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Soup’s on!


Seasonable temperatures are finally upon us, which means it’s time to make soup, stew, and all kinds of autumnal foods we’ve not had for months. I recently made my first batch of stew and it was just right tasty. Of course, we all have our favorite recipes but it’s still interesting to see what else might be out there.  

Sure, it’s fun to look at Pinterest but it’s just not the same as holding a book. And so many cookbooks now boast gorgeous photos of the completed dishes. One such example is “The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook” put out by America’s Test Kitchen. They also put out “Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings” for those wanting to throw together their own charcuterie boards for a tailgating party or an informal get-together.  

I’m a fan of sheet pan dinners, so enjoyed looking at “Sheet Pan Everything” by Ricardo Larrivee. There’s just something so satisfying about those one-dish dinners (less wash-up required) and the aroma wafting through the house just makes your mouth water in anticipation of a flavorful meal.  

Other fall-themed cookbooks that can be found on the library’s shelves include “Autumn” by Susan Branch, “Autumn Gatherings” by Rick Rodgers, and four put out by Gooseberry Patch: “101 Autumn Recipes,” “Coming Home,” “Harvest Table,” and “Quick & Easy Autumn.” 

For those who love their slow cookers — they, too, produce the most enticing aromas — I suggest you look no further than the Fix-It & Forget-It cookbooks. The library has ten different ones, as well as one for Instant Pots.  

I think it’s safe to say that if you’re in need of some recipe inspiration, the library shelves hold plenty of ideas. Just head back to the 641.5’s and browse to your heart’s content (though the autumn-themed cookbooks are on a special display, near our cart of “pumpkin spice” books).  

As we turn the calendar over to October, it means yet another seasonal occurrence — “Books & Treats” are back for a second year! On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Adult Services staff will again deliver special bags containing two books specially chosen just for you and a few treats to enjoy while you’re reading. To sign up, call the Reference Desk at 620-230-5560 so we can find out your reading taste (sorry — we can’t take specific titles, just authors and favorite genres), your address if you want the bookmobile to deliver the bag to your home (you must live within the Pittsburg city limits) or phone number if you want to pick up your bag at the library. Bags are limited to the first 50 people who sign up so don’t put off calling in your request. After all, Halloween treats aren’t just for kids. 


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