Cooking & Food

start here with your library card

Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

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hot topic – bbq

Browse these BBQ selections, place them on hold and pick them up from your closest library.
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Avoid the non-stop ads and frustrating search for the actual recipe. Check out cookbooks from Libby/OverDrive.

Library Card required.  Sign up for one online and use it immediately.

new cookbooks

Browse all recent cookbooks.

food & cooking e-magazines

Keep up to date on all the current cooking trends by checking out these food and cooking magazines from OverDrive.

Library Card required.  Sign up for one online and use it immediately.

dig memphis – restaurant and menu collection

Visit the Dig Memphis Restaurant and Menu Collection Explore old menus from Memphis restaurants still standing and long gone. The culinary history of Memphis is as strong and proud as the legacy of our musical heritage and as diverse as the sounds that have been recorded here.

james beard book award winners

The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their field. The Awards are presented by The James Beard Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation and practice of fine food and beverage.

culinary arts (Gale onefile)

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts offers a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as book reference content from Delmar.


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