What’s happening at the Library: The joy of – spicy – cooking

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, November 7, 2023

By James Gardner

Clark County Public Library

People who have read this column regularly might have noticed that I love food (I have written a lot about holidays that celebrate things like potato chips and soups)—sometimes cooking food but mostly eating it. While I have been known to enjoy the simple comfort of a bologna sandwich with ketchup, I may occasionally use spicier jalapeno ketchup, for we are a society that has yet to master interstellar travel, but we can create all sorts of crazy condiments. As a huge proponent of culinary experimentation, I look forward to Nov. 8, which is Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. It signals a time to break out the spices and seasonings and try something new. The day is the perfect day to test how hot you can handle your spice, perhaps by checking out the book “Fiery Ferments: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chutneys, Kimchis with Kick, and Other Blazing Fermented Condiments”(664.024 Shoc). Maybe you’re not a fan of just spice but desire something outside your comfort zone. Try some different, more worldly flavors with Andy Ricker’s “Pok Pok : Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand” or “Indian Home Cooking: a Fresh Introduction to Indian Food, with More Than 150 recipes”(641.5954 Sara) by Suvir Saran. There are several cookbooks that can challenge your culinary skills and your palate. There’s even an opportunity Nov. 11 during our Saturday Swap, taking place from 10 to 11 a.m., where patrons will have a chance to swap recipes (bring a recipe to get a recipe). Speaking of trying something new, here are some things you can try this week:

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On Nov. 7 at 6 p.m., join Dungeon Master Mary Patterson for an adventure among the criminal underworld hiding within the city of Waterdeep. This Adult Dungeons and Dragons Evening Session provides all the necessary materials; all patrons need to bring is a sense of adventure. Experienced adventurers and those new to adventuring welcome Space is limited. Please register to reserve your spot. Contact Mary at mary.clarkbooks@gmail.com for more details.

On this week’s Kentucky Picture Show, premiering Nov. 8 at 2 p.m., Colin Ford and Dennis Quaid star in the remarkable true-life story of Rickey Hill’s improbable journey to play Major League Baseball. Rated PG-13. Popcorn and snacks will be provided.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., the library is partnering with New Vista to provide a great three-session workshop for expectant parents. At this second session of the Baby Belly Bookworm Talks, you will learn how to create connections with your baby during pregnancy. Participants receive four free books for you and your baby as a gift for attending!

On Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., join James Gardner for Write Out There! Presents Creating Flash Fiction, a class on what flash fiction is and learn to create your own flash fiction. Flash fiction is even shorter than the short story. While it can be less than a few hundred words, the story can still offer plot and character development. Seating is limited so please register for the event by using Evanced or contact the library at 744-5661.

Along with our Recipe Swap at 10 a.m., the library is also having a program celebrating Native American Heritage Month at 2 p.m. Geared to all ages, the informal program will feature storytelling, art, handicrafts and discussion about regional Native culture and traditions. There will be a chance to ask questions following the presentations. Traditional artwork and hand-made items will also be displayed at the library to mark Native American Heritage Month.