The Friends of the Melissa Public Library (FOMPL) held a lunch brunch tasting of selections from their 20 year commemorative cookbook on Nov. 14. The tasting was to celebrate the debut of the cookbook, which the Friends have made available just in time for the holiday season.

The cookbook contains a 20-year history of the library and a treasure trove of favorite recipes collected from the community.

There were approximately 22 samples to try from various sections of the cookbook, quite a variety ranging from appetizers, soups and salads to a wide assortment of desserts. When asked which sample was her favorite, Victoria Villegas said, "I liked everything I tasted but the Irish Stew was one of my favorites because it was so different than anything I’ve ever had." The Irish stew was made by FOMPL member Jeff Boyd.

Approximately 45 guests were in attendance, including Rita Parent and Helen Browning, who were instrumental in founding the library in Melissa 20 years ago. The Library and FOMPL will be celebrating with the community in 2014, and the cookbook is the first of many promotions to celebrate this milestone. The cookbooks are available at the library for a suggested donation of $10.

Profits from the cookbook donations go to FOMPL, a 501c3 nonprofit organization and are donated to the librarian for the support of the Melissa Public Library’s many programs and activities. The book is a limited edition and will be available at the Melissa Public Library for Christmas giving.