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What’s New in Cook books






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Top 10 lists of 2015

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With 2015 now over I thought it would be fun to ask the staff here at the Guelph Public Library what some of their favourite books, cd’s, movies and other cool things were this year. Everything on these list can be found either in the library or online through our eResources.

Top 10 kids books

Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Everyone loves bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
I don’t like Koala by Sean Ferrell
The Princess and the pony by Kate Beaton
Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman
The Skunk by Mac Barnett
Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead
The Only Child by Guojing
Imaginary Fred by Edin Colfer

Top 10 fiction

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
City on fire by Garth Hallberg
The Turner house by Angela Flournay
The death and life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A little life by Hanya Yanaghara

Top 10 non-fiction

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg
The home reference to holistic health and healing by Brigitte Mars
Hunger makes me a modern girl by Corrie Brownstein
Trashed by Derf
Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’ll never wright my memoirs by Grade Jones
So you’ve been publicly shamed by JonRonson
The Road to Little Dribbling by  Bill Bryson
Shift Work by Tie Domi
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Top 10 cookbooks

Good Housekeeping Fun Food Fast
Thug Kitchen: Party grub
Milk bar life by Christina Tosi
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
Le French Oven by Hillary Davis
Food52 genius food by Kristen Miglore
The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder
Sweet, savory, and sometimes boozy cupcakes by Alison Riede
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady
Per la Famiglia by Emily Richards

Top 10 CD’s (H-available on Hoopla)

Are you alone? -Majical Cloudz
Sound and Colour – Alabama Shakes
The magic whip – Blur (H)
If I should go before you – City and Colour (H)
Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit – Courtney Barnett
 Ghost notes – Veruca Salt (H)
Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey (H)
Heartbreaker of the year – Whitney Rose (H)

Top 10DVD’s

The Knick (TV series)
Red Army
Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
Inside Out
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Jurassic World

Breakfast Blues

SAD CEREALI need some new breakfast ideas that are nutritious, low carb, low-fat and quick.  These days I would rather skip breakfast than eat the same old breakfast foods, and my 2 cups of coffee just aren’t  filling the void.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to wake up to the smell of coffee and a nutritious breakfast cooking in the kitchen?

Here are a few books that I have browsed for inspiration.

100 gluten freeSince I live in a mostly “gluten-free” home this book is appealing. I really like the breakfast pizza idea!






Who doesn’t love maple syrup?







Eggs are my favorite breakfast food – quick and nutritious!


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I think I’ll give Overnight Oatmeal a try.



It’s never too late to join a library book club

Looking for a new fall activity?


Join a Guelph Public Library Book Club.

There are a variety of book clubs available at different locations, including  a LGBTQ Lit club, Men’s club, Cook book club and 20 something club.

Check out our 2015-2016 regular season schedule for titles and dates.

How do I join?

By subscribing to the appropriate email communications and visiting the branch where the club is hosted to pick up the next book.

If you have any questions about the GPL hosted book clubs or the Book Club Service contact 519-824-6220 ext 314 or bookclub@guelphpl.ca.


It’s not too late to preserve the harvest

Guelph Farmers market

Even if you don’t have a garden you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for preserving at the Guelph Farmers Market or other local markets.

The Guelph Public Library has a great collection of books to help you.

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Preserving by the pint : quick seasonal canning for small spaces by the author of food in jars

Complete canning guide

The apple cookbook : 125 freshly picked recipes

Wisdom for home preservers : 500 tips for pickling, canning, curing, smoking and more

Best of bridge home preserving : 120 recipes for jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles & more.




2015 Food Trends

When ordering cookbooks for the library collection I look at food trends.    Here are some predictions from The Canadian Press, Food trends of 2015: veggies as the main, fermented foods, mangoes, local grains, By: Lois Abraham.

Registered dietitian Christy Brissette sees Canadians opting for more locally sourced grains, such as Red Fife, a heritage wheat that originated in the Peterborough, Ont., area. It’s slightly lower in gluten than other types of whole wheat and a little higher in fibre.     “But people are even taking it a step further and milling their own grains — so getting a little grain mill, going to the farmers market and getting these locally sourced grains in their whole form and milling it so that they know you’re actually getting the entire grain versus has the bran been separated, has any of the nutrition been extracted from it.”

Other potential food trends in 2015:                                                                                                 -“Pie is starting to be the new cupcake,” says Van Rosendaal                                                        -Using grated beasn-the dark, dried, wrinkly legumes that smell like almond and vanilla in baking                                                                                                                                                  -Waffles served with fried or butter chicken, or used in place of a bun                         -Popcorn dusted with creative flavours like toasted coriander and citrus zest, or chillies and honey                                                                                                                                              -Craft cocktails will continue to boom in restaurants, bars and at home                      -Further down the raod Couvelier predicts tea will become trendy as an ingredient.  Tea can be used as a marinade of a kooking liquid to poach vegetables, fish or chicken or it can be used in desserts

To read the full article click here

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Cauliflower rice, anchovy ice cream, cricket crisps and kaniwa: Which of these 2015 food trends will YOU be eating?

January 2015 cookbook roundup

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