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.

Honey & Co: At Home—Middle Eastern recipes from our kitchen by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich
Tuesday 22nd January, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 26th January, 12:30-3pm

Wife-and-husband team Sarit and Itamar with this book take time away from the fabulous food they create for their restaurant (which has formed the backbone of their previous books) and turn instead to the food they choose to cook at home to share with each other, family and friends.

There’s a plethora of wonderful dishes—from breads to bakes, salads to sweets. It is a celebration of Middle Eastern cooking, which Nigella Lawson has called, “Just the sort of food I want to eat: welcoming, abundant, and with as much heart as flavour.” And she should know.

The Complete Nose to Tail: A kind of British cooking by Fergus Henderson
Tuesday 19th February, 6:30-9pm / Saturday 23rd February, 12:30-3pm

Fergus Henderson opened St John in London in 1994. It went on to become—and has remained—one of the world’s most admired restaurants. His philosophy of eating ‘nose to tail’ is maybe even more relevant today than it ever was, with our modern concerns about food waste.

The recipes in the two volumes of his Nose to Tail cookbooks are here brought together in one complete, beautifully photographed compendium, which showcases dishes that combine sophistication with thriftiness. Its 250-plus recipes range from roasted bone marrow and parsley salad to eel pie, hazelnut biscuits and a whole section on breads. It is a joy of a book which will no doubt stimulate much Cookbook Club discussion—as well as delicious food, of course.

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.

Terms and conditions

Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines