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Cooking (and eating!) in November

Posted about 3 months ago by Meg Raymond
Posted in Book Reviews

Are you thinking about … recipes?  Many of us start thinking about cooking or baking in November because of Thanksgiving, which signals the start of eatin’ season.   I love to look at cook books, but I’m really not much of a cook. For years, I was relegated to “bring potato chips and pop” for any family gathering because of a distrust of my little-used culinary skills.  Eventually, I was promoted to cake baking and side dishes (my roasted brussel sprouts and my macaroni and cheese are pretty darn good!) I haven’t gotten a culinary assignment for Thanksgiving this year. I may have full autonomy to decide!

The Richmond Public Library has plenty of cookbooks for inspiration, recipes, or just drooling over (but not on the books, please!)  The library has what you need to plan your Thanksgiving menu, or to learn how to cook. Start looking in the 641.5 area, or ask library staff to show you.  We’re happy to help!  Don’t forget to check out RB Digital for online magazine access – lots of “foodie” titles, chock full of recipes.


Maybe you just want to get into a Food Mood.  In that case, try some delectable fiction featuring food.  From romances to cozy mysteries and everything in between, you are sure to find something “tasty” on one of these lists:

Cooking up a Mystery – culinary whodunits

Foodie Fiction – fiction good enough to eat!

Professional Food – fiction set in restaurants, bakeries, and cooking schools

A Taste of Love – delicious love stories

When the Secret Ingredient is … Magic – fiction with food, and a little bit of magic


But seriously, who knew there were so many foodstuffs celebrated this month, and so many individual days devoted to comestibles in November?  One could spend just about every day on festive feast commemorations.

Dig in!


Banana Pudding Lover’s Month

Gluten-free Diet Awareness Month

National Fun With Fondue Month

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

National Pepper Month

National Pomegranate Month

National Raisin Bread Month

National Roasting Month

Spinach and Squash Month

Sweet Potato Awareness Month

November 1st – World Vegan Day

November 2nd – Deviled Egg Day

November 3rd – Sandwich Day

November 4th – National Candy Day

November 5th – National Doughnut Appreciation Day

November 6th – National Nachos Day

November 7th – Men Make Dinner Day

November 7th – Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

November 8th – Cook Something BOLD Day

November 12th – Happy Hour Day

November 13th – National Indian Pudding Day

November 15th – Clean Your Refrigerator Day

November 14th – National Pickle Day

November 16th – National Fast Food Day

November 17th  – Homemade Bread Day

November 18th – National Vichyssoie Day

November 21st – National Stuffing / Dressing Day

November 23rd – National Espresso Day

November 23rd – Eat a Cranberry Day

November 23rd – National Cashew Day

November 25th – National Parfait Day

November 26th – National Cake Day

November 28th – French Toast Day

November 28th – Thanksgiving Day

About the Author

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten?

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