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Cooking at Madison Public Library

Cooking at Meadowridge

Madison Public Library offers many cooking classes for all ages and skill levels. Join us in the kitchen at any of our events with Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy, Chef Paul Tseng, Chef Krista Hefty and more!

Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy

Whip up some delicious eats and yummy treats in a hands-on cooking class with The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy! Vegetarian option and nut free. 

Meadowridge Library

Preschool Storytime Chefs | June 17, 10:15-11:15am
Preschool Storytime Chefs | June 24, 10:15-11:15am
Preschool Storytime Chefs | July 1, 10:15-11:15am

Alicia Ashman Library

June 24, 2:00-3:00pm
July 1, 2:00-3:00pm
July 8, 2:00-3:00pm

Chef Paul Tseng

Learn some new kitchen skills and the basics of pasta and other staples from Chef Paul. Some events are ages 18 and up.

Knife Skills and Safety | May 9, 6:00-7:30pm

Fresh Handmade Pasta | May 29, 6:15-7:45pm

Cookbook Club

Want to connect with fellow cookbook enthusiasts, share recipes, and find inspiration? Take part in one of these cookbook clubs at Lakeview and Meadowridge Libraries!

Japanese Food | May 14, 6:00-7:00pm

Choux Pastry | May 18, 10:30-12:00pm

The Spice Box: Cooking with Spices with Huma Siddiqui

Join Huma Siddiqui, author, chef, cooking instructor, and founder of White Jasmine, as she presents the The Spice Box at Sequoya Library, a demonstration of how to use spices in everyday cooking.
Register online or talk to a library staff member to sign up.

May 16, 6:30-8:00pm

Pizza Four Ways

A hands-on cooking class to learn how to make gourmet pizzas utilizing nontraditional crusts.

May 18, 1:30-3:00pm


Food Literacy at the Library

Programs like Chef Lily's are a great resource for teaching children and families about healthy eating and trying new things with easy recipes they can recreate at home. 

"Cooking at the library has become one of the favorite things that I do," said Chef Lily. "Because it's free, I get to see so many more kids I wouldn't normally get to see and they are so joyful. I feel like sometimes the kids at Lakeview get a bad rap, but they are the best kids ever. They are so interested and surprised when they try new things (like avocados and tofu.) In one program I taught them how to flip their own pancakes. The looks on their faces. It was awesome."

Read the full article on our IMPACT page.

For a complete schedule, check out our events calendar.

Cookbooks to try at home

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Delicious, fun, and easy recipes and tips for everyday cooking from Justin Chapple, Food & Wine's test kitchen whiz and TODAY show regular 

Justin Chapple may have trained at the French Culinary Institute, but he knows how people really cook at home. He grew up with a large family, first learning kitchen tricks from his grandmother who made do with whatever they had, and she made the food delicious. Now Justin is the host of Food & Wine's award-nominated Mad Genius Tips video cooking series, and appears regularly on TODAY and other television shows as their resident kitchen hack expert. In his job as the Deputy Editor of the test kitchen, he's often asked to take recipes from superstar chefs (think David Chang and Thomas Keller) and simplify them for home cooks. Now he is putting all of his expertise to good use in Just Cook It! , a collection of 145 mouthwatering recipes like Avocado Pizza with Dukka and Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese with Bacon Breadcrumbs, with Justin's signature time-saving tips and hacks throughout.

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 Wow your friends and family by cooking their favorite classic comfort foods but with delicious, fresh and modern twists that make them epic.In Modern Comfort Cooking , Lauren Grier takes your favorite classic dishes and makes them feel new and fun again with irresistible mash-ups and global twists. At its heart, this cookbook is a celebration of today's fresh flavors and real foods that comfort the belly and soul. Spice up your weeknight dinner or savor the weekend with 75 exceptional recipes such as Korean BBQ Burger with Miso-Candied Bacon, Falafel Waffle, Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Crepes and Mumbai Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa. Wholesome ingredients from the farmers' market paired with mouthwatering spices ensure that every bite will open your senses in all the best ways. Genius reinventions of fast-food dishes--we're talking Lemon Chicken Nuggets with Mustard Tahini Dipping Sauce and Bacon Blue Cheese Brussels Sprout Tater Tots--will bring back fond memories of childhood and make your fancy-pants, health-conscious adult self pretty proud too. Outrageously delicious, nutritious, fun and simple to prepare, comfort food never felt so good.

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"When you visit The Farm Cooking School you'll not only leave with a full stomach, but having learned something new. The Farm Cooking School is packed with many of the same lessons you'd learn in person at the school, taught through more than 100 delicious recipes. You'll learn how to make the flakiest pie crust for peerless summer pies, use fresh farm eggs for sweet, airy pavlova, and highlight what's growing now with scratch-made pizzas and pastas. Smoking, salt-roasting, pickling, and preserving are all part of the fun. Yet it's the way Ian and Shelley employ these techniques that make their classes, and this book, so much fun. Brine nasturtium buds for creative "capers", or try the hot-smoked oysters with a dollop of harissa butter and you'll agree!"--Amazon.com.

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 A collection of simple, healthy recipes features such dishes as toasted coconut muesli, hummus and veggie pita, summer corn soup, pork and mushroom stroganoff, and salmon and quinoa bowl.

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 "Maida Heatter is one of the most iconic and fondly remembered cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, are must-haves in every home baker's bag of tricks: her cookies, cakes, muffins, tarts, pies, and sweets of all kinds range from extravagantly special to the comforting and everyday. Her brown-sugary Budapest Coffee Cake, her minty Palm Beach Brownies, her sophisticated East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, and many other desserts have inspired legions of devotees. Happiness Is Baking reproduces Maida's best-loved recipes in a fully illustrated new edition with a foreword by Dorie Greenspan. Developed for foolproof baking by experienced cooks and novices alice, these recipes bear Maida's trademark warmth, no-nonsense style, and her promise that they will work every time"--Amazon.com.

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 "Do you want to eat really well - not just once in a while, but all the time - yet you don't know where to begin? - Are you tired of pizza, as much as you like it, and broke from buying take-out? - Do you love good food - the straightforward homemade kind - but feel challenged to set up a kitchen, shop for decent groceries, and tap into a few basic skills that can put a simple roast chicken or vegetarian casserole on your dinner table? If your answers to these questions are "yes," then GET COOKING is for you. GET COOKING is the first in a series of cookbooks for beginners of all ages from Mollie Katzen, the bestselling author of The Moosewood Cookbook and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Here are 150 foolproof , basic recipes for soups, homemade pasta, roast chicken, burgers, vegan specialities, chocolate chip cookies-and more-that anyone can enjoy making, no matter how inexperienced in the kitchen. GET COOKING will be accompanied by the launch of a companion website that will offer cooking lessons via a series of state-of-the-art cooking videos. These videos will be instructive and entertaining, illustrating everything from knife-sharpening to tofu-grilling (and many, many chocolate pudding variations)"--Provided by publisher.

May 2, 2019