The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: January 2023

1 January 2023

Welcome to the Great British Chefs Cookbook Club! Find out how it works, how to get involved and what prizes you can win.

Even with the vast number of recipes available on the internet these days, there’s nothing quite like leafing through a beautiful book full of recipes. It’s a medium that’s stronger than ever before, with cookbooks topping bestseller charts throughout the year. If you’re anything like us then you’ll have shelves upon shelves of them in your home – some kept in pristine condition, others earmarked, stained and scrawled over after years of use.

It’s this national love for cookbooks that has prompted us to start our very own cookbook club. Each month we’ll select a cookbook that we think stands out from the rest and ask you, the Great British Chefs community, to cook a recipe from it. We’ll publish a small selection of recipes on our site so, even if you don’t already have the book, you can still get involved and see how your cooking compares to everyone else’s. Apply to join the Facebook group here and take a look at this month's book (and recipes) below. We've also included the winning post from last month's book, as well as some of our other favourite entries.

Apply to join the Cookbook Club today!

Click here to apply to join our cookbook club, meet likeminded home cooks and share your creations for the chance to win prizes. Please make sure to answer the two simple introductory questions to speed up your application.

This month's book: Motherland by Melissa Thompson

This month's cookbook is Motherland: A Jamaican Cookbook by Melissa Thompson. Motherland is a celebration of Jamaican food, featuring an array of mouth-watering recipes weaved in with information about their roots and Melissa's own ties to the country's rich food culture.

To get a taste for the book take a look at the three recipes below, but to really get stuck in, buy a copy from our shop here.

Brown stew chicken

Ackee and saltfish

Guinness punch pie

Last month's winners

In December, we gave you the chance to cook from any previously featured cookbook, as well as any recipe on the site. Well done to Susannah Day for coming top – they win a prize! Take a look at their entry along with many more honourable mentions below.

Susannah's hot pork pies were were encrusted in perfectly golden pastry.
Alessandra Maggiora put her on twist on Kitchen Twists' chocolate orange babka recipe, filling one with dark chocolate and tahini and another with white chocolate, matcha and lemon peel.
Louise Dilworth's chickpea and rosemary pasta came topped with a meaty king oyster mushroom.
Mouthwatering fillet steak met creamy white beans in Marta Biris' recreation of this recipe from Kitchen Twists.
Elke Robinson Hayes used locally foraged winter chanterelles combined with pine nuts and crispy ham in her take on this pasta dish from Mezcla.
Diane Holmes gave Kitchen Twists' tomato, feta and pistachio tart a try and found that it made enough for leftovers too!
Marta Pa decided to use delicata squash rather than butternut in her take on Ixta Belfrage's lasagne gratin.

Make sure you post photos along with commentary of the dishes you cook from Motherland in our Facebook group to be in with the chance of winning.

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