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.

Borough Market Cookbook Club spring birthday party: How to Eat a Peach and A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry
Tuesday 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.

Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound: A New Way to Cook by Sybil Kapoor
Saturday 18th May, 12:30-3pm / Tuesday 28th May, 6:30-9pm

Award-winning food writer Sybil Kapoor—who has long written for Borough Market—in this book explores how the five fundamental elements of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound are integral to our experience of eating and the building blocks of cookery throughout the world. This is such a beautifully written and designed book, with many wonderful recipes to discover: from labneh with herbs to crispy duck, mint and noodle salad, to pear syllabub and so much more.

It is with good reason that Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound: A New Way to Cook has been shortlisted in the Fortnum & Mason Awards as one of the best cookery books of 2018.

From Venice to Istanbul by Rick Stein
Tuesday 11th June, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 22nd June, 12:30-3pm

Rick Stein is a household name who needs little introduction—and the Cookbook Club is delighted to be delving into one of his many glorious cookbooks.

You may remember seeing the BBC series that accompanied his From Venice to Istanbul book—and if you do, you will recall Rick’s delight and enthusiasm in sharing his passion for the food of the eastern Mediterranean, from Greece, Albania, Croatia, Turkey and beyond. Recipes for meze and street food are included along with meat, seafood, vegetable dishes and desserts. This book is an extravaganza and a treat.

Four Seasons Cookery Book by Margaret Costa
Tuesday 16th July, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 20th July, 12:30-3pm

There are many things that Nigel Slater, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith have in common, and among them is their love and respect for Margaret Costa’s Four Seasons Cookery Book, first published in 1970. When it was reissued in 1996 the stars of modern food writing clamoured to pay their respects and give a nod to a writer who was an inspiration for so many.

As Nigel Slater said: “Few writers can have had as much influence on what we eat today as Margaret Costa. Fewer still can have had such a marked effect on modern cookery writing. That any of us know about the joys of garlic butter, mayonnaise or olives is probably due to Margaret Costa.” High and well-earned praise indeed. With its recipes organised according to the seasons, this book has stood the test of time. A modern classic.

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Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines