One of life's greatest joys is also one of its simplest: enjoying good food. A nice meal invariably makes the day brighter—and there are probably as many ways to achieve "a nice meal" as there are people out there eating.
Oak Park Public Library offers a variety of programs and resources that speak to all the ways we enjoy food, from table to backyard chicken coop.
Oak Parkers interested in fresh eggs every morning can join their neighbors at Maze Branch Library, 845 Gunderson Ave., for a weekend workshop led by Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost. On Sunday, Nov. 16, from 2 pm to 4 pm, Murtoff will share her experience raising chicks and caring for adult birds (and keeping the neighbors happy), answering your backyard poultry keeper questions. Register for this free event now at oppl.org/calendar
Also on the second Sunday of the month, Maze Branch's "What's Cooking" book group focuses on the prep part of the farm-to-table process, considering a different cookbook each month. Readers are asked to make two recipes: one to enjoy at home, and one to make and bring to the following month's meeting. The resultant potluck is a shared meal and great conversation, with each cook discussing the tricks and tips they brought to the same culinary material. Learn more at oppl.org/bookgroups
As part of its "Local Epicurean" series, Maze Branch also recently hosted "Make Meals Meaningful." Registered dietician Bri Kellogg and Sugar Beet Co-op's Cheryl Muñoz recetnly led a roundtable discussion introducing healthy foods, strategies for feeding picky eaters, and more fresh ideas for mealtime fun.
And coming on Dec. 11, Ina Pinkney, aka The Breakfast Queen and the creator of Heavenly Hots, Chocolate Blobs and other signature dishes, will visit the Main Library. In 2001, she opened Ina's which quickly became a premier breakfast restaurant in Chicago's trendy West Loop Market District. Learn more at oppl.org/calendar
Anyone with an Oak Park Public Library card can find food resources of all kinds among the 7.9 million volumes in the library's SWAN catalog. Card holders can also access free digital magazines through Zinio, which offers titles including Cook's Illustrated, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Food Network Magazine, and Vegetarian Times.
Why not dig in, since getting a library card is (you might say) easy as pie! Learn more at oppl.org/welcome
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