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Not Your Average Books

Planning For the Future

says "checkout a cookbook this month" while two anthropomorphized pie slices flirt by using pie-based puns.

Make this fall one of the best falls ever with pumpkins, lattes, and great new books to read from your local library. Try your hand at cooking, so you can eat what you want to eat.  We’ve gathered a few recommendations here to help you fill your autumn nights. Your library has all the best books for you.

Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts For Your Exes & Enemies

Heather Kim

50+ killer cakes, cookies, and candies for your exes and enemies. Dumped by your beefcake boyfriend? BFF steal your one-and-only? Lab partner a more-than-periodic no-show? Don't take these battles online. (Seriously, don't do that, okay?). Get out your heaviest rolling pins, sharpest cleavers, and most blistering torches, and kill your enemies and exes ... with kindness.

That's right bake that loser ex a pan of Go Fudge Yourself. Gift your former friend a You're the Devil Cake. And give that annoying admirer a Donut Call Me Again. Let them taste your over-them happiness and see what comes next ... Pastry chef and tattoo artist Heather Kim serves up sinfully delicious recipes and bittersweet advice.

The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook

Pamela Ellgin

  • 5 ingredients, 30 minutes, 100+ recipes—Learn simple and fast ways to throw together dozens of favorites like Classic French Toast, Vegan Enchiladas, Greek Pita Sandwiches, Thai Chicken Ramen, and more.
  • Kitchen basics—Brush up on fundamental cooking skills with an easy cookbook that includes tips and tricks on everything from using knives to storing veggies.
  • A wide variety—Most of these student-approved recipes also include 3 alternate versions to keep things interesting and accommodate every taste.

The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook

Judy Krizmanic

Recipes for all types of vegetarian dishes are accompanied by information and advice on vegetarian diet and quotes from teenage vegetarians.

Krizmanic also covers traditional cookbook subjects such as breakfast, side dishes, pasta, and dessert. Each recipe has a clear list of ingredients and numbered preparation steps; some include variations. Many sidebars add cooking or substitution suggestions or explanations of cooking techniques.

Included are menus for dinners to share with friends or family, how to cope with traditional holiday dinners, and some fine charts like "Build your own burrito," giving vegetarian alternatives to traditional fare. 

Find Your Next Great Read

2021 - 2022 Florida Teen Reads

The (FTR) program is a student-choice award determining which YA novel wins as the favorite of teens in Florida

2021 - 2022 Sunshine State Awards

These books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

2021 YALSA Teens' Top Ten

This is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books.

Printz Awards - Excellence in YA

The award honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.

Alex Awards - Adult Reads for Teens

This award is for books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.

YALSA Non-Fiction Awards

This award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.