I have started my very own club — a cookbook club!
If you’re interested in starting your own, it’s super simple and a lot of fun. I mean, if you love food to the degree that I love food, you need to sign yourself up for this club or start one!! The idea is that you all choose a cookbook to cook out of. Everyone makes a dish from it and brings it to the host’s house. You can then talk about the cookbook, the dish you made, etc. It’s a great way to get together with friends monthly or bi-monthly and you get to feed each other. What is better than that?!
How it works is you decide on a group of your closest girlfriends that you would enjoy dining with and also ones that you know love food and aren’t afraid to try new things. You send out an email to see who all is interested. Those who are interested, you create a separate email list and send out a Doodle. A Doodle is basically a planning platform that helps you quickly figure out the best day and time for the entire group. Instead of having numerous emails back and forth trying to figure it out, you send out the Doodle poll and everyone selects all the dates and times that work for them. Once everyone has taken the poll (you’ll likely have to send one reminder and I usually give a deadline like, “take this poll by ______”) you can easily tell which date/time is the majority. If there’s a tie, then you pick one.
At that point, you email the ones that can attend and let the ones that can’t know the situation and you’ll include them for the next meetup poll. You email the ones that can attend and you start a discussion on which cookbook you all are cooking out of!
Then you just keep doing it over and over again :) usually the person hosting switches out with each meetup but you can do it however you want. If someone lives in the middle of everyone then their house just might be the most convenient, etc.
Oh, and you don’t always have to buy the cookbook if you’re on a budget. You can do cookbooks that people in your group already own and they can scan the table of contents and you can pick recipes that way and then they can scan in the full recipe for you once you’ve picked. You can also go to your local library to see if they have a copy, there are some online places that have them for free, you could maybe even cook from someone’s blog (hint hint, lol), or you can just buy it to support the author!
For our first meetup, we chose to make recipes out of Chrissy Teigen’s CRAVINGS book (affiliate link). I have heard so many good things about this book and was happy to buy it and flip through the pages. She has so many killer recipes in this book but I was extremely drawn to the mac ‘n cheese that is like the star of the cookbook. Everyone raves about it. So naturally, I had to see what the hype was about so I chose it as my recipe to make.
It’s a little more work than standard mac ‘n cheese and it’s mostly because of the cheese shredding and the homemade breadcrumbs. What I would do next time is use plain store-bought breadcrumbs and just toss it in the butter and garlic. I didn’t feel that the homemade breadcrumbs made a huge difference vs. store-bought. Butttttt as some people would say, “the mac ‘n cheese is DOPE.’ Definitely not something to eat if you’re on a diet and definitely not something to eat if you’re lactose intolerant, haha but it’s 100000% worth the effort and the bubbly guts.
Emily made stretchy artichoke, spinach, and buffalo chicken dip. LOVED the spin on the classic spinach and artichoke dip. We doused this with extra hot sauce :)
Amanda made the lemony spaghetti cacio e pepe and it was delish! Lots of pepper and spice and of course lots of cheese :)
Omg, Tiffany made these chipotle honey chicken with avocado mango salsa and it was the right amount of spice and flavor!
Erin made this roasted cauliflower, feta, and orzo salad and it was a nice light dish with a great dressing. I loved the dried cherries throughout!
Obviously you have to have a giant bit of each. It was SO good and I was SO full. Carb overload :)
Anyway! If you have any questions about starting your own cookbook club or if you have any ideas how we can do a VIRTUAL one together, let me know below!!!