We have survived another election year and just around the corner comes more hype, commercials, stress and hopefully a whole lot of warm holiday season memories and yummy food to enjoy with family and friends. 

If you need some last-minute inspiration for Thanksgiving dinner, you can count on the Ottawa Library to have that new cookbook that’s using the latest ingredients or find a food magazine to give you photos and ideas of the feast and table trimmings.

Some of the magazine titles we carry in the library will help inspire you to get that turkey cooked (along with some new sides on the table):

• “Martha Stewart Living,” November; Piecrust 101, along with an article about grilling the turkey and saving the oven to cook side dishes in.

• “Vegetarian Times,” November;

• “Better Homes and Gardens,” November;

• “Midwest Living,” September/October; Cider-spiked apple and pecan tart recipe; and

• “Taste of Home,” October/November; Brimming cover to cover with ideas to cook the turkey, sides and desserts, including cooking with fresh pumpkin.

Back issues of magazines also can be checked out.

Some cookbook titles here at the library also might be of interest for cooks:

• “Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden: 150 festive recipes for bringing family and friends together,” by Chef Bradley Ogden with Lydia Scott (641.5686 OGDEN); Rhis book has recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, so you can get an early start planning all the important meals of the season.

• “Thanksgiving: How to cook it well,” by Sam Sifton; This book is about serving and answers questions about etiquette.

• “The Illustrated Cook’s Book of Ingredients: 2,500 of the world’s best with classic recipes,” (64.5 COOK);  

• “Sunset’s Holiday Cookbook,” (641.568 HOL); A classic guide to the traditional meal;

• “The Taste of Home Bakery Book,” (641.815 TASTE); This is a nice large, spiral-bound cookbook that explains the basics of baking in clear terms and lots of photos. If you need to know which pan to use, how to measure butter or what a food processor is for, this is the guide for you.


Pageturners Book Club is reading “The Bucolic Plague,” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. In it, two city slickers buy a goat farm and all the surprises and headaches that come with two mortgages and two jobs. Copies are available for check out at the library’s circulation counter. We always are looking for new members. The club has an informal discussion at 7 p.m. the last Monday of each month.

Our recycled book crafts class is expected to resume next month with the first meeting 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, followed by classes at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 13. Registration is requested for this free class, ages 13 and older.

Lisa Slavin is an adult programming librarian at the Ottawa Library.