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I'm starting a cookbook book club for our bookstore in January. Here's what I think I'll use for guidelines:
1.from 4 to 6 people in the club- everyone must commit to attend meetings, not just drop in when they feel like it.
2. We'll meet every other month- cookbooks are expensive, and I want everyone to be able to play with their cookbook for a bit to get a feel for it.
3. Each meeting, the members will be assigned to cook something from one chapter of the book. Ie, one member will bring an appetizer, one will bring a main, one will bring a side, one will bring a dessert. We should have had time between meetings to play around with the book, try different recipes, and give each other feedback.
Here are the books I'm thinking about:
1. Tacos: by Mark Miller. We might have to change who brings what slightly, but tacos aren't intimidating to anyone here in Colorado and a taco buffet should be fun. (February)
2. Colorado Classique: new from the Denver Junior League. Our junior league makes FANTASTIC cookbooks, and this one just came out in June. (April)
3. Either Bobby Flay's Hamburgers, Fries and Shakes, or a Teahouse cookbook. I figure hamburgers and fries are easy and it will be summer. But maybe too easy? We have a teahouse that just opened next door to the bookstore, and maybe a tea would be fun instead. (June)
4. Serving Up the Harvest. I think this is a reprint of an older cookbook, but it's beautiful and in late summer everyone will be going to farmers' markets. (August)
5. Hungry Planet. This one is also a photo essay of how people around the world eat. It's got an ethnic component which I like, and also the pictures should stimulate discussion. (October)
6. Baked by Matt Lewis. This is my favorite baking cookbook right now. Good for holiday baked good exchange. (December)
Thoughts? I'm really excited about this and hope it will be a lot of fun. I tried to pick books that people can use in their kitchen over and over again (with the possible exception of Hungry Planet).