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
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.
Past selections (only main selections are listed):
2018 – January: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman, February: The Home Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli, March: David Tanis Market Cooking, April: Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou, May: Dining In by Alison Roman, June: At My Table by Nigella Lawson, July: Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen, August: Vegetarian Viet Nam by Cameron Stauch or Shaya by Alon Shaya, September: How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry or Secrets of the Southern Table by Virginia Willis, October: A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine or Just Cook It! by Justin Chapple, November: Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi, December: Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
2017 – September: Bread Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford, October: Victuals by Ronni Lundy, November: Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard, December: Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden, Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
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).
April: Home Cooking Theme, Popular Vote: Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, Moderator Pick: Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller, and 2019 Bonus Book: Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin and Teri Gelber
May: Immigrant Influences Theme, Season by Nik Sharma
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
2018 – January: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol 1 by Julia Child, February: Happy 1st Birthday to the Club! Any previously covered book was fair game, March: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman, April: Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu, May: Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen by Gonzalo Guzmán with Stacy Adimando, June: The Moosewood Restaurant Table, Appetites by Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, July: Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt, August: Greece: The Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou, September: Dining In by Alison Roman, October: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan or Pulpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of sorts) by Russell Norman, November: Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi or Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel by Alon Shaya, December: How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry or Feast: Food to Celebrate Life by Nigella Lawson or Regarding Cocktails by Sasha Petraske with Georgette Moger-Petraske, 2018 Bonus Book: Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden
2017 – February: Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott, March: Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard, April: Simple by Diana Henry, May: Small Victories by Julia Turshen, June: Ottolenghi’s books (other than Sweet) - Ottolenghi, Jerusalem, Plenty, Plenty More, Nopi, July: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, August: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark, September: Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat, October: Made in India by Meera Sodha, November: The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt, December: Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Migore
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.
April: Ready For Dessert: My Best Recipes By David Lebovitz, and 2019 Bonus Book: King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains
May: The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East by Chetna Makan
2018 – January: Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel, February: Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan, March: The Fearless Baker by Erin Jeanne McDowell, April: The Baking Club's 1st Birthday! Revisit any previously covered book, May: The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart, June: Golden by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer, July: The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen, August: Baking with Less Sugar by Joanne Chang, September: The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, October: Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore, November: All About Cake by Christina Tosi, December: Crumb by Ruby Tandoh, 2018 Bonus Book: The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
2017 – April: Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, May: Breaking Breads by Uri Scheft, June: Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss, July: Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan, August: Flour by Joanne Chang, September: Tartine by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson, October: Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi, November: BraveTart: Iconic America Desserts by Stella Parks, December: Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, 2017 Bonus book: How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman
Get Cooking Cookbook Club
A Instagram based cookbook club moderated by cookbook fans Bebe Black Carminito (freelance food stylist and recipe developer) and friend Rebecca Bloom (Paris trained chef and food writer). Selections are nominated by participants and voted on quarterly.
April: 1 year anniversary! Cook through any of the previous selections!
May: TBD, May-Jul Bonus Baking Book: Alternative Baker by Alanna-Taylor Tobin
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.
April: Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver
May: Nopalito by Gonzalo Guzmán and Stacy Adimando
2018 – January: Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes From a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons, February: Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay, March: Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, April: Masala & Meatballs by Asha Shivakumar, May: Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, June: How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry, July: Food52 Any Night Grilling, August: Preservation Pantry by Sarah Marshall, September: Dining In by Alison Roman, October: Now & Again by Julia Turshen, November: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, December: Home Made Christmas by Yvette Van Boven
2017 – January: Small Victories by Julia Turshen, February: Simple by Diana Henry, March: Home Baked by Yvette Van Boven, April: The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt, May: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark, June: Unforgettable by Emily Thelin, July: Eat Delicious by Dennis Prescott, August: Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden, September: Bake from Scratch by Brian Hart Hoffman, October: Myers + Chang at Home by Joanne Chang, November: Milk Street by Christopher Kimball, December: Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook
2016 – January: Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver, February: Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez, March: The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson, April: Gjelina by Travis Lett, May: Mexico: One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayliss, June: Zahav by Michael Solomonov, July: What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies, August: The Basque Book by Alex Rajj and Eder Montero, September: Mamushka by Olia Hercules, October: The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriquez, November: Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai, December: Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
2015 – January: Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook, February: Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi, March: The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen, April: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman, May: Clean Slate by the editors of Martha Stewart Living, June: Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Migore, July: Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady, August: Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry by Cathy Barrow, September: Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis and The Glorious Vegetables of Italy by Domenica Marchetti, October: Buvette by Jody Williams, November: My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl, December: Simply Nigella and Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
2014 – April: Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver, May: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, June: Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi, July: Donna Hay Fresh and Light, August: Homemade by Yvette Van Boven, September: Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller, October: Rustic Joyful Food by Danielle Kartes, November: Make it Ahead by Ina Garten, December: Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
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.)
April: Small Victories by Julia Turshen
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
2018 – January: Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus by Carla Capalbo, February: Lulu's Provençal Table by Richard Olney, March: The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent by Jessica B. Harris, April: Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman, May: Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu, June: Poole’s: Recipes & Stories from a Modern Diner by Ashley Christensten, July: The Austin Cookbook by Paula Forbes, August: Honey From a Weed by Patience Gray, September: Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden, October: Basque Country by Marti Buckley, November: Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, December: I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad
2017 – August: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, September: BraveTart: Iconic America Desserts by Stella Parks, October: Ducksoup: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking by Clare Lattin and Tom Hill, November: A Taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey, December: Adventures in Starry Kitchen by Nguyen Tran
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 range from classic to contemporary.
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
2018 – January: The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli, February: Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, March: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat and The Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso, April: Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard and My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, May: The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt and The Science of Good Cooking by the Editors of America's Test Kitchen, June: The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, July: Salad for President by Julia Sherman and Saladish by Ilene Rosen, August: Soul by Todd Richards and The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis, September: Appetites by Anthony Bourdain or Small Victories by Julia Turshen, October: Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and Dining In by Alison Roman, November: Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, December: BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks and Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten
2017 – January: Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten, February: Food, Health, and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey, March: EveryDayCook by Alton Brown, April: The Red Rooster Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson, May: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, June: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark, July: Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Pruitt, August: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol 1 by Julia Child, September: Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, October: Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard, November: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman, December: Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan