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Cookbook Club

Goshen Public Library Cookbook Book Club


Cookbook Club Information

The Cookbook Book Club meets the 1st Friday of the month (excepting holidays) from 1:00pm-2:30pm.  The book club is run by Adult Services librarian, Lynn Coppers and reads/reviews a wide range of cookbooks to include: various cooking techniques, specific chefs, and ethnic cooking styles.  The members of the book club bring one dish to share from the cookbook and the group sits down for a potluck lunch.  This book club is currently full, you are welcome to stop by or call the Reference Desk to be added to a wait list (845)294-6606 ext. 106.



Browsing for Cookbooks at

The Goshen Public Library

Cookbooks are shelved in the Non-Fiction section between 641.5 and 642.   Here is how they are arranged:

641.5   – General cookbooks

641.59 – Cookbooks by country or region

      For example:

641.5943  German

641.5944  French

641.5945  Italian

641.5947  Russian

641.5951  Chinese

641.5954  Indian

641.5956  Middle Eastern

641.595    Vietnamese, Thai, Singapore

641.5972  Mexican

641.5981  Brazilian

641.6 – Specific kinds of foods

     For example:

641.631    Grains

641.656    Tofu

641.665    Chicken

641.692    Fish

641.7 - Specific processes and techniques

     For example:

641.71     Roasting

641.76     BBQ/Grilling

641.815   Baking

641.853   Candy Making

641.8 – Specific kinds of dishes

     For example:

641.812   Appetizers

641.813   Soup

641.821   Casseroles & One Dish Meals

641.824   Pizza

641.83     Salads

Cookbook Book Club Selections


Below are the titles, in order of discussion month, of the cookbooks the Cookbook club has reviewed, discussed, and sampled.

Past Cookbook Selections

More Mexican Everyday by RIck Bayless

Cookbook Club Sampled Recipes

Food 52 Genius Recipes - Sampled Recipes

Basic Hummus, p. 36 - Simple and delicious.

One-Ingredient Whole Grain Crackers, p. 37 - The ultimate in simple recipes!

Raised Waffles, p. 29 - Delicate and crisp.

Mushroom Bourguignon, p. 147 - A rich and hearty vegetarian dish.

Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake, p. 218 - Moist and delicious.

Plenty More - Sampled Recipes

Steamed Eggplant with Sesame and Green Onion, p. 40 - A lovely Japanese inspired preparation  The marinade would be useful in other dishes as well.

How to Eat Supper - Sampled Recipes

Almond Chutney Chicken in Lettuce Roll-Ups, p. 113.  (Katie Edson)  Good, nice for a party.

Provencal Tuna Salad, p. 18 - A nice change from mayonaise based preparations.  Good for summer, served on a green salad.

Plumped Ginger-Caramel Shrimp, p. 227 - Delicious and unusual preparation.  Serve with ginger rice.


The Smitten Kitchen - Sampled Recipes

Wild Mushroom Tart, p. 95 -This was a big hit.  Would be perfect as a light meal with a salad, or as an elegant started to a holiday dinner.

Sweet Peas and Shells Alfredo, p. 121 - Creamy and comforting.

Buttered Popcorn Cookies, p. 195 - Unusual and delicious.


Tart it Up! - Sampled Recipes

Belgian Endive and Prosciutto Tart, p. 40.  Creamy and different.  Beautiful presentation.

Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Tart, p.54 - The goat cheese cuts through the sweetness of the onions and red peppers.

Banana and Rum Pie, p. 133 - Classic combination of flavors.  Very rich.

Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking - Sampled Recipes

Can't remember what I made.  It was not memorable or worthy of making again (Katie Edson).

Squash and Ricotta Tart, p. 27 - Used half the sugar called for and it was still too sweet.  Would cut the sugar still more and use basil instead of fresh mint.

Genovese Focaccia, p. 32 - Delicious.  Would be great for sandwiches.



My Kitchen Year - Sampled Recipes

Gingered Applesauce Cake Glazed with Caramel:  page 93.  Katie Edson - so yummy! A recipe to make again and again.

Longchamps Rice Pudding with Raisins, - Everyone enjoyed this.

Lemon Pudding Cake, p. 165 - Very easy and delicious.

James Beard's Tomato Pie, - Ripe summer tomatoes are a must!

Corn Pudding - A great side dish or simple dinner.  Would also be good for breakfast!

Rose Water and Orange Blossoms - Sampled Recipes

Mujadara with Crispy Onions, p.139 - Delicious, complex flavor from simple ingredients.

Freekah with Tomato and Chickpeas, p. 141.  Very nice alternative to the standard rice or pasta side.

Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Broth with Rice Stuffing, pp. 88-89 - Used Swiss chard instead of cabbage.  Very tasty!  Recipes for other fillings are also given.

Hushweh (Chicken Rice Pilaf with Butter Toasted Almonds), pp. 124-125 - Lebanese comfort food.  Delicious and substantial.

Jamie at Home - Sampled Recipes

Crispy and Sticky Chicken Thighs with Squashed New Potatoes and Tomatoes, p. 189 - Very flavorful and easy.

Summer Tomato Pasta, p. 235 - A simple summer salad.  Fresh herbs are essential.

Blackberry and Apple Pie, p.348 - Yummy!

Superb Squash Soup with the Best Parmesan Croutons, p. 361 - Our sample was made with fresh pumpkin and was delicious.


River Cottage VEG - Sampled Recipes

Kale and Mushroom Lasagna, p.34 - A nice change from the tomato sauce based varieties.

Spinach, Penne and Cheese "Spouffle", p.43 - Penne turns this "spouffle" into a sustaining one-pot meal.

Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin, p.63 - Peanut butter and lime add a satay-like flavor.  An unusual and delicious combination.

Creamy Mushroom Soup, p.152 - Super creamy and tasty.

Pearled Barley Broth, p. 160 - Hearty and delicious.  You won't miss the meat!

Pumpkin and Raisin Tea Loaf, p. 394 - Rich and sweet and made without butter or oil.  Our sample was made with market fresh carrots and was perfect.





Brunch @ Bobby's - Sampled Recipes

Earl Grey Spritzer, p.34 - Refreshing served with seltzer.  Would be even better with champagne!

Crumpets, p. 150 - Move over English muffins!

Calabrian Scrambled Eggs, p. 140 - Mixed with sopressata and cheese and topped with pesto - yummy!

Grape Focaccia, p. 161 - Worked up more like a pizza than a bread.  Too much olive oil, but topping was very good.  Liked Lidia's recipe better.

Biscuit Sticky Buns, p. 157 - A delicious and easier version of the breakfast classic.

Shoofly Muffins, p.174 - Perfect for those who like a sweet morning treat.


Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook - Sampled Recipes


Celeriac-Potato Pancakes with Apple-Onion Compote, - Subtly different from the usual potato-only pancake,  Compote a nice change from traditional applesauce accompaniment.  Sour cream is good too.

Escarole and Fontina Empanaditas - Escarole filling was verytasty.  The empanada dough was flaky and delicious.

Chicken, Apple and Cheddar Empanaditas, p. 295 - Also very good.  Nice combination of flavors.

Asian Meatballs on Snow Pea Picks, p. 344 - These were a big hit.  Delicious and beautiful to look at!

Eggplant Crisps, p.255 - Perfect little bite, reminiscent of eggplant parmesan.

Essential Emeril - Sampled Recipes

Barbecue Shrimp and Jalapeno Biscuits, p. 51.  Very spicy and flavorful.  Biscuits, though easy to make, tasted complex and delicious.

Alden's Egg Drop Soup, p. 81 - Comforting, with chicken stock eggs and tofu.

Shrimp Stewfee, p.145 - A delicious and quicker etoufee.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Salad, p. 227 - Great combination of flavors.  Roasting the sprouts would add even more.

Love Potatoes, p. 202 - Just a few ingredients and long, slow cooking make for a delicious dish.

Bread Pudding with Macadamia Caramel Sauce, p. 283 - Rich and indulgent.  The sauce would be wonderful on just about anything!

Summer Berry Crisp, p. 280 - Can be made all year round with frozen berries. 

Scalloped Potatoes, (from the book: From Emeril's Kitchen) - Made with heavy cream, these may be the richest potatoes ever!

Julia Child: The Way to Cook - Sampled Recipes

Cream of Cauliflower Soup, made from Rice and Onion Soup Base, pp. 6 & 8 - Simple ingredients.  Two different versions were made. Very simple changes altered the taste significantly.

Cream of Carrot Soup, p. 11 - Also made from the rice and onion soup base.  Also very good.

Braised Whole Filet of Salmon in Wine and Aromatic Vegetables, p.85  -  Very moist and flavorful. 

Braised Cabbage Rolls with Ham and Bread Crumb Stuffing, pp.304 & 184 - Simple ingredients, simple preparation, great one pot meal.

Shrimp Quiche, p. 384 - Flaky pastry.  Savory custard filling.

Crab Crepes, p. 405-6 - These make you remember why crepes were so popular,  Deserve to be so again!

Chocolate Amaretti Truffles, p. 485 - Smooth, creamy and decadent!

Cooking for Jeffrey - Sampled Recipes

Butternut Squash & Ricotta Bruschettas, pp. 57-59 -  Tasty appetizer.  Ricotta is extra creamy.

16 Bean Pasts e Fagioli, p. 70 - Hearty and delicious.

Kasha Varnishkes, p. 147 - Great flavor from a few simple ingredients.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake, pp. 208-209  - Moist and dense.  Would be perfect with ice cream and/or fresh fruit or berries.

Apple Pie Bars, pp. 214-215 - Apple pie in a convenient bar form.  Delicious!

Prune Armagnac Clafouti, p. 222 - Moist and delicious without being too sweet.  Would be great for brunch.

Pecan Rum Raisin Ice Cream, pp. 228-229 - Creamy and decadent.  The vanilla base would be a good alone or as a base for other flavors as well.

Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake, pp. 232-233 - Smooth and creamy with a lovely light lemon flavor. 

Fresh Peach Cobbler, pp. 335-336 - Served warm with vanilla ice cream.  Delicious!



More Mexican Everyday - Sampled Recipes

Greens and Beans with Red Chile and Fresh Cheese, p.126.  Green and fresh.  Nice vegetarian taco filling.

Chipolte Meatballs, p.117.  Spicy change from their Italian counterpart.  Smaller meatballs would work as an appetizer.  Most of us thought that a little less canned chipolte in the sauce would be more to our liking

Chipolte Rice with Shrimp, p. 260.  Super tasty and super easy!

Mexican Chocolate-Pumpkin Seed Cake, p. 338. Moist and delicious. 

Butternut-Pecan Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble, p240. A delicious muffin.  Besides adding rich flavor, the squash keeps the muffin nice and moist.

Coconut Bread Pudding, p. 351. This is a simple and delicious dish.  The coconut milk adds just the right touch.

Cooking in Goshen

Farmer's Market Information

The Market runs every Friday, 10am until 5pm until November 1 with the exception of Friday July 5.  You can find us at the intersection of Main St and South Church Street.

Subject Guide

Katie Edson

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