What we're about

The idea behind Cookbook Club is a simple one—we all make recipes from the same book and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast. So much better than a book club! Check out our event recaps at http://www.cookbookclubfun.com or follow us on Instagram @cookbookclubfun (http://instagram.com/cookbookclubfun).

Inspired by an article on Serious Eats ( http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/10/how-to-start-a-cookbook-club.html ), this takes the potluck to another level by letting us share in a common experience (one cookbook) while creating different dishes. We have two events per month, both cooking the same cookbook in two different locations. Got other questions? Check out our FAQ. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l6DIcVyp9drTxjHjnQB15bOW2KYm6E7oebFoELnpWAk/edit?usp=sharing)

Cookbook Club is Community

People in big cities can feel isolated. Cookbook Club was created as an opportunity to bring people together month after month. Nothing could be better than a group of people breaking bread and swapping stories around the dinner table.

A welcoming space
Cookbook Club strives to be a welcoming space. The more the merrier! Thank you to everyone for making a special effort to make sure that new comers feel welcome.

Easy is better than perfect
Cookbook Club is a space to explore new techniques, new dishes, new chefs. That means we’ll make some mistakes along the way, and that’s OK. The goal is to have fun and to try new things, even if a dish or two is a flop. Cookbook club should feel easy and fun. No one needs another chore to manage.

Diversity makes us better
We share a love of food and the people that it brings together. We are free to differ in every other way. We encourage different kinds of cookbooks, people from different ages and backgrounds, and visiting different parts of the city as we expand. We try fancy cookbooks and simple cookbooks, vegan dishes and whole hog. We even occasionally try beach BBQs and brewery-hosted events (coming soon!)

Hosts come first
Cookbook club doesn’t exist without space to host it. We depend entirely on volunteers to open their space up to strangers. It’s a tall order! In LA, we have the extra constraint of smaller spaces, making it even trickier. What the hosts want, the hosts get. We want them to be comfortable. This means respecting their limitations, making it easy for them to host, and protecting their privacy, to name a few.

Upcoming events (5)

Potluck: COOKBOOK

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The idea behind Cookbook Club is a simple one—we all make recipes from the same book and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast! This month we'll be cooking Please post the dish you'll prepare and bring below. Read our FAQ if you have any other questions! As with all LACBC events: - All events are BYO. Please bring an adult beverage to share if you plan to imbibe. - Please post your dish of choice below at least 2 days before the event. - Please only choose dishes that can be served room temperature/cool or can be reheated in the microwave only. Remember to bring a serving spoon/utensil to serve your dish. - We have a strict no-show policy, so please give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel, so someone else can take your coveted spot. No shows will forfeit their dues. Have a question? Check out our FAQ here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l6DIcVyp9drTxjHjnQB15bOW2KYm6E7oebFoELnpWAk/edit?usp=sharing What should we cook next? Nominate a cookbook here: https://goo.gl/forms/jbOgJA6bQ5aluUKU2 What are we cooking next? Here are the picks, nominated by Cookbook Club members! Jan 2020: Casablanca: My Moroccan Food - The author makes seemingly exotic comfort foods taste surprisingly familiar and we haven't done Moroccan before Feb 2020: The Silver Spoon - Italy's version of the Joy of cooking - plus photos . more than 10 LAPL copies (of both editions) Mar 2020: Milk Street: Tuesday Nights - On NY Times "Best Cookbooks" list for all 2018. These are relatively quick-to-prep dishes that are high on flavor and quality. From celebrity chef Christopher Kimball. April 2020: Vietnamese Home Cooking - Best Vietnamese cookbook I own May 2020: Alison Roman - Dining In - Because it contains the cookies that "broke the Internet" (which are incredible!) and a host of beautiful summer salad dishes June 2020: Franklin’s BBQ - Literally the best BBQ in the country

