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Apple strudel, tomato soup, and roasted butternut squash…nothing says “Fall” quite like the smell of a home-cooked meal or sweet treat! As the weather (finally) starts to cool, and leaves begin to fall, I find myself spending more and more time experimenting with recipes in my kitchen…much to the enjoyment of my friends and coworkers)!

While I enjoy the process – especially the taste-testing – choosing a recipe or cookbook to follow can be a bit daunting. Sometimes I pick up an absolutely gorgeous book, with mouthwatering images on every page, but the recipes themselves are difficult to follow, or just plain boring.  With cookbooks, you don’t always know what you’re going to get, and before I spend hours in the kitchen I like to have some reassurance that the end product will be worthy of the labor. For this reason, I’m really excited to launch the Westerly Library Cookbook Club on October 16th!

A cookbook club is similar to your standard book discussion group, but with the added advantage of including a spread of delicious treats! Every month we choose a different cookbook, and each participant prepare a recipe from the book to share with the group. We all enjoy a family-style meal, discuss the merits of the book, and leave with full tummies and a better idea of whether we want to use the cookbook in the future.

For our very first Cookbook Club, we will be discussing Deb Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen­, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in 2012 and includes a delightful mix of simple and intricate dishes for any occasion. Copies are being held at the Reference Desk, so, if you’re interested in attending, visit us to reserve your spot and check out your book. You can also sign up by calling us at (401) 596-2877 ext. 308, or emailing us at

. Pre-registration is required, so contact us today!

For more information on the Cookbook Club, and to see which recipes have already been reserved, visit our blog at

by Cassie Skobrak, Reference Librarian