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Would you like to to mix up your usual rotation of tried-and true recipes? Would you like to more about healthy and sustainable cooking? Join us for an upcoming cooking class or explore our collection of recipe books, e-books, and e-magazines.

Attend or watch one of our cooking workshops.

Cooking with a Dash Diet
Tuesday, October 6, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Register
DASH stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension, and diet simply means "way of eating." This session will help you understand how easy it is to follow the DASH diet and improve your heart health.

Adding More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Thursday, November 3, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Register
Learn about the benefits of different fruits and vegetables in your diet and have fun participating in a cooking demonstration using in-season produce.

Cooking Thyme - Creating and Using Spice Blends
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Check out this class that explores creating and using spice blends for tasty, healthy cooking. Join the Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services to learn more about incorporating seasoning into your food. Learn about the cultures and flavors that make your dinner so tasty!

Flexitarian Cooking - Eating Less Meat
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Whether you're eating less for health, savings, the environment, or some other reason, check out this class designed to explore the world of flexible vegetarian eating. Join registered dietitian Pam Horton and explore the world of flexible vegetarianism or flexitarian eating. Learn how you can still benefit by loading up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts without ditching animal products completely. Delicious recipes and samples included!

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget Part 1
Wednesday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m. Register
Are you struggling to stretch your grocery dollars while still giving your family nutritious meals? Have you ever wondered what to look for on that nutrition label? Join Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition staff for a stroll down the grocery aisles!

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget Part 2
Thursday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. Register
Are you struggling to stretch your grocery dollars while still giving your family nutritious meals? Have you ever wondered what to look for on that nutritional label? Join Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition staff for a stroll down the grocery aisles!

Simple and Affordable Plant-Based Cooking Video Series
In this video series we show you plant based dishes to make as dinner staples, holiday features, or healthy snacks when cravings hit like a Vegan Cheeze Sauce recipe which is a great find! Other recipes you can learn include Southwest Tofu Scramble, Lentil Casserole, Sugar-Free Banana Cookies, and Vegan Chili with Cornbread. See our past plant-based cooking video series here.

Get New York Times Cooking - Free with your Library card!

Did you know that your library card gives you free 24-hour access to the recipes in the New York Times? You must first create a New York Times account if you don’t already have one.

  1. Visit The New York Times: Cooking
  2. Enter your library card barcode number and click "Get Code."
  3. Click “Redeem” to submit your randomly generated access code.
  4. Since you need to have a New York Times online account to use the code, the next step prompts you to create an account, which is free, or to log in to your existing account.
  5. You now have access to the New York Times for 24 hours. After the 24 hours are up, you may redeem another code for 24-hour access. Enjoy!
New York Times Recipe Cards

Borrow e-cookbooks, foodie e-magazines and movies from home!

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:

Get reading recommendations from our staff.

Check one of these delicious reads to find some recipe inspiration, enjoy a chef's memoir, or explore other true food tales. See a full listing of food and recipe related book lists created by our staff.

Soups and Broths

Soups and Broths
As the weather outside gets colder it is time to think about soups and broths.

Indiana Cookbooks & Restaurants

Indiana Cookbooks & Restaurants
I enjoy trying different restaurants around Marion County whenever I have the chance. I also enjoy cooking and trying out different recipes. This list celebrates Indiana restaurants through the years and recipes to try.

James Beard Awards 2022 - Cookbooks

James Beard Awards 2022: Cookbooks
After a two year hiatus, The James Beard Foundation has once again announced the awards for best cookbooks. Check here for a list of this year's winners.

Level Up Your Popcorn Skills for Affordable Movie Style Goodness at Home

Level Up Your Popcorn Skills!
Browse these collections of tasty suggestions for turning popcorn, which costs just pennies to make, into a gourmet snack to master at home. These books feature fun popcorn recipes that range from savory to sweet and everything in between. Popcorn lovers, you don't have to break the bank while enjoying a tasty treat that is naturally low in sugar. high in fiber, cheap...and delicious!

Black Chefs and Cooking Classics

Black Chefs and Cooking Classics
James Beard award-winning Toni Tipton-Martin's Jubilee is a sensational history of American food focusing on Black chefs and cooks. This list takes a look at some of the classic Black cookbooks that inspired Tipton-Martin and a few more titles and resources that celebrate and explore Black cooking and food history.


Fall Baking

When the temperature starts to drop, I want to fire up my oven and bake something warm and delicious! If you're looking for fall baking inspiration, check out some of these new additions to our collection.


Favorite Flavors

Hollywood, Paul/ Leith, Prue

The brand-new official book from The Great British Baking Show. Tuck into your all-time favorite flavors and a good sprinkling of Bake Off magic with these easy-to-follow recipes. A feast for both the eyes and the taste buds, these flavorful bakes will leave you inspired to mix and match different combinations, or to indulge yourself with some classic tastes and textures.

Fitwaffle's Baking It Easy

All My Best 3-ingredient Recipes and Most-loved Cakes and Desserts

Head, Eloise

One of the most popular bakers on Instagram and TikTok, Eloise Head (AKA @Fitwaffle), presents 100 new and favorite recipes for simple, decadent desserts.

50 Things To Bake Before You Die

Reedy, Allyson

Turn your home-baking skills into professional-grade desserts with this mouthwatering baking book featuring recipes from some of the most incredible bakers and bakeries—including Tieghan Gerard, Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery), Chelsey White, Christina Tosi (Milk Bar), Daniel Boulud, and more!