Potluck: Vietnamese Home Cooking

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The idea behind Cookbook Club is a simple one—we all make recipes from the same book and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast! This month we'll be cooking *Vietnamese Home Cooking* by Charles Phan! Please post the dish you'll prepare and bring below. Read our FAQ if you have any other questions! As with all LACBC events: - All events are BYO. Please bring an adult beverage to share if you plan to imbibe. - Please post your dish of choice below at least 2 days before the event. - Please only choose dishes that can be served room temperature/cool or can be reheated in the microwave only. Remember to bring a serving spoon/utensil to serve your dish. - We have a strict no-show policy, so please give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel, so someone else can take your coveted spot. No shows will forfeit their dues. Our hosts are our heroes; they are the reason the club exist! If you host two events in 2020 (regular event or bonus event) you'll get a year of cookbook club membership! Hosts can set the event size (our smallest event has been just 4 people) or can be hosted in a public space like a park. If you host a bonus event, you can even choose the cookbook/theme of your choice. ----- Have a question? Check out our FAQ here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l6DIcVyp9drTxjHjnQB15bOW2KYm6E7oebFoELnpWAk/edit?usp=sharing What should we cook next? Nominate a cookbook here: https://goo.gl/forms/jbOgJA6bQ5aluUKU2

POSTPONED: Dining In by Alison Roman

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The idea behind Cookbook Club is a simple one—we all make recipes from the same book and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast! This month we'll be cooking Alison Roman's "Dining In." "Because it contains the cookies that "broke the Internet" (which are incredible!) and a host of beautiful summer salad dishes." Please post the dish you'll prepare and bring below. Read our FAQ if you have any other questions! As with all LACBC events: - All events are BYO. Please bring an adult beverage to share if you plan to imbibe. - Please post your dish of choice below at least 2 days before the event. - Please only choose dishes that can be served room temperature/cool or can be reheated in the microwave only. Remember to bring a serving spoon/utensil to serve your dish. - We have a strict no-show policy, so please give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel, so someone else can take your coveted spot. No shows will forfeit their dues. Have a question? Check out our FAQ here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l6DIcVyp9drTxjHjnQB15bOW2KYm6E7oebFoELnpWAk/edit?usp=sharing What should we cook next? Nominate a cookbook here: https://goo.gl/forms/jbOgJA6bQ5aluUKU2 What are we cooking next? Here are the picks, nominated by Cookbook Club members! May 2020: Alison Roman - Dining In - Because it contains the cookies that "broke the Internet" (which are incredible!) and a host of beautiful summer salad dishes June 2020: Franklin’s BBQ - Literally the best BBQ in the country

Potluck: COOKBOOK

Needs a location

The idea behind Cookbook Club is a simple one—we all make recipes from the same book and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast! This month we'll be cooking Please post the dish you'll prepare and bring below. Read our FAQ if you have any other questions! As with all LACBC events: - All events are BYO. Please bring an adult beverage to share if you plan to imbibe. - Please post your dish of choice below at least 2 days before the event. - Please only choose dishes that can be served room temperature/cool or can be reheated in the microwave only. Remember to bring a serving spoon/utensil to serve your dish. - We have a strict no-show policy, so please give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel, so someone else can take your coveted spot. No shows will forfeit their dues. Have a question? Check out our FAQ here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l6DIcVyp9drTxjHjnQB15bOW2KYm6E7oebFoELnpWAk/edit?usp=sharing What should we cook next? Nominate a cookbook here: https://goo.gl/forms/jbOgJA6bQ5aluUKU2 What are we cooking next? Here are the picks, nominated by Cookbook Club members! Jan 2020: Casablanca: My Moroccan Food - The author makes seemingly exotic comfort foods taste surprisingly familiar and we haven't done Moroccan before Feb 2020: The Silver Spoon - Italy's version of the Joy of cooking - plus photos . more than 10 LAPL copies (of both editions) Mar 2020: Milk Street: Tuesday Nights - On NY Times "Best Cookbooks" list for all 2018. These are relatively quick-to-prep dishes that are high on flavor and quality. From celebrity chef Christopher Kimball. April 2020: Vietnamese Home Cooking - Best Vietnamese cookbook I own May 2020: Alison Roman - Dining In - Because it contains the cookies that "broke the Internet" (which are incredible!) and a host of beautiful summer salad dishes June 2020: Franklin’s BBQ - Literally the best BBQ in the country

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