The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2024

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2024

1 February 2024

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

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2024

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 like-minded 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 cookbook is Vietnamese Made Simple by Thuy Pham

For February, we're cooking from Vietnamese Made Simple by Thuy Pham. The book is Thuy's marriage of Vietnamese cuisine's impeccable ability to balance bright flavours and different textures, with practical and approachable recipes you can make even without access to a Vietnamese supermarket. Take a look at some of Vietnamese Made Simple's recipe below for a taster, or a buy a copy for yourself here.

Hanoi-style egg coffee

Bacon and egg bánh mì-style croissant

Vietnamese pizza

Last month's winners

In January, you all cooked dishes from past Cookbook Club books and we were really impressed with the results. A massive congratulations to our cookbook club winner Matt Dempsey, who scoops the prize for his beef wellington. Take a look at Matt's entry below, as well as those from our runners up.

Our winner this month is Matt Dempsey with this incredibly impressive beef wellington – it looks fantastic!
Susannah Day made this incredibly warming winter soup from Malta – the perfect thing for cold winter days.
Philippa Coe's apple pie muffins are picture perfect, and look like they'd be just delicious with a cup of tea.
Lorna Banford's chicken wellingtons stayed nice and tender thanks to the trick of brining the chicken first – a great tip!
Kim Lesley Ferris made mussels topped with a crunchy pangrattato. This is a great recipe to try for any mussel lovers who want to try something new and flavourful.
Ruth Sharman made these delightfully old-fashioned Eccles cakes, from Marcus Wareing's cookbook.
Anne Marchini made this lovely n'duja risotto from GBC's own Kitchen Twists – the fennel jam on the side looks so lovely!
Alessandra Maggiora made this beautiful duck leg tagine, but with freekeh in the place of couscous – we love that idea!
Will Vincent made these absolutely stunning aple-glazed poussins with cornbread and pancetta stuffing. A cornbread stuffing is so delicious, and definitely worth trying if you've not given it a go.

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