Food for Thought

A special note of thanks to the wonderful women – especially Gretchen – at the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library Food for Thought Cookbook Club for making me feel so welcome last night!

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I spent the evening celebrating one of my favorite cookbooksThe Silver Palette by Sheila Lukins & Julee Rosso – and learning about a new-to-me cookbook – Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.  I got a new appreciation for the recipes in an old favorite cookbook and learned about a too-well-hidden English gem known as traybake.

The ladies of the Food for Thought Cookbook Club get together every-other month to celebrate a different cookbook.  Each person makes a recipe from the featured book and they share a time of fellowship and have a lively exchange of tips and hints for each of the recipes being enjoyed that evening.  At the end of the evening, they make their selection for the next (or next few) book(s).  The books, of course, are available at the library!

Next month’s book for the Food for Thought Cookbook Club offers a picnic theme and in November, they’ll be celebrating my favorite cookbook author and food personality, Ina Garten, for the release of her new book Cooking for Jeffrey.

Although I had just a few moments after the group disbanded to peek into the library, I was able to see that it is an absolutely beautiful space with lots of natural light and a large, welcoming children’s library.  In addition to the cookbook club, the library offers many other activities including a fundraiser in December called Tree Fest where Christmas trees are decorated based on children’s books and the community votes for their favorite tree.

If you ever find yourself in Selinsgrove, PA – take a few minutes to explore the library – although it may not fill your belly, this library (like all libraries) offers much food for thought!!!!