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Beyond the Stacks

Welcome to McHenry County College Library's virtual monthly display! We'll feature a monthly rotating theme with links to library resources, suggested keywords and terms for searching the catalog and library databases, and more.

This Month

March: Food

National Celery Month Frozen Food Month Peanut Month

Sauce Month Flour Month Noodle Month Nutrition Month

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What does food have to do with fake news?

Check out our blog, BEYOND Beyond the Stacks. Click the yellow tab at the top!

Searching Library Databases: Helpful Keywords & Subject Terms

The following is a helpful list of keywords and Subject Terms for searching databases like Academic Search Complete to find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

Food AND culture                                           Food as gifts                                       Convenience foods

Food AND psychology                                    Ethnic foods                                        Food waste

Food in folklore                                               Photography of food                           Food as art material

Genetically modified foods                             Vegan foods                                        Food allergies

Survival and emergency rations                     Food relief                                           Food tourism

Vegetarian foods                                            Food on television                               Right to food

Food and agriculture                                      Food deserts                                       Food insecurity


Suggested Popular Reading

The following is a list of titles available in eRead Illinois, a free eBook library available from the state of Illinois.

Click here to check out and download one of these titles, or browse for more.

NOTE: You must have an McHenry County College library card to check out and download an eBook. If you don't have a library card, our Circulation staff can help you.


  • A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate
  • Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market by Robin Sloan
  • The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan
  • Re Jane by Patricia Park


  • Soul Food Love by Alice Randall
  • Something to Food About by Questlove and Ben Greenman
  • The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South by John T. Edge
  • Feeding Frenzy by Paul McMahon
  • Roadfood by Jane Stern
  • Aarti Paarti by Aarti Sequeira


  • Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China by Eddie Huang
  • Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelson
  • Hunger by Roxanne Gay
  • Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

Campus Resources

Food Resources at McHenry County College

Currently the cafeteria is open for pickup only. Need to order lunch? Visit their online ordering site!

Food insecure? MCC can help.
Click here for information on The Purple Pantry and learn how to obtain cafe coupons.


Interested in cooking or baking as a career? MCC has many options!

Culinary Management AAS                            Baking and Pastry Management AAS

Chef's Assistant Certificate                             Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate


MCC Library

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Spring 2021 Hours

January 19 to May 14 (For Currently Enrolled Students)

Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 6:00pm

Remote Reference Hours (No Physical Access to Library)

Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Spring Break Hours

March 29 to April 4 (For Currently Enrolled Students)

Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Remote Reference Hours (No Physical Access to Library)

Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm