Food for Thought
A Super Bowl of Snacks: Books for Making Football Food
Chips, nachos, guacamole, Chex Mix, hot wings, potato skins, cheese dip, bean dip, 6-foot subs, sloppy joes, chili dogs... should I go on?
Some people are there for the game, some people for the commercials, but the rest of us are really just there for the food. The library is here to inspire in many ways, including the production of game day snacks. Huddle your team together, and hut hut hike! these into your mouth.
It's not a party without party mix. Salty or sweet, it's going to be crunchy and delicious. You'll never bother with store-bought again. (Available as an e-book)
Chips by Chris Bryant
How to make homemade chips from fruits, cheese, meat, tortillas, and vegetables by drying, frying, and baking. Your friends will be very impressed!
French Onion Dip, Funyuns, Cheez-its, Pizza Rolls, and Klondike Bars all sound like pretty standard game-day treats, but what if you could make them yourself? This book will tell you all the proprietary snack secrets.
"All fervent sports fans know, the day truly is won or lost in the tailgate." Don't be a loser. Serve a solid meal to your fans and they will sport your colors all year long. Maybe offer a bowl of soup, beans or chili? (Available as an e-book)
Football Food by Kellie Lawless and Maili Brocke
Over 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, from filling comfort foods to snacks to beverages that go "beyond beer." Our copy is in the research collection and not available to check out, but we know the lengths you will go to in researching your fantasy team. Why not put the same effort into meal planning?
Football Party Recipes: Delicious Ideas For The Big Event by Katrina Jorgensen
Get the next generation in on the game. It's never too early to strap on the cleats and the appropriate kitchen headgear (ski goggles are great for chopping onions). Get the kids excited about cooking for friends and family, and excited about cleaning up too. (Baby steps.) From Sports Illustrated Kids.
Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas For Entertaining From Pinch Food Design by TJ Girard and Bob Spiegel with Casey Barber
If your idea of a great sports event involves molecular gastronomy, this is the cookbook for you. Pass the deconstructed Buffalo wings! (Available as an e-book)
Martha can do it all, and appetizers are no exception. Bite-sized foods are not only adorable, they are an important game-day strategy to circumvent any double-dippers who might have invited themselves over. (Available as an e-book)
The definitive tome on this distinctively southern stuff. But I suppose your decision to serve it might be based on your team affiliation this year. Whatever happens: Carolina wins the spicy cheese game.
Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, And Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims; Photography by Jennifer Martiné
If you have a salty tooth, you know the importance of salted crunchy snacks at parties and gatherings. Consider that if you make chips and crackers yourself, you can adjust the seasoning to your liking. You can make a concerted effort to decrease your sodium consumption... or you can turn these up to eleven. (Available as an e-book)
This book has traditional southern recipes for serving before and during sports games. Again, not taking sides. I'll just leave this here.
The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 "Rooster Sauce" Recipes That Pack a Punch and The Veggie-lover's Sriracha Cookbook: 50 Vegan "Rooster Sauce" Recipes That Pack a Punch by Randy Clemens; Photography by Leo Gong
To taste it is to love it. You could just put Sriracha on everything, or you could take some more nuanced pointers from either one of these books. (Available as an e-book)
The Tailgating Cookbook: Recipes For The Big Game by Bob Sloan
Recipes and how-tos as well as tailgating etiquette. (Available as an e-book)
Snacking doesn't have to be bad for you. Why not offer granola and smoothies at your party?
What Can I Bring? Cookbook by Anne Byrn
Potluck party? Know just what to bring and how to bring it (and heat it up again), with this book. Your host or hostess will thank you. (Available as an e-book)
Which snacks are you cheering for this year? Please share in the comments.