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National Soup Month celebrates the ultimate comfort food

January is not just part of cold and flu season, it's National Soup Month.

The frosty month of January could have been chosen for this honor solely because soup is seen as a cure to what ails a person and hot soup just isn't appreciated as much in the middle of the dog days of summer!

The staff at Detroit Lakes Library hopes all your servings of soup are for warmth not illness. For the perfect soup recipes, visit your library!

Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen, by Deborah Madison. "The soups in this book are based on vegetables, and many of these recipes are new ones for me," Madison says. "I've tried to streamline these dishes as much as possible without sacrificing goodness, so that you can easily enjoy them in your own kitchen. I hope you do enjoy making these soups and add them, one by one, to your repertoire."

Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes, by Anna Thomas. Anna Thomas's Vegetarian Epicure cookbooks have sold millions of copies and inspired generations. Now she describes her love affair with the ultimate comfort food. "From my kitchen to yours," Thomas says, "here are the best soups I've ever made."

Detroit Lakes Library

Happenings Calendar

• Tuesday, Jan. 18: Facebook/Social Networking Computer Class, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

• Tuesday, Jan. 18: Brown Bag Lunch Crafters, 12 to 2 p.m.

• Tuesday, Jan. 18: Book Discussion Group will review Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford at 3 p.m.

• Wednesday, Jan. 19: Wow Wii Wednesday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 22: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, Jan. 20: LEGOS @ the Library, 4 p.m.

• Friday, Jan. 21: Memoir Writing with Will Weaver, 7 p.m., Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are 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).