The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: July 2021

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: Chefs at Home: 54 chefs share their lockdown recipes in aid of Hospitality Action by Various Chefs

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The hospitality industry has been hit harder than most due to the pandemic. Even now as things start to slowly reopen, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of businesses and people who continue to be severely affected by the closures and job losses Covid-19 has caused. That's why this month we're thrilled to be featuring Chefs at Home: 54 chefs share their lockdown recipes in aid of Hospitality Action, which is raising money for the charity to help support the industry.

With some fantastic, clever and accessible recipes from the UK's top chefs, it's perfect for all manner of occasions and offers plenty of inspiration for simpler, midweek meals. We've included three dishes from the book to give you an idea of the full list of recipes featured, but if you want to buy it for yourself, you can get it here (and feel good about supporting chefs in the process!).

Halloumi loaf

Studded with everyone's favourite cheese halloumi, this simple loaf is perfect for snacking on, making sandwiches with or serving alongside charcuterie.

Pasta Nerano

From the Gulf of Naples, this dish is Italian cooking at its best – simple and incredibly flavourful. Full of courgettes, Provolone cheese and basil, it's a little bite of summer.

Smoked salmon and spinach lasagne

Lasagne always gets the family rushing to the dinner table, but this fishy version replaces the thick ragù with a creamy cheese, salmon and spinach filling.

Last month's winners

Last month you flexed your vegetarian muscles with Anna Jones' lauded One Pot, Pan, Planet. Well done to Amy Wilson for coming top – she wins a prize! Take a look at her dish and all the other honourable mentions below.

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Marta Biris combined squash, sage and hazelnuts in this warming pasta dish
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Magdalena Bujak's corn and cauliflower chowder certainly looked the part
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Julie Battaini whipped up a wonderful saag aloo shepherd's pie
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Lyn Waldron took to the great outdoors to cook these crispy butter beans with kale, lemon and Parmesan
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Tracy Carey proved simple is best with this baked feta and pepper dish
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Who needs meat when you have Helen Stiffin's sticky sesame cauliflower?
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Maddalena Boldi's halloumi, lemon and caramelised onion pie sounded just the ticket
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Tim Clarke's aubergine and peanut stew benefitted from the shocking pink of pickled onion

Make sure you post photos along with commentary of the dishes you cook using Chefs at Home in our Facebook group to be in with the chance of winning.