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. 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 is a free, monthly virtual discussion hosted by Tablespoon Cooking Company. Each month we choose a book, or author, and everyone is encouraged to cook something from that author or book. From there, you’ll join others in a laid-back, virtual discussion, held on Zoom. We typically go around to each participant, who will talk about what they made including what went well and what was challenging. If you don’t have time to make something – no big deal! You’re welcome to just tune in and enjoy the discussion. If you don’t have the monthly cookbook, or a cookbook from the chosen author, we recommend searching for a recipe online.

This event is free, but you’ll need to register in order to receive the Zoom (video meeting) link. We hope you’ll join us!

Cookbook Club 2021 Schedule

*Please note – schedule is tentative – all 2021 Cookbook Club dates are subject to change*

January – The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma

FebruaryThe Works ofBryant Terry

March – Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz

April – The Moosewood Collection

MayThe Works of Anthony Bourdain

June – In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan

July – The Good Book of Southern Baking by Kelly Fields and Kate Heddings

AugustThe Works of Jacques Pepin

September – Momofuku by David Chang & Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi

October: Lemongrass and Lime: Southeast Asian Cooking at Home by Leah Cohen and Stephanie Banyas

November: The Works of Dorie Greenspan

December: Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine

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!