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What’s For Dinner?

Washington-Centerville Public Library helps you answer that age-old question with new cookbook recommendations.

Sometimes you’ve used up all your usual go-to dishes, or you just want to try something new. Look no further than your local Washington-Centerville Public Library, where you can be inspired by a diverse array of cookbooks. Kathy O’Neill, public services assistant, shares four cookbooks new to the library’s collection for fall that are sure to be popular. Visit the Centerville or Woodbourne libraries to check out these or any other titles that entice your appetite.

The Official Wakanda Cookbook

by Nyanyika Banda

Inspired by more than 50 years of Marvel’s Black Panther comics and recipes from all over the African continent, The Official Wakanda Cookbook will take your tastebuds on a journey as surprising, delightful, and unexpected as Wakanda itself. The cookbook features 70 unique recipes such as, Roasted Chambo, Glazed Roadrunner Wings and Braised Oxtail and Dumplings. Difficulty varies from beginner to advanced. You’ll find both unassuming meals and exquisite dishes with a touch of royalty. The cookbook also features gorgeous full-color photography evoking the splendor of Wakanda to help you get excited about the new movie, Wakanda Forever, coming out November 11.

The "I Don't Want to Cook" Book: 100 Tasty, Healthy, Low-Prep Recipes for When You Just Don’t Want to Cook

by Alyssa Brantley

This cookbook is for everyone who knows they need to cook, but just aren’t feeling it. Maybe they never liked cooking or don’t want to take another trip to the grocery for unusual, hard-to-find ingredients. Whatever the case, this cookbook has easy, low fuss meals to get anyone to the other side of dinner. It features more than 100 recipes and no more than 15 minutes of kitchen prep time for each meal. Recipes include: Chicken Salad with Herbs and Vanilla Microwave Mug Cake. Kathy shares, “I have a hard time deciding what to make for dinner on a regular basis, so I’m thinking others would appreciate this book too!”

Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Tripping in New Orleans

by Mason Hereford

New York Times bestselling author and owner of Turkey and the Wolf in New Orleans, Mason Hereford introduces the fun and flavors of Southern cooking in this book of more than 95 recipes. Drawing inspiration from the food found in the small country stores of his youth, and lessons learned working in fine dining in New Orleans, Hereford puts his own unique twist on Southern cooking. Recipes include Southern specialties like Potato Chip Loaded Fried Bologna Sandwiches and Burnt Tomato Casserole.

DASH Diet Air Fryer Cookbook: 75 Easy Recipes for a Healthier Lifestyle

by Christina Lombardi, MS, RD, FMNS

As Kathy points out, the air fryer is having a moment, and few things are easier than using this handy appliance to make tasty meals that still let you follow a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. This heart healthy cookbook also offers an introduction to DASH cooking and the DASH lifestyle. The recipes offer abundant flavor without oil, salt, or high calories. With its 75 plus recipes even beginner cooks can follow, it features step-by-step instructions and simple ingredients. Experts offer advice on how to approach the recipes, including substitutions, flavor adjustments, air fryer tips and more. 

For more information and to find these books, plus additional recommendations, check out the Washington-Centerville Public Library Simply Cookbooks Reading list,

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