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August Feast — Love Real Food (Vegetarian)
With the abundance of local produce during August, I was on a mission to find a cookbook that would offer us a delicious array of vegetarian recipes. I think I found a winner (especially with more than 500 people rating it ★★★★★ on Amazon)! Feel free to pick a recipe from Kathryne's popular cookbook or her site: You can mention the source (recipe link or page number) when posting your recipe selection. Here's the link to the cookbook: If you can't get your hands on a copy at the library or local bookshop, let me know and I'll email you a few snap shots to pick from. First time attending? Welcome! Keep reading... • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • INSTRUCTIONS :: How the Cookbook Club Works • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. RSVP via Meetup. After our 6-month trial period, I've decided to continue charging $5 per guest for our monthly Feasts (thank you all, BTW). This automatically removes the cumbersome waitlist, and keeps a consistent level of participation. The funds go toward venue fees and monthly Meetup costs. If you would prefer to pay in cash, message me (include which event you're wanting to participate in) and I'll manually add you to the event list. 2. Grab a copy of this month's featured cookbook (ask your library to retrieve it from their network, borrow from a friend, order online at, or purchase at a local retailer). 3. Pick at least 1 recipe to make for the event. Note :: Make sure you double check previous posts in the comments below to avoid duplication of recipes. Also, be sure to read through ALL of the instructions beforehand to make sure you have the proper tools, dishes, and ingredients. (I made that mistake at a previous feast, and wound up empty-handed.) 4. In the comments section, share which recipe(s) you will be bringing. Note :: It might be wise to pick a backup recipe in case your 1st choice is already taken. Please do this at least 48 hours before our event, as I like to design and print out menus. 5. Day of the event (or the day before). Prepare your recipe according to the directions provided in the cookbook. Source ingredients locally, if possible. As tempting as it might be to alter the recipe or make a substitution, please follow the instructions as closely as possible. This will allow the group to truly experience the author's array of recipes. 6. If you feel inspired to bring fancier serving dishes (for photos), I won't stop you! 7. Don't forget to bring a few small containers to take home leftovers. You'll have the best lunch the following Monday, guaranteed. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • WHAT'S INCLUDED • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. Tables + Chairs 2. Linens, Tableware + Utensils 3. Extra Serving Utensils 4. Non-Alcoholic Beverages • • • • • • • • • • TIPS + IDEAS • • • • • • • • • • 1. Go out of your comfort zone. Try a new technique or work with ingredients you've never used before. 2. There's no guarantee your dish will remain HOT by the time we are ready to eat. Consider recipes that not only travel well, but also can be served at room temperature. Either way, you're welcome to bring your own heating elements, crock pots, or warmers. Check with me first to see if there's an available outlet at the venue. • • • • • • • • • • • • IN CLOSING... • • • • • • • • • • • • Thank you all for being a part of this group, and for making it what it is. If it weren't for you, this would never be possible. I appreciate all of you, and hope to meet as many of you as possible! —xo— Jessica • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Come with an empty stomach, and leave with a FULL heart. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The House of Seven Gables

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If you're anything like me, you have an amazing selection of cookbooks sitting nice + pretty on your shelves — yet there are volumes of recipes just waiting to be discovered + experienced. Such an undertaking must never be done alone. So I said to myself, "Why not gather new + old friends together to start a cookbook club? Better yet, create a local Meetup Group!" I invite you to join me in this culinary adventure!

Once a month, we'll dive into a chosen cookbook, prepare a variety of recipes, and get together to taste + discuss. Think of it as a gourmet potluck. Each month will feature a different cookbook (sometimes by a local author or sometimes not) and the group will meet at a different locations throughout the North Shore. All cooking levels are welcome . . . so don't be shy! Get ready to explore all sorts of new flavors while making new foodie friends.


Jessica Brand

p.s. If you're single looking to mingle, then sadly, our group is not for you. We aim to keep our focus on the food and recipes while maintaining a friendly social environment. So, if you make more than one person feel uncomfortable, I'll have to respectfully block you from the group.

If you reserve a seat at our events and not show up (without prior notice), I'll be bummed. If you do it again, I'll happily remove you from the group. Thanks for your understanding!

Affiliate Disclosure:

Also, in conjunction with my new blog (inspired by YOU GUYS) called A Taste for Living, I recently became a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn income by linking to and affiliated sites. So when you click on a link to order a cookbook online, I receive a small commission. There are NO ADDITIONAL COSTS or fees associated with the cookbooks I promote on this site.

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