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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!

View Intro Video — https://youtu.be/CAChqM-WzOY

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 we'll feature a different cookbook or blog, and the group will meet for the most delicious gatherings 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 respectfully 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 (https://atasteforliving.com), 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 Amazon.com 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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May Feast — The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

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Let's gather for a feast of royal proportions and enjoy the amazing recipes from the beloved television series. In addition to sampling a variety of decadent dishes, we'll enjoy a glimpse into the culinary history of the era. "Food historian Annie Gray gives a rich and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set — a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development." The venue for this event is a historic mansion by a lake. While its not exactly Downton Abbey, it's quite an impressive estate. If you feel inspired to dress up or use fancier serveware, I won't stop you. It will certainly add to the experience! First time attending a feast? Welcome! Keep reading... • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • INSTRUCTIONS :: How the Cookbook Club Works • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. RSVP via Meetup. The tickets for this event are $12 per person (slightly more than our regular monthly feasts). The funds will go toward the cost of the venue, supplies, and Meetup fees. If you would prefer to pay in cash, message me and I'll manually add you to the list. 2. Grab a copy of the featured cookbook. Ask your library to retrieve it from their network, borrow from a friend, order online at https://amzn.to/2HVPR3V, or purchase at a local retailer. If you're in a pinch, let me know, and I'll email you some snapshots of a few recipes to choose from. 3. Pick at least 1 recipe to make for the event. Note :: To avoid recipe duplication, take a moment to check the comments and see which recipes have already been posted. 4. In the comments below, share which recipe you (and your guests, if any), will be bringing. Note :: Pick a backup recipe in case your 1st choice is taken. Please do this at least 48 hours before our event, as I like to print menus. Thanks! 5. Day of the event (or the day before). Prepare your recipe according to the directions provided in the cookbook. 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. Note :: No need to double the recipe. There will be more than enough food to enjoy. 6. If you feel inspired to bring fancier serving dishes (for photos), I won't stop you! 7. Don't forget to bring some 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 (You're welcome to bring a glass of wine to share.) • • • • • • • • • • 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 can also 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. 3. 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.) • • • • • • • • • • • • IN CLOSING... • • • • • • • • • • • • You have no idea how fun it is for me to plan out these delicious and creative events for us. I'm thrilled that you're here and coming along for the ride. It's all about creating delicious memories... together. It's incredible people like you that make it magical. —xo— Jessica ♥ Come with an empty stomach, and leave with a FULL heart. ♥

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