Explore Learning Pathways: Cooking for Adults and Teens

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of recipe-rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, teens and adults alike, will enjoy making oodles of noodles and cold bowls of ice cream to keep you cool on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning swim caps - and let's get started with Cooking for Adults and Teens!

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WantedAmerica's Most Wanted Recipes Without the Guilt: Cut the Calories, Keep the Taste of Your Favorite Restaurant Dishes by Ron Douglas

From the New York Times bestselling author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes comes more copycat recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants—with fewer calories!


TeensCookTeens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle

The Carle sisters show how to prepare over 75 recipes from breakfast to salads and snacks to main meals with easy instructions and tips.


ContessaBarefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

Millions of people love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn’t be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that “wow!” factor we all crave.


Teen and Adult Fiction

CakeThe Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

Claire 'Neely' O'Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. She can 'taste' feelings, and she can customize her creations to help a person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss. She opens a bakery in her hometown and it is just what she's always dreamed of--and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told. Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.


TasteTaste Test by Kelly Fiore

While attending a New Hampshire culinary academy, North Carolina high schooler Nora suspects someone of sabotaging the academy's televised cooking competition.

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HungerThe Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook From Lamb Stew to "Groosling"—More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums Rue's Roasted Parsnips Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!


Food52Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Hesser Miglore

There are good recipes and there are great ones--and then, there are genius recipes. Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. In this collection are 100 of the smartest and most remarkable ones. Genius Recipes is destined to become every home cook's go-to resource for smart, memorable cooking--because no one cook could have taught us so much.




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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more Teen cooking programs and Adult cooking programs .


Download Free Magazines Through Flipster

Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital Fitness magazines on your mobile device or desktop.

  • Beer Connoisseur
  • Clean Eating
  • Cooking Light
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Food & Wine
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Southern Living
  • Vegetarian Times
Explore These Cooking Magazines at Your Library



For more cooking resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

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