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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.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July - December 2013

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Information Services librarians, Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski, alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the monthly meeting or request a copy at the Adult Services Help Desk. No registration required.

South of Broad: a novel by Pat Conroy meets July 25

Case histories: a novel by Kate Atkinson meets August 22

River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard meets September 26

Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser meets October 24

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain meets November 21

Food Memoirs

The language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
Food connects the author to the two cultures of her childhood –American and Jordanian

Hallelujah! the welcome table [electronic resource] by Maya Angelou
Memories and recipes—from her childhood in Arkansas and her world travel.

Rosemary and bitter oranges: growing up in a Tuscan kitchen by Patrizia Chen
Recollections of a youth spent in the Tuscan seaside town of Livomo.

My life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
Child's experiences in Paris and Marseille led her to create a food revolution in America.

A culinary traveller in Tuscany: exploring & eating off the beaten track by Beth Elon
Ten itineraries down the back roads of Tuscany end in memorable meals.

National Food on a Stick Day

Who knew?  The Library Business Office discovered it's National Food on a Stick Day!  Fortunately, CPL is full of inspiration for this unusual and fun celebration, we thought of Cake Pops  or The Ultimate Candy Book or fun for the kids  Indoor S'mores and Other Tasty Treats for Special Occasions.  You see where our thoughts are.   What food can you think of that comes on a stick?

Canton Senior Book Discussion: June 27, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 27 at 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. The discussion book is distributed at the group's meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk.

The omnivore's dilemma: a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan

Meatless Mondays

Let's kick off the Earth Week festivities with Meatless Monday.  Learn from Door to Door Organics Jessica Gurney how to eat locally grown, healthy meals.  By making at least one meal per week a meatless meal, not only do we benefit, but so does our environment and our beloved Michigan.  Join us on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 PM for this informative program that might change your eating habits for the better.

National Frozen Yogurt Day

Wednesday, February 6th is National Frozen Yogurt Day.  Canton's own Menchie's Frozen Yogurt will be giving away 6 ounces of frozen yogurt to customers with a coupon all day.  To get a coupon visit the Menchie's website for details. If you prefer to stay in and make your own frozen yogurt, check out one of our books with tons of tasty recipes.  No matter how you celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day, it is sure to be delicious!

Juicing Books

Trying to keep to that New Years' resolution to eat healthier? Try drinking healthier with our books on making juices and smoothies.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chef Tom Lin

Local Chef Tom Lin will share his extensive culinary skills with a Chinese cuisine cooking demonstration.  You will learn knife skills, cooking techniques and maybe even get a bit of a taste of some great food.  Chef Lin owns several local Chinese restaurants and is well-known and respected among his peers. Adults only please on Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 to 4:30 PM. Registration required.

Introduction to Pinterest

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 PM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).

Yoga and Langar

Kundalini Yoga strives to develop strength, awareness, character and consciousness to the purpose of cultivating values, truth and compassion. Join certified teacher Rajwant Kaur Khalsa as we learn this physical and mental discipline on Thursday, January 31 at 5:00 PM. Registration is required. Adults and teens (age 14 and up) welcome. Come with an empty stomach, a full water bottle and a yoga mat or beach towel for your comfort. Rajwant also suggests bringing a throw or sweater to toss over your shoulders as you cool down.

Holiday Baking

Not sure what to make for those holiday parties or cookie exchanges? Is your cookie jar empty? Do you have a sweet tooth that can only be sated by the very best in seasonal baked goods?

Have no fear! Canton Public Library is here to help with these top-notch cookbooks, specializing in putting some extra sweetness in your sugarplums: (Note: If you do end of baking a dozen or so extra delicious cookies, please join us on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 PM, for our Family Holiday Cookie Competition, or share your recipe on CPL's recipe blog)

Family Holiday Cookie Competition

The holidays are a time of eating and most familes have a favorite holiday cookie that they cannot wait to eat during this time of the year.  On Saturday, December 8, at 2:00 PM, we invite you to take part in our Family Holiday Cookie Competition. Bring in a dozen cookies (or more!) from one of your favorite recipes, four to share with our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation and the rest to share with the lucky attendees.  While you're at it, you may share your recipe on the Canton Public Library's recipe blog here.

What We're Reading November 2012

Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.

Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia

Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick

Thanksgiving [sound recording]: a Windham Hill collection

Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch

Snack Tales

Kids in grades K-4, join us for Snack Tales on Saturday, November 17, from 2:00-3:00 PM. We will read some turkey stories, and you will get to make a special treat. Registration begins Thursday, October 25. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.