Rancho Santa Fe Library holds successful cooking programs

In celebration of One Book, One San Diego, the Rancho Santa Fe branch recruited a local business owner to demonstrate the preparation of authentic Filipino pancit noodles to recognize the cultural diversity in San Diego. A small but appreciative audience enjoyed the program so much that the Kitchen Hack has become a monthly adult event. Guest chefs have included branch staff, a Library Guild Board member, a nutrition expert/entrepreneur, and a vegetarian chef and cookbook author.

"Indian Cuisine and Cooking With Spices" with Madhu Velji was the focus of the last Adult Kitchen Hack program; the Community Room/kitchen was filled to capacity. The Adult Kitchen Hack proved so successful that a weekly Teen Kitchen Hack was added for children who come into the library after school. Students get hands-on experience preparing nutritious, tasty, and economical afternoon snacks. Fruit smoothies are a favorite. The successful Teen Kitchen Hack program has also benefitted from this year's National Charity Leagues Grant Awards.