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The holidays are upon us, and for many people, that means entertaining guests. The season goes hand in hand with cravings for fall flavors, comfort foods and cooking, as well as table settings, décor and gifts.

Though reliable recipes and decorations are always a treat, Omaha Public Library would like to help wow your friends and family at the next potluck or holiday gathering by introducing new bites, spices and recipes, or a modern twist on an old standby that everyone will enjoy.

Omaha Public Library has hundreds of cookbooks in its collection. Peruse recently released titles such as “Baking All Year Round: Holidays & Special Occasions” by Rosanna Pansino, or “Out of the Box Holiday Baking” by Hayley Parker. Look up classic recipes in the Betty Crocker or Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks. Browse the many cooking magazines available for check out in print or digital copies, such as Allrecipes, Bon Appétit, or Taste of Home.

Southern Living, perhaps best known for its homestyle recipes, also offers a book for “inspired ideas for holiday cooking and decorating,” and you can find it at Omaha Public Library, providing you with the perfect opportunity to try it before you buy it. Browse the library’s extensive cookbook collection by visiting your local branch or omahalibrary.org.

Cookbooks also make great holiday gifts. Visit the Friends of Omaha Public Library used book sale at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 West Dodge Road, every Thursday and first Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to explore the variety of cookbooks in their collection at affordable prices. Because many of the books you’ll find at the Friends book sale come from local donations, there are often bits of local cooking history among the stacks, just waiting to be discovered.

Omaha Public Library staff and its Friends look forward to helping you find the perfect accent to your next feast.

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