Why Cookbook Clubs Should Be the New Way We Entertain

I think this is a great idea because it promotes community and food…. what more could anyone want! My friends who don’t normally follow a recipe might be a bit challenged for a change! 😉 Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.

The idea behind Cookbook Club is a simple one—a group of friends all make recipes from the same book and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast. But there’s a bit of magic to Cookbook Club that I didn’t anticipate when I attended my first meeting, walking into an unfamiliar house clutching a bowl of pumpkin seed dip from Diana Kennedy’s The Essential Cuisines of Mexico.

I knew only the member who’d invited me, but I was welcomed warmly and soon joined friendly strangers discussing the merits of the book as we began to serve ourselves from a long table of dishes. Conversation swirled as I looked down at my plate, which held small portions of more than a dozen dishes—vibrant ceviche, a tangy-sweet salad of crisp jicama, freshly fried tortilla chips, and painstakingly prepared pan dulce. If nothing else, Cookbook Club was delicious, but I had no idea what an impact it would have on my life.

On a practical level, this sort of cooking club provides an obvious return on investment: you spend an hour making one dish and you get to taste many. Also, in a group of avid and aspiring cooks there is usually someone willing—eager, even—to try the complicated recipes I would never choose myself. That Diana Kennedy pan dulce took 48 hours to make. I enjoyed it even more because I’d never have the patience to make it myself.


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