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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

Use Your Kitchen Gadgets

Is that gadget you bought just sitting on the shelf? Dust it off and try cookbooks for pressure cookers, air fryers, skillets, and more.

Blogs & Resources

Cloud Cookbooks

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

How to Eat a Nova Scotia Lobster

Fresh lobster is a Nova Scotia favourite. But have you ever wondered how to get the most out of eating it? Claudia has some tips.

Perfect Pairing: 10 Favourite Books and Delicious Recipes

Louise loves reading about food in her favourite books, and thought: "Why not make a meal that matches the story?" Explore her suggestions!

No Soggy Bottoms! A Virtual Cookbook Display

Ever watched the Great British Baking Show, and thought, “How hard can it be?" If you've found the answer, and need some help, we're here.

Food Resources from HRCE & Schools Plus

Explore the list created by HRCE Family of Schools, featuring food resource locations and hours across HRM.

Make Pudding Pops with Siobhan

Siobhan and Saoirse show you how to make yummy, cool pudding pops. The perfect treat for kicking off your Summer Reading Club celebrations!

Cookbooks for Busy People

These virtual cookbooks will help you dream up and make something delicious, in a snap.

Cooking Time: "Eat Your Book" with Siobhan

Siobhan and her daughter love to eat what they're reading. Read a story, get inspired, and cook! Especially if it leads to pancakes.

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.
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