COOK MEET SHARE is a fun and fresh program for adults at Council Tree Library starting September 2019.
Bookmark this page for easy access. You’ll find all the information you need to participate in Cook Meet Share. Plus, we’ll continue to update this page with each bimonthly meetup theme, great cookbook recommendations, and other useful library resources and cooking inspiration!
September Theme + Resources
November Theme + Resources
“Celebrate Home” Resources
With a nod toward the fall holidays, we intend to focus on family celebration and ethnic cooking, prompting the question, “What tastes like home to you?”
So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love by Katie Jacobs
Cook’s Illustrated All Time Best Holiday Entertaining
At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson
eMagazines – Click “Flipster,” then “Food and Cooking”
Taste of Home Magazine
Martha Stewart Living Magazine
You can also download a PDF copy of the FAQs.
What is COOK MEET SHARE all about?
The purpose of Cook Meet Share is to bring together people from all backgrounds, tastes and cooking abilities to share food and stories around cooking. Although the program is targeted for adults, all ages are welcome. A special program for teens and kids is scheduled for July 2020. The program occurs every other month, beginning in September 2019.
How will I know what to cook?
Each program features a theme such as “Simple and Smart” or “Celebrities and Chefs” to focus cooking choices and cookbook lists. Participants are welcome to make their own interpretations of the theme.
Where will I get recipe ideas and inspo?
Cook Meet Share encourages participants to discover the wide range of cooking resources in the Library’s print and digital collections. Each program will feature a five to six item list (link here) of print and digital resources – all available through the Library.
What if all the suggested cookbooks are checked out?
We will try to provide resources with multiple copies and access points (e.g., digital downloads). If you can’t get your oven mitts on any of the cookbooks, videos or downloadable materials, feel free to choose a recipe from any other cookbook or cooking source, including TV series, websites, or even family recipes.
Are there any rules to participating in the program?
- Participants are asked to practice safe and clean cooking practices while preparing their dish at home.
- Participants must bring at least one, and no more than two, dish(es) to share – enough for 6-8 regular servings, or 20-25 sample servings.
- Participants must display a complete list of ingredients used in their dish.
- Participants are responsible for providing serving dishes, utensils and sample dishes for their dish – small muffin papers, paper plates, or “Dixie” cups work well.
- Participants are responsible for keeping their dish hot or cold, as needed. The Library will provide extension cords. Sterno and other flammable items are not allowed in the Library.
- Participants may choose to taste others’ foods. The Library cannot be held responsible for possible food-borne illnesses or allergic reactions to foods provided by participants.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the Library.
Do I have to sign up?
Nope – just come with your prepared recipe, your list of ingredients, sample containers and serving utensils, the story of your cooking adventure, and a taste for adventure. Ha!
Do I have to come to each one?
No. Just choose the programs that work for your schedule.
What if I don’t want to try someone’s recipe?
There is no requirement to try everyone’s dish. Just politely decline a taste. Perhaps the story is better than the food anyway! If you have severe food allergies, you may participate at your own risk.
What if I’m, um, new to cooking?
You are among friends! Cook Meet Share encourages cooks of all experience levels to participate. We will all learn something new about food, ingredients, techniques, cultures, and, best of all, each other through the program.
Have questions about Cook Meet Share, please call the Answer Center, 970-221-6740.
September Theme + Resources
“Fresh & Healthy” Resources
Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love (gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo recipes) by Danielle Walker
Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton
Run Fast. Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes by Shalane Flanagan