Our July 4th celebrations have passed and now we are preoccupied with putting all our red, white and blue dishes and tablecloths away, but we're still thinking about summer recipes. What would be new and easy for those hot days when we want something tasty, but don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen? The Monrovia Library not only has a great cook book section, but also has some wonderful magazines devoted to food. Why not check out Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Food and Wine, Martha Stewart Living and Vegetarian Times. Just like books, you can borrow magazines for three weeks.
And, there are some great new recipe books. Even if you're not a fan of the Food Network, you can enjoy the titles published under its banner. Two new ones are Food Network Magazine 1,000 Easy Recipes and Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals. These books have very good color photos, the step-by-step instructions are simple and the ingredients are not far out.
Another new book about food is Creamy and Crunchy: The Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All American Food by John Krampner. This everything-you want-to-know-about-peanut-butter book is a cultural, culinary, scientific and economic history that has surprising facts (Elvis liked peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches) and recipes. And, on those humid days when life is more of an effort, all you need for a great meal is jars of peanut butter and jelly and a spoon.