Borough Market Cookbook Club

A club for anyone who loves good food, good cookery books and good company

Borough Market’s Cookbook Club is for anyone who loves good food, good cookery books and good company. If that is you, then sign up (for free) to join the club and you will be eligible to come along to our small, friendly Cookbook Club events held in The Cookhouse at Borough Market.

Each event has a landmark cookery book chosen as its theme. Club members who book a ticket will be asked to pick something to make from that book, cook it at home and then bring it along. Then, over drinks supplied by the Club's supporter Borough Wines, we’ll all spend a few hours sharing each others’ food and our experiences of cooking from the book.

The Borough Market Cookbook Club is organised and hosted by food writer Angela Clutton. She has written on food and drink for a wide range of publications, features as the food historian on the latest series of BBC's Rip Off Britain, Food, and is co-Chair of The Guild of Food Writers. At each Cookbook Club event, Angela will be cooking her chosen dish in The Cookhouse for members to share, and giving some background and insight into the book and its writer.

Anyone is welcome to join the Cookbook Club—whether you are starting your cookbook collection with the club’s chosen book, or have shelves and shelves given over to cookery writers; whether you’re an experienced cook, or just starting out.

Tickets to the regular Cookbook Club events are £8 each. A limited number of free places are reserved for each club event for our neighbours in SE1.

How it works:
—Join the Cookbook Club by emailing cookbookclub@boroughmarket.org.uk with your name, home address and email address.

—Once you have joined, we’ll email you back with your membership number and details of how to book to attend events. That will include how to let us know what dish you’ll be making and information about the loyalty card for Cookbook Club and other membership benefits which include a complimentary Borough Wines refill bottle carrying the bespoke Cookbook Club label, to use at their Borough Market stand.

The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver
Tuesday 19th March, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 23rd March, 12:30-3pm

This is the book where it all began! Jamie Oliver first burst onto TV screens in 1999 with the series The Naked Chef. This book followed soon after and quickly became a bestseller. Its recipes are typical of Jamie’s approach to cooking then and since: it is about simplicity, good ingredients, and the joy of feeding each other.

Jamie Oliver has of course gone on to produce so many other TV series and books as part of his empire and plays a leading role in the discussion of issues around how we as a nation cook and eat. It is going to be fascinating to take this journey back to the beginning of it all and enjoy together the food that got Jamie started.

Borough Market Cookbook Club spring birthday party: How to Eat a Peach and A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry
Saturday 30th April, 6:30-9pm

In what’s set to be the biggest event in the calendar, join us in the Market Hall for a celebration of the Cookbook Club’s third birthday.

For this very special event we will be celebrating the work of one of the UK’s foremost and most popular food writers, with recipes chosen from two of her books: Diana Henry’s How to Eat a Peach and A Change of Appetite.

Diana is well-known for her regular column in The Telegraph’s Stella magazine, and her food writing in so many other outlets. Her books become bestsellers and are raved about by her peers. She has won many accolades, most recently the André Simon Memorial Fund for How to Eat a Peach: Menus, stories and places. It is a beauty of a book with menus set out for all kinds of wonderful meals, while her earlier A Change of Appetite: Where healthy meets delicious, written in 2014, feels more of-the-moment than ever, as so many of us strive to marry healthy eating with delicious food.

We will be nominating a selection of dishes from each book for members to choose from and cook for the event. There will be entertainment and plenty to eat and drink, with wines from our supporters Borough Wines. We will also be running our hugely popular Cookbook Swap Shop on the night, so please bring along any cookbooks you no longer want and we hope you’ll pick up and take away one or more that someone else has brought in.

Terms and conditions

Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines