Announcing the 1st Annual Texas Cookbook Month
October 2-28, 2018
Austin Central Library Cookbook Bar & Café
710 W. Cesar Chavez Street

 Cookbook Bar & Café is a counter-service eatery in the Austin Central Library, celebrating the culinary-themed publications that are readily available for guests to browse in the library. The seasonal menu, curated by Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group, draws timeless classics from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country.

The First Annual Texas Cookbook Month features special programming for the full month of October to celebrate the Texas food and beverage community. All demos, tastings and panels are free and open to the public throughout the month.

Chef Demos & Cookbook Signings

Weekly chef demos will take place on Tuesdays (with the exception of Mon., 10/22) in Austin Central Library’s kitchen demo space and last for approximately an hour with a Q&A session at the end. Demos will be followed by a reception in Cookbook Bar & Café, where guests will have a chance to meet the chefs, purchase their latest cookbooks with a signing, and experience a bite of the dish prepared during the demo. Cookbook patrons can then experience the specialty dish that was created at the demo for the following week on a special menu at the restaurant. 

Tuesday, October 2 

6-7 p.m.
Chef Demo featuring Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group in the Austin Central Library Demo Space.

7-9 p.m.
Texas Cookbook Month Kick-Off Party in Cookbook to honor Virginia B. Wood, former Austin Chronicle editor.

Tuesday, October 9

6-7 p.m.
Chef Adrian Davila of Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros will do a BBQ demo in the Central Austin Library Demo Space.

7-8:30 p.m.
Post-demo event featuring cookbook signing.
> Complimentary bites of the demo dish available while supplies last.

Tuesday, October 16

6-7 p.m.
Chef Demo by Jessica Dupuy that will take place in the Central Austin Library Demo Space. Featuring a recipe from United Tastes of Texas.

7-8:30 p.m.
Post-demo event featuring a cookbook signing by Jessica Dupuy.
> Complimentary bites of demo dish available while supplies last.

Monday, October 22

6-7 p.m.
Chef Demo featuring Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due in the Central Austin Library Demo Space. Featuring a recipe from Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish.

7-8:30 p.m.
Post-demo event featuring a cookbook signing by Chef Griffiths.
> Complimentary bites of demo dish available while supplies last.

Meet the Maker Panel & Tasting

“Meet the Maker” events happen each Thursday and will include panels featuring Texas beverage makers who have helped shape the Texas beverage industry. Leaders in the category of Distilleries, Wineries, Cideries and Breweries take the floor to speak about their stories, challenges, successes and inspiration over the years. Each “Meet the Maker” panel will follow with a tasting experience at Cookbook Bar & Café, during which guests can experience complimentary samples of each beverage and meet the hard-working Texas makers behind the finely-crafted beverage products.  

Thursday, October 4

6-7 p.m.
Texas Distillery Panel

Takes place in the Central Austin Library Demo Space with featured distillers from Desert Door Texas Sotol, Garrison Brothers, and Treaty Oak Distilling.

7-8:30 p.m.
Texas Distillers “Meet the Maker” event in Cookbook.
> Complimentary beverage samples while supplies last.

Thursday, October 11

6-7 p.m.
Texas Winemakers Panel
Takes place in Austin Central Library Demo Space with winemakers from Dandy Rosé, Lost Draw Cellars, Southold Farm + Cellar, and William Chris Vineyards.

7-8:30 p.m.
Texas Winemakers “Meet the Maker” event in Cookbook.
> Complimentary wine samples while supplies last.

Thursday, October 18

6-7 p.m.
Texas Cider Panel
Takes place in Austin Central Library Demo Space with featured cider makers from Argus Cidery, Austin Eastciders, Fairweather Cider, and Texas Keeper Cider.

7-8:30 p.m.
Texas Winemakers “Meet the Maker” event.
> Complimentary cider samples while supplies last.

Thursday, October 25

6-7 p.m.
Texas Breweries Panel
Takes place in Cookbook Bar & Café with featured brewers from Real Ale Brewing and St. Elmo Brewing Co. More brewers to come!

7-8:30 p.m. Texas Brewers “Meet the Maker” event.
> Complimentary beer samples while supplies last.

 

 

SATURDAY DATE NIGHT!

Cookbook is also launching a Saturday Night Date Night, each Saturday in the month of October (6, 13, 20, 27) from 7 – 10 p.m., which will offer patrons a pre-fixe menu and a half bottle of wine for $50 per person, or $40 per person without wine. The full menu for the dinners can be viewed here, and reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also accepted. Reservations can be made by emailing reservations@cookbookatx.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE AUSTIN CENTRAL LIBRARY!

The month of programming will close on October 28, with a one-year birthday party for Austin Central Library. The celebration will include a cake competition judged by ELM Restaurant Group’s own Pastry Chef Mary Catherine Curren.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Welcome to Cookbook bar & Café

Cookbook Bar & Café is a counter-service eatery in the Austin Public Library, celebrating the culinary-themed publications that are readily available for guests to browse in the library.

The seasonal menu, curated by Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group, draws timeless classics from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country. Cookbook offers a variety of styles and incorporates organic and farm-to-table components, whenever possible. Specials will tie directly into cookbook publications of local chefs or touring authors, and Cookbook will host cooking demos in the library. 

Cookbook carries over the library theme at the full bar, which includes footnoted literary-themed cocktails. Other beverages include local craft beer and regional wines, and a stylish hot-beverage service with top-of-the-line espresso and tea offerings.

 
 
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oh the joy

Cookbook is the new home for the Virginia B. Wood Memorial Cookbook Collection, where food lovers and cooks alike can have access to 500 cookbooks and dozens of Texas-centric books and authors, a selection of Diana Kennedy’s books, and at least three editions of The Joy of Cooking.

 Cookbook Bar & Café recipes are inspired from the pages of cookbooks created by chefs across the country. Seasonal menus are curated by Chef Drew Curren, are breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are served daily.

Our MENUS

Enjoy recipes from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country that have inspired Chef Curren, particularly paying respect to the South and Mexico. Incorporating farm-to-table ingredients whenever possible, the menu will change seasonally.

 Cookbook Café & Bars rooftop coffee cart features drip coffee, pastries and more. Come grab and good book, fresh coffee, and enjoy the view of Austin.

cup o’ joe

On the library’s expansive rooftop, Cookbook’s coffee cart is open with drip coffee, a variety of pastries —and more— for patrons to enjoy while taking in beautiful views of Austin. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm, and Sunday 12-3pm. Come grab a good book and a fresh coffee!