Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Then hang onto your spatula! The Ligonier Valley Library is happy to introduce its newest book club, "Food for Thought." We pick the cookbook, you pick and make a recipe!

Next Meeting: Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm

Cookbook selection


The selected cookbook is AARTI PAARTI: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul by Aarti Sequeira. This collection of recipes makes cooking with traditional Indian and Middle Eastern flavors easy and fun for American cooks. The recipes use traditional Indian spices in everyday American dishes.

Aarti Sequeira is host of “Taste in Translation” on the Cooking Channel. She won “The Next Food Network Star,” and hosted her own show, “Aarti Party” on the Food Network.

Select your recipe and fill out the registration form. Please return the form along with a copy of your recipe to the library at least one week prior to the meeting.

You don't have to be a gourmet chef to participate in Food For Thought. This is the perfect opportunity for novices to challenge themselves and learn from more experienced cooks, and for experienced cooks to show off and share their amazing skills. The cookbook club is free and open to the public.

How the cookbook club works: Every other month, a cookbook will be selected and put on display at the main circulation desk. You pick a recipe that piques your interest (or taste buds). A Post-it note with your name will be used to mark the recipe in order to keep track of who is making what and also to keep members from choosing the same dish. Before you leave, a member of the library staff will make a copy of your recipe for you to take home. Prepare your recipe, then bring it to the meeting to share with other participants. It's that simple!

Things to note...

Cookbook authors enjoyed by the group in 2013:

  • Nigella Lawson
  • Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
  • Paula Deen
  • Giada de Laurentiis
  • Pioneer Woman's Cookbooks
  • Three Rivers Cookbooks

Cookbooks enjoyed by the discussion group in 2012:

  • First Editions: a collection of appetizer recipes from Ligonier Valley Library
  • Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers
  • The Culinary Institute of America Book of Soups
  • Barefoot Contess (Ina Garten) - Back to Basics, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, Family Style, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, How Easy is That?


If you are interested in joining, stop by the library to register.

Contact us for additional information at 724-238-6451 or send an email to


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