Cooking and baking with help from your library

If you find the foodie experience engaging and fascinating, eating a meal that you worked hard to make can be even more rewarding. Whether you are trying something new for your own enjoyment or entertaining friends or family, let the library help you find what you need to know to create that meal or dessert. Your library card gives you free access to online resources and books.

Online resources

Hennepin County Library online resources can help you find what you need to plan a menu or singular dishes you are looking to create without leaving your home.

In PressReader, you can page through daily newspapers or search across titles. Check out Food in the Los Angeles Times on Saturdays, and food sections in hundreds of other newspapers any day of the week.

If you’re looking to discover new or revisit regional and cultural dishes, CultureGrams is an excellent resource. CultureGrams can lead you to regional dishes in the U.S. or from around the world.

With OverDrive and cloudLibrary, get access to thousands of downloadable cookbooks and entertaining guides. Browse the cooking categories for titles that are currently checked in, or see what’s coming soon and request next season’s cookbooks today.

Bring these recipes right into the kitchen by downloading the PressReader, OverDrive and cloudLibrary apps on your mobile device.


Indigenous plants and foods -books about cooking with foods indigenous to North America, with Native traditions and Native American gardening.

When you visit your local library, check out the cookbooks in our collections. If you’re looking to bake a sweet treat, check out staff recommendations on baking books available in the catalog. Also in the catalog you can find all the cookbooks available at HCL. If you are on Instagram, learn more about out cookbook collection at Minneapolis Central Library.