Occupation: Psychologist.

Why do you come to the library? The staff knows my name. And my dog's name! I love how hard they work to make the library about so much more than books -- classes, meetings, performances, contests -- and I love the books, of course!

What do you geek? Cooking from scratch with local, sustainable meat and produce.

Lawrence Library supports cooking from scratch! We have lots of books about cooking and preserving your own food, such as "Food in Jars: Preserving in small batches year-round" by Marisa McClellan and "Saving the Season: A cook's guide to home canning and preserving" by Kevin West. You may also enjoy "The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook: Local, sustainable, delicious recipes from America's great chefs" by Ellen Jackson.

Aspiring chefs who would like to learn to cook from scratch should take a look at "Make the bread, buy the butter" by Jennifer Reese, which includes a cost-benefit analysis of homemade foods. The book includes 120 recipes, from mayonnaise to guacamole, and explains the reasons why you should make or purchase your foods, either for budgetary or culinary reasons.

Another good option is "The Homemade Pantry" by Alana Chernila, which has recipes for 101 foods you can make yourself, instead of buying from the store, including one for toaster pastries with any filling you can imagine.

We recently had a program about composting and making the most of your own garden.


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People who don't have time to grow their own produce should be sure to stop by the Pepperell Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town field, from June through Oct. 5.

The library can help everyone explore the things they geek. For information, or if you are interested in being the Geek of the Week, stop by Lawrence Library.