For Adults

Take a Cooking Class or Change Up the Quarantine Menu


Many of us are trying to find new ways to spend our time at home, so now is a great time to try out some new recipes or cooking techniques. Try your hand at bread baking with Beard on Bread by James Beard, or explore new healthy combinations of whatever you can find in stock at the grocery with Saladish by Ilene Rosen. Both are available as e-books. Or maybe you want to mix up your usual rotation of tried-and true recipes.

Use your library card to check out cookbooks, magazines, and movies from home. Take a trip around the world from your kitchen with these e-books featuring an array of international recipes. There are over 3,000 e-cookbooks available for check out on Hoopla and 3,500 MORE cookbooks to choose from in OverDrive.

Allrecipes Magazine

And if the e-cookbooks aren’t enough, check out Flipster, an online service you can use to check out magazines like Food and Wine, Cooking Light, or Allrecipes.

Still looking for ideas? There are over 300 foodie movies in Kanopy. The category Cooking ranges from Supersize Me To American Masters: James Beard America's First Foodie and includes topics like winemaking and sustainable food habits.

If you have never used any of these online services with your library card before you can get help here:

Take an Online Cooking Class at Home

If you really want to get serious about improving your skills in the kitchen you can take a cooking course from Universal Class using your IndyPL library card. You will walk away with ideas as well as the skills to put them on the table.

Once you enter your library card number and set up an account in Universal Class, enter "cooking" in the search box. These classes and several others will display for you to choose:

  • Cooking and Baking 101
  • Spanish Cooking 101
  • Tex Mex Cooking 101
  • Italian Cooking 101
  • All About Herbs
  • Bread Baking
  • Cake Decorating 101
  • Pie Baking 101
  • How to Bake Cookies

Check out these cookbook lists to find some recipe inspiration:


Cooking in Quarantine

If you've found yourself with more time on your hands, or are unsure what to do with available grocery offerings, hone your cooking skills with these great e-cookbooks! #indypladults #e-materials

The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook

Make your Own Condiments and Essentials

Coopey, Erin

The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook

Everything You Need to Know to Become A Great Cook

The America's Test Kitchen Do-it-yourself Cookbook

100+ Foolproof Kitchen Projects for the Adventurous Home Cook