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The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

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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: Adventures with Chocolate by Paul A Young

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Chocoholics take note! This book might be a few years old, but Adventures in Chocolate by Paul A Young is still one of the most iconic and beloved books which focus on one of the most universally loved ingredients in the world. And with Christmas being that time of year when we can all indulge to our heart's content, we couldn't think of a better book to focus on.

From homemade chocolate truffles flavoured with all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients to desserts, drinks, cakes and even savoury dishes, there's plenty to get to grips with.

For a taste of what’s inside, take a look at the three recipes below. However, if you really want to become a master chocolatier, head over to Amazon to bag yourself a copy.

Venezuelan chocolate pancakes with chocolate maple syrup

Bitter chocolate goes into the batter mix for these pancakes, which are then drenched in a chocolatey maple syrup seasoned with a little sea salt. The result is a wonderfully indulgent breakfast or brunch dish which the whole family can get stuck into.

Trifle of four chocolates

If you're seriously into your chocolate, then look no further than this impressive (yet simple) dessert, which combines brownies, milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate to create a layered trifle of chocoholic dreams.

Mulled wine hot chocolate

Perfect for the run-up to Christmas, this hot chocolate replaces the more common milk with a base of red wine, spices and satsumas. Warming, slightly boozy and perfect for keeping a crowd happy, we'll certainly be making a batch for the festive season.

Last month's winners

Last month we celebrated one of the most iconic restaurants in living memory with The Book of St John. Cookbook club members stocked up on oxtails, slowly simmered lamb shoulders and topped toast with kidneys. Congratulations to John Harlow who took the top spot this month – he wins a cookbook! Take a look at his dish and all the other honourable mentions below.

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Jez Mc decided on something much more crowd-pleasing for her toast – a lovely mound of crab meat
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Jang Kwon kept it old-school with a sticky steamed sponge
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Anna Moore's Welsh rarebit was a classic example of the country's favourite snack
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A minimalist seed cake from James Hodson looked like the perfect teatime treat
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Julie Singer's apple and Calvados cake went down an absolute storm
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A very popular recipe choice for this month, the braised lamb was certainly done justice by Michelle Warden
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Forget chicken and chips – Nichola Procter's quail and potatoes was much more appealing
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Theresa Mentz got to grips with ox hearts, marinating the underrated cut until full of flavour

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