The library has an extensive collection of cookbooks, which are very popular with our patrons. We have all kinds including those for special diets, for special occasions, using certain ingredients, and even for using certain appliances. There should be something for everyone.

This week we received a new cookbook that will appeal to all cooks who want to make their food preparation more enjoyable: The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like it’s the Weekend by Daphne Oz.

The author is the Emmy Award-winning host of the hit television show The Chew. She has a chef’s degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute and has written other best-selling books. In this book she shares her belief that every meal should be a celebration. She says that cooking should be love, adventure, and delicious fun. But often it can seem stressful. This book is about taking back the kitchen and making you feel happy when you cook.

The recipes included are the ones her family loves. There are fast foods that will fill you up, comfort classics, lighter fare with added flavor, and some that are just plain indulgent fun. Each recipe is designed to be a little easier, healthier or more flavorful than the way the dish is usually made. All with the goal of making the cook feel good.