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Sanger Public Library

501 Bolivar St.

Sanger TX 76266







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Phone: 940-458-3257



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Fresh Inspiration for Cooking: An Abundance of New Cookbooks at the Sanger Library

As many of us have stayed home more in the past seven months, many of us are cooking more as well. Sanger Public Library has added 18 new cookbooks to our collection in the past few months to provide our patrons with fresh inspiration and ideas.


Tex-Mex foods are always a favorite, and we have some exciting additions. Mexican Every Day, written by Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless, features quick and easy dishes that are almost all ready in 30 minutes or less. Tamales 101 by Alice Tapp, of Tamara’s Tamales fame in California, has recipes of all kinds  --traditional, specialty, vegan, and sweet. The Homesick Texan Lisa Fain gives us Queso!, with more than 35 varieties, including bacon, spinach, shrimp and crawfish.  Salsas and Moles by Deborah Schneider has salsas for table, topping, and cooking, using a variety of chiles and ingredients such as tomatillos and avocados. 


We also have Tex-Mex Diabetic Cooking by Kelley Cleary Coffeen, for some lighter versions of favorites. This book, and Fix-it and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good, are both endorsed by the American Diabetes Association. Another new healthy book is 28 Days of Clean Eating by Sonoma Press.  This book features 150 recipes focused on organic produce, humanely raised proteins, and avoiding processed foods and sugars.


The Taste of Home series of cookbooks are quite popular, and we have two new ones. Their Five Ingredient Cookbook has over 425 quick and easy recipes, while the Ultimate 9 x 13 Cookbook has 315 sheet pan recipes. Cooking an entire meal on a sheet pan means fewer dishes to wash!


We also have some new general cookbooks.  Kelsey Nixon from the Cooking Channel gives us Kitchen Confidence, which includes many tips and substitutions to mix things up. The Weekday Lunch & Breakfast Cookbook focuses on quick and easy meals.  The author, Mary Younkin, is the creator of, a website with abundant recipes. The Gourmet Dad is by Dean McDermott, a winner of Celebrity Chef Cook off on The Food Channel and a former host of Canadian Chopped.  As a father of five, he knows about picky kids, so his recipes for adults almost always have substitutions or ingredients that can easily be omitted to make the dish more child-friendly.


While the library already has two Instant Pot cookbooks, they tend to stay checked out, so we added two more.  Cooking with Your Instant Pot Mini by Heather Schlueter is designed for the 3-quart version, great for sides and smaller meals that are quick and easy. Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark uses more ingredients and the meals generally serve four people.


To end on a sweet note, the library has four new dessert books to enjoy.  Flavorful by Tish Boyle has 150 recipes focused on well-loved flavors such as chocolate, caramel and coffee. Baking Gold by Jami Curl uses three different doughs, two batters, and one dry mix, which can be a base for a variety of cookies and brownies. She also has ideas for a brownie party, cookie party, and a sprinkle party.  Baking with the Brass Sisters by Marilynn and Sheila Brass (aka “The Food Flirts” from PBS) has over 125 recipes for breads, cakes, cookies, cheesecake, and even savory baked goods.  Chocolate-Covered Katie by Katie Higgins is also the name of the author’s popular website. Her focus is on healthy desserts and sweet breakfast items using healthier ingredients, such as tofu in a key lime pie cheesecake and adding zucchini to chocolate cupcakes.  Most recipes are vegan, some are gluten free, and she gives the nutritional information on each as well.


With so many new cookbooks to choose from, probably the best solution would be to come to Sanger Public Library and browse through them! Just call 458-3257 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Sanger, Texas City Hall
502 Elm St.
PO BOX 1729
Sanger, TX 76266
Phone: 940-458-7930

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