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Ellender Memorial Library Display Provides Cooking Resources for Holidays

THIBODAUX, La. — With the holiday season approaching, the Ellender Memorial Library has a display that could help you make that perfect dish.

Located on the second floor as soon as you step out of the stairway, the display features dozens of recipes from cookbooks that the library has to help you. These are recipes that could help you kick off a friendsgiving with your classmates, or wow your family or a partner. 

“I felt as though it was important to showcase the resources we had to take the stress out of cooking. Food is love, it’s family and it’s a way to come together and make memories together,” said Elizabeth Layton, display creator and Access Services librarian. “This display is more than just a cookbook display; it is a display of opportunities to create experiences and memories with the ones you love.”

Now might also be the perfect time to learn more about cooking. To quote the late Anthony Bourdain, who was recently featured in a class at Nicholls, “But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill…”

The class was taught by associate professor of english Dr. Todd Kennedy in the spring of 2019.

Books in the display include “Chasing the Gator : Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking,” “Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom : Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking” by Julia Child, “The Kimchi Cookbook : 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi,” Gordon Ramsay’s World Kitchen,” “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and “Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome.” Serials Department Head and Electronic Resources Librarian Ellen Jenkins also put together a list of featured cooking ebooks here. Titles include “Air Fry Genius” and “Cake, I Love You.”

You can also use the Discovery search option within the library options menu on the website to find more ebooks.

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday; and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. A mask is required inside the building.


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