Get Ready for Holiday Feasts in the Culinary Library!

Let's see....Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, holiday gifts from the kitchen, winter desserts and cocktails.  What's left?  A cook's tour of Christmas around the world. You'll find books on all of these topics in the Boyd Library - just in time for winter holiday cooking and entertaining. Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipes and cookbook resources. The John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library is open every weekday!

Looking for dessert recipes? Tammy Donroe shares her favorites in Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home, which includes a great chapter on winter apples and how best to use them. Hint: use those Arkansas Blacks for baking.

If baking loads of cookies for your friends and family is one of your traditions, check out Cookies for Christmas by Jennifer Dorland Darling. She devotes a chapter to baking with your children and shares delightful sounding recipes for Pealing Bells and Spiced Mice here. And don't forget to enter SoFAB's cookie contest on December 11th!

In need of a new latke recipe? Go back to the basics with Jane Cohan's book Jewish Holiday Cooking.  You'll find classic recipes alongside tales of the pre-food processor "Reign of Terror" -- or bloody knuckles sustained while making potato latkes.

For those of you looking for handmade Christmas presents, we've got you covered. Susan Branch has ideas for holiday gifts and baked goods in Christmas Joy, and Emeril's Creole Christmas cookbook is stocked with edible stocking stuffers like pickled japalenos, butter cream mints and Christmas lollipops. His book also has great menus and shopping lists and wine pairings for all your holiday parties and entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, no holiday party is complete without a deep roster of cocktails. Rosy Cheek, Persian Warmer, Liquid Gold and Pear Smash can be found in Winter Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa, though they sound like they'd be at home in a Harry Potter book. And the Swedish glug you're looking for is in Christmas - A Cook's Tour, Ingeborg Relph's exploration of Christmas eating traditions from around the world.

With that, we say Bon Appetit, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all from the Boyd Library!