Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cook Book Club

Did you know that the GPL is starting a Cook Book Club in September? This fun new book club hosted by Rachel Bentley-Lauzon will take place on the last Thursday of the month at the Main Library. To spice things up we will be holding four of our meetings at local downtown restaurants that correspond with that months theme. We will be going to Bollywood, Wellington Cakes, The Cornerstone, and The Works. This book club is open to anyone with a GLP library card.
To register, phone 519.824.6220 or email


Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

Did you know that today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday! To celebrate Julia I’ve come up with a list of my favourite Julia Child cook books and TV shows that can be found at the Guelph Public Library.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking – This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I have both the 1st and 2nd volume and have read them cover to cover. There are so many great recipes in these books.
Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom – This book is filled with great useful information for Julia’s many years of cooking. If you want to know how to skim off fat or how long to steam your green beans this is the book for you.
The Way to cook – This book is great for everyone, a bit less intimidating than Mastering the Art of French Cooking, it has something for everyone at every culinary level.
Baking with Julia – I remember watching this series with my mom when I was a kid. My mom has the cookbook that went along with this series and has made so many amazing things from it.
Julie & Julia – This movie adaptation of the Julie and Julia projet blog is fantastic. It makes me want to pick out a huge cookbook and do the same thing. After watching this movie all I want to do is cook fantastic things and eat them with friends.

Gluten-Free Makeovers

Hello Everyone,
I though for this post I would talk about my gluten intolerance. For the last 4 years or so I have had an intolerance to wheat but only recently decided to cut it out of my diet. I found Gluten-free Makeovers by Beth Hillson to be very helpful.
Beth Hillson was the founder of Gluten-Free Pantry and is currently Food Editor of Living Without magazine and President of the American Celiac Disease Alliance. Beth was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1976, a time when there were few gluten-free options, recipes, or commercial products. After being diagnosed Beth went to culinary school where she learned that she could turn many of the recipes into gluten-free ones that she too could enjoy. This became the inspiration for this book.
Her book has four amazing flour substitutions that will make you question if they are really gluten-free. They take a bit of time to make so I set aside about a half hour where I made large batches of all the flours. I found that this made me more inclined to use them. The flour will keep for a few months in air tight containers, so don’t make more than you think you will use in a few months. I found that getting the ingredients to make the flours at the Bulk Barn cut down on the price but if you are Celiac or have a severe wheat allergy I recommend getting them from a place that does not have wheat flour or the possibility of cross contamination.
I’ve noticed that this year seems to be the gluten-free year. I have seen a great deal of gluten-free cookbooks, magazines, specialty bakeries, and larger sections in grocery stores popping up. I don’t know if this has anything to do with a new celebrity diet fad or just a recognition of the amount of people who can not handle wheat, but I know I am enjoying the new options and opportunities.