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Eat Well With Allergy-Free Cookbooks

People with allergies don’t have to be told to avoid their triggers, but the rest of the world poses a constant hazard. Are there hazelnuts in this pastry? What about soy in this latte? The ultimate solution: cook all of your own stuff using allergen-free recipes from professional chefs. Start with these great cookbooks!

 

Cover image for Allergy-free and easy cooking :Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame by Cybele Pascal

Pascal has a number of great cookbooks on the market. This one includes traditional recipes, like mac and cheese without dairy-based cheese. She avoids the top eight allergens without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction!

 

Cover image for Allergy-free cookbookAllergy-Free Cookbook by Alice Sherwood

While the previous cookbook focused on the top eight allergens, this one focuses just on the top four: gluten, eggs, nuts, and dairy. It also offers some excellent party planning advice!

 

Cover image for Allergy-free cooking :Allergy-Free Cooking: how to survive the elimination diet and eat happily ever after by Eileen Rhude Yoder

The way many people discover that they have an allergy is by using the elimination diet. This eating strategy calls for users to eliminate all foods containing potential allergens before gradually reintroducing potential trouble items. It can be a slog, but this book will help you get through – and maybe even enjoy it!

 

Cover image for The allergy-free pantry :The Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More Without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts by Colette Martin

Maybe you’re dutifully avoiding allergens, but still having reactions. That’s because a lot of staples, like bread, contain cross-contaminants and even unlisted ingredients! This book will guide you through the process of making your own basic foods and avoiding those stealth allergens.

 

Cover image for Cooking allergy-free :Cooking Allergy-Free: simple inspired meals for everyone by Jenna Short

As a caterer, Jenna Short knows that one serious allergen can ruin an entire banquet. Luckily, she’s ready to pass her years of experience on to you in your pursuit of good, healthy, allergen-free food!

 

Cover image for Fearless food :Fearless Food: allergy-free recipes for kids by Katrina Jorgensen

Allergies are especially scary when a kid is involved. Cater to your kid’s tastes without sacrificing flavor and fun! This book covers the Big 8 allergens, which includes eggs, wheat, dairy, and soy.

 

Cover image for The food allergy mama's easy, fast family meals :The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals: Dairy, Egg, and Nut Free Recipes for Every Day by Kelly Rudnicki

Snacks are all well and good, but what happens when you need to make a three-course meal for your justifiably peanut-phobic family? You pull out this book! Penned by a popular blogger, it’s got everything you need for each meal of the week.

 

Cover image for Pure delicious :Pure Delicious: 150 Allergy-Free Recipes for Everyday and Entertaining by Heather Christo

Allergen-free parties are just better parties. You don’t have to worry about those pesky trips to the emergency room, for one thing, and for another, everybody can eat every dish! No after-party regrets here.

 

Cover image for The ultimate allergy-free cookbook :The Ultimate Allergy-Free Cookbook: over 150 easy-to-make recipes that contain no milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, or shellfish by Judi and Shari Zucker.

Not only are these recipes free of allergens, but they’re also tasty and healthy! If you dislike anti-allergy recipes that seem bland or like pale imitations of other food, then this is your cookbook.


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Vegan Baking Books For Your Valentine

During these chilly winter months, there’s nothing to do except turn your kitchen into a bountiful factory of warm, gooey treats. But wait – you say you went vegan as a New Year’s resolution? Don’t panic. Your cupcakes can be just as fluffy and moist without eggs and butter. Here are a few cookbooks to start you and your vegan sweet tooth out on your next adventure together.

Chloe’s Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes–and More! by Chloe Coscarelli

This book even contains recipes for ice cream. That’s right: ice cream! Coscarelli was the first vegan winner of Cupcake Wars, so you know her recipes are up to snuff.

Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets by Cara Reed

If you’ve never had vegan, gluten-free chocolate churros, prepare for a new experience. This book is ideal for celiacs and other people who are avoiding gluten.

The Joy of Vegan Baking, Revised and Updated by [Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen]The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Here’s a book that will show you how to make and set a vegan glaze, make a vegan buttermilk, and otherwise compensate for your aversion to dairy. Check out the easy conversion table in the front matter.

Modern Vegan Baking: The Ultimate Resource for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods by Gretchen Price

These tried and true recipes come straight from the author’s vegan bakery experience. Unlike other vegan baking cookbooks, this title doesn’t rely on substitutions, but instead focuses on creating original confections from ingredients that stand on their own.

Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten-Free Cakes by Emily Lael Aumiller

Whether you’re making a special treat for your valentine or creating a cake for a wedding, this book is a must-have. There’s a trick to making any cake look pretty, but when that cake is also vegan and gluten-free, the bar is even higher! Wow those skeptics.

Quick & Easy Vegan Bake Sale: More than 150 Delicious Sweet and Savory Vegan Treats Perfect for Sharing by [Kelly, Carla]Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale: More Than 150 Delicious Sweet and Savory Vegan Treats Perfect For Sharing by Carla Kelly

Sometimes, you need to make something delicate and transcendent, worthy of the marriage of two vegan nobles. Other times, you need to make muffins for the junior high girls’ soccer fundraiser. This book presents an absolute slew of cookie, cupcake, pastry, and snack bar recipes appropriate for everyone from beginner to expert.

Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes by Emily von Euw

You want it vegan. You want it gluten-free. And, finally, you want it raw. This book serves up all your dietary retrictions in one sweet set of delectable recipes, no flame required.

Sweet & Easy Vegan: Treats Made With Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners by Robin Asbell

If these other vegan baking books have you a little intimidated, then you can relax with this cookbook. The recipes here are designed to be straightforward and easy for anybody to try, whether they’ve been vegan for five years or five days.

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes From the Famous Los Angeles Bakery by Debbie Adler

It’s hard to quibble with an almond croissant…unless you’re allergic! This book eschews the cashew cream, peanut butter, and crumbled pistachio topping.

Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan

Calling all chocoholics! This is the vegan baking book you’ve been waiting for. Every recipe involves chocolate somehow. There’s even a beverages section for you bakers who like to enjoy a little decadent libation as you mix and pour.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Moskowitz is one of the most famous names in vegan cookery, and she and Romero have multiple books on vegan baking. This one is just about the fabulous and expansive world of vegan cupcakes. Also check out Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Pie in the Sky by the same authors!

 

 


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Cook! That! Pumpkin!

Welcome to Halloween Spookytown! Here the chainsaw killers harvest candy corn from the creepy abandoned fields as eerily cheerful children run from deserted house to deserted house ransacking them for full-sized candy bars. That said, we still need our vitamins, so we also eat pumpkins. Here are a few of our favorite recipe books.

20774886Cooking with Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie by Averie Sunshine

You might know the author’s blog. Now she has a line of cookbooks, and this is the best one of the bunch. (Probably.) Pretty much the entire lineup is cakes, candies, muffins, and the like. Also, there are pumpkin spice drinks and instructions on how to make pumpkin spice. This is the best part of the book. In Halloween Spookytown we wean the children on pumpkin spice.

46742277. sy475 Healthy and Flavorful Pumpkin Cookbook: The Best Pumpkin Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers by Molly Mills

This is a healthier option than the last crowd-pleaser of a cookbook, which means that there is broccoli in it. Nothing is scarier than a Halloween without broccoli! Green bean and pumpkin salad also features, as does the ever-lovin’ black bean and pumpkin bake. Lot of legumes and green stuff in this one. You’ll love it if you’re one of those people who trick or treats for UNICEF.

Cover image for The pumpkin cookbook :The Pumpkin Cookbook: 139 Recipes Celebrating the Versatility of Pumpkin and Other Winter Squash by DeeDee Stovel

The prettiest of pumpkin pictures meets the most useful of pumpkin culinary direction, viz a viz how to cook a pumpkin in a microwave. And here you thought that pumpkin would be a chore! You also can and should grill pumpkin, both on your Weber and in the interrogation room. Wipe that smug grin off its face. It’s in your house now.

29608067. sx318 Pumpkin It Up! by Eliza Cross

Woot! Raise the roof! It’s pumpkin time! If you’ve got it, flaunt it, shake it, and put a pumpkin in it. Interestingly, this same author also wrote a book called 101 Things To Do With A Pickle, and as a result, all of the pumpkin-based ingredients in Pumpkin It Up! can be replaced with pickles. (I assume.) A word to the wary: it does sometimes rely on frankenfood like those buttermilk biscuits that come in a tube and sit next to the eggs at the store, like that makes any sense. But after all, this is Halloween Spookytown, and we’re here for the horror. Just don’t read the label or it’ll get too real.

Cover image for Purely pumpkin :Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen by Allison Day

Who knew there were so many different kinds of heirloom pumpkins? You need to collect them. Sample them all. From the American Tonda to the Yokohama, they will grace your home. No orange conformists here! This book is about pumpkin appreciation – nay, pumpkin love. Although it details the many varieties of edible pumpkins on this side of our mortal coil, a large part of the book is about drinks. A surprisingly small number of them use any actual pumpkin and most of this subset of recipes are for pumpkin spice lattes. Oh well. Our love for pumpkin is a complicated creature.


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Salad In Your Jar

Nothing’s better than salad in a jar. It’s tasty, customizable, compact, and hip as heck. If you disagree, then you haven’t tried it and it is incumbent upon you to do so immediately.  Check out these salad in a jar recipe books and discover the wonder that is a bottled lunch. Your hipster factor will explode and you can thank me once it has descended to the level where you’re cool enough to thank people again.

19391404Easy Salad in a Jar Cartoon Recipes by Jordan Hodge

For the visual among us, this book will show you exactly how to build a salad in a jar using cartoons. In other words, this is my kind of cookbook.

 

 

29093127Jar Salads: 52 Happy, Healthy Lunches by Alexander Hart

This very purple book points out something critical: you can make salad in a jar ahead of time and it will stay crunchy and nice in the fridge! If that doesn’t convert you, I don’t know what will.

