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January Feast — Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking *Vegetarian + Vegan*
Our traditional post-holiday vegetarian/vegan Feast continues with an author that designs plant-based recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. How's she does it? I have no clue, but I'd sure like to dive in and check her recipes out. Such a colorful way to start off 2019, right? The featured cookbook for this event is "Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cookbook" — Recipes can be selected from her book or blog Let's create another delicious memory together. —xo— Jessica First time attending a feast? Welcome! Keep reading... • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • INSTRUCTIONS :: How the Cookbook Club Works • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. RSVP via Meetup. After last year's trial period, I've decided to maintain the $5 charge for our monthly Feasts. This automatically removes the cumbersome wait list, and keeps a consistent level of participation. Funds go toward venue fees and Meetup costs. If you would prefer to pay in cash, message me and I'll manually add you to the event 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, or purchase at a local retailer). I'm happy to email you a couple of the recipes, if you're in a pinch. 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. 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. NOTE :: No need to double or triple 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 • • • • • • • • • • 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. 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... • • • • • • • • • • • • This group would not exist if it weren't for YOU! I'm honored to have you here. You guys fill my life with so much joy and inspiration. You've even inspired me to start writing a book about Cookbook Clubs! I want to be able to empower folks all over the world to create their own version of a Feast Family. I'm deeply grateful for the impact you've made in my life, and in my career. —xo— Jessica ♥ Come with an empty stomach, and leave with a FULL heart. ♥


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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 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 (, 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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