Cookbook Club is a potluck style regular gathering of hobbyist cooks that seek out inspiration in the culinary world and have found community at the dining table together.
The hosting rotates every month and the hostess chooses the cookbook (often we use a polling system to help the hostess decide). She is responsible for a main dish or course and also for having some wine on hand. She also often chooses to set a nice tablescape.
Everyone arrives with their just cooked dish in hand and all are set and styled for a photo with the cookbook. While everyone mingles or prepares any last minute garnishes , reheating, or emulsifying , etc, others are showing the food or taking photographs.
We then sit for dinner and have wonderful conversations. Discussing the recipes we chose (and the others we tried during the month too) and whether the methodology, ingredients, or instructions worked well. We of course taste the outcome!
Want to start your own Cookbook Club but don’t know where to begin?
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If you are looking to start your own Cookbook Club, here are some great options:
Every Grain of Rice, Simple Chinese Cooking
Nothing Fancy (by Alison Roman)
True Food by Dr Andrew Weil
Simple by Ottolenghi
Plenty by Ottolenghi
Authentic Mexican Regional Cooking by Rick Bayless
Maangchi Real Korean Cooking
Made In India by Meera Sodha
Let’s Eat by Dan Pelosi
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking
The Food Lab by Kenji
Sweet by Ottolenghi
Dinner In French
Zuni Cafe Cookbook
Now and Again by Turshen
The First Mess
The Cuban Table
Fonda San Miguel
Oh She Glows
Chinese Homestyle: Everyday Plant-Based Recipes for Takeout, Dim Sum, Noodles, and More