Cooking the Books cookbook club started in fall 2015 as a way to meet new people who love to cook and to use my ever-expanding cookbook collection.
It’s all of what I love about dinner parties (great food, entertaining at home, not trying to split a check six ways or feeling rushed by a waiter trying to turn a table) and potlucks (trying lots of different dishes) without the not-so-great parts of each (paying for and cooking all the food yourself, that one person who always only brings a bag of Lay’s and a sleeve of Solo cups). Plus it’s a great reason to use the dozens of cookbooks I have overflowing my bookshelf.
So far we’ve cooked from:
- Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan (11 recipes)
- Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, Marcella Hazan (16 recipes)
- The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb Perelman (17 recipes)
Here’s how it works:
- At each month’s meeting, we pick a cookbook, date, and host for the next dinner.
- Everyone who’s coming adds themselves to a Google doc along with:
- the name of the recipe(s) they’re planning to make
- if oven or stove space is needed for reheating/keeping a dish warm
- food allergies or other restrictions
- We set a maximum of 15 for most meetings for the sake of space, conversation, and food (even with everyone only making a single recipe, we all go home with something for lunch the next day).
- As much as possible, we stick to the recipe as written.
- We meet, we eat, we drink (BYO, and the host usually has libations to share, too). We talk about the recipes we made, what worked and what didn’t, what other recipes we want to try (or have tried).
Interested in joining? Send me an email!