Borough Market Cookbook Club

A club for anyone who loves good food, good cookery books and good company

Borough Market’s Cookbook Club is for anyone who loves good food, good cookery books and good company. If that is you then sign up (for free) to join the club and you will be eligible to come along to our small, friendly Cookbook Club events held in The Cookhouse at Borough Market.

Each event has a landmark cookery book chosen as its theme. Club members who book a ticket will be asked to pick something to make from that book, cook it at home and then bring it along. Then, over drinks supplied by the Market’s traders, we’ll all spend a few hours sharing each others’ food and our experiences of cooking from the book.

The Borough Market Cookbook Club is organised and hosted by food writer, Angela Clutton. She has written on food and drink for a wide range of publications; been featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch; and is Vice-Chair of The Guild of Food Writers.  At each Cookbook Club event, Angela will be cooking her chosen dish in The Cookhouse for members to share, and giving some background and insight into the book and its writer.

Anyone is welcome to join the Cookbook Club—whether you are starting your cookbook collection with the club’s chosen book, or have shelves and shelves given over to cookery writers; whether you are an experienced cook or just starting out.

Tickets to the Cookbook Club events are £6 each. A limited number of free places are reserved for each club event for our neighbours who live in SE1.

How it works:

—Join the Cookbook Club by emailing cookbookclub@boroughmarket.org.uk with your name, home address and email address.

—Once you have joined we’ll email you back with your membership number and details of how to book to attend the Club events. That will include how to let us know what dish you’ll be making and information about the Loyalty Card for Cookbook Club members.

Cookbook Club events dates and books:

All events are held in The Cookhouse, Three Crown Square.

Saturday 21st January 2017; 12.30 - 3pm
How to Eat - By Nigella Lawson

Before How To Be A Domestic Goddess launched Nigella Lawson into the food-writing stratosphere and rendered her surname unnecessary there was her first book, How To Eat. Like so many of the great, timeless cookbooks How To Eat is as good to read as it is cook from. Nigella's friendly, mischievous yet sensible voice of kitchen-confidence rings out all the way through.

Plenty of us start January with food resolutions on how to eat so this book (subtitled 'the pleasures and principles of good food') should be a great way to kick off the Borough Market Cookbook Club year.  

Saturday 18 February, 12.30 - 3pm
No Place Like Home - By Rowley Leigh 

Rowley Leigh is renowned as both a food writer (he has a long-standing column in the FT Weekend magazine) and as a London restauranteur, but it is home cooking which he specifically celebrates in this cookbook. Rowley brings to it the focus on British native ingredients and produce which runs throughout his work but as he says, “Home cooking is a completely different sport from restaurant cooking with a different set of rules and very different conditions.” 

No Place Like Home brings out in its terrific recipes and menu ideas the simplicity, seasonality and joy of eating at home and cooking for friends. Or, in our case, cooking for fellow Cookbook Club members.

Saturday 11 March, 12.30 - 3pm
Moro: The Cookbook - By Samantha Clark & Samuel Clark  

The jacket to this book calls it “one of the most talked, praised and cherished cookbooks of its time”. So true. It is jam-packed with recipes reflecting the two Sam’s passion in their restaurants for the food of Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. After the Ottlolenghi / Tamimi Jerusalem cookbook we did at the Cookbook Club last year was so popular it should be really interesting to see what members make of another book of dishes with a similar heritage.

Tuesday 23 May, 6.30-9pm
The A to Z of Eating: A Flavour Map for the Adventurous Cook - By Felicity Cloake 

Felicity is best known for her ‘How to make the perfect’ column in the Guardian. She was the ‘Cookery Writer’ winner at the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drinks Awards in 2016 and has written a number of cookbooks but this recently published A to Z of Eating is the one she calls her “labour of love”. In it Felicity covers 26 of her favourite ingredients - from almonds to zest. There are recipes that take a new look at something familiar; ones which push cooking skills; and others which are thoroughly accessible for all to cook.  It is a lot of fun to read and to cook from (and has been nominated for the prestigious Andre Simon Awards in 2017).

Tuesday 27 June, 6.30-9pm
Kitchen Diaries: Volumes I to III - By Nigel Slater 

Nigel Slater says The Kitchen Diaries is his favourite of his eight cookbooks, memoir and collection of essays. That first Volume is an illustrated diary with recipes of all the dishes Nigel cooked in a year and so inevitably has a wonderful seasonal feel to it. The second and third volumes of the Diaries span subsequent years in Nigel’s kitchen (Volume II includes many recipes from his ‘Simple Suppers’ and ‘Simple Cooking’ TV series) so we get to see how his cooking and garden have evolved over that time.

Members will be able to choose a dish from any of the three Volumes, all of which offer not just gorgeous food but an insight into the cook who is one of the most popular and well-respected food writers of his generation.

Terms and conditions 

Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines