MOUNT VERNON — Just in time for the fall holiday cooking season, the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County is having a “Cookbook Silent Auction.” The event runs until noon Saturday, Nov. 17, and features 135 highly variegated cookbook titles for bidders to drool over.

The 135 cookbooks are on display in three large glass cases on the west side of the library’s main floor. Patrons may browse until their stomachs begin to growl, then enter their bids in the official bid list. They are encouraged to stop back and check the bidding on their favorite items, which they can update as often as they like. At noon Saturday, Nov. 17, the bidding will be closed and the winning bidders will be notified.

The cookbooks offered for bidding represent a stunning variety of themes and subjects. There are the traditional “back to basics” cookbooks, such as “The Martha Stewart Cookbook,” “The New Basics Cookbook,” by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, and Alice Waters’ “The Art of Simple Food.” For those with particular interests, there are many specialty items, among them Cheryl Sedaker’s “365 Ways to Cook Chicken,” Betty Rossbottom’s “Sunday Roasts,” and Jasper White’s “50 Chowders.”

Those looking for sumptuous treats might like “The United States of Pie” or “The Red Velvet Lovers Cookbook.” There are others devoted exclusively to popcorn, almonds, or crepes, waffles and pancakes.

Among the more offbeat titles are Joshua Bernstein’s “The Complete Beer Course” (“Boot Camp for Beer Geeks – From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes”), and, aptly, Milton Crawford’s “The Hungover Cookbook” (“Everything you need to know to assess, understand and improve a hangover”).

Proceeds from the Cookbook Silent Auction will go to benefit the Friends of the Library and the Friends Book Warehouse.



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