Cookbook Club

Whether you’re a cookbook enthusiast or a cooking novice, Cookbook Club is the place to meet other food lovers & home chefs, and help expand your recipe repertoire. Essentially, it’s a themed potluck where everyone brings a different dish from the same cookbook. Each month we choose a different book — anything from old-school classics to this year’s hottest read! Join us as we explore a wide variety of cuisines and cultures through the eyes of some of the world’s most influential chefs and authors.

Cookbook Club 2020 Schedule

*Please note – schedule is tentative – all 2020 Cookbook Club dates are subject to change*

January 14 — The Joy of Cooking

February 11 — Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin

March 10 — Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski

April 14 — Indian (-ish) by Priya Krishna

May 12 — Tartine: A Classic Revisited by Elisabeth Prueitt 

June 9 — Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman

July 14 — Rick Bayless (any book)

August 11 — Sababa by Adeena Sussman

Sept 8 — The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

Oct 13 — Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking by Maangchi

Nov 10 — Ina Garten (any book)

Dec 8 — Pastry Love by Joanne Chang

Cookbook Club FAQ

I’m new to this whole cooking thing…what if my dish is terrible!?

Even our experienced regulars show up with concerns about what they’ve made. Nobody cares, we promise! We’ll all go around and talk about what went well and what was challenging for us. That’s the fun of it! You might not get any votes for the “best dish” award at the end, but we won’t tell anyone 😉

What’s included in the ticket price? 

Cookbook Club is a monthly ticketed event. You may purchase individual tickets to each month’s meeting, or sign up for a yearlong membership. This class is hosted at Oakley Wines so your ticket includes 1-2 glasses of wine, paired specifically for the cuisine. Along with the space rental, beverages and disposable dishes the Tablespoon chefs will bring along supplementary dishes so that no matter what everyone brings, you’ll always have a well-rounded meal.

What if I don’t have this month’s book?

We encourage you to shop local and support our favorite independent bookseller, Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood. They offer a 20% discount off Tablespoon’s Cookbook Club selections. If you aren’t able to purchase the book that month, that’s ok! Pick a recipe from the featured author’s website or blog, or bring a food item related to the theme.

I have allergies or dietary restrictions, is cookbook club right for me?

Probably! As long as we know in advance, we’ll make sure that you have plenty to eat. Plus – we’ll help you figure out what’s safe for you to eat based on the ingredients.

How big of a dish do I have to bring?

Typically there are around 20 people attending (and bringing dishes). So, there’s plenty of food to go around. Everyone fills up their plate with a small taste of each dish. That’s the best part – you get to try out all the different recipes in the book!