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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: Wine Tech

Wednesday, Setpember 18, 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.


Learn how to harness technology to enhance your wine experience. We’ll take you from storage to service and everything in between.

We’ll take you from storage to service and everything in between. Curious about varietal selections and wine pairings? We’ve got apps for that. A selection of snacks that work well with wine will be served.

Hinsdale Bite Club Oktoberfest!

Wednesday, Setpember 25, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


Join us for the Hinsdale Bite Club: Oktoberfest!, where fellow home cooks will come together to sample each other’s German recipes and talk cookbooks.

Bring your appetite along with a German recipe you have made at home. Copies of The German cookbook : a complete guide to mastering authentic German cooking by Mimi Sheraton are on hold at the Library for the Bite Club. You may also choose a recipe from a favorite cookbook or blog. Please bring copies of your recipe to share with the group.

Elite Eats

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Are you ready to talk about Chicago area food again? Pick up your copy of the 2019 Elite Eats Guide, curated by local food explorer Mike Oetting with tons of help from previous attendees.


Local food explorer, Mike Oetting, facilitates the newest edition of Elite Eats. From best-of-types to hidden gems, we’ll talk about it all. Pick up a copy of the 2019 Elite Eats Guide complied by Mike and past Elite Eaters, featuring over 350 Chicago restaurants.

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.