The origins of s’mores isn’t clear, but several sources do cite the publication of “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” in 1927. The book contains a recipe for “some mores,” which of course was shortened to s’mores.

Recent history includes manufacturers tweaking the fireside treat with graham cracker sized marshmallows, and graham crackers with the chocolate already on them, but they can’t roast the marshmallow for you, so here’s hoping all your marshmallows roast to perfection.

You can make s’more history with the following books containing twists on the delicious treat.

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“S’mores: Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic,” by Dan Whalen.

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While contemplating a traditional s’more, mad genius Dan Whalen, the recipe creator behind Tots!, asked a tasty question: What would happen if you kept the essential s’mores architecture — three layers of gooey, melty, and crunchy — but changed it up? You get more than 50 playful, irresistible recipes that completely challenge the definition of a s’more.

Riffs range from classic — Salted Caramel S’mores, Nutella S’mores, and Lemon Meringue S’mores — to crazy. Think Avocado S’mores, S’moresburgers, and the Elvis — bacon, banana, and peanut butter nirvana. Enjoy your s’mores all year long! Every recipe is designed to be made in the broiler as well as over a campfire.

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“Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors,” by Emma Frisch.

Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart.

The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as detailed menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare before you leave. Featuring 70 accessible recipes, it is the first of its kind in the outdoor-cooking niche to pair useful information with evocative photography of finished dishes and useful illustrations (such as how to pack a cooler and how to build a fire), setting a new standard for camping cookbooks.

Library Happenings

Storytime. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

The Library Knitting Group meets Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join in by bringing new and ongoing projects and sharing experience and inspiration with fellow knitters.

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The library’s regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

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