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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

Fuel Your Body: Cookbooks & Nutrition

Shop, chop, and stop to smell the delicious recipes and healthy eating tips found inside these books.

America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks

Tired of the same old meals? Cook with confidence with these books from the tried and true, America's Test Kitchen.

Blogs & Resources

Baking Time: Buttermilk Biscuits with Darcy

Darcy from Cole Harbour Public Library butters us up with a tried and true buttermilk biscuit recipe.

Asian Heritage Month 2020: A Virtual Celebration

In partnership with community, we've compiled a collection of recipes, performances and more to celebrate Asian Heritage Month virtually.

Cooking with Emily: Roasted Chickpeas

Answer your snack craving with a delicious, healthy, fibre-full creation—roasted chickpeas. Our Food Literacy Specialist shows you how.

Cooking with Emily: Salad in a Jar

Shake things up with Emily! Our Food Literacy Specialist shows you how to make a healthy, easily adaptable salad in a jar.

Rainbow Cookies with Bite-Sized Kitchen

Our friend Claire Gallant, of Bite-Sized Kitchen, shows you how to make fancy cookies with your little ones at home. Hop to it!

How To: Cook Up Something Canadian with Cloud Cookbooks

What are you making for dinner tonight? Visit Cloud Cookbooks in our E-Library to find out.

Cooking with Emily: Energy Bites

Emily, our Food Literacy Specialist, shows you how to make simple and delicious Energy Balls.

Carrot Soup with Dacia

Inspired by the fresh ingredients from the Mobile Food Market, Dacia shares an easy carrot soup you can make at home with simple supplies.

Cooking with Emily: Sweet with Heat Sandwich

Emily shares her “Sweet with Heat” sandwich recipe, in the spirit of #SackvilleSandwichWeek.

Renovations Begin: Keshen Goodman Public Library Café Space

Renovation on the café space at Keshen Goodman Public Library will commence the week of February 10.

Lou Duggan Creative Studio Grand Opening

On Jan. 18, we celebrated the grand opening of the Lou Duggan Creative Studio at Central Library, paying tribute to Lou's spirit and vision.


Check out our photo gallery from FRESHFest at Central Library, a festival-style exploration of Nova Scotian flavours and food champions.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Explore tips shared by local gardeners on Central's display board, and discover resources to put your best green thumb forward this summer.

Episode 11: You Do You, Mr. Tarantino

April's It Came From the Second Floor episode starts with Deadheads, moves into movie directors, and finishes off with a bite of fast food.

Sackville Library Kitchen Renovation News

Renovations to create a new Library Kitchen at Sackville Public Library will start in Feb. 2019. The Library will remain open during this…

An Emphasis on Food Learning

This fall, the Library welcomed its new Food Literacy Specialist. Learn more about food-based programs and resources at the Library.
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