Monday, February 6, 2012

Ingredients For A Delicious New Book Discussion Group

We love books! We also love talking about books! Not surprised? Then you probably knew that the Ligonier Valley Library already has two long-standing book discussion groups, Titles and Tea and Death in the Stacks, which meet on a regular basis to discuss a variety of books (mostly fiction). 

However, were you aware that we added a new group to our line-up?

We hope to entice foodies and cookbook lovers with our delicious new book group that combines the proper amount of people, food, sampling and discussion to create a fun evening for all - Food For Thought - A Cookbook Group!

Our cookbook group is a fun way to celebrate food and libraries, two things that go together better than most people would think. Not only do many patrons enjoy reading while they eat, but many libraries, including ours, enjoy offering you an extensive cookbook selection. Our shelves hold recipes to help you make just about any type of dish you are adventurous enough to try - food from other countries and cultures, hors d'oeuvres, soups and salads, entrees and so much more!

Food For Thought meets every other month on the last Monday (except for May when it will meet on the 21st) at 6:00 pm in the library's community room.

Joining is easy! The selected cookbook is available at the circulation desk. Participants simply need to stop by the library, pick a recipe from the cookbook, and then sign up on the sheet provided. A copy of your recipe can be made for you to take home - ask someone at the circulation desk for help. Mark your calendar with the meeting date, then make and bring your dish, along with a place setting, to the next meeting! Visit the Food For Thought web page for more details, including cookbook titles and meeting dates.

Twenty-four people attended Food For Thought's first meeting on Monday, January 30. In addition to several local residents, participants came from as far away as California (Pa.), Greensburg and Somerset. The theme was appetizers. Each participant picked a different recipe from the selected cookbook, "First Editions: a selection of appetizer recipes from Ligonier Valley Library." They then prepared and brought their dish to the meeting where members sampled and discussed everything from which one they liked best to slight alterations they made to their recipes to helpful cooking tips.

The next meet is on Monday, March 26 at 6:00 pm. The theme is soups and salads and will feature the following cookbooks: "The Culinary Institute of America Book of Soups" and "Raising the Salad Bar" by Catherine Walthers.

All cooking levels are welcome! Whether you are a novice, an expert cook or somewhere in between come join us and be prepared to enjoy yourself!!!