We have been playing this summer with a cookbook club. We got the idea from a couple other libraries who were doing it and decided to try a summer series in conjunction with the Maynard Farmers’ Market. We chose 4 cookbooks that focused on healthy local food. We had the 3rd meeting last week when we explored Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. Everyone gets a copy of the cookbook (we have copies at the library) and chooses a recipe to make and bring to the meeting – which is held at noon on the second Monday of the month. We have one more in the summer series on September 12 when we will be cooking from and talking about The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook: Eating Well for Better Health.
We have really been enjoying these sessions and we have found that we have different approaches to cooking. Some people stick to the recipes – some people – most of our people I think – view the recipe as a suggestion. This has been so much fun that we have decided to extend the series. In October we will be looking at apple recipes – we have found a wonderful cookbook by a local author (Brookline) entitled The Apple Lovers Cookbook and are working on a date – the second Monday being Columbus Day. In November we will be talking about soup and bread. We are still looking for a cookbook(s) to use for this session. Because everyone gets busy in December we decided to take a hiatus until February when we will start again with an evening session devoted to chocolate and celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Several people have lamented that this is a daytime series but I would invite them to join the cookbook club in Stow or in Wayland that meets in the evenings. After all – libraries are all part of the same family.
And – in chatting with Jan at the Farmers’ Market about the February chocolate session she mentioned a recipe she found from King Arthur Flour for a double chocolate zucchini bread that she said was delicious. She wasn’t exaggerating the deliciousness of it and since this is zucchini season you might want to check it out. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/double-chocolate-zucchini-bread-recipe
I would say, however, that calling this bread instead of cake is kind of like our calling those giant blueberry cupcakes muffins instead of admitting what we are really eating. BUT this would be perfect with a cup of tea or – perhaps in this weather – a glass of iced tea.
So – maybe you’ll think about joining us in September – at any rate, enjoy reading and nibbling.