Norman Public Library hosts cookbook swap, demonstrations
The Norman Public Library held its annual Cookbook Swap and Shop on Saturday.
People brought cookbooks to swap or purchased cookbooks at discounted rates. The proceeds for the event benefit the library, said Judy Day, information services manager.
Day said the swap has been successful in previous years, and the sponsors continue to expect positive involvement from the community.
“I love cookbooks, and you never know what you may find,” said Judy Sappington, who attended the swap. “Anything involving books and that supports the library is worthwhile. I plan on attending it again.”
The swap had an array of cookbooks, and people from all ages and backgrounds participated. The event also featured a cooking demonstration by Chef Matthew Joplin, who taught basic kitchen safety, food preparation and nutritional information in an effort to overcome the cycle of hunger and poverty in Oklahoma, Day said.
"There is a dissemination of knowledge with events like this," said Bill Barker, another swap attendee who recently relocated to Oklahoma from Pittsburgh. "I think it matches the community perfectly. I wasn't dazzled, but I still really enjoyed it."
The theme of the culinary displays was summer foods and snacks that are fun and healthful. Refreshments from the demonstrations and door prizes also were included.
Cookbook author Judy Howard gave away a signed copy of her book, “1905 Cookbook: Food for Body and Soul.” Many of the recipes and techniques used during the demonstration were directly from the book.