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I always have a long list of cookbooks I want to check out and there's nothing like a group of people to share the meal with that will inspire me to dive in to new recipes. The idea is simple: we pick a cookbook, everyone picks a recipe from the cookbook and makes it, we all get together for a delicious potluck, and then we pick a new book and do it again! All it takes is a group of people willing to cook one dish and bring it to share, and we'll get to try a variety of dishes, and connect with new friends. [In COVID times we are doing virtual events, and looking forward to reuniting in person when it is safe to do so.]

I eat everything, but have a soft spot for vegetarian cuisine. I prefer creative vegetable focused dishes to heavier meat centered meals, so you'll see my cookbook suggestions reflect that. Feel free to chime in and recommend any next book that inspires you, no dietary restrictions.

Everyone is welcome, this is a friendly group, not a competition! Also, anyone is welcome to host events, that's how we can keep having events - just message me and I'll set you up. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the group and not enough events today for everyone that wants to participate so I encourage anyone to host, and it can be a group as big or small as you want :). Hosts makes the rules, so if there is a specific book you want to use the best way to do it is to host a meetup, or find a friend who is willing to!

Treat the group and, especially the hosts, with gratitude and respect by taking your RSVPs seriously. Hosts spend time preparing, open up their home, and the group waits for everyone to arrive before eating, so if you are not committed to coming, please leave the spot for someone else. Our events often have waitlists, please don't be a no-show. Of course life happens and there is nothing wrong with updating your RSVP if you can't make it, just please keep your RSVP up to date.

If you are bringing a guest, you have to RSVP with a +1 to respect the waitlist. Bring one dish per person, or double the dish you are making if you are bringing a guest.

Also, if you don't mind, please use your real name so that we know who you are when we see you on the guest list, commenting, and finally meet you in person. It helps people connect and stay in touch to know who you are!

-Katy

Upcoming events (3)

East by Meera Sodha (Virtual Meetup)

Online event

"Modern, vibrant, fuss-free food made from British ingredients but with an Eastern slant, East is a must-have whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to eat more delicious meat-free food.

Drawing from her 'New Vegan' Guardian column, Meera Sodha's stunning new collection also features plenty of brand-new recipes inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines. There are noodles, curries, rice dishes, tofu, salads, sides and sweets, all surprisingly easy to make and bursting with exciting flavours. Taking you from India to Indonesia, Singapore to Japan, by way of China, Thailand, and Vietnam, East will show you how to whip up a chard potato and coconut curry and a swede laksa; how to make Kimchi pancakes, delicious dairy free black dal, and chilli tofu. There are sweet potato momos for snacks and unexpected desserts like salted miso brownies and a no-churn Vietnamese coffee ice-cream."

Where to find recipes:
- The Seattle library has virtual and physical copies
- Please consider supporting local bookstores, like Book Larder (they ship nationwide too), https://www.booklarder.com/books/info/east-120-vegetarian-and-vegan-recipes-from-bangalore-to-beijing
- You can find some reprints online if you just search for "Meera Sodha East recipes"
- Meera Sodha has a lot of recipes also published through her column at The Guardian called "The New Vegan", https://www.theguardian.com/food/series/the-new-vegan
- I will temporarily share this folder of photos I took from the library book for myself: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AlH4v_ZDJ_iUh5MxEfiKNmW2UPEXzQ?e=Olhr3Y

How will this virtual event work?

Two ways to participate! Choose one or both:
1. Join the month-long virtual Meetup and/or
2. Join the video chat on 10/19/21 to talk "face to face" about your experience with the recipes. A link for the video chat will be added befor the event

Flexible schedule! Cook at any point through 10/19/21. You don't have to bring serving utensils, worry about reheating, spill anything on the way over, or run late :). Even if you are joining the video chat, it's completely up to you if you want to eat one of these recipes during the call or just join for the chat.

Share with community! Pick a dish from the book, make it, post a picture (please label with title of recipe), write in the comments of the event what you made and what you thought of it - share advice, what you swapped, a review, etc. Same as we used to do in person!

All the cooking! Make as many or as few dishes as you'd like over the coming weeks and post as you go - no matter if it's a "duplicate" that someone else has made.

Unlimited RSVPs! Everyone can join the virtual event to participate in the Meetup discussions and photo share.

If anyone else wants to virtually host an event please reach out to me. Thank you for being part of our community!

