Connect with fellow obsessives through monthly, online cookbook clubs.
The only requirement for membership is to be a kindred collector. Let's cook along!
Summary of Monthly Selections
ckbk.com is a subscription service offering unlimited access to the world’s best cookbooks online. #ckbkclub is a group for cookbook fanatics and enthusiastic home cooks to come together and cook from a rotating selection of cookbooks chosen from their site.. Plus they offer two monthly challenges on various themes. Members and non-members are welcome to join.
To participate: Either join their Facebook group, or post to Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #ckbkclub and tagging @ckbk.
October: The books of Marcella and Giuliano Hazan. Master Italian cuisine as you cook your way through Marcella Cucina, Marcella’s Italian Kitchen, How to Cook Italian, and The Classic Pasta Cookbook.
May: The Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso, June: Around the World in 80 Dishes by David Loftus (plus two monthly cooking challenges: strawberry dessert week, and a dish inspired by your travels), July: Summer Baking theme, cook from any book on ckbk with a summer baking recipe, August: Recipes to Beat the Heat theme, cook any recipe that will keep your kitchen cool, September: Quick & Easy Thai by Nancie McDermott or any of the nearly 500 Thai recipes on ckbk.
Eat Your Books Cookbook Club
Eat Your Books is the definitive community for cookbook lovers. Their website offers a place to keep track of your own collection, recipe indexes (I love finding recipes based on my refrigerator contents), latest cookbook news, and reviews of thousands of books. The group is moderated by Jenny Hartin, and typically offers a main selection, alternate, online, throwback, and baking options—plenty to keep you busy each month. Most community interaction takes place on their Facebook group, including voting for future selections. Some member photos are reposted on their Instagram page. Selections have been a good mix of new, beloved classics, and also offer options for those that prefer to find recipes online.
To participate: Join the Facebook group to post your photos and comments, or post to Instagram using hashtag #eybcc, most activity seems to happen on Facebook. Also, note content posted to the Facebook Group my be reposted to Instagram or shared in Jenny’s monthly cookbook club roundup on the Eat Your Books blog.
See all selections current and past selections on the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club page.
Food 52 Cookbook Club
Food52 has become the go-to source for all things food and cooking. Their website contains thousands of recipes, competitions, a home goods shop, plus they are cookbook creators themselves! Monthly selections are voted on by members through their Facebook group. Two books are offered monthly: a monthly main selection and a secondary annual “Bonus Book” for members to cook through all year long. Bonus book selections have tended toward the seasonal (2018’s book is Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden, 2019’s book is Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin and Teri Gelber).
November: From the Oven to the Table by Diana Henry
December: Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman
See all selections current and past selections on the Food52 Cookbook Club page.
Food 52 Baking Club
In response to enthusiastic interest within the Food52 cookbook club group the Food52 Baking Club was born, offering a sweet selection to cook from each month. Books are voted on by members and tend toward newer releases, with an annual “Bonus Book” for members to cook through all year long.
October: Simple Cake by Odette Williams, and 2019 Bonus Book: King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains
November: Pie Squared by Cathy Barrow
December: Cookie Love by Mindy Segal and Kate Leahy
See all selections current and past selections on the Food52 Baking Club page.
Get Cooking Cookbook Club
An Instagram based cookbook club moderated by cookbook fan Bebe Black Carminito (freelance food stylist and recipe developer). Selections are nominated by participants and voted on quarterly.
November: Every Day is Saturday by Sarah Copeland
December: Piatti by Stacy Adimando
Nov-Dec Bonus Baking Book: Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski.
See all selections current and past selections on the Get Cooking Cookbook Club page.
Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club
Created and led by Deborah Balint (editor at The Feed Feed), the Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club earns the distinction of being the longest running Instagram based cookbook club. Selections are typically recent releases and sometimes include baking or dessert titles. Deborah actively cooks from the book herself and has amassed a very active community of participants. Twice monthly challenges are announced at the beginning of the month where participants all cook the same recipe, and post on a pre-determined day.
The community interacts on Instagram. Post using hashtag #rainydaybitescookbookclub and tag @rainydaybites. To participate in the two monthly challenges check out the @rainydaybites account and find details in the first post of the month.
October: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
See all selections current and past selections on the Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club page.
Saveur Cookbook Club
Saveur Magazine has been a respected reference of regional and global cuisines for decades, offering an authentic look at cooking around the world. Their cookbook club is led by three editors (associate digital editor Katherine Whittaker, senior associate editor Alex Testere, and test kitchen manager Kat Craddock) who each take turns selecting the monthly cookbook and moderating the group. Selections are widely varied with titles old and new, representing many international cuisines.
To participate: Most participation happens on Facebook. Join the Saveur Cookbook Club Facebook group to post photos and comments, or post to Instagram using hashtag #saveurmagazinecookbookclub. A fun (and underpromoted) component to the club is a monthly photo competition on Facebook. The editors select a winning photo from the community and offer a cookbook prize. (I won once for a photo of a dish from the Poole’s restaurant cookbook.)
October: The Gaijin Cookbook by Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying
See all selections current and past selections on the Saveur Cookbook Club page.
Tasting Table Cookbook Club
Tasting Table is a website and newsletter for “epicurean obsessives” covering all aspects of culinary interest — food news, restaurant reviews, recipes, and cookbook club. Selections tend to be fairly contemporary with the occasional classic thrown in.
October: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark (back by popular vote!), plus any past Tasting Table Cookbook Club book
See all selections current and past selections on the Tasting Table Cookbook Club page.