I’ve toyed around with the idea of a Cookbook Club for years – a bunch of folk getting together over good food and drink. The problem with a regular potluck with friends or just hosting a dinner by yourself for people you love feeding is that you end up making what they like, more often than not – the same set of curries, the same appetizers… And while that is always a bunch of fun, there’s always that urge to experiment. That’s why this. Of course, over time, we may move away from actual physical copies of books and use a blog that we think is interesting, or perhaps even a collection of cookbooks based on a theme, but yes, we WILL stick to the idea of using tried and tested recipes, in an effort to expand our own culinary horizons.
In 2013, I put this post out. And a couple of tweets in 2013 and 2014. I had a couple of folk tell me I was being snooty. So I left it at that. Toward the end of my four years in Bangalore, in October 2o16, I attended a potluck at Cubbon Park organized by the girls who run Goya Media. It broke my heart that I wasn’t able to attend anymore. But now I was in a new city, so I decided to get this going in Pune.
There have been some ups and downs, great lunches and failed recipes and even a mention in the press, and I think The Cookbook Club has finally evolved into a comfortable setup where we see some old and new faces over interesting food.
Here is a list of all the meets we have had so far:
Ep1: Saturday, March 18th, 2017: The Suriani Kitchen by Lathika George
Ep2: Saturday, April 9th, 2017: Asian Recipes from 400 Chinese & Thai Delicious Recipes for Healthy Living
Ep 3: Saturday, May 27th, 2017: Mango Mia by Vikas Khanna & Hari Nayak
Ep 4: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017: Appetites – A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
Ep 5: Sunday, September 17th, 2017: Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking by S. H. Fernando Jr.
Ep 6: Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding by Justin Gellatly
Ep7: Sunday, December 3nd, 2017: The Complete Asian Cookbook – Sri Lanka and the Philippines by Charmaine Solomon
Ep8: Saturday, January 6th, 2018: Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
A list of rules we’ve laid out for our cookbook club meets is here. There is no pressure to follow these and they serve merely as a guideline to organize and participate in more such events.
That said, I promise to update this space more regularly with more such events. Fingers crossed, if they keep going well, this could be the beginning of an interesting series of meals and an attempt at building a fun cooking community. If you’re interested in attending one of these, fill out the form below, and I’ll get in touch to work something out with you.