Cannelle et Vanille by Aran Goyoaga (Virtual Meetup)

Online event

Aran Goyoaga in her own words: "I am a Seattle-based, Basque Country born and raised, author, food stylist and photographer. My work focuses on the emotional component of food and everyday life through visual stories." She has a talent for beautiful writing and photography, and of course delicious recipes - especially recognized for her gluten free baking. I would describe her style as warm, unfussy, and interested in creating an inviting easeful space in your home and kitchen to gather your family and friends around the table. Use any of Aran's books - Cannelle et Vanille (2019), Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple (coming out in October 2021), Small Plates and Sweet Treats (2012), or the recipes on her website.

Where to find recipes:
- The Seattle library has virtual and physical copies - I recommend getting on the waitlist for the new book now if you want to see it
- Please consider supporting local bookstores, like Book Larder (they ship nationwide too), https://www.booklarder.com/books?search:book_author=Aran%20Goyoaga
- You can find some reprints online if you just search for "Cannelle et Vanille recipes" or "Aran Goyoaga recipes"
- Aran has a website with recipes (though some links appeared broken last I checked) https://www.cannellevanille.com/recipes/
- I own the two newer books and can share if you want to meet up to flip through them or borrow them for a couple of days.
- She is quite active on Instagram if you want to see some more photos and sometimes recipes: https://www.instagram.com/CannelleVanille/

How will this virtual event work?

Two ways to participate! Choose one or both:
1. Join the month-long virtual Meetup and/or
2. Join the video chat on 11/11/21 to talk "face to face" about your experience with the recipes. A link for the video chat will be added befor the event

Flexible schedule! Cook at any point through 11/11/21. You don't have to bring serving utensils, worry about reheating, spill anything on the way over, or run late :). Even if you are joining the video chat, it's completely up to you if you want to eat one of these recipes during the call or just join for the chat.

Share with community! Pick a dish from the book, make it, post a picture (please label with title of recipe), write in the comments of the event what you made and what you thought of it - share advice, what you swapped, a review, etc. Same as we used to do in person!

All the cooking! Make as many or as few dishes as you'd like over the coming weeks and post as you go - no matter if it's a "duplicate" that someone else has made.

Unlimited RSVPs! Everyone can join the virtual event to participate in the Meetup discussions and photo share.

If anyone else wants to virtually host an event please reach out to me. Thank you for being part of our community!

Healthier Together (Virtual Event)

Needs a location

I stumbled across this book by way of the Kale and Caramel blog and author Liz Moody has a very similar approach to recipes. The 100+ flavor-packed recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and plant-centered. They're all smaller-scaled recipes, designed to feed two and include homemade alternatives for all the foods you love to share, such as brunch, takeout and sweet treats. I am a little concerned about the amount of sweet treat recipes (made with oat and almond flours) that I want to try!

Many of us are just cooking for one, so the recipes will give us the opportunity to try new recipes, without eating the same thing all week! Moody believes that good food is the universal connector, and we've certainly found that with our group, even if we have to do it virtually these days.

The book was published in 2019 and is readily available through Seattle and King County Library Systems. Used copies can be found online for less than $10 and there are oodles of recipes on her blog at https://www.lizmoody.com/ I'm not loving the layout of her blog, as she's also promoting herself as a lifestyle expert and health blogger, so the recipe organization on the site isn't the greatest, but with some patience, you'll find many tasty options.

Two ways to participate!
1. Join the month-long virtual Meetup and/or
2. Join the video chat on 11/21 to talk "face to face". We hope you'll join us; the online chats have been fun and very lowkey, so grab a cocktail and join us! Stay tuned for the video chat link. I want to see what other hosts are using these days.

Flexible schedule! Cook at any point through 2/13. You don't have to bring serving utensils, worry about reheating, spill anything on the way over, or run late :0). Even if you are joining the video chat, it's completely up to you if you want to eat one of these recipes during the call or just join for the chat.

Share with community! Pick dishes from the Healthier Together book or the author's website, make it, post a picture (please label with title of recipe and if it's from the book or blog), write in the comments of the event what you made and what you thought of it - share advice, what you swapped, a review, etc. Same as we did in person! Make as many or as few dishes as you'd like over the coming weeks and post as you go. It’s fine if it's a "duplicate" that someone else made.

Reminder - Make sure your Meetup settings allow messages from the organizers - in Settings under Email Updates under Updates about you, make sure you have "Messages" checked. Also in Email Updates under Updates about your groups, under Seattle Cookbook Club, make sure you have "Event updates from organizers" and "Announcement to members about the group" options checked. If you don't get the emails, check your spam, or social folders (for those on Gmail)

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