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Food and Cooking

Culinary ideas from school lunches to gourmet dinners

Food and Wine

Food and Cooking Resources


From vegan cooking to barbecue and smoothie diets to decadent desserts, the Library offers a variety of food preparation and cookbooks. Look for the 641 Dewey Decimal number or the sign that says “Cookbooks” on the second floor.

Flipster and Print Magazines

The Library offers over 25 digital magazines, free to read with your HPL card. Pull up a recipe from Clean Eating, Fine Cooking or Southern Living on your device and start planning your next meal. We also have several print magazines available, including Cooks Illustrated, Saveur, Cooking Light and Food & Wine.

Food and Wine Newsletter

Sign up to receive a curated monthly newsletter with interesting lists and the newest food and wine titles.

Elite Eats Guide

The comprehensive restaurant guide compiled with staff and program attendee recommendations for great food in the Chicago area. You’re sure to find a spot to fit your tastes in the latest Elite Eats Guide.


Food and Cooking Events

Kitchen Tech: Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 11 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Want to get something for that special budding chef in your life? Let us ease your holiday stress a bit with our kitchen tech gift suggestions. You will get culinary ideas for every budget that are sure to be a hit

Hinsdale Bite Club

Thursday, December 13 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

If you enjoy cooking and exchanging recipes, check out the Hinsdale Bite Club! Join fellow home cooks to talk recipes and cookbooks, and to share samples of Holiday apps and sides at this casual event. Simply prepare a recipe to share from a cookbook in the library’s extensive collection or from your personal collection. We will spotlight a new topic quarterly.   Limit 12.

Food and Cooking Links

Hinsdale Farmer’s Market

Open Monday mornings during summer and early fall, the Hinsdale Farmer’s Market offers a variety of fresh and prepared foods.

New York Times Cooking

With recipes, collections and video cooking guides, NYT Cooking offers access to over 17,000 recipes.

PBS Cooking

PBS featured cooking show like Julia Child and the Frugal Gourmet long before it was cool, but their legacy continues.