The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: July 2022

by Great British Chefs 1 July 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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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: LIVE FIRE by Helen Graves

LIVE FIRE: Seasonal Barbecue Recipes and Stories of Live Fire Traditions Old and New is award-winning food writer and editor Helen Graves' first cookbook and celebrates live fire cookery around the world. Over the course of one-hundred-and-fifty approachable recipes interspersed with a variety of interviews, Helen guides readers through the endless possibilities when it comes to live fire cookery whilst championing seasonal produce.

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

Chicken wings with tahini and za'atar

Charred tomatoes with cool yoghurt, pomegranate molasses and herbs

Prawns with sweetcorn and special seafood seasoning dust

Last month's winners

Last month we got stuck into The Nutmeg Trail – the wonderful new cookbook from Eleanor Ford. Well done to Anne Hudson for coming top – they win a prize! Take a look at their entry along with many more honourable mentions below.

You won't see many dishes more colourful than Marta Biris' take on Ford's curried udon noodles.
Kim Lesley Ferris managed to achieve the perfect amount of glossiness on her honeyed meatballs with pistachios.
Susannah Day chose to serve her impressive saffron beef kebabs with roasted sumac tomatoes, typhoon shelter corn and asparagus with green peppercorns.
Making your own noodles can require a bit of patience but Tracy Carey was more than up to the task, as proved by her fantastic hot and tingly hand-pulled noodles.
Anne Marchini served her moules au combats with chips and then mopped up the remaining sauce with her own homemade bread.
Vicki Taylor took her Venetian chicken to the next level by using her own homemade almond milk.
Kathy George successfully replicated Ford's barbecued lemongrass skewers, achieving a final dish that was packed with flavour.
Sally Pellow cooked up an amazing-looking spread, which included Ford's minced chicken kebabs with sweet spices.

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