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 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 which include a complimentary Borough Wines refill bottle carrying the bespoke Cookbook Club label, to use at their Borough Market stand.
Eat Happy by Melissa Hemsley
Tuesday 25th September, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 29th September, 12:30-3pm
This gorgeous book of vibrant, delicious dishes is the first solo cookbook for Melissa Hemsley since she came to prominence with her sister, Jasmine, and their Hemsley and Hemsley wellness-focused food. Eat Happy embraces Melissa’s broader approach to cooking low-fuss food that makes you feel good, while using everyday ingredients and minimising food waste. There is such a diverse range of recipes in here, all intended to be made in no more than 30 mins.
The Borough Market Cookbook by Ed Smith
Tuesday 16th October, 6:30-9pm / Tuesday 23rd October, 6:30-9pm
Borough Market’s own cookbook is published in early October, so of course we had to make sure the Cookbook Club members got early dibs on diving into it! Award-winning food writer Ed Smith has put together a beautiful book of seasonal recipes that make the most of the Market’s glorious produce and traders. It is a celebration of all the Market does best.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes I and II by Julia Child and Simon Beck (Vol I also Louisette Bertholle)
Tuesday 13th, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 17th November, 12:30-3pm
These books were the catalyst for Julia Child to become a US food icon from the 1960s onwards—as anyone who has seen Meryl Streep playing her in the film Julie and Julia will well know. These two volumes are still remarkably fresh and relevant for modern cooks. They are filled with practical advice on basic cooking skills and home-cook recipes for so many wonderful French dishes. “Bon appetit”, as was Julia’s TV catchphrase!
Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines