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 £6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
River Cottage Much More Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Tuesday 26th September, 6:30—9pm
In the follow up to his River Cottage Veg Every Day, Hugh puts veg, fruit, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, spices and cold-pressed oils in the spotlight, in a showcase of just how versatile and delicious unadulterated foods can be. Set for public release a week before our event, Cookbook Club members will be among the very first to get their hands on his latest title, with copies available at the Market for those with tickets from 12th September.
The Prawn Cocktail Years by Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham
Saturday 14th October, 12:30—3pm
The Prawn Cocktail Years has become something of a classic since first written in 1987 by the writing duo Simon Hopkinson (one of the most acclaimed chefs and food writers of his generation - his bestselling Roast Chicken and Other Stories cookbook was voted the most useful cookbook of all time) and Lindsey Bareham (best-known to readers of The Times for her daily recipe column).
Duck a l’orange, black forest gateau, garlic mushrooms: now considered ‘retro’, here these old favourites are lovingly revived, proving that, when made with fresh ingredients and care, these classic dishes are still worthy of a place at our tables.
Brindisa: The True Food of Spain by Monika Linton
Saturday 11th November, 12:30—3pm
A Borough Market stalwart, Brindisa is famed for bringing authentic, high quality Spanish produce to both our cupboards and our dinner plates, via the Market stand and four restaurants across the capital. In her seminal book, founder Monika Linton collates recipes garnered from friends, colleagues and producers over the years, in a celebration of Spanish ingredients and cookery.
Cookbook Club festive feast
Tuesday 5th December, 6:30—9pm
The Borough Market Cookbook Club is going to be having a very special festive feast this December. Once again, we will be throwing open the gates of the Market Hall, which by then will be beautifully bedecked with decorations, so that as many members a possible can take part. For this celebratory feast, we have chosen not one but four Christmassy cookbooks—A Simply Delicious Christmas by Darina Allen, Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson, Do Ahead Christmas by James Ramsden, and On the Side by Ed Smith—which between them represent a real breadth of the best of the food we all love at this special time of year. We will be nominating a selection of dishes from each of these books for members to choose from and cook for the event.
Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines