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Jul 11, 2019

If you want to be a better cook, we have a free resource for you that is enriching, abundant, and may have been as-of-yet overlooked. Your public library is a wealth of information—sure, they have cook books, but you also may find magazines, historical cooking records, classes, and more! Mary Stein, Assistant Director of East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries (and irrepressible enthusiast for learning) bursts onto Smidgen to share the vast array of cooking tools that can be found at most every public library. 

To put a finer point on things, you’ll hear Anne discuss one of her new favorite cook books, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat. You’ll also hear about the balance between going by the book, and confidently freestyling it in the kitchen. A different spin on “cooking the books.”

In the kitchen, Red Stick Spice Co. store staffer (and avid baker) Cameron takes the lead with (non-baker) Anne to prepare a sumptuous Salted Dark Chocolate Cake. In the headiness of the cacao swirling in the air, Anne forgets the salt and goes for fancy sprinkles instead. No matter—the cake is a dream. 

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