 

18371512. sx318  Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go by Julia Mirabella

These are some pretty freaking lunches. Better yet, the selection of recipes here isn’t limited to salads! Variety. It’s the ranch dressing of life.

 

25260968 Mason Jar Salads: Quick, Easy & Healthy Mason Jar Recipes For Busy People by Julie Eldred

Are you busy? Do you want to eat healthy and also be sensorily entertained by what you put in your mouth? This book is for you.

 

 

30780247Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings by Anna Helm Baxter

Ten Speed Pres never disappoints. Follow your bliss to adorable salad joy by making your own dressings too. Sound hard? It’s not! If you can shake a bottle, you can make dressing.


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2019-2020 Nevins Library Book Group Schedule

It’s that time of year again…back to school for kids and back to book clubs for adults!

Do you enjoy reading books? Or want to find new and different books to read? Join one of Nevins Library’s Adult Book Clubs!

We have books in a variety of different genres and topics that the clubs and groups read. More information about all of the Book Groups can be found on our website (with descriptions and sometimes the books/themes we’ll be reading).

And the dates that they’re happening can be found on our Calendar of Events (and even if you don’t plan on participating in any of the Book Groups, go see the Calendar of Events anyway. It’s awesome!!)

Bestseller Book Group – Meets the 1st Tuesday of Each Month @ 7 PM 

Contact Pat for more information.

Thursday Evening Book Discussion – Meets the 1st Thursday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Krista for more information.

Stranger than Fiction (Non-Fiction) Book Group – Meets the 2nd Monday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Tatjana for more information

LGBT Book Discussions – Meets the 2nd Thursday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Krista for more information

Sociable Seniors – Meets the last Friday of Each Month @ 10 AM

Contact Tracy for more information

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group – Meets the 3rd Wednesday of Each Month @ 1 PM

Contact Sarah for more information

NEW-ish Forever Young-ish Book Group – Meets the 3rd Thursday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Amy for more information.

You can always call us at 978-686-4080 to find out more about any of these groups as well.

We hope to see you at one or more of these if they spark your interest!!

Some Great Black History Month Reads

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Cookbook Book Club

Cookbook Book Club

3rd Tuesday of Each Month, 6:30 PM

Calling All Cooks!

Come join the Nevin’s Library’s Cookbook Book Club (say that 10 times fast!) with Pat Graham.

Check out a copy of the selected book or books at the Main Desk, pick a recipe, (email it to Pat to avoid duplicates) and prepare it for the program.

We’ll sample lots of good, interesting foods, talk about what worked, what didn’t and how to make it easier and healthier.

We will also discuss Restaurants we visited and critique them.

November’s Selection will be Favorite Family Thanksgiving Recipes that could be served to company!

Click Here for November’s meeting.  For more information, contact Patricia Graham at 978-686-4080 x16  or pgraham@nevinslibrary.org


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2018-2019 Nevins Library Book Group Schedule

Do you enjoy reading books? Or want to find new and different books to read? Join one of Nevins Library’s Adult Book Clubs!

We have books in a variety of different genres and topics that the clubs and groups read. More information about all of the Book Groups can be found on our website (with descriptions and sometimes the books/themes we’ll be reading).

And the dates that they’re happening can be found on our Calendar of Events (and even if you don’t plan on participating in any of the Book Groups, go see the new(ish) Calendar of Events anyway. It’s awesome!!)

Bestseller Book Group – Meets the 1st Tuesday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Pat for more information.

Thursday Evening Book Discussion – Meets the 1st Thursday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Krista for more information.

NEW-ish! Stranger than Fiction Book Group – Meets the 2nd Monday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Tatjana for more information

GLBT Book Discussions – Meets the 2nd Thursday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Krista for more information

Cookbook Book Club – Meets the 3rd Tuesday of Each Month @ 6:30 PM

Contact Pat for more information

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group – Meets the 3rd Wed. of Each Month @ 1 PM

Contact Sarah for more information

NEW-ish! Forever Young-ish Book Group – Meets the 3rd Thursday of Each Month @ 7 PM

Contact Amy for more information.

You can always call us at 978-686-4080 to find out more about any of these groups as well.

We hope to see you at one or more of these if they spark your interest!!


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Cold Nights, Cocoa and Cookies!

It’s getting to be that time of year when you want to curl up with a good book, have a warm cup of something and snack on some delicious cookies.  We have two new books at the library that may entice you to bake your own (which will also make the house smell delicious).

Book 1.

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The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars

Learn some great recipes, new and old, to make the perfect cookies, brownies, and bars.  All recipes have been tried and tested in America’s Test Kitchen to be the best!

Book 2.

In this book not only will you see recipes for drop cookies, slice and bake, cookie bars and such, you will also learn how to make dough ahead and freeze it for those cookie emergencies.ENJOY!

Editor’s Note:  Our Cookbook Book Club’s December meeting is all about cookies.  Bake, share and learn what works and what doesn’t at the December 19th meeting.  Specially picked cookie books will be available for you to check out prior to the meeting at the main desk.  Yum!