rainy day bites cookbook club archive


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.

To participate: 

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. 

Rainy Day Bites selections:


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 GrillingAugust: 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

To learn about other online cookbook clubs visit the Cookbook Club page.