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.
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
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)
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.
September: Main: Bottom of the Pot by Naz Deravian or Heirloom Kitchen by Anna Francese Gass, Online option: David Lebovitz' online recipes, Baking option: Baking at the Republique by Margarita Manzke
Past selections (only main selections are listed):
2019 – January: Now & Again by Julia Turshen, February: Season by Nik Sharma, March: Mastering Pizza by Marc Vetri and David Joachim or Pasta, Pretty Please by Linda Miller Nicholson, April: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook or Double Awesome Chinese Food, May: A Common Table or The Food Lab, June: Main: Around my French Table or Red Hot Kitchen
For Sept 2017 – Dec 2018 see the archive for Eat Your Books Cookbook Club.
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).
August: ANY book previously covered in the Food52 Cookbook Club, September: The Little Swedish Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
2019 – January: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, February: Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop and The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen by Grace Young, March: Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers, April: Home Cooking Theme, Popular Vote: Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, Moderator Pick: Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller, May: Immigrant Influences Theme, Season by Nik Sharma and Bottom of the Pot by Naz Deravian, June: Grilling Theme: Food52 Any Night Grilling by Paula Disbrowe, and A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield
For Prior Selections (Feb 2017 – Dec 2018) see the archive for the Food52 Cookbook Club.
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.
July: How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson and 2019 Bonus Book: King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains
August: ANY book previously covered in the Food52 Baking Club is fair game, September: The Artful Baker by Cenk Sonmezsoy
2019 – January: Rose’s Baking Basics by Rose Levy Beranbaum, February: Zingerman's Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo, March: Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson, April: Ready For Dessert: My Best Recipes By David Lebovitz, May: The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East by Chetna Makan, June: Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski
For Prior Selections (Apr 2017 – Dec 2018) see the archive for the Food52 Baking Club.
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.
August: Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen, September: Dining In by Alison Roman, October: Indian-ish by Priya Krishna , November: Every Day is Saturday by Sarah Copeland, Aug-Oct Bonus Baking Book: Milk and Cardamom by Hetal Vasavada
2019 – January: Let’s Stay In by Ashley Rodriguez, February: Season by Nik Sharma, March: How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry, and Jan-Mar Bonus Baking Book: Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore, April: 1 year anniversary! Cook through any of the previous selections!, May: Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan, Jun: Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music
2018 – May & June: The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant, July & August: Just Cook It! by Justin Chapple, September: Zahav by Michael Solomonov, October & November: Near & Far by Heidi Swanson, December: Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi, Bonus (Sept-Dec): The Fearless Baker by Erin Jeanne McDowell
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.
July: Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou
2019 – January: At My Table by Nigella Lawson, February: Modern Baking by Donna Hay, March: Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi, April: Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver, May: Nopalito by Gonzalo Guzmán and Stacy Adimando, June: Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball
For prior selections (Apr 2014 – Dec 2018) see the archive for the Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club.
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.)
July: Provisions: The Roots of Caribbean Cooking by Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau
2019 – January: The Dooky Chase Cookbook by Leah Chase, February: Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More Than 225 Recipes by Diane Morgan, March: The Food of Northern Thailand by Austin Bush, April: Small Victories by Julia Turshen, May: Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen, Jun: Piatti by Stacy Adimando
For prior selections (Aug 2017 – Dec 2018) see the archive for the Saveur Cookbook Club.
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
2019 – January: Margaritaville: The Cookbook: Relaxed Recipes For a Taste of Paradise by Carlo Sernaglia and Julia Turshen and Ruhlman’s Twenty by Michael Ruhlman, February: 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jaime Oliver and Baking All Year Round: Holidays & Special Occasions by Rosanna Pansino, March: Skinnytaste One and Done by Gina Homolka and Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen, April: Joy the Baker Over Easy by Joy Wilson and Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball, May: Food From Across Africa by Duval Timothy, Jacob Fodio Todd, and Folayemi Brown and Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat, and Spring Bonus Book: Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller, June: Tasting Table Cooking with Friends by Geoff Bartakovics and Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
For prior selections (Jan 2017 – Dec 2018) see the archive for the Tasting Table Cookbook Club.