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Gluten -Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: February 11, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Conference Room

Gluten-Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. We will meet in the Purple Room on the second Tuesday of every month and discuss a variety of topics relating to this. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: January 14, 7:00-8:00 PM

[gluten free nut bread by Elana Amsterdam is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Food from All Over the World

New and delightful cookbooks and memoirs highlighting cuisines from many cultures.

Mastering the art of Soviet cooking: a memoir of love and longing by Anya von Bremzen — This witty memoir captures the feasts and famines of three generations of Russian women.


Japanese soul cooking: ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat ; photography by Todd Coleman — Comfort food Japanese-style.


Mastering the art of French eating: lessons in food and love from a year in Paris by Ann Mah — When her diplomat husband is assigned to Paris, Ann plots gastronomic adventures à deux. But when he is called to Iraq on a year-long post, Ann must stay alone in the City of Light.


Notes from the larder: a kitchen diary with recipes by Nigel Slater ; photographs by Jonathan Lovekin — British food writer Slater muses on a year in the kitchen--including a personal selection of simple and seasonal recipes.

Holiday Recipe Exchange

Looking for a new dish for your holiday table? Want to share the great potluck dish everyone raved about at the last party you attended? Share your favorite recipes, or discover new ones with our Holiday Recipe Exchange.

Bring in several copies of your favorite recipe (printed out on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and paper clipped together) to put in the Holiday Recipe Exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk from early November through late December. Look at the recipes others have left, and take home a new recipe or two.

If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

Bon Appetit!

Our Own Snug Fireside: Life during the Civil War

Join us on Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM for a peek into the world which no one alive today has witnessed first-hand. As living historians renowned for their knowledge on daily life of the mid-19th century, Larissa Fleishman and Ken Giorlando will draw you into their world of horses & carriages, oil lamps & candles, and hoop skirts & top hats as they bring back the everyday life of long ago.

"Our Own Snug Fireside” is a program for audiences of all ages which offers a first-hand look into the activities, chores, occupations, manners, etiquette, and clothing of a time from over one hundred and fifty years ago. Using replica artifacts, entertaining exchanges, fun filled facts, and a bit of humor our presenters will show what life was like during such an intense time in American History: The Civil War.

Mrs. Fleishman and Mr. Giorlando have been students of history for decades, and not only have intently studied the everyday life of our ancestors, but have also been involved in the practice of historical presenting and living history/reenacting for nearly as long. “Our Own Snug Fireside” is certainly a chance to see history come alive.

[Tatton Park Sept 201027 by DeviousWolf Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen

Join popular local chef Mary Spencer as she returns to the library and shares easy holiday gifts to make in your own kitchen. There is nothing more special or delicious than something you made for your friends and family. Mary will share secrets for you to share with loved ones so they know you really do care. Join us on November 7 at 7:00 PM and get started on your holiday gift list.

Paleo Diet

One of the hottest new trends in diets and cooking is the Paleo Diet. Popularly known as the 'caveman diet' it focuses mainly on fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

Paleo cookbook for dummies by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

Paleo fitness: primal training and nutrition to get lean, strong and healthy by Darryl Edwards with Brett Stewart and Jason Warner

Quick & easy paleo comfort foods: 150 delicious gluten- free recipes by Julie and Charles Mayfield ; foreword by New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf ; photography by Mark Adams

Living paleo for dummies by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body by Ballantyne, Sarah

Zinio Helps You Cook!

Looking for cooking ideas or recipes while trying to serve nutritious and appealing meals within your budget? You might find help in the food and cooking magazines in our Zinio online magazine database which renders magazines in their full color and glory. You can read them page by page on your computer or tablet. Use your Canton Library card to access and open free accounts to view over 200 magazines.

Cookbooks for Kids

Kids, earn your Chow Down badge this summer by checking out a cookbook from the children's nonfiction collection. Here are some fun titles to consider:

Terrific veggies on the side by Kari Cornell ; photographs by Brie Cohen

Cook it


Kids' baking: 60 delicious recipes for children to make by Sara Lewis


Let's cook with cheese!: delicious & fun cheese dishes kids can make by Nancy Tuminelly

Midwestern recipes by Mary Boone

Easy breakfasts from around the world by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Chow Down at One of Canton's International Restaurants

Make this an adventuresome summer. Earn your Chow Down badge by dining at one of the dozens of ethnically diverse restaurants in Canton:

Chinese: Best China
Canton China
Chin Express
China Garden
China Gold
China House
Chopstick House

Cooking From Your Garden

Kristi Zebrowski will share tips on cooking from your garden. You have a ton of tomatoes, a zillion zucchini, a plethora of peppers - what do you do with all that great, fresh food? Kristi will share delicious secrets for using everything up with little or no waste, and you don't have to sneak your produce on your neighbor's porch in the dead of night. Join us on Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 PM for this helpful evening and to earn your Chow Down badge too!

Green Egg Grilling

biggreenegg_grill.jpgDean Barell, owner of Canton’s Heat & Sweep on Lilley Road will share his expertise on grilling and particularly the amazing and healthy new Green Egg style of outdoor cooking. Join us on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM.
This one is for all the guys who love to barbeque and the women who love to watch! You can also earn your Chow Down badge.

Michigan Eats

Food Mysteries

Recipe Exchange Kiosk

Calling all cooks! We're bringing back last summer's popular recipe exchange kiosk. It's a great way to share your favorite recipes, discover some new ones and earn your Chow Down badge. Use our recipe card or just print out your recipes and deliver them, paper clipped together, to the recipe exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk. If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

For more great cooking (and eating) inspiration, visit our Chow Down Pinterest page.

Bon Appetit!

Canton Grub Crawl

Grub CrawlHere's a tasty way to earn your Chow Down badge-- join the Canton Grub Crawl and taste your way through some of Canton's best restaurants.

Grub Crawl tickets are $35 and include a shuttle ride between restaurants. For a list of this year's participating restaurants and information on how to get your ticket, visit the Canton Chamber of Commerce website.

Be Creative at Mealtime

Tired of the same old supper? Looking to mix up mealtime? Checkout one of these cookbooks, find an exciting but easy new recipe and earn your Be Creative Badge for your efforts. Be sure share your experience!

Preserving and Canning with Chef Mary Spencer

RaspberryCulinary instructor Mary Spencer will answer all of your canning and preserving questions. She will demonstrate how to preserve Sugared Raspberries and how to can homemade fresh vegetable salsa. Mary has studied under the best, including Jacques Pepin, Milos Cihelka and many more. She has taught classes at Kitchen Glamour, Kitchen Witch, ABC Warehouse and now runs her own cooking school in Northville called Taste: A Cook's Place, LLC. Come learn Mary's lessons on saving our summer bounty and share in a small tasting on July 31 at 7:00 PM.

Ice Cream Makers Space

Do you LOVE icecream? Do you like to make stuff? Then join us on Friday, August 2nd at the Ice Cream Makers Space. Register for one time slot: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM. We'll provide all the supplies. Registration begins on Wednesday, May 29th.

Program Meets: All programs will meet in the Community Room.