For Adults

Comfort Food: How the Library Can Help Satisfy Your Cozy Food Cravings


Well, it looks like the winter weather is here to stay, so what better way to beat the winter blues than with some warm comfort food? Check out IndyPL’s wide array of cookbooks to satisfy your cozy food cravings, or host an epic Super Bowl party with all the great junk food indulgences, from nachos to wings. Our new catalog allows users to explore or create lists. Lists can be private or shared with others, which is a great way to explore materials you might not otherwise find. Check out these two cookbook lists to find some recipe inspiration for the cold weeks ahead:

After exploring those lists, try making one of your own. Lists can be utilized to keep track of books you’ve read, books you want to read, compilations of favorites, or subject guides on specific topics. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Or maybe you’re looking for more healthy meal ideas, in which case the 2019 Cooking Series would be a great place to start.

  • Keeping Warm With Soups: Adults are invited for a cultural food workshop to learn how to make soups and stews from around the world. Attendees will be able to cook a big pot of one of their favorites for family and friends.
  • Healthy Gut, Healthy Me: Adults are invited to learn why maintaining a healthy gut is a hot topic of research and sample recipes designed to keep your "bugs" in balance.
  • Go Red for Hearts! Adults are invited for an interactive class that will guide them through lifestyle steps to help the heart, emphasizing specific diet changes to prevent heart disease.

Branches across the city will be hosting the following workshops, presented by the Marion County Public Health Department:


IndyPL Cooks: Cold Weather Comforts

Winter is here, warm up with soups, stews, and other comfort food and drink. #indypladult

The Winter Table

Fireside Feasts for Family and Friends

Lemke, Lisa

Cozy meals to enjoy by a fire, including Butter-Fried Cod with Shrimp and Dill, Chicken Tarragon Soup, and Quick Muffins with Cardamom, Apple, and Nuts.

The Pho Cookbook

Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles

Nguyen, Andrea Quynhgiao

This book features a nice introduction to the history of Vietnamese pho, as well as a pho manual to break down all the ingredients, equipment, and techniques for mastering a warm bowl of pho. Recipes for side dishes, sauces, and beverages are also included.

Barefoot Contessa Family Style

Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family

Garten, Ina

Simple ingredients, nice footnotes to help you through the recipes, and just downright delicious recipes. Try the turkey lasagna, you won't be disappointed.