RW library update

Outdoor cooking with ebooks

  • Arts   Wed, May 12th, 2021   Holly Smith, RWLibrary Programmer

You may have started to think about how you’ll best enjoy your outdoor experiences this summer during the pandemic. Perhaps you’re thinking about creative ways to enjoy food and culinary experiences outdoors, and are seeking out some cooking inspiration. Why not access the Region of Waterloo’s (RWLibrary) online resources, which you can access at home, and at your convenience. I’m always looking for new recipes, and while I have my favourite websites, I know I can spend quite a bit of time scrolling through to find what I am looking for. When I use RWLibrary’s site, I search for “outdoor cooking” in RWLibrary’s catalogue and over 120 titles are displayed! The majority of them are available online and can be checked out as an ebook, using either Hoopla or Libby apps. The nice thing about using an ebook is once they’re downloaded to your device, they can be accessed offline. RWLibrary has ebooks on how to use your grill, smoker or bbq, and how to cook over an open fire or camping stove. These include detailed recipes, as well as the very basics, such as cooking on a stick and foil packet recipes. My favourite recent titles I have found are, “Campfire Cooking” by Blake Hoena, because it appeals to all ages and the recipes use basic ingredients, and “The Complete Outdoor Barbeque and Grills Cookbook” by Rachel Harriot, because it has a myriad of recipes that are meat, fish and vegan based. And who can pass up downloading the book titled “S’mores! Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic” by Dan Whalen? Whether you are a just learning to cook over a campfire, or are looking for new ideas for the barbeque, you will likely find what you are looking for using RWL’s online ebooks. Just Ask a Librarian if you need some tips – you can reach us at 226-748-8030 or for visit us online at