12 Digital Cookbooks for New and Experienced Home Cooks

April 23, 2020 | Jen McB

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Bake the Seasons 

Most of us are spending a lot more time cooking these days. Maybe you already own a lot of cookbooks, and maybe you don't. But TPL is here to help! You can borrow thousands of digital cookbooks through Overdrive and if you don't already have a library card, right now you can get an Instant Digital Card too!

Simple Fruit

You may find yourself consulting the internet frequently only to find a million personal stories and a lot of confusion between the imperial and metric systems.


If you are like me, you eventually come to the realization that baking powder and yeast are two very different products, after suffering years of doughy bread that just will not rise but is still somewhat edible.

The Joyous Cookbook

Cookbooks are one of the greatest pleasures in a public library – not to mention popular! – and are a great source of inspiration and instruction for both new and professional cooks. 

201 recipes you'll make forever

Great meals do not have to be overly complicated, and a great idea is always breakfast for dinner or pizza for breakfast (delicious with pineapples, in my opinion, but not with ham).

Cook's Illustrated All Time Best Brunch

No flour? No problem. There are a lot of great substitute ideas: oats, rice, potatoes or other grains. There's also couscous, barley, corn, quinoa and many more.

Sandwiches Without Bread

Another common problem is being short on eggs. Eggs are often used in baking as a binder, but what other ingredients can work? Mashed up fruit is a popular substitute, such as apples or bananas. But you can also use combinations of vegetable oil, vinegar and baking powder.

Field Guide to Meat 

When it comes to meat, it's important to know how to cook it properly, especially if you don't have a meat thermometer. In general, for meats such as burgers or poultry, the juices should run clear when you cut into it.

The Everyday Meat Guide

Always be sure to wash your hands and utensils if uncooked meat has touched them to avoid food poisoning.


Cooking at home can be fun, relaxing, pleasurable and a great way to spend time. You can make a lot and freeze some for the rest of the week, or simmer something quickly with butter or oil for the sake of indulgence.

Let's Make Ramen

Once you have tried a few easy and preparatory recipes, why not expand your knowledge of cooking by trying different cuisines?

Kinda Vegan

Digital cookbooks, like regular cookbooks, are very popular and you may have to wait to read them.

If you're in a hurry, we also have digital magazines that are always available to you through Flipster and PressReader. Popular titles such as Chatelaine, Cooking Light, and Eating Well can be found on Flipster. And with PressReader there is a whole world of recipes in many different languages to choose from. The apps are easy to use with your library card and can be downloaded to smart devices. You can also stream the magazines on your personal computer.


Time to get cooking!