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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

Cookbook Club

Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

If you love cookbooks cooking and eating, come talk cookbooks and share samples of easy recipes. Everyone is asked to prepare & bring a sample from one of the featured food blogs.



Elite Eats

Interested in expanding your dining horizons? Elite Eats is an occasional program that gives you the inside track on the best under-the-radar spots in the area. Join Adult Services Librarian Mike Oetting for an interactive discussion of local restaurants. Share your personal picks with fellow diners and learn of other undiscovered gems. Attendees will receive a comprehensive restaurant guide which includes picks from previous Elite Eats attendees. You’re sure to find a restaurant tailored for your tastes.  Check back for the next edition of Elite Eats.


Springtime Menu in Paris

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Renowned local chef Susan Maddox returns to share her culinary expertise by preparing a Sprintime Menu in Paris. Attendees will watch while she cooks several French-themed delights and then get taste them. Limit 50.

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.