition,” by Martin Yate, offers advice to make your online and paper resumes more productive. “What Color is Your Parachute? 2009,” by Richard Nelson Bolles, is a practical manual for job hunters and career changers.

Thanks to other donors

For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass, Judy Clare, Kathleen Golden, Martin Golden, Anita Hinger, Barbara Lindley, Beth Mazzola, Barbara Rotureau, Gail Shephard, Stephen Stewart, Linda Tilson, Mr. and Mrs. James VanLiere, Bill Wetzel and Saran Wood.