Health & Wellness



Would you like to to mix up your usual rotation of tried-and true recipes? Would you like to more about healthy and sustainable cooking? Join us for an upcoming cooking class or explore our collection of recipe books, e-books, and e-magazines.

Cooking Programs

Teen Chef…
  • Event: Teen Chef
  • Date & Time: Saturday, April 20, 2:00pm
  • Location: Garfield Park Branch
  • Description: Want to upgrade your skills in the kitchen or build on the cooking knowledge you already have? Join Nutrition Services in a hands-on cooking workshop that merges healthy eating with culinary skills.
  • Register Here
Teen Chef…
  • Event: Teen Chef
  • Date & Time: Friday, April 26, 3:00pm
  • Location: Central Library
  • Description: Want to upgrade your skills in the kitchen or build on the cooking knowledge you already have? Join Nutrition Services in a hands-on cooking workshop that merges healthy eating with culinary skills.
  • Register Here
Cookbook Book Club…
  • Event: Cookbook Book Club
  • Date & Time: Monday, April 29, 6:00pm
  • Location: College Avenue Branch
  • Description: Meeting every other month, this book club group will begin in April and discuss food prepared from cookbooks checked out. Sessions cover soups and breads, desserts, salads, and entrees.
  • Register Here

Get New York Times Cooking – free with your Library card!

Did you know that your library card gives you free 24-hour access to the recipes in the New York Times? You must first create a New York Times account if you don’t already have one.

  1. Visit The New York Times: Cooking
  2. Enter your library card barcode number and click “Get Code.”
  3. Click “Redeem” to submit your randomly generated access code.
  4. Since you need to have a New York Times online account to use the code, the next step prompts you to create an account, which is free, or to log in to your existing account.
  5. You now have access to the New York Times for 24 hours. After the 24 hours are up, you may redeem another code for 24-hour access. Enjoy!

Borrow e-cookbooks, foodie e-magazines and movies from home!

Use your library card to check out cookbooks, magazines, and movies from home. Take a trip around the world from your kitchen with these e-books featuring an array of international recipes. There are over 3,000 e-cookbooks available for check out on Hoopla and 3,500 MORE cookbooks to choose from in OverDrive.

And if the e-cookbooks aren’t enough, check out Flipster, an online service you can use to check out magazines like Food and WineCooking Light, or Allrecipes.

Still looking for ideas? There are over 300 foodie movies in Kanopy. The category Cooking ranges from Supersize Me To American Masters: James Beard America’s First Foodie and includes topics like winemaking and sustainable food habits.

If you have never used any of these online services before you can get help on download and streaming.

Get reading recommendations from our staff.

Browse these featured cookbook recommendation lists created by IndyPL staff to unlock some recipe inspiration, enjoy a chef’s memoir, and more. Find more delicious reads by browsing our complete collection of cookbook recommendations.

Korean Cooking: Beyond Kimchi Fried Rice

I have some dear friends who are Korean – a second family of sorts. Over the years, they have introduced me to the wonders of Korean food. This list is my attempt to better understand and appreciate Korean food – through the process of starting to cook it for myself! Whether you’re new to Korean cuisine or a seasoned expert, I hope you will enjoy this curated list of cookbooks and guides.

Title - Korean Food Made SimpleTitle - Cook Korean!Title - Quick & Easy Korean CookingTitle - Maangchi

Indiana Cookbooks and Restaurants

Do you enjoy trying different restaurants around Marion County whenever you have the chance? Do you enjoy cooking and trying out different recipes? This list celebrates Indiana restaurants through the years and recipes to try.

Title - Cafe IndianaTitle - Cafe Indiana CookbookTitle - The Classic Hoosier CookbookTitle - Sunrise Cookbook

Stream With Sherry! Cooking videos to stream!

Here’s a list of streaming cooking programs for you to enjoy. Included are many different types of food – even some healthy ones!

Title - The Everyday GourmetTitle - Make the Most of your Pressure Cooker - Season 1Title - The Everyday GourmetTitle - Cooking Basics: What Everyone Should Know

The Instant Pot: Your New Best Friend!

Dear Instant Pot, Thank you for coming into my life and reducing the difficulty of my kitchen routine. Cooking shouldn’t be torture, and you’ve shown me that. I hope this list helps others find solace in their kitchens!

Title - The Instant Pot BibleTitle - Instant Pot MiracleTitle - The Essential Instant Pot CookbookTitle - How to Instant Pot

Asian and Pacific Island Cookbooks

Asian and Pacific Island food is a diverse set of cuisines that encompass many flavors and styles of cooking. Many of these cookbooks center how Asian cooking comes about in immigrant and disaporic communities, while celebrating the evolution of cultures.

Title - MelizTitle - How to Make Sushi at HomeTitle - Cook Real HawaiʻiTitle - Pomegranates & Artichokes

Cooking up a Good Read

Who doesn’t love a good mystery, complete with recipes? Even someone like me who doesn’t cook can enjoy these delicious mysteries – and possibly the recipes as well.

Title - The Body in the BelfryTitle - The Whole EnchiladaTitle - Murder Simply BrewedTitle - Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes

Jewish and Kosher Cuisine

To know a culture is to know its food. Here is a collection of cookbooks that celebrate Jewish culture and cuisine. You’ll find traditional favorites and kosher meals as well as modern recreations for those looking to meet vegan or paleo diets.

Title - Cooking Alla GiudiaTitle - Honey Cake & LatkesTitle - KoshersoulTitle - Modern Jewish Comfort Food