One of the best places to explore diversity at the Monrovia Public Library is in the cooking section. You can find cookbooks that cover the globe in terms of geography, technique and style.
Two of Monrovia’s newest cookbooks are written by favorite chefs. Originally from France and now living in the U.S., Jacques Pepin, who starred on PBS cooking programs with Julia Child, is known for teaching the fundamentals of French cuisine. The Library owns Happy Cooking and Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home and his newest is Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen. Here Pepin shares some of his favorite recipes when guests come over and offers reflections on not only trendy foods, but also on how to raise children to eat everything.
Mark Bittman, long time New York Times food columnist has always advocated common sense nutrition, part-time vegetarianism and cookbooks that don’t require the latest and greatest devices, has a new book called Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix. Here he presents master recipes that can be changed and improvised using different ingredients. This easy-to-use cookbook will inspire meals that are tasty and will keep you from getting bored in the kitchen.
Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov highlights how the food of Israel comes from so many different countries and cultures. Recipes whose inspiration came from Northern Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe are included.
Cook for Life: Delicious Nourishing Recipes for Before, During and After Cancer Treatment by Ann Ogden Gaffney is a specialty cookbook that addresses particular nutritional needs. The recipes are easy and the emphasis is fresh food prepared in inviting ways.