Looking to try something new in the kitchen? These cookbooks offer recipes from around the world and meal ideas both old and new!

Looking to try something new in the kitchen? These cookbooks offer recipes from around the world and meal ideas both old and new.  

  • Indian-ish by Priya Krishna - Indian food is everyday food! This colorful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna's loving tribute to her mom's "Indian-ish" cooking-a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen.

  • Six Ingredient Meals - With only six ingredients or less per recipe, making dinner has never been easier. Six Sisters' Stuff is one of the most popular blogs for quick and easy cooking and entertaining at home for families. In their eighth cookbook, they tackle how to master meals for any cook with any skill level with more than 100 easy recipes made with incredible flavor combinations from just six ingredients or less.
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder - You've watched the TV shows and movies, played the video games, and read the books. Now it's time to level-up your geek factor…into the kitchen. From Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Star Trek to Doctor Who, The Legend of Zelda, and World of Warcraft, The Geeky Chef compiles over 60 delectable, ethereal, and just plain odd-yet oddly delicious-recipes that you can re-create right in your own home. This smaller hardcover version of the original book has a new, fresh, modern design and includes 10 additional recipes from The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, making it the perfect gift for the geek in your life.
  • Tasting The Past: Recipes From Antiquity by Jacqui Wood - The many influences of the past on our diet today make the concept of 'British food' very hard to define. The Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans all brought ingredients to the table, as it were, and onwards the Crusades gave us all manner of spices. This book, one of three volumes, documents the rich history of our food, its fads and its fashions to be combined with a practical cookbook from antiquity. Offerings include tasty beach BBQ ideas from Celtic times, a hearty Roman Army lentil stew and ideas for festive feasts of ancient times.
  • Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi - Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London.
  • Myers+Chang At Home by Joanne Chang - These recipes, all bursting with flavor, are meant to be shared, and anyone can make them at home-try Dan Dan Noodle Salad, Triple Pork Mushu Stir-fry, or Grilled Corn with Spicy Sriracha Butter. This is food people crave and will want to make again and again. Paired with the couple's favorite recipes, the photography perfectly captures the spirit of the restaurant, making this book a keepsake for devoted fans.

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Upcycling, or creative reuse, means transforming things that would otherwise go to waste into new products, art, and more. If you enjoy getting crafty, consider using materials you already have to create something unique. The books and resources below can help jump start your creativity!

Remember: you can log into Creativebug with your library card for more upcycling projects taught by expert artists and crafters. 

Today is a great day to love the planet! Respecting the Earth today ensures that we have a beautiful place to call home in the future. Use the resources and ideas below to learn about upcycling, lowering your waste, sustainable fashion, and more!

Love Your Earth for Kids

  • Try upcycling! Upcycling means taking old things that might be thrown away and making them into something new. Find upcycling ideas in a book or try one of these 20 projects from 5-Minute Crafts PLAY on YouTube.
  • Plant flowers by making DIY seed balls from recycled paper.
  • Make recycling fun! Decorate your recycling bins or have a contest to see which family member recycles the most in a week. 
  • Love your Earth up close by taking a nature walk. Use a journal to record what you see, hear, and discover outside.

Love Your Earth for Adults

  • Don't let an old tin can or t-shirt go to waste! Check out a book about upcycling or get inspired with projects from DIY Network
  • The fashion industry produces millions of tons of clothing waste every year, along with using 2% of all freshwater extraction globally. Consider greening your closet and learning more about the fashion industry. 
  • Consider making some simple swaps in your day-to-day life to reduce your waste
  • Make your own cleaning supplies with ingredients you have at home and ensure that your home is clean and natural. We've collected a few simple recipes to try today!

More Ways to Love Your Earth

  • Discover how organizations like Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Sierra Club are working to protect the planet. Consider a donation or simply learn about the work these non-profits are doing. 
  • Your carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gas emissions that your household produces. Use the EPA's Carbon Footprint Calculator and follow their tips to reduce your emissions.

Image "low angle photography of high angle trees during daytime" by Angela Benito on Unsplash

 

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Upcycling means taking old things that might be thrown away and turning them into something new! Be a friend to the Earth and get crafty with these upcycling books. 

A zero waste lifestyle means reusing or recycling all products that you consume (including food). Those that follow the principles of zero waste don't throw anything away - ever! Simple swaps make it surprisingly easy to lower your carbon footprint and waste output even if you don't throw out your garbage bin for good. Pick up a few tips from the titles below.

Also available in: e-audiobook

Cooking can be fun for the whole family when you learn how to play with your food! Connect in the kitchen by making something sweet or trying an edible experiment. These projects work for all ages and are guaranteed to bring smiles to your plates. To set the mood, check out this special food-themed playlist on Spotify!

Fun At Home

  • With just a few sweets like Fruit by the Foot and Rice Krispies Treats, you can make candy sushi at home! 
  • Learn how to make edible slime with this list of 14 recipes from Abrazo and Coze.
  • Get inspired by amazing food art! Red Hong Yi makes art using everyday items, including foods like tea leaves, beans, and seeds. Artist Jason Mecier makes portraits using candy, cereal, and more! What art can you make out of food?
  • These edible science experiments from We Are Teachers prove that science can be fun and delicious.
  • You can cook a whole meal with just a coffee mug! Try making pizza in a mug and delicious chocolate cake for dessert. 
  • See what you can build using only food. Graham crackers, frosting, and candy can be the building blocks to start you off!
  • Patience pays off when you make rock candy at home! This delicious treat is a perfect kitchen science experiment. 

CPL Resources

  • Try a brand new recipe featured in a cookbook. We've collected both physical and ebook picks!
  • Use Your library card to access AtoZ World Food. Learn about food culture, national cuisines and ingredients, and save recipes in an interactive digital cookbook.
  • Music can set the stage for a fantastic meal. If you're trying out a dish from another country, check out these world music picks from hoopla!

Image "two pineapples with gold party hats" by Pineapple Supply Co on Unsplash. 

 

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What's worth fighting for? Discover your passion by learning about current and historical social movements. Then find tips about standing up and making your voice heard.

Social Movements

There is a wealth of YA literature written by black authors. Here are just a few that explore the lives of black teens. 

On the come up by Angie Thomas
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook
If it makes you happy by Claire Kann

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