8 Favorite Recipe Books

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The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

Katie McDonald

This is our Assistant Director’s Favorite Recipe Book.  He says, “This is a wonderful little book with recipes inspired by the Anne of Green Gables book series by L.M. Montgomery. My favorite is Miss Ellen’s Pound Cake (below). This easy recipe is appropriate for children or beginning bakers, but results in a cake that will please everyone lucky enough to taste it. Other recipes in the books are equally delicious. I highly recommend this book, especially for those who enjoy cooking with their children.”

Miss Ellen's Pound Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (about 15 minutes hands-on time)

“I wish I could get Miss Ellen’s recipe for pound cake,” sighed Aunt Chatty. “She’s promised it to me time and again but it never comes. It’s an old English family recipe. They’re so exclusive about their recipes.” - Anne of Windy Poplars

Source: The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook


1 cup butter (plus more for greasing)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for the pan)

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt


Prep: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 5x7 loaf pan with butter, then flour it.

Make batter: In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth and soft. Add the sugar, a little at a time, beating until light and fluffy. Next, add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after adding each egg. Mix in the vanilla extract. Finally, turn off the mixer and stir in the flour and salt. Mix well.

Bake cake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and bake from 75-90 minutes. Test the cake with a toothpick after 75 minutes. When toothpick comes out clean, remove pan from oven. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Finish: Let cake cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Then slide a metal knife or spatula around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Turn the cake upside down on a cooling rack and gently lift off the loaf pan. Let cake cool completely, then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Top with berries, if desired. Serve by cutting into thin slices with a bread knife and sprinkling with more powdered sugar.

Fun Fact - Pound cake gets its name from the fact that, traditionally, it was made with one pound each of sugar, flour, eggs, and butter.

All books are available at the Randolph Library!

If you like food, you’ll like these books!

The Complete One Pot

America’s Test Kitchen

From New Mexican Red Pork Chili to California-Style Fish Tacos to Bread Pudding, this book is chock full of recipes for delicious dishes.  Many of the recipes include several different methods of preparation.  Two of our staff members love this book!

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook

Debbie Macomber

You can enjoy the same superb meals found in Cedar Cove, the fictional town in the author’s popular series. Charlotte Rhodes, one of the series' most beloved characters, invites all fans of Cedar Cove, as well as anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, to join her in touring the town's kitchens as she shares more than 130 of her treasured family recipes. (And she's got plenty to tell you about the people of Cedar Cove, too!)  This is a favorite cookbook of a long-time Library staff member.

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats : A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners

Rachael Ray

Even your favorite dinner can lose its appeal when it’s in constant rotation, so mix it up! Food Network’s indefatigable cook Rachael Ray guarantees you’ll be able to put something fresh and exciting on your dinner table every night for a full year... without a single repeat! Another favorite from a long-time staff member!

Joy of Cooking

Irma S. Rombauer

This book has been around a long time.  The Library has the 2019 version available.  Our Children’s Services Supervisor says,  “This was one of the first cookbooks I looked at when I got married. I wasn't much of a cook. I figured I needed to educate myself a little. It was a big book and covered a wide range of foods. There was also practical information about measurements and cooking utensils. I wasn't very adventurous back then but Joy of Cooking helped demystify a lot of things.”

5-Ingredient Air Fryer Recipes

Camilla V. Saulsbury

FRIED SMASHED POTATOES! One of the Library Director’s favorite things to cook in her air fryer.  She says, “It is simple and delicious!”  You’ll also find easy recipes for MANY other great choices.

CRAVINGS: Hungry for More

Chrissy Tiegen

This cookbook is absolutely divine! It includes fabulous recipes for every meal and the sandwich selection is a favorite. Beautifully photographed, this book shares with food lovers, fun easy to create meals with the most savory ingredients. Our Office Services Manager says, “For a chill Saturday lunch, changing up the traditional grilled cheese to the JALAPENO PARMESAN CRUSTED GRILLED CHEESE is a must.”

Fabio's Italian Kitchen

Fabio Viviani

Th Pesto Gnocchi on page 95 is DELICIOUS! Our Technical Services Supervisor says, “For a quicker version, you can use store-bought refrigerated gnocchi (sorry, Fabio!), but Fabio's homemade potato-ricotta gnocchi (recipe, p. 14) looks scrumptious!”


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