Library News

By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: August 2, 2013

Cookbooks for the Summer

Now is the time to visit Sedona Public Library for tips on cooking with fresh summer ingredients. You’ll find 161 delicious, nutritious recipes on a CD by Anne Uruburu, titled “Anne’s Raw Kitchen Recipes.” The CD is available for a $10 donation, and all proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Uruburu demonstrated how easily and quickly she whips up her creations and shared the results during a recent program at the Library. All in attendance happily sampled the curry cantaloupe soup, apple and raw beet salad with ginger, and peanut butter-oatmeal cookies.

In describing her approach to happy, healthy eating, Uruburu said, “Raw organic foods have more variability in taste and water content. Start with less liquid in a recipe and add if needed for desired consistency. I occasionally use tofu and dairy products. Mostly a vegetarian cookbook, the CD includes a few raw fish recipes for days when I want high protein with an omega-3 boost.”

Uruburu gleaned the recipes from reading over 200 cookbooks and magazines during the past five years, and she tested and changed each recipe on the CD to meet her taste, usually adding more spices because she likes flavorful foods. Stop by the Library on White Bear Road or our Village of Oak Creek location and take home a CD to help support the Library.

The Library has a large selection of cookbooks for your reading and cooking enjoyment. New to the Library’s cooking section is “River Cottage Veg” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. In this lavishly illustrated cookbook, you’ll find handy weeknight one-pot meals, pure and simple raw dishes, hearty salads, as well as a chapter of meze and tapas dishes.

Other cookbooks currently on our new book shelves are: “Absolutely Avocados: 80 Amazing Avocado Recipes for Every Meal of the Day” by Gaby Dalkin, “Year-Round Slow Cooker: 100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season” by Dina Cheney, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking” by Bo Rinaldi, and “Meatless: More than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes from the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living.”

If you want to add a foreign touch to your plate, try one of these books: “Sabor: A Passion for Cuban Cuisine” by Ana Quincoces (Ana can be seen on BRAVO’s “The Real Housewives of Miami”), “Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America” by Maricel E. Presilla, or “Vietnamese Home Cooking” by Charles Phan, chef-owner of The Slanted Door.

For good reading as well as good recipes, try “Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home” by Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner with a forward by Danny Meyer. Meyer’s restaurants are among the most acclaimed and beloved in the nation: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Blue Smoke, The Modern, and more, winners of an unprecedented number of James Beard Awards for outstanding food and hospitality. “Family Table” takes you behind the scenes of these restaurants to share the food that the chefs make for one another before they cook for you.

Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.