The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: January 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 theme: freestyle!


While we all can't wait to say goodbye to the trials and tribulations of 2020, it seems like the first few months of 2021 at the very least will continue to upset the usual flow of normal life. So for January we're taking a look back at all the books we've featured over the years and giving everyone an excuse to open the tomes they've fallen in love with the most. Here's a list of all the books we've featured to date:

Mid Feb - mid March 2018 - Hong Kong Diner - Jeremy Pang

Mid March - mid April 2018 - New Classics - Marcus Wareing

Mid April - mid May 2018 - Planted - Chantelle Nicholson

Mid May - end

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

October 2018 - Simple - Yotam Ottolenghi

November 2018 - 80 Cakes From Around the World - Claire Clark

December 2018 - Scandinavian Baking - 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 and Time - Alissa Timoshkina

November 2019 - The Book of St.John - Fergus Henderson + Trevor Gulliver

December 2019 - Adventures with Chocolate - Paul A Young

January 2020 - Wok On - Ching He Huang

February 2020 - Fire Islands - Eleanor Ford

March 2020 - Veneto - Valeria Necchio

April - June 2020 - Freestyle!

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

Last month's winners

Last month you dusted countless work surfaces with flour and flexed your pastry skills with Calum Franklin's amazing book The Pie Room. Congratulations to Stuart Cooper who took the top spot this month – he wins a prize! Take a look at his dish and all the other honourable mentions below.

The mac and cheese pie was a firm favourite this month, and Viki Paterson's iteration was top notch
Julia Schaper's was equally beautiful and no doubt required a nap after eating it!
Esme Willis' cheesy dauphinoise and caramelised onion pie looked good enough to put in a shop window
Carol Irving's sausage roll looked perfect for festive feasting
Lyn Waldron's baked scallop parcels were the ultimate party food fodder
Julie A Battaini combined all the best things about a full English and popped them inside pastry – delicious!
Magdalena Bujak's beetroot Wellington was a fabulous veggie centrepiece
Eat your heart out Melton Mowbray – Susannah Day's pork pies were faultless!

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