Cookbook Clubs: August 2019

Cookbook Clubs

August 2019

So many great books to choose from this August!

So many great books to choose from this August!


So, most months, I publish the monthly roundup of cookbook club selections without any commentary, but this month promises to be a great one. In fact, I’m declaring it the best #cookbookclub month ever!!

Why am I excited? There are so many great titles to choose from. For one there’s no overlap between clubs (except in the case of Vietnamese Food Any Day which is a collaboration between Bebe and Kristina from the Get Cooking Cookbook Club and Appetite for Humanity Cookbook Club, respectively). Secondly, there are great options for vegetable focused cooking—Vegetables Unleashed, and David Tanis’ Market Cooking, perfect for this time of year when summer vegetables are available in abundance. Third, there are some serious food experts among the authors here, who better to learn from than Alice Waters, David Tanis, and Andrea Nguyen. Fourthly, the Food 52 clubs are returning to past books, any past book, and since I’m never ready to move on at the end of the month it’s a great opportunity to revisit old favorites (I’m particularly excited about Salt Fat Acid Heat, My Paris Kitchen, Food52 Genius Recipes, and Tartine All Day.)

And lastly let’s talk about Vegetables Unlashed and just how awesome José Andrés is (he’s nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for goodness sake). This book is delightful, organized seasonally with a wide range of dishes inspired by his travels around the world, plus, ideas and suggestions for making those dishes your own, and essays and profiles of change makers in the food world to inspire you to eat more vegetables and think about where your food comes from. All that and it doesn’t take itself too seriously—it’s loaded with fun. Plus, Andrés is a true cookbook lover proving readers with a short list of recommended titles, and this note that begins the the headnote for Trinxat, a potato and cabbage dish from Catalonia:

“I feel the same way when I look at my collection of cookbooks as I do when I look up at the stars—amazement at the size and beauty of the universe, but sadness when I realize I can never know it all.”

This guy is one of us (a true cookbook lover), and this may just be my favorite new book of the year.

Happy cookbook clubbin’ everyone!


It's a month-long cook-a-thon! Join an online cookbook club and cook your way through one of this month's featured books.

(Please note, links below contain Amazon affiliate links, if you buy a book from the link I make a teeny tiny portion of the sale, just a little bit to help me offset the costs of running this site.)

What's cooking in August:

Appetite for Humanity Cookbook Club (IG) – Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen (in collaboration with the Get Cooking Cookbook Club)

NEW! #ckbkclub (FB, IG) - Beat the heat theme, cook from any book on ckbk or from your own collection

Eat Your Books Cookbook Club (FB) – Main: Pok Pok Noodles by Andy Ricker and JJ Goode or Nigel Slater's Appetite, Online option: Nigel Slater's online recipes, Baking option: Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski

Food 52 Cookbook Club (FB, IG) – ANY book previously covered in the Food52 Cookbook Club.

Food 52 Baking Club (FB, IG) – ANY book previously covered in the Food52 Baking Club

Get Cooking Cookbook Club (IG) –  Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen (in collaboration with the Appetite for Humanity Cookbook Club), and Aug-Oct Bonus Baking Book: Milk and Cardamom by Hetal Vasavada

NEW! Olive Cookbooks Club (FB) – The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club (IG) – David Tanis Market Cooking by David Tanis

Saveur Cookbook Club (FB, IG) – Chez Panisse Café Cookbook by Alice Waters

Tasting Table Cookbook Club (FB, IG) – Vegetables Unleashed by José Andrés and Matt Goulding and Double Awesome Chinese Food by Margaret Li, Irene Li, and Andrew Li, and Summer Bonus Book (Jun-Aug): Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden

Read more about each club and how to participate on the Cookbook Clubs page.

FB = Facebook, IG = Instagram