But before I can start searching, I need to tell you who I am. I'm Mamie Custer, the new Assistant Managing Librarian for the Marysville Library. I am an avid eater who adores spicy foods and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Knowing the library is a great place to get the information I need, I went to our cookbook section to browse and was pleasantly surprised at what I found.
Fiesta Latina by Rafael Palmonio offers fun party recipes for appetizers, main dishes, desserts and more. Colored photos for most recipes help to inspire the chef--or the eater. The recipe I really want to try is the Mango sorbet. Looks tasty!
Williams-Sonoma has many cookbooks out for just about any occassion, ingredient or diet. Their The Southwest: New American Cooking book written by Kathi Long offers up a recipe for Fresh Corn Pudding as well a simple starter salad of Tomatoes & Avocado with Chile Vinaigrette that look scrumptious. There's also a section on Southwest Chiles that I'll need to read to see which chiles to use to make mine extra spicy.
Sometimes everything can be overwhelming, but that's not the case for The Everything Tex-Mex Cookbook by Linda Larsen. This book has it all--300 recipes, a whole chapter just on sauces and an index that lets you look up recipes by ingredient. Simply everything, simply delicious.
The title says it all for this one- Some Like it Hot: 200 Spicy Vegetarian Recipes from Around the World. Written by Robin Robertson, this cookbook includes recipes for the I'll-take-mine-extra spicey-eater. Each chapter focuses on a different area of the world (the Americas, Mediterranean Europe, Middle East & Africa, India and Asia) and I have to say just even with browsing through, these recipes looked great. I could make Smooth & Sassy Guacamole, Mole Pablona, or maybe Chilled Avacado Soup.
I definitely think I'll find a recipe for my party with ease--all thanks to the library. The hard part will be choosing just one recipe. Now if only I could get someone else to make it for me...