Holiday feasts @ your library

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/11/2012

Contact:

Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Public Information Office (PIO)
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

CHICAGO — The holiday season can be stressful. Adding to the stress is the concern of cooking a large meal that all family and friends, including those with dietary restrictions, can enjoy.

Libraries across the country are offering programs, tools and resources on cooking during the holiday season, covering everything from gluten free cookbooks to classes on how to prepare a vegan feast. Below are just a few examples of what is happening at your library.
 
In its (Gluten Free) World Beyond Wheat program, the Warren (Mich.) Public Library hosted blogger Lisa Howard of The Cultured Cook to speak on living gluten-free. The discussion focused on cooking for those allergic to gluten and those interested in the health benefits of living gluten-free.
 
The Rowland Heights (Calif.) Library hosted a Healthy Vegetarian Cooking Class @ your library. During this free class, participants learned how to make a variety of vegetarian side and main dishes, as well as vegan desserts, from long-time vegetarian cooking instructors.  
 
Cookies and baking are a big part of most holiday traditions, so the Red Bank (Fla.) Library hosted Vegan baking @ your library. The course instructed participants new to vegan baking on how to make delicious baked goods without the use of milk, eggs, butter and other animal byproducts, as well as tips on where to get difficult-to-find ingredients. 
 
While starters and sweets can bookend a meal, Athol (Mass.) Public Library offered a class on creating an entire meal, with its Gluten Free Thanksgiving @ your library program. Recipes included everything from stuffing to smoothies, along with alternatives to the recipes for vegetarian and vegan modifications. Although the menu was initially developed for Thanksgiving, it can be tailored to other upcoming holidays or dinner parties.
 
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