The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: October 2020

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: Under The Olive Tree by Irini Tzortzoglou


Cooking continues to provide a therapeutic escape from the sad state of affairs the world is in, and we really loved to see all of you cook from our second book Great British Chefs: Vegetables throughout September. For October, however, we wanted to do one of our favourite things – take a deep dive into a country's cuisine and discover a whole new gamut of flavours, ingredients and dishes. Irini Tzortzoglou's Under The Olive Tree provides everything you need to get to grips with Greek cuisine, and shows just how skilled the MasterChef 2019 champion is.

From simple, rustic Greek dishes to more challenging, contemporary takes on the nation's food, this is one of the best cookbooks of 2020 and contains over eighty recipes to get stuck into.

For a taste of what's inside, take a look at the three free recipes below – but buy a copy today to get the only book on Greek food you'll ever need.

Lentils with anchovies and capers on crispy toast

Anchovies and capers are two ingredients which instantly add bags of flavour to anything, imbuing other ingredients with their deliciously salty, umami taste. Here, they're blitzed together and spread on toast, served alongside an earthy, nourishing lentil soup.


These little bite-sized pies are a fantastic snack to rustle up for pretty much any occasion. Crisp, rich pastry contains a melting cheese centre, combining feta and manouri with some chopped olives and a little thyme.

Roast chicken with root vegetable and chickpea salad

There are so many ways to use up leftover roast chicken, but one of our favourites is this simple, healthy salad of root vegetables and bulgur wheat. Ideal for lunch on Monday after Sunday's roast.

Last month's winners

Last month you all got stuck into our second cookbook and we were seriously impressed with the results! Congratulations to Susannah Day who took the top spot this month – she wins a prize! Take a look at her dish and all the other honourable mentions below.

Phillipa Coe gave parsnips a new lease of life by following Paul Foster's beautiful recipe
Theresa Mentz wasn't put off by the weird flavour combinations of Richard Bainbridge's beetroot salad – and was rewarded with a delicious plate of food
James Hodson was one of many tempted by Robert Thompson's mushroom cannelloni
As was Tanya Mushanova – bravo to the both of you!
Helen Sara Knott prepared souffléd potato pancakes to celebrate the end of summer
Luki Java proved that good tomatoes need little work to make them into something very special indeed
Magdalena Bujak captured Steve Groves' beetroot salad beautifully
Tim Clarke made Phil Fanning's broad bean and feta tarts – and did them justice!

Make sure you post photos along with commentary of the dishes you cook from Under The Olive Tree in our Facebook group to be in with the chance of winning.