Vegan cooking class for teens

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Teens are invited to attend a free vegan cooking class at the Central Library to learn how to make delicious plant-based meals.

On Tuesday, October 8 from 6-8pm, Cecelia Baum will demonstrate how to make vegan “sushi” rolls and spring rolls, with attendees tasting their creation at the end of class!

Cecelia, who grew up cooking with produce from her grandparent’s garden, even lived in India to learn how to cook using fresh flavors and ingredients.

“I love finding traditional recipes and figuring out how to make them work with plant-based ingredients, staying as close to unaltered ingredients as possible,” Cecelia said.

“I think a lot of people assume that vegans and vegetarians only eat lettuce-based salads, which is pretty far from reality! Vegan food can be spicy curries, fresh tacos, or sweet desserts,” Cecelia said.

In addition to being delicious, Cecelia said there are some great health advantages to eating plant-based meals.

“Plant-based diets have been shown to improve or reverse some of our most common diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure,” she said.

The Vegan Cooking for Teens class is open for ages 13-18 and registration is required at www.jmrl.org.

Check out the class

NBC29 attended the Vegan Cooking Class for Teens. You can watch their video segment online.

Cookbooks for Thanksgiving Inspiration

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Whether you’re hosting a bunch of people for Thanksgiving or you’re looking for a tasty dish to contribute to your family’s smorgasbord, the library has plenty of new cookbooks to check out. Look for ideas from any of these cookbooks available from the library:

Gather & Graze by Stephanie Izard – A collection of 120 recipes from the James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef designed to maximize and balance flavor through creative food pairings.

Now & Again by Julia Turshen – Offers over 100 recipes and menu ideas for reinventing leftovers, including such dishes as kale salad with pepita dressing, baked saffron rice, chicken and black-eyed pea chili, and black forest cake.

Gluten-Free Family Favorites by Kelli Bronski – Makes gluten-free cooking fun, with 75 recipes designed to meet your family’s everyday needs, including breakfasts, snacks, sides, balanced dinners, familiar classics, and tasty treats.

Inspiralized & Beyond by Ali Maffucci – Goes beyond “spiralizing” to share the most fun ways to fit more vegetables into any healthy diet, such as using cauliflower for pizza crust and broccoli for tater tots.

Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal – Shares 100 recipes that will up your kitchen game, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers.

Everyday Vegan by Good Housekeeping – Offers 85 scrumptious recipes incorporating plant-based proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The New Essentials Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen – Provides information to help home chefs build their cooking skills through practical lessons combined with 200 increasingly challenging recipes.

Sweet Laurel: Recipes for Whole Food, Grain-Free Desserts by Laurel Gallucci & Claire Thomas – The co-founder of Sweet Laurel Bakery shares 85 dessert recipes that are grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy free.

Keto Cookbooks

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The high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet has recently gained popularity for its potential to fuel brain function, improve sleep quality, and assist with weight loss. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of the ketogenic diet or finding some recipes to try, the library has several books to check out:

Primal Fat Burner by Nora T. Gedgaudas – Outlines a comprehensive, scientifically based high-fat diet for maintaining health, losing weight, and reversing certain chronic diseases, in a guide that explains how to use a ketogenic fat-burning diet to minimize the metabolism’s dependence on sugar.

The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse by Maria Emmerich – Provides instructions, meal plans and recipes to cleanse and heal the body through a ketogenic diet, which can help you balance hormones, feel better and lose weight.

Quick Keto Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by Martina Slajerova – Presents low-carbohydrate, ketogenic recipes designed for quick preparation, including eggs royale, smoked salmon chard wraps, and skillet berry crumble.

Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore – Outlines the therapeutic potential of a ketogenic diet that combines customized carbohydrate restrictions with moderate protein intake and food-based fats.

The Deliciously Keto Cookbook by Molly Pearl – Offers 150 deliciously satisfying recipes for breakfasts, appetizers, snacks, mains, desserts, and sides, all designed to help readers set and reach personal health and weight loss goals.

Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook by Joseph Mercola – A guide to eating the ketogenic way from a natural-health expert and a chef shares recipes aligned with both ketogenic and Paleo principles, including such options as soups, salads, meals, and snacks, along with nutritional facts for each recipe.

Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals by Martina Slajerova – A collection of one-pot and slow-cooker recipes specifically designed for the needs of ketogenic diets provides a range of options for high-nutrient, low-carb soups, skillet meals and savory stews.