Food & Cooking

Food & Cooking

Some years ago, you might have walked into a library with a snack and have been told to “put it away,” or “throw it away.” Today, we’re serving up a much different story.

We know that food brings people together, and so do free and welcoming public spaces like our libraries. At Halifax Public Libraries, one part of our vision is “A resource for everyone.” Resources come in all shapes, sizes—and yes, even tastes. We are proud to offer free snacks, workshops, resources, and tools for local food lovers and changemakers, year-round.

Staff Lists

Going on a Picnic

Summer is here, and the weather is just right for picnics. Here are some food-themed reads to pack in your picnic basket.

Start Your Own Business: Farming & Agriculture

Want to try growing and selling your produce? These resources can help your farming and agriculture business flourish!

Stretch Your Food Dollar

If you're looking for ways to make your food budget go further, these recipe books and food tips may help.

Summer Eats and Treats

It's time to fire up the grill and enjoy some tasty treats—these books will help you whip up some summer fun.

Blogs, News, and Resources

Nova Scotia Archives: What's Cooking?

This online treasury features approximately 1,000 old handwritten or early printed recipes from Nova Scotia's past.

Food Programming Volunteer Opportunity

Get your apron on! We need volunteers like you for Snack Packs at Halifax Central on Wednesdays and Teens2Chef at Sackville on Tuesdays.

East Coast Recipes

Get cooking: explore thousands of recipes from 40+ local cookbooks.

JustFOOD Halifax: Take the Survey

We're proud to partner with Halifax Food Policy Alliance on the JustFOOD initiative. Take the survey to help shape positive change!

That’s a Wrap! Results from Our Community Lunch Project

One year, five branches, 50 volunteers and 38 thousand lunches—the results are in from our Community Lunch Project and its all good news.

Nourish Nova Scotia's Local Food Lunch Toolkit (Download)

A collection of recipes and resources to make serving nutritious, from-scratch meals using local ingredients easy for everyone!

A New Café Is Underway for Halifax Central Library

MetroWorks and Halifax Public Libraries are serving you Ampersand Café at Halifax Central Library.

A Polish Food Library

Victoria Shulga, Polish-Canadian Society of Nova Scotia, recommends a wide variety of Polish foods you can try, or make at home.

Spring Cleaning: Nutrition Edition

Spring cleaning includes improving nutrition by stocking your kitchen with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Grab quick tips here!

In the Kitchen: Teens Recipes

Cooking and discovering delicious new foods is something that you'll do throughout your life—so why not get a head start now?

In the Kitchen: Adults Recipes

Creating and enjoying a healthy relationship with food, doesn’t need to be expensive or hard. Check out our adult in the kitchen recipes.

In the Kitchen: Kids Recipes

Cooking with kids helps them develop healthy eating habits and the food skills they will need as they grow. Get started with these recipes!

Nutrition Month: Start Your Wellness Journey

To kick off Nutrition Month, Library Dietetic Intern, Niousha, dives into how healthy eating looks different for everyone.

Kick-Start Creativity: Crafting with Apples

Make something beautiful using freshly picked apples, and, after, carefully wash and peel the apples to enjoy a healthy, delicious snack!

Library Café Open at Keshen Goodman Public Library

We are thrilled to announce the Library Café at Keshen Goodman Public Library is open for service!
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