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Summer Fun: Cookbooks for kids!

Are your kids starting to get bored with summer? Need some new activities to fill the long days without school? Try cooking! Summer can be a great time to get kids involved in the kitchen and more interested in the food they eat.


Try these great titles for recipes that you and your child can make together.


Does your child need a little more motivation to get interested in cooking? These titles inspired by popular books might help.



picture of Green Eggs and Ham bookbook cover picture of cloudy with a chance of meatballs cookbook cover

New Year, New Recipes

It’s finally 2014!  After the over indulgence of the holiday season, it is usually a good time to start a new cooking regime. I find eating and cooking at home to be the fastest way to get my eating habits back on the right track. Cookbooks can be a great place to find inspiration. Here are some titles that might be just what you need to get in the kitchen.


Cooking Light cookbookCooking Light: Way to Bake:  I love to bake. I bake homemade bread at least once a week, and I have been known to bake copious amounts of cupcakes. The only problem is that butter and shortening might not be the best ingredients for you. Cooking Light is a great magazine full of tasty calorie friendly recipes. This book is not only full of recipes, but also has great step-by-step visuals for those new to baking.



moosewood cookbookMoosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health:  For health reasons my parents were fairly strict vegetarians for most of my adolescence, with only the occasional stop at the sushi bar. Having to switch from being a meat and potatoes kind of kid to eating salads and black bean patties was immensely difficult. Thankfully my mom had the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook. This cookbook has so many delicious recipes. It is a great starter book to vegetarian cooking.


Hungry Girl CookbookHungry Girl to the Max: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook:  I love fake-out food. I love food that should be bad for you, but is not and is still delicious. The Hungry Girl series is great. It has tons of recipes for delicious “guilt-free” food. With some 650 recipes from breakfast, to snacks, to desserts, there is plenty of cooking that is sure to be going on in your kitchen sometime soon.


Paleo cookbookThe Paleo Slow Cooker : Healthy, Gluten-Free Meals the Easy Way:  While I am too much of a carb lover to become a Paleo devotee, but I know many people that swear by the Paleo lifestyle. For those unfamiliar, the Paleo diet supposedly mimics what Paleolithic Era humans (cavemen) ate. This means no grains or legumes, but lots of veggies and lean grass-fed meat. If you or someone in your household is a carnivore, this might be the diet for you. This cookbook is full of easy slow cooker recipes. If you’re interested in learning more about Paleo or starting a meal plan check out, Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, or if the waiting list is too long, check out another Paleo slow cooker book here.

Fall into the Thanksgiving Spirit!


Celebrate and fall into the Thanksgiving Spirit with the library!



Has your Thanksgiving dinner become repetitive? Want to try new recipes?

Check out some of these cookbooks and have leftovers taste amazing this year.


Thanksgiving Cookbook coverHello Cupcake coverVegan Holiday cover


Thanksgiving - Inspiring first courses and traditional and new creative recipes.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen - Mouthwatering and hearty healthy recipes for the holidays.

Hello Cupcake! - Creative and unique desserts, including the Nightmare before Thanksgiving treats.




Stories and history!

Read about Thanksgiving and share stories with your children, family, and friends!


I'm a Turkey coverBalloons Over Broadway coverA Great and Godly Adventure


I am Turkey! - A picture book about a turkey that describes his life in a large flock.

Balloons Over Broadway - The story of how the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade's balloons became a trademark.

A Great and Godly Adventure - A more authentic history of the Plymouth settlement and Thanksgiving.





Enjoy Thanksgiving craft activities for the entire family and friends.

Take your crafts home to decorate your space or give to family and friends!

Join us for one (or all!) of the following dates:


Hillview Branch

Friday, November 22, 3:00 p.m.


King Library

Friday, November 22, 4:00 p.m.


East Branch

Saturday, November 23, 1:30 p.m.


Alviso Branch

Saturday, November 23, 3:00 p.m.


Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch    

Monday, November 25, 3:00 p.m.


Cambrian Branch

Monday, November 25, 3:30 p.m.


Evergreen Branch

Monday, November 25, 4:00 p.m.


Educational Park Branch

Tuesday, November 26, 6:00 p.m.


Tully Community Branch

Wednesday, November 27, 4:00 p.m.



All events are open to the public and FREE of charge.

The Welcome Table: Holiday Cookbooks for Every Diet

The Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava AtlasWith Thanksgiving days away and another season of holiday feasting about to begin, I've been thinking about the pleasures and pains of preparing holiday meals to share with family and friends. When I first started making Thanksgiving dinner, my biggest challenge was making sure the turkey didn't dry out. These days, I’ve mastered the turkey, mostly, but more and more I find myself faced with another culinary challenge – catering to a host of food preferences, dietary restrictions, and food allergies and sensitivities.


Everyone says, "Don’t go to any trouble," but where’s the fun in that? I believe there are few better ways to show you care than having delicious food ready that everyone at your table can enjoy, from your friend who's a lacto-ovo-vegetarian to your Mother-in-Law with celiac disease.


Here are some cookbooks to help you rise to the challenge this holiday season:


Happy Cooking!

烹飪書 Chinese cookbooks

We just received a good numbers of beautiful Chinese cookbooks at Alviso Branch. Fall is coming and it is good time to make some delicious food for our family.  


秋天是滋補養身的最佳時間. 新進書包括:  粥, 湯王, 魚料理教科書, 正宗126道台灣小吃, 阿妹客家菜等等. 看這些書, 好想馬上下廚, 讓全家享受美味家肴, 身體健康. 

Food Trucks!

Coming from a small town, I have to admit that I never would have thought to eat from a food truck until I moved to the Bay Area.  A friend convinced me to go to the SOMA Streatfood Park  and I was amazed at the quality and variety of food offered.  Since then, I’ve been hooked.  I know many of you have already experienced and long appreciated the pleasure of the food truck, but as a new convert, I thought I would share some resources to help others looking to satisfy their food truck cravings.


If you’re looking for food trucks in San Jose, Roaming Hunger is a good website to visit.  They have a map that can show you the locations of food trucks.  You can see which food trucks are where with a short description of the cuisine they offer.  And of course there is Moveable Feast!  With a rotating variety of over one hundred trucks, you are sure to find something to fulfill your craving at any one of their gatherings.  Visit their website or Facebook page to see when their events are taking place and where they will be.


Or if you feel like trying to recreate some of those tasty offerings you have experienced, the San Jose Public Library has a few food truck cookbooks you could check out.


cover of Skillet cookbookIf you’ve ever been to Seattle, WA, you may have tried food from Skillet, considered to be one of the top gourmet food trucks in the nation. In The Skillet Cookbook: A Street Food Manifesto, you can read about the ups and downs of Chef Josh Henderson’s food truck journey and make some of Skillet’s most popular dishes.  The recipes are separated into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert, so you can try something for any time of day.  Each recipe also has a quick blurb at the beginning, a cookbook feature that I have always enjoyed and appreciated.


cover of Eat St. cookbookEat St. is a show on the Cooking Channel hosted by James Cunningham, who travels all over North America in search of the tastiest street food.  Eat St.: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks is the companion cookbook, offering recipes from many of the vendors visited on the television show.  You may be familiar with or even have eaten from some of the trucks featured in this cookbook, and hopefully you will be brave enough to try making some of their most popular items.