Eric had posted a while back about how using the library is green and it reminded me to renew my library card. I love my Forest Park Library. It's rather small, especially against our neighbor's Oak Park Library which is just beautiful. I can order books or DVDs online and they are delivered to the library. It close, convenient, and makes a nice dog walk route.
One of the main reasons I use the library is cook books. There are only so many celebrity cook books that I want on my bookshelf. The New Arrivals shelf is loaded with some great ones. I picked up David Chang's Momofuku and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Talk about two beautiful books. The Photography from both books inspire me to take more pictures. They provided me with some great ideas and recipes, even may try ghetto "sous vide", slow cooking in a pouch in water.
I would recommend either book. Jamie Oliver's book is more practical. Really great recipes that are written clearly. I really like that some of the individual steps are laid out in photos. Where are David Chang book was more food fantasy for me. I love fancy food. Homey food redone with delicious flavors and colors.