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If you have ever worked or browsed in an antique shop, you know that cookbooks are wildly popular collectibles. They chronicle our history and culture through the kitchen; the center of our homes.

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Anybody have a good recipe for headcheese? How about pickled pig's feet? Many cookbook collectors choose to limit their collection to books by professional chefs, books on one subject such as apples, books put out by a certain food company and many other limiting factors.

The best part of collecting cookbooks is their usability, which usually tames any family member objection to the collection. If you are thinking about adding to your works, Lake Agassiz Regional Library has an extensive collection of cookbooks for you to review before you buy.

Or, if you just need a good cookbook on fruit desserts like the one highlighted below, the Detroit Lakes Library will help you find what you're seeking.

n Semi-Homemade: Cooking Made Light, by Sandra Lee. Enjoying great-tasting home-cooked food that's also good for you has never been so simple. For less than the cost of a dinner out, this new cookbook from Food Network star and best-selling author Sandra Lee will inspire you to re-think the way you cook.

Her unique "Semi-Homemade" cooking formula combines 70 percent ready-made and 30 percent fresh ingredients for fast, delicious results. Learn how to make the most of heart-healthy foods and smart ingredients like lean turkey, salmon, whole grain couscous, vitamin-packed sweet potatoes, and other "power foods." Includes more than 140 quick, easy and healthful recipes, plus gorgeous color photos of every recipe.

n Rustic Fruit Desserts, by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. An early fall cobbler with blackberries bubbling in their juice beneath a golden cream biscuit. A crunchy oatmeal crisp made with mid-summer's sweet nectarines and raspberries. Or a comforting pear bread pudding made with brioche to soften a harsh winter's day.

In Rustic Fruit Desserts, James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, owner of Baker & Spice, share their repertoire of classic fruit desserts, including crumbles, crisps, Betty's, buckles, and pies that showcases the freshest in-season fruit available.

Simple, scrumptious, and always a cherished favorite, these heritage desserts are (thankfully) experiencing a long-due revival.

n Anyone Can Cook: Step-by-Step Recipes Just for You, by Better Homes and Gardens. The ultimate visual guide to cooking for anyone who needs to learn quickly and without a lot of fuss!

No other guide makes learning to cook (or becoming a more accomplished cook) this easy! With nearly 1,000 photographs, Anyone Can Cook brings you right into the kitchen, providing a visual guide to basic cooking skills and showing the appealing finished dish, while 575 recipes show how to create delicious food, from breakfast favorites to savory toasted sandwiches to quick meat main dishes.

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL).

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