Recently the library added two new databases that we think a lot of you will like—AtoZ World Food and AtoZ Food America. Both of these databases are full of great recipes and general food information, and they are also part of the Activity Badges that can be earned by Adults who sign up for Summer Reading.
So what’s on these two databases and how do they work? First thing you should know is that you can access both from the database page of our website. If you are looking at them from home, you will need to have your library card number handy. Once you’re in, you can start browsing for information and recipes using the maps at the top of the pages.
Or you can scroll down to the bottom to look at the sections of Ingredients and Reference. There’s great stuff under Reference for folks who might be new to cooking, including Glossaries, if for instance, you don’t know how to fold in ingredients (such as cheese).
To specifically look at recipes, that’s back up at the top for both databases. If you don’t want to browse by country in World Food, just click the Search button and type in any food or beverage you want. For Food America, you can also use the Search icon, or you can browse recipes by headings like Soups and Main Courses by selecting the first option under the three-line menu. Whichever method you choose, you just need to pick a recipe and start cooking! You can even click the boxes to the left of each ingredient and each step as you complete them so you don’t lose track of where you are.
And that’s just the tip of the food iceberg! Be sure to check out these databases for specific recipes as well as general inspiration. Cheers!