Welcome to Winnipeg Public Library’s newest book club & blog – Cook by the Book – a book club for foodies!
Here’s how it works: members of Cook by the Book choose a cookbook available at the library, based on the monthly theme, and then make one or two recipes at home. We all take pictures of our culinary creations, and then we get together to share our experience – good or bad – with the group.
The theme for our first meeting was Favourite Food Network Stars. Most of us were pretty happy with our results, but there were a few flops – skip Guy’s Caesar salad! Our discussions ranged from trying truffle oil for the first time to lusting after Michael Smith’s pantry. I also discovered there’s a great butcher in St. Vital and that you can get hard-to-find Mexican ingredients on Sargent Ave. I think we were all impressed that Tanise did her own “throwdown” with her friends, using the Philly cheesesteak recipes from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown. We finished off the evening with pear cake with bacon caramel sauce – I know it sounds weird, but really, how can you go wrong with bacon?
Here’s the pictures we took and cookbooks we tried:
Food Network Favorites
Cooking from the Hip
Fresh with Anna Olson
Kitchen: recipes from the heart of the home
Guy Fieri food: more than 150 off-the-hook recipes
Weeknights with Giada: quick and simple recipes to revamp dinner
Sandra Lee semi-homemade cooking made light
Diners, drive-ins, and dives: an All-American road trip– with recipes!
Lynn Crawford’s Pitchin’ in: more than 100 recipes from simple ingredients
All of these titles are available at Winnipeg Public Library, so check at your local branch if you’re interested in trying out some new recipes.
Registration is full for this session, but we’ll start up again in the Fall. Watch for details in the September issue of @ the Library.