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The Maid’s Diary

Libraries with large thriller collections, or where other titles by White (The Patient’s Secret) are popular, may want to consider it, but most can skip.

Enebla: Recipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen

An approachable and personal compendium, that, while slightly dated in design, is recommended for public libraries with strong food-focused communities.

Pig Beach BBQ Cookbook: Smoked, Grilled, Roasted, and Sauced

Libraries near a Pig Beach restaurant or with an extensive barbecue collection may want to purchase. It’s too fussy to be of much use to novice barbecuers, but experienced pitmasters might be interested.

Save-It-Forward Suppers: A Simple Strategy To Save Time, Money, and Sanity

Recommended for public libraries with busy home cooks.

The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy, and Wholesome Recipes

This is a cookbook for confident cooks and those already familiar with various diets, as no tenets or health benefits are explained. Purchase where there is interest.


Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend

A recommended purchase for public libraries. Personal anecdotes will delight Segal’s followers, and will draw in others new to her cooking.

Bare Minimum Dinners: Recipes and Strategies for Doing Less in the Kitchen

A worthwhile consideration for all libraries, but note that the book is published in paperback and might not withstand high circulation.

Sourdough Culture: A History of Bread Making from Ancient to Modern Bakers

It’s more a history and personal memoir (with notable Christian themes) than it is a cookbook, but its brief length may recommend it to patrons. Only purchase where there is interest.

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