The Keene Public Library invites those who love to cook or enjoy new foods to join the Spice Club library, a collaboration between the Keene Public Library and the Keene International Market. Each month we'll feature a new spice or spice blend from a different part of the world and make it available in a small FREE take-home kit with recipes and information. Spices will be available for pick up at the Circulation Desk. In July, we'll be cooking with fenugreek, an annual herb with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor often described as a cross between celery and maple. Fenugreek is used as a herb, spice, and vegetable as both the leaves and seeds are edible. It is frequently added to curry powders, pickling sauces, dhal vegetable preparations, and chutneys in Indian, Middle Eastern, and North African cuisines. To learn more about fenugreek and other spices, library cardholders can use the library's new database, A-Z World Foods, listed with the library's other e-resources at https://ci.keene.nh.us/keene-public-library/online-tools-learning-resources.
Another component of the Keene Public Library Spice Club is special events. The inaugural event is a virtual cookbook discussion presented on Zoom on Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. During the "Cook the Book," Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast will share recipes from one of her favorite cookbooks, "Spice Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean" by Ana Sortun. The book is organized by spice, detailing the ways certain spices complement one another and how they flavor other foods. Visit the library's online calendar at https://keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup to register for the Cook the Book virtual presentation.