Spring of 2021 promises warmer weather, vaccines, increased visits with loved ones, and a gradual return to normal. Jacksonville Public Library recently reopened the Main Library’s third floor, home of its nonfiction collection and its large, cookbook section. For our customers who love to cook, this means a return to the enjoyable experience of cookbook browsing. For those who prefer to stay home, we have a growing collection of digital cookbooks. Whatever your style, JPL has cookbooks that feature the latest trends. To keep you up to date, I’ve listed five of those trends with related cookbooks from our catalog.
#1. Sustainable Foods
Eating locally grown, sustainable food has been a national trend that we’ve seen locally. Jacksonville has some great farm-to-table restaurants, but it also has farmers markets and food co-ops that can make these values part of everyday life. If you want to make your Earth-friendly meals delicious, find the perfect cookbook at JPL.
Savor by Ilona Oppenheim (Hoopla)
#2. Artisan Breads
People still love bread. I’m reminded of this almost every workday as I park near a car with an “I heart gluten” bumper sticker. At a time when a growing number of people have claimed gluten intolerance and many people have stopped eating bread altogether, we’ve seen a renewed appreciation for artisanal breads and the history of breadmaking.
Living Bread by Daniel Leader
Poilâne by Apollonia Poilâne
Bread Illustrated by America’s Test Kitchen*
Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish*
Peter Reinhart's artisan breads every day by Peter Reinhart
#3. Regional Foods
A number of publications, including Food & Wine, have cited hyper-regional foods, meaning foods specific to smaller regions, as one of this year’s food trends. Like other cities in Florida, Jacksonville’s diversity makes its food culture hard to pin down. Among the numerous influences on our foods, the biggest might be the Atlantic Ocean, which makes the city a popular destination for seafood lovers. To keep up with local food trends throughout the year, visit the Main Library and ask to look at an Edible Northeast Florida magazine or one of Jacksonville Magazine’s food issues.
The Saltwater Table: Recipes From the Coastal South by Whitney Otawka*
Crab: 50 Recipes With the Fresh Taste of the Sea by Cynthia C. Nims
Cooking With Intuition by Cari Sanchez-Potter
The Southerner's Cookbook by Garden and Gun*
The Crab Cookbook by Whitney Schmidt (Hoopla)
#Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free
Many people have given up both gluten and dairy, and popular diets like paleo and Whole30 have likely increased this trend. But both gluten and dairy are so common that attempts to give up both can prove difficult. Since few restaurants cater to such restricted diets, eating more home cooked meals becomes a necessity. Luckily, JPL has a number of cookbooks that make going gluten- and dairy-free easier.
You don’t need a cable or Netflix subscription to cook recipes featured on some of the most popular cooking shows. A growing number of cooks with their own YouTube channels are publishing their own cookbooks. JPL has cookbooks by a number of these viral stars, and they might be just what you need to take your cooking to another level.
You Suck at Cooking by Clarkson Potter
Binging with Babish*
Baking All Year Round by Rosanna Pansino*
The Domestic Geek's Meals Made Easy by Sara Lynn Cauchon
Kawaii Sweet World by Rachel Fong
Keto Life by Sahil Makhija