Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Library Releases Community Cookbook

The Tompkins County Public Library has announced the release of its first community cookbook, “The Library Table: Recipes from Readers, Food for the Mind.”

Spearheaded by Librarian Debbie Collier, the spiral-bound cookbook includes nearly 180 recipes from more than 100 community members and provides a glimpse into the kitchens of library patrons, employees and trustees.

“Recipes were sent to us on scraps of paper, recipe forms, through our website, by email and even through Twitter,” Collier marveled, noting that the book contains an eclectic mix of handed-down family recipes and modern “modified” dishes.

Food lovers will enjoy the “notes” sections, which include stories about submitted recipes, and literature lovers will devour the featured food-related quotes.

The book was a project of the Library and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and was published by Morris Press Cookbooks of Nebraska. It includes recipes for appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candies, and this and that.

Copies are available for $10 at the Library’s Circulation Desk with all proceeds benefitting Library outreach programs and services.

For more information about the cookbook, contact Debbie Collier at (607) 272-4557 extension 249 or

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