Cookery Books in the Library

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on September 3, 2014 in Fingal, Libraries

They say that cooking is an art, baking is a science and The Great British Bake-off is a drama.  Having travelled with the contestants through the snap of biscuits, the sponge of cakes and the scandal of Ian’s ice cream sabotage, I – like many others – have been seized by the creative urge to […]

They say that cooking is an art, baking is a science and The Great British Bake-off is a drama. Having travelled with the contestants through the snap of biscuits, the sponge of cakes and the scandal of Ian’s ice cream sabotage, I – like many others – have been seized by the creative urge to whip up something dry bottomed and delicious.

The problem with spontaneous action however, is that it often involves huge expense. (This is not the place to discuss my erstwhile interest in hand-gliding). Producing first rate bakes necessitates the use of recipes, and it is a well-known fact that most people only cook a couple of items from any particular cookbook. In other words, you won’t find Mary’s Swiss roll between the same covers as Paul’s pork pie. And who wants to buy all the books necessary for an authentic 1970’s baked Alaska? (Tip: keep the ice-cream in the freezer until required!).

The solution is to be found in your local library. We have on our shelves cook books for cakes, puddings, biscuits; cookbooks for vegetarians and vegans; books that will have you making better pasta than the Italians, tapas than the Spanish or Tiramisu than Mary Berry. We can take you to a perfect (if tension filled) Christmas feast with Gordon, an intimate Nigella fridge raiding supper to a 15 minute healthy nosh with Jamie. We have books with recipes that will make your skin look better, make you thinner and give you more energy. And the beauty of it all is, once you have created your masterpiece you can return the books to the library and rest on your laurels, armed with new skills and ready to scream advice at the contestants on telly in the next round of Bake-off.

By Lesley Kavanagh, Donabate Library