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 breaks my heart that I wasn’t able to attend any more. But I’m hoping to work something similar out in Pune.
The first chapter of the Cookbook Club (name subject to change, hehe) was being hosted at my home on Saturday, March 18th, 2017. We used Lathika George’s The Suriani Kitchen to cook some Syrian Christian recipes. Here’s a link to what happened over dinner that evening:
Ep1: Saturday, March 18th, 2017: The Suriani Kitchen
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
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.