Spiralizing & Instant Pots
By Fern Hallman, M.Ln., Collection Development Librarian
Every library has its own system for identifying new titles. Many depend on automated lists from vendors, book review sources, or publisher catalogs. These schemes are necessary and useful, but they don’t always cover every patron demand and interest. As a collection development librarian at Brodart, I am exposed to a huge number of titles from a wide range of publishers every month. This allows me to identify many small but interesting trends in publishing, particularly in adult nonfiction.
I review new titles by publisher, Dewey Decimal number, price, and publication date. I focus on those that I think will be of greatest interest to public libraries. As I’m doing this, a title or two on a new topic by a reliable publisher will catch my eye, and then I notice when other publishers follow suit and jump into the fray. Sometimes I’ll become aware of a hot blog trend on a subject like cooking or craft-related themes and similarly-themed books begin showing up soon after.
I told some librarians about some of these micro-trends at ALA Midwinter, and they chuckled. One suggested that we call them Hipster Trends. A few recent topics: books about playing the ukulele, making crafts with duct tape, and knitting and crocheting small creatures called amigurumi. There have also been recent spikes in books about such diverse subjects as all things Beauty and the Beast, raising chickens, and meals made in mason jars and coffee mugs.
Maintaining displays of titles about current topics like these can make your library look hip and up-to-date without requiring a big financial investment.
The latest subjects to catch my eye are for the kitchen. In particular, books about spiralizing and instant pots have become very popular. I’ve put together a small list of related titles.
Instant One-Pot Meals: Southern Recipes for the Modern 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot and Other Multi Function Cookers: 75 Classic, Naturally Gluten-Free Recipes Made Better in Less Time
How to Instant Pot: Mastering the 7 Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook
Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot
The Art of Great Cooking With Your Instant Pot: 80 Inspiring Recipes Made Easier, Faster, Richer and More Nutritious in a Multi-Function Cooker
The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for the Electric Pressure Cooker
The Big 10 Paleo Spiralizer Cookbook: 10 Vegetables to Noodle, 100 Healthy Spiralizer Recipes, 300 Variations
Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Quick & Easy Recipes for Everyday Eating
The Ultimate Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 200 Easy Foolproof Recipes
The I Love My Instant Pot Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes
Spiralize Everyday: 80 Recipes to Help Replace Your Carbs
Super Spiralized: Fresh & Delicious Ways to Use Your Spiralizer
Instant Pot® Obsession: The Ultimate Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Cooking Everything Fast
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot: 80 Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes That You Can Make in Half the Time
Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot: 80 Incredible Gluten- and Grain-Free Recipes Made Twice as Delicious in Half the Time
The Spiralizer Cookbook: Delicious, Fresh and Healthy Recipes to Make the Most of Your Spiralizer
Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook: A Vegetable Noodle and Pasta Cookbook
Spiralize and Thrive: 100 Vibrant Vegetable-Based Recipes for Starters, Salads, Soups, Suppers, and More
Titles are available to Brodart customers for ordering on Bibz, under Featured Titles – Hot Topics.
Stay tuned for more “hipster trends” in the coming weeks. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts and what emerging subjects your patrons are asking about.
Fern has worked for Brodart as a Collection Development Librarian since 1990. She also did a stint as a reference librarian in the CNN newsroom and is married to a newspaper librarian. Click here for more.