Krumkake, lutefisk, Christmas pudding, eggnog, mince pies, and yule logs are a few traditional Christmas foods many families look forward to over the holidays.

If your family doesn't have any food traditions of its own, your local library can help you begin a few new customs with a whole host of cookbooks — located in the library's non-fiction area, under number 641 of the Dewey Decimal System.

Here are a couple of our newer Christmas cookbooks to help you get started. Your librarians at the Detroit Lakes Library wish you all a Merry Christmas!

"Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook" is one of several holiday-themed cookbooks available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
"Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook" is one of several holiday-themed cookbooks available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)

“Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook,” by Jamie Oliver.

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"I've got all the bases covered with everything you need for the big day and any feasting meals over the festive period, as well as party fare, edible gifts, teatime treats, cocktails, and of course, exciting ways to embrace and celebrate those leftovers," says Oliver. "You'll also find all the deeply important technical info you need, such as cooking charts, and wherever possible, I've designed the recipes to be cooked at the same oven temperature, so you can be efficient with time and oven space, and it'll be super-easy for you to mix and match the different elements and build your own perfect Christmas meal.”

"Christmas with Southern Living" is one of several holiday-themed cookbooks available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
"Christmas with Southern Living" is one of several holiday-themed cookbooks available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)

“Christmas with Southern Living, 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating,” by the editors of Southern Living.

Nobody does Christmas like Southern Living magazine, and for over 30 years, "Christmas with Southern Living" has been helping readers create memorable holidays for family and friends. This edition of "Christmas with Southern Living" is completely new, with all of the menu and décor ideas that you've come to expect, along with more than 100 recipes especially created for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift giving. The 2016 edition features five complete theme-based entertaining chapters — Christmas on the Farm, on the Block, at the Lake, in the Mountains, and by the Sea — including menus and decorating ideas for every corner of your home, as well as tips and tricks on surprising ways to use leftovers, serve dishes, and more!



Library Happenings

Anime Club: Christmas Special is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Anime shows are famous for their Christmas specials. Join us for a review of some of our favorite holiday traditions demonstrated in some popular anime. Geared toward ages 14 and up.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Songs, stories, flannel board, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers!

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join the library's staff for Storytime on Thursday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Day cares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.



Library Hours

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

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites, including Detroit Lakes, will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday, with regular hours of operation resuming Thursday, Dec. 26. The following week all locations will close at or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day, with regular hours resuming Thursday, Jan. 2.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. Besides Detroit Lakes, LARL’s other branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

For more information on local library services and programs, call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information can also be found online at www.larl.org, as well as via the library’s app, LARL Mobile, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.