Library finds fattening way to fill lean budget

In a news release promoting a new cookbook, "Food for Thought," library officials joke that readers won't find a recipe for "Library Budget Crunch."

However, leaders of the cash-strapped Minneapolis Public Library system hope proceeds from the 170-page cookbook can help cushion the blow from a $4.4 million budget reduction for 2004.

Cookbook organizers invited library staff and users to submit recipes for "Food for Thought." All told, the book contains 450 recipes, featuring appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts, among other things. The recipe collection also includes cooking tips, calories counters and a section on napkin-folding techniques.

To fully plug the budget hole, library officials estimate they need to sell 727,273 copies of the $9.50 book.

The cookbook is on sale at the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library bookstore at the Washburn Community Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S. and downtown's interim Central Library site, 250 Marquette Ave.

Sales will also be held at several community libraries on the remaining Saturdays this month -- Jan. 24 and 31. For more information, visit the library's Web site at www.mplib.org/cookbook.asp

Library finds fattening way to fill lean budget

In a news release promoting a new cookbook, "Food for Thought," library officials joke that readers won't find a recipe for "Library Budget Crunch."

However, leaders of the cash-strapped Minneapolis Public Library system hope proceeds from the 170-page cookbook can help cushion the blow from a $4.4 million budget reduction for 2004.

Cookbook organizers invited library staff and users to submit recipes for "Food for Thought." All told, the book contains 450 recipes, featuring appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts, among other things. The recipe collection also includes cooking tips, calories counters and a section on napkin-folding techniques.

To fully plug the budget hole, library officials estimate they need to sell 727,273 copies of the $9.50 book.

The cookbook is on sale at the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library bookstore at the Washburn Community Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S. and downtown's interim Central Library site, 250 Marquette Ave.

Sales will also be held at several community libraries on the remaining Saturdays this month -- Jan. 24 and 31. For more information, visit the library's Web site at www.mplib.org/cookbook.asp