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The Cooking Club Cookbook: Six Friends Show You How to Bake, Broil, and Bond [Paperback]

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"The Cooking Club Cookbook" is the story of how six friends learned to cook, the recipes they created, and the fun they had along the way. Complete with a dozen full menus, this book speaks to a new generation who may know their edamame from their empanadas but don't necessarily know how to mince or slice or dice. Photos.

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The Cooking Club Cookbook is the story of how six friends learned to cook, the meals they created, and the fun they had along the way. Filled with tales of broken broccoli Christmas trees and seduce-me steaks, this book is at once an easy-to-follow guide to starting a cooking club, a collection of menu suggestions, and an inspiration for anyone who's ever wanted to feel really at home in the kitchen.
Having created hundreds of dishes, the members of the Cooking Club now offer tips for re-creating their culinary triumphs and avoiding their embarrassing mishaps. Chapters include "Stealing Home: We Raid Mom's Recipes in Search of Cozy Cooking," "Chow Bella: Like True Renaissance Women, We Master Six Regional Dishes," and "Low-Fat Tuesday: The Lighter Side of Creole Cuisine." The recipes range from the easy (Mini-Me Mac and Cheese) to the exotic (Cellophane Noodle Salad with Shrimp) to the downright elegant (Mussels in White Wine and Saffron Sauce). The Cooking Club Cookbook is an invaluable resource for a new generation of cooks, told in the voice of a best friend.
Recipe for a Cooking Club
- Six or so members, to taste
- One day a month, for meeting
- Tinfoil, for carting dishes between kitchens
- Sense of humor, plus extra for garnish
- The Cooking Club Cookbook--strongly recommended
1. Choose your members. A go-get-'em attitude is our only prerequisite, although you get extra points for having a dishwasher.
2. Plan a theme, such as Spanish, sexy foods, or Mardi Gras. Discuss menus in advance so you don't end up with six desserts. (On second thought, that's not such a bad idea . . . )
3. Cook at home and then bring your dish to the host's house. You should be able to experiment with all foods, just no force-feeding. (Don't think we haven't tried.)
4. Eat. Drink. Compliment everyone's dish. Have fun. It's what will get you and the gang back into the kitchen month after month.

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The Cooking Club Cookbook: Six Friends Show You How to Bake, Broil, and Bond by Cooking Club has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 05/15/2002 page 122

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Villard
Pages   163
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 8.04" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 4, 2002
Publisher   Villard
ISBN  0375759689  
ISBN13  9780375759680  

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recipes don't fail to please  Jul 29, 2006
I don't have a cooking club and I've never made all of the recipes in a chapter for a dinner party, but I've picked-and-chosen recipes and haven't come up with a bad dish yet. Their mac & cheese is the one I return to again and again. The recipes are easy to follow, off the beaten path, and sooo yummy.
Hasn't Let Me Down Yet!  Sep 20, 2005
I have many excellent cookbooks, and yet when I want to make a new dish and there's no room for a disappointment, this is the one I always pull down. I've made many of the dishes in the book and each one has always been flavorful, broadened my palate and yet never been too difficult or complex for me to master.

As others have said, the wit and stories behind the recipes makes me read through it even when I'm not looking to cook. It also inspired me to start my own cooking club with a groupd of my friends. We've had some wonderful times together, though I must admit, out own cooking prowess has never reached the heights of these ladies. Very highly recommended!
To Meet, To Talk, and To Eat ...Life Is Good  Jul 21, 2003
The idea of a cooking club with a group of friends is terrific. Too many times we grow apart from those close to us as marriage, kids, and careers occur. I first saw this book about six months ago. I have a collection of cookbooks but am particular of what I add to it. Before I bought it for myself, I decided to give it as a gift. One of my closest friends from high school recently became a stay at home mom. She was trying to broaden her culinary skills in the kitchen and she doesn't consider herself much of a cook. She loves the cookbook and can't thank me enough. I went out and purchased it so we could share the club even though the miles separate us.

The layout of the book starts with a recap of how the club came into existence. The troubles they face living in NY, tiny kitchens and lugging groceries, was interesting to someone like myself who never is without her car. I particularly enjoyed the emails between the women showing how they came up with the monthly theme. It really shows the personalities of the members. The pictures show off the food deliciously.

We can only hope that they will continue to include the rest of us in their club! I highly recommend you try to gather a group of 6-8 and try this yourself. My favorite recipe is the bread salad. I get lots of compliments every time I make it.

Adds pizzazz to midwestern menus!  Oct 1, 2002
As an amateur chef with roots in the midwest, I've long relied on little more than good ol' salt and pepper when it comes time to cook for the crew (except for a shake of Italian seasoning on spaghetti night!). But this fantastic book turned me on to a virtual phantasmagoria of new culinary delights! Even my husband, who usually balks at long john silver, is a fan of the italian fish in crazy water. One added bonus for us gals: we get to see what kind of footwear these sophisticated manhattanites are trotting around in these days. Ouch! I think I'll keep my Stride Rites! But I'm a sucker for the Cellophane Noodle Salad.
Oh to be the SEVENTH girl!  Sep 27, 2002
Witty, charming, well designed, user friendly, and most of all- the recipes are wonderful!

As a seasoned NYC home chef, the hardest thing to do is to come up with a recipe that involves little space, little equipment and little time. These six girls not only engage you with their wonderfully witty writing, but have simplified the difficult task of apartment-sized cooking so that anyone can do it and have excellent results.

Plus the wonderful photos of the food and of the girls cooking, shopping and dining really does make you feel invited. And the graphic design gets great marks for being as chic as they are!

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of little cooking clubs don't start up because of it! [Word has it that they might be doing another book? Cross your fingers on that bit of gossip!]

PS: this would make a great housewarming or hostess gift!


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