Adult Summer Reading is going great so far, with over 350 people registered and dozens of folks who have started completing Activity Badges. But there are still plenty of badges to earn, including the Explore Food badge.

One of the Activities you can complete to earn this badge is checking out a cookbook from the library. You can use one of our great ebooks book services, or you can stop in and take a peek at our shelves. Below is a list of some cookbooks you might find interesting that staff put together. And don’t forget that once you try out a recipe you find in one of these books, taking a picture of it and sharing it on social media (and tagging us!) is another Activity for this badge!


The Complete Summer Cookbook: Beat the Heat with 500 Recipes that Make the Most of Summer’s Bounty by America’s Test Kitchen

Vegetables Illustrated: An Inspiring Guide with 700+ Kitchen-Tested Recipes by American’s Test Kitchen

The Beach House Cookbook: Easy Breezy Recipes with a Southern Accent by Mary Kay Andrews

Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Celebrations by Kevin Belton

South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations by Sean Brock

Fix-it and Forget-it Slow Cooker Crowd Pleasers for the American Summer: 150 Favorite Recipes for Potlucks, Parties, and Family Gatherings by Hope Comerford and Bonnie Matthews 

Tailgreat: How to Crush It at Tailgating by John Currence

The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook: From the Garden to the Table in 120 Recipes by Barbara Damrosch

Pulutan!: Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats by Marvin Gapultos

Ultimate Grilling Cookbook: 250 Sizzling Recipes by Good Housekeeping Institute

Operation BBQ: 200+ Smokin’ Recipes from Competition Grand Champions by Stan Hays

VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook: Over 80 Recipes, Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot! by Nadine Horn

Korean BBQ: Kung Fu Your Grill in Seven Sauces by Bill Kim

Slow Cooker Dump BBQ: Everyday Recipes for Barbecue without the Fuss by Jennifer McCartney

Great Vegan BBQ without a Grill: Amazing Plant-Based Ribs, Burgers, Steaks, Kabobs and More Smokey Favorites by Linda Meyer

Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell

EatingWell Vegetables: The Essential Reference edited by Jessie Price

Love your Lunchbox: 101 Recipes to Liven up Lunchtime by James Ramsden

Buttermilk and Bourbon: New Orleans Recipes with a Modern Flair by Jason Santos

Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace by Michael Symon

Taste of Home American Summer Cookbook by Taste of Home Books

Taste of Home Backyard Barbecues: 405 Dishes for Sizzling Celebrations by Taste of Home

Grill It Up: Flavorful and Fun Recipes for the BBQ by Steve Tillett

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