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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.

Food and Cooking Events

Cookbook Club

Monday, October 23 at 7:00 PM and Tuesday, October 24 at 2:00 PM

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 cookbooks. Copies of the selected cookbooks will be available for checkout two weeks prior to the program. The program meets quarterly on a Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

October 2017 titles are:  Deep Run Roots:Stories and Recipes From My Corner of the South, Cooking for Jeffrey, Pok Pok:  Food and Stories from Thailand


Elite Eats

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 PM and Thursday, November 9 at 2:30 PM

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.


Whiskey Acres Distillery Co. Tasting

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

A presentation and tasting of products from DeKalb’s family run Whiskey Acres Distillery. Must be 21.


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.