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New Intergenerational Cooking Program at PGTPL

New Intergenerational Cooking Program at PGTPL

All Around the Table: Berries

Wednesday, June 14, 5:30-6:30p, McMillan A

Gathering around a table to share delicious food is one of the best ways to build community, and this summer the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library will launch an intergenerational cooking club to foster just that.

However, this cooking club will function a little bit differently from ones you might have heard of in the past! Instead of cooking a bunch of recipes from a single cookbook, each gathering will feature a particular ingredient or type of cuisine.

Participants will peruse our collection of cookbooks, including eBooks, and choose any recipe that features that ingredient or cuisine. We do ask that recipes come from library resources and not from personal collections or other online sources.

Aspiring chefs will then prepare the recipe they’ve chosen and bring it to our gathering – along with the cookbook or eBook information they used – where they’ll get to try all kinds of food based on that month’s theme. They’ll also chat with other cooks, trade tips, and make new friends.

Because this event is intergenerational, we strongly encourage people to involve their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, etc. in the process of choosing a book, selecting a recipe, and preparing the food. It’s a great way to build relationships with younger people and teach important life skills. 

That said, people who don’t have any children in their lives are still welcome to participate, but please do so knowing that this is a child-friendly event and not an adult cooking club. Come ready to have some silly conversations, get a little bit messy, and most of all – have fun!

The inaugural gathering takes place Wednesday, June 14, from 5:30-6:30p. The featured ingredient is berries of any kind – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, whatever you like! 

Please register in advance to let us know you’re coming and how many people will be in your group. You must prepare a recipe to participate, but one recipe per small group of cooks is fine; if your group is more than three or four people, please consider making multiple recipes.

Suggested resources for June 

Children’s Cookbooks

The No-Cook Cookbook by Rebecca Woollard

Cool Fruit & Veggie Food Art: Easy Recipes that Make Food Fun to Eat  by Nancy Tuminelly

American Girl Garden to Table: Fresh Recipes to Cook & Share

Cool Healthy Muffins: Fun & Easy Baking Recipes for Kids by Alex Kuskowski



Adult Cookbooks

Blueberry Love: 46 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Pies, Jams, Smoothies, Sauces and More  by Cynthia Stevens Graubart

Strawberry Love: 45 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Shortcakes, Hand Pies, Salads, Salsas and More by Cynthia Stevens Graubart

Taste of Home Farm to Table Cookbook

Healthy Quick & Easy Smoothies by Dana Angelo White

Wild Sweetness: Recipes Inspired by Nature by Thalia Ho

eBooks through Overdrive/Libby

Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings by Ken Haedrich

The No-Cook Cookbook by Rebecca Woollard

eBooks through Freading

Luscious Berry Desserts by Lori Longbotham

Berries: Sweet & Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross

Homemade Summer by Yvette van Boven

Chez Panisse Fruit  by Alice Waters


eBooks through Hoopla

Acai Super Berry Cookbook by Melissa Petitto

The Alaska Wild Berry Cookbook: Homestyle Recipes from the Far North by Alaska Northwest Books

Yummy Dump Cake Recipes with Berries by Emily Hunter

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