Community cookbook debuts Saturday

Published 10:02 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The North Suffolk Library will host a launch party for the “Suffolk Cooks!” cookbook on Saturday.

The free event will be 11 a.m. to noon with complimentary refreshments and more than 75 copies of “Suffolk Cooks!” available.

Suffolk Public Library officials asked library patrons and staff members in February to submit their favorite recipes for the community-driven project. The library previously published a cookbook with staff recipe submissions in 2014 that was the basis for “Suffolk Cooks!”

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“People seemed to enjoy the past cookbook,” Suffolk Library outreach and program services librarian Elizabeth Trop said. “We wanted to invite everybody in the community to participate.”

More than 70 recipes were compiled for the cookbook, ranging from appetizers to desserts, according to Trop. She said people were excited.  A mother and daughter submitted a recipe for tea cakes along with a picture that looked “absolutely delicious.”

The recipes include unusual cuisine like potato candy and jalapeno popcorn, along with traditional dining like mac and cheese and pico de gallo. Dessert recipes include flan limon and molasses cookies.

“I was pleased there was such variety,” Trop said.

Half the recipes were submitted by Suffolk Library staff. Marketing and community relations coordinator Angie Sumner said her recipe was for cilantro and lime chicken and rice with black beans.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I stumbled upon it, because I had a lot of extra cilantro in my garden last year.”

Patrons are excited for the opportunity to be part of this community-driven recipe book.

“One day at the library I was talking to a young man who was over-the-moon excited about submitting his recipe for hot chocolate,” library location services coordinator Jillian Zeller said. “Another day I spoke to a patron who wants to be a chef when he grows up, and he was having the hardest time deciding which recipe to submit.”

“To see this project touch so many different members of our community on such a personal level is inspiring,” she said.

The cookbook will be available after the Saturday launch at all Suffolk Public Library branches and through the library’s “Library2Go” bookmobile service.

Call 514-7323 or visit for more information.