Cookbook Clubs

We 💚 Cookbook Clubs!

Hi — Brian Hogan Stewart, host of Salt + Spine here. For several years, I’ve enjoyed following and participating in online cookbook clubs, networks of people who come together every month around a specific cookbook (typically one, sometimes more under a theme) and then cook from that book, sharing photos and stories of what was incredible, what worked and what didn’t, and what we’ve learned from the cookbook, its author, and from each other. (Some cookbook clubs meet in person too; Serious Eats has even advocated for cookbook clubs as “the new way to entertain.”)

These cookbook clubs have given me and the Salt + Spine team inspiration and community for years—even on months when I’m too busy to participate—and we hope they do for you, too.

Since the beginning of 2017, Salt + Spine has been maintaining a database, updated monthly, of which cookbooks are being featured in some of our favorite online cookbook clubs. Check out what’s featured this month below, and see our archive of cookbook club picks here.

P.S. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, get ready for the Salt + Spine Cookbook Club, launching in early 2019!

*** This page was last updated on: Nov. 1, 2018.

 

Food52 Cookbook Club

November 2018
Popular Vote:

Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook
By Yotam Ottolenghi

November 2018
Moderator Pick:


2018 Bonus Book:

Join The Club:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1891444884421806/

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Previous Picks:

October 2018: Italian Month
→ Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan (popular vote)
→ POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Russell Norman (moderator pick)
September 2018:

Dining In by Alison Roman
August 2018: 
Greece: The Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou
July 2018:
 Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt
June 2018:
 The Moosewood Restaurant Table
May 2018: 
Nopalito
April 2018: 
Simple Thai Food
March 2018: 
Smitten Kitchen Every Day
February 2018: Every Previous Book: Art of the Pie // Deep Run Roots // Simple // Small Victories // Any Ottolenghi (other than Sweet) // My Paris Kitchen // Dinner: Changing the Game // Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat // Made in India // The Food Lab // Genius Recipes // Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1

January 2018: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 by Julia Child

2018 Bonus Book:

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December 2017: Genius Recipes
November 2017: The Food Lab
October 2017: Made in India
September 2017: Salt Fat Acid Heat
August 2017: Dinner: Changing the Game (Melissa Clark)
July 2017: My Paris Kitchen
June 2017: Ottolenghi (any or all books)
May 2017: Small Victories
April 2017: Simple (Diana Henry)
March 2017: Deep Run Roots
February 2017: The Art of the Pie


Food52 Baking Club

November 2018:

All About Cake
By Christina Tosi

2018 Bonus Book:

Join The Club:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/790448157775030/

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Previous Picks:

October 2018: Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore
September 2018:
The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook
August 2018: 
Baking with Less Sugar (Joanne Chang)
July 2018:
 The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book
June 2018:
 Golden (Srulovich & Packer)
May 2018: 
The Bread Baker's Apprentice
April 2018: All Previous Books!
March 2018: 
The Fearless Baker (Erin Jeanne McDowell)
February 2018: Baking: From My Home to Yours (Dorie Greenspan)
January 2018: Bouchon Bakery (Thomas Keller)

2018 Bonus Book: The Baking Bible (Rose Levy Beranbaum)

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December 2017: Sweet (Ottolenghi)
November 2017: BraveTart
October 2017: Momofuku Milk Bar
September 2017: Tartine All Day
August 2017: Flour
July 2017: Baking Chez Moi
June 2017: Classic German Baking (Luisa Weiss)
May 2017: Breaking Breads (Uri Scheft)

2017 Bonus Book: How to Bake Everything


Bon Appetit

Join The Club:

Use the hashtag #BACookbookClub

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/almonds-anchovies-and-pancetta-november-cookbook-club

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Previous Picks:

October 2018: Season by Nik Sharma


Saveur

November 2018:

Join The Club:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/saveurcookbookclub/

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Previous Picks:

October 2018: Basque Country by Marti Buckley
September 2018:
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden
August 2018: 
Honey From a Weed (1986) by Patience Gray
July 2018:
 The Austin Cookbook by Paula Forbes
June 2018:
 Poole’s: Recipes & Stories from a Modern Diner by Ashley Christensten
May 2018: 
Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
April 2018: Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman
March 2018: 
The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent
February 2018: Lulu’s Provençal Table (Richard Olney)
January 2018: Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey Through the Caucases (Carla Capalbo)

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December 2017: Adventures in Starry Kitchen
November 2017: A Taste of India (Madhur Jaffrey)
October 2017: Ducksoup
September 2017: BraveTart
August 2017: N/A
July 2017: N/A
June 2017: Salt Fat Acid Heat


Tasting Table

Join The Club:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/339784753070047/

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Previous Picks:

October 2018: “Cravings: Hungry for More” by Chrissy Teigen and “Dining In” by Alison Roman
September 2018:
“Appetites” by Anthony Bourdain and “Small Victories” by Julia Turshen
August 2018: 
“Soul” by Todd Richards and “The Taste of Country Cooking” by Edna Lewis
July 2018:
 “Salad for President” by Julia Sherman and “Saladish” by Ilene Rosen
June 2018:
 The Moosewood Cookbook” by Mollie Katzen (or any other Moosewood recipe!)
May 2018: 
“The Food Lab” by J. Kenji López-Alt and “The Science of Good Cooking” by the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen
April 2018: Half Baked Harvest // My Paris Kitchen
March 2018: 
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat // The Silver Palate Cookbook
February 2018: Joy of Cooking
January 2018: The Home Cook (Alex Guarnaschelli)

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December 2017: Baking (Dorie Greenspan)
November 2017: Smitten Kitchen Every Day (or any Deb Perelman)
October 2017: Deep Run Roots
September 2017: Plenty
August 2017: Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1
July 2017: Tartine All Day
June 2017: Dinner: Changing the Game (Melissa Clark)
May 2017: Cravings (Tiegen)
April 2017: The Red Rooster Cookbook
March 2017: Alton Brown: EveryDayCook
February 2017: Food, Health, and Happiness (Oprah)
January 2017: Cooking for Jeffrey


Eat Your Books

November 2018
Main Selection:

Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook
By Yotam Ottolenghi

November 2018
Alternative:

Anything from RICK BAYLESS

November 2018
Online Option:

Anything from YOTAM OTTOLENGHI or ROSE LEVY BERENBAUM

November 2018
Baking Picks:

Kiwi Baker at Home
Potton & Burton

Join The Club:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eatyourbookscookbookclub/

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Previous Picks:

October 2018:
"A Table in Venice or Just Cook It!
(Alt: Any Craig Claiborne books)
(Online: Anything Food52 or Serious Eats)
(Baking: Food52 Genius Desserts)

September 2018:
How to Eat a Peach or Secrets of the Southern Table
(Alt: Anything from Alton Brown's books or Onions Etc.)
(Online: Any Alton Brown or Diana Henry)
(Baking: Bake for Syria )"

August 2018:
Vegetarian Viet Nam or Shaya
(Alt: Appetites or Les Halles by Anthony Bourdain)
(Online: Any Annabel Langbein recipe)
(Baking: The Artful Baker)
(Vintage: The Victory Garden, or any Barbara Kafka cookbook)"

July 2018:
Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clarks Kitchen (Melissa Clark)
(Flashback = any Claudia Roden)
(Online = any Melissa Clark)
(Baking = Art of the Pie, Kate McDermott)

June 2018:
"At My Table (Nigella Lawson)
(Alt. Selection = Bring It!, Ali Rosen)
(Online = any Nigella Lawson or Jacques Pepin recipes)
(Baking = any Rose Levy Beranbaum recipes)
(Flashback = any Jacques Pepin book)

May 2018:
Dining In (Alison Roman)
(Online = any Madhur Jaffrey recipes)
(Baking = Fearless Baker, Erin Jeanne McDowell)

April 2018:
Chinese Soul Food (Hsiao-Ching Chou)
(Online = Grace Young recipes)
(Baking = any bundt cakes)

March 2018:
David Tanis' Market Cooking
(Online = David Tanis)
(Baking = BraveTart, Stella Parks)
(Flashback = Moosewood titles)

February 2018:
The Home Cook (Alex Guarnaschelli)
(Online = any Nigel Slater)
(Baking = How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella Lawson)
(Flashback = Jamie at Home, Jamie Oliver)

January 2018:
Smitten Kitchen Everyday by Deb Perelman
(Online = any Deb Perelman)
(Baking = Anything by Dorie Greenspan)
(Flashback = The Zuni Cafe)

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December 2017: Six Seasons or Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
November 2017: Half Baked Harvest (or any Diana Henry)
October 2017: Victuals or Orange Appeal (or any Southern title, or anything by Donna Hay)
September 2017: Bread Toast Crumbs or The Silver Palate Cookbook
August 2017: anything by Nigella Lawson
July 2017: Dinner: Changing the Game (or any Ina G)
June 2017: Live to Eat (or any Mediterranean cookbook)
May 2017: My Two Souths (or any Southern OR Indian cookbook)
April 2017: Eat In My Kitchen
March 2017: Small Victories
February 2017: My Kitchen Year


Chowhound

Join The Clubs:

Cooking:
https://www.chowhound.com/cookbook_of_the_month_archive

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Previous Picks:

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Rainy Day Bites

Join The Club:

https://twitter.com/rainydaybites

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Previous Picks:

October 2018: Now & Again (Julia Turshen)
September 2018: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes (Alison Roman)
August 2018:

Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root to Top & Stem to Core (Sarah Marshall)
July 2018:
 Food52 Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner
June 2018:
 How to Eat a Peach (Diana Henry)
May 2018: 
Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi
April 2018: Masala & Meatballs (Asha Shivakumar)
March 2018:
Cherry Bombe Cookbook
February 2018: Basics to Brilliance (Donna Hay)
January 2018: Bringing it Home (Gail Simmons)

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December 2017: Jamie’s Christmas Cookbook
November 2017: Milk Street: The New Home Cooking
October 2017: Myers + Chang At Home
September 2017: Bake from Scratch (Brian Hart Hoffman)
August 2017: Six Seasons
July 2017: Eat Delicious
June 2017: Unforgettable: Paula Wolfert
May 2017: The Food Lab
April 2017: Home Baked (Yvette Van Boven)
March 2017: Simple (Diana Henry)
February 2017: Small Victories