The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: January 2022

by Great British Chefs 1 January 2022

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

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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.

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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 theme: Freestyle!

Yes, after another great year of books being featured, we're bringing back our ever-popular freestyle month. This means you can cook from any of the books previously featured in the cookbook club and post on any day of the week (instead of Thursdays only). Here's the full list of titles we've cooked our way through since the group began nearly four(!) years ago:

March 2018 - Hong Kong Diner - Jeremy Pang
April 2018 - New Classics - Marcus Wareing
May 2018 - Planted - Chantelle Nicholson
June 2018 - Little Viet Kitchen - Pham Thuy Diem
July 2018 - Eating Well Everyday - Peter Gordon
August 2018 - Happy Food - Bettina Campolucci Bordi
September 2018 - Great British Chefs Cookbook – Great British Chefs
October 2018 - Simple - Yotam Ottolenghi
November 2018 - 80 Cakes From Around the World - Claire Clark
December 2018 – Scandinavian Christmas - Trine Hahnemann
January 2019 - Andina - Martin Morales
February 2019 - Asma’s Indian Kitchen - Asma Khan
March 2019 - Crumb - Richard Bertinet
April 2019 - Casablanca - Nargisse Benkabbou
May 2019 - Bazaar - Sabrina Ghayour
June 2019 - Moorish - Ben Tish
July 2019 - Island Kitchen - Selina Periampillai
August 2019 - Charred - Genevieve Taylor
September 2019 - Mandalay - MiMi Aye
October 2019 - Salt & Time - Alissa Timoshkina
November 2019 - The Book of St John - Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver
December 2019 - Paul A Young's - Adventures with Chocolate
January 2020 - Ching He Huang - Wok On
February 2020 – Eleanor Ford – Fire Islands
March 2020 – Venetto – Valerria Necchio
(April, May, June 2020 – freestyle months)
July 2020 – Falastin – Sami Tamimi
August 2020 – Cook For Charity
September 2020 – Vegetables – Great British Chefs
October 2020 – Under the Olive Tree – Eirini Tzortzoglou
November 2020 – Masala – Mallika Basu
December 2020 – The Pie Room – Calum Franklin
(January 2021 – freestyle month)
February 2021 – Hacks - Great British Chefs
March 2021 – One Tin Bakes – Edd Kimber
April 2021 – The Italian Deli – Theo Randall
May 2021 – Kricket – Will Bowlby
June 2021 – One, Pot, Pan, Planet – Anna Jones
July 2021 – Chefs at Home – Hospitality Action
August 2021 – The Art of Preserving – Emma Macdonald
September 2021 – Sicilia – Ben Tish
October 2021 – Around the Table – Great British Chefs
November 2021 - Your Home Izakaya – Tim Anderson
December 2021 – Advent – Anja Dunk

Last month's winners

Last month we threw ourselves into the Christmas spirit and took a trip to the bakeries of Germany with Anja Dunk's incredible book Advent. Well done to Anna Schilling for coming top – she wins a prize! Take a look at their entry along with many more honourable mentions below.

Amy Wilson's stollen bites were far better than any supermarket variety
Ella Green's linzer biscuits proved perfect festive fodder
Marta Biris' Salzteig looked stunning
Susannah Day's Christmas spiced shortbread was sure to get people in the festive spirit
Philippa Coe's Christmas Gugelhupf turned out beautifully
Lizz Rennie's Zwiebelzopf was plaited to perfection
Jang Kwon's Mandelhörnchen had us reaching through our screens
Berber Siebrand flexed her stencilling skills with this very pretty Schneeflokken Marzipankuchen

Make sure you post photos along with commentary of the dishes you cook using any of our previous books in our Facebook group to be in with the chance of winning.