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The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: September 2018

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.

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: Great British Chefs by Great British Chefs

Bet you didn't see that one coming!

Our first ever cookbook launched on 24 August, so it seemed only fitting that we featured it as September's book of the month. With 120 recipes from sixty of our incredible chefs, there's a wealth of canapés, starters, mains and desserts to peruse. While they all look like they've come straight out of a Michelin-starred kitchen, every recipe is achievable at home and ranges from the simple to the more challenging (although you don't need any fancy or specialist equipment to make them). Every dish is illustrated with a full-page photo, and we can't wait to see what you choose to create from the book.

If you want a taste of what's inside, then the three recipes below are featured both in the book and on our website. Get a more in-depth idea of what's inside here, then if your interest is piqued, head over to Amazon to bag yourself a copy (people outside the UK can order a copy through our website here).

Nasu dengaku – miso aubergine

Scott Hallsworth's incredible simple but bursting-with-flavour aubergine dish is Japanese cooking at its finest, with deep-fried chunks of the vegetable covered in a sticky miso glaze and a tower of pickled daikon alongside. This is a fast, easy to prepare side dish or starter that is bound to both impress and have people licking their plates clean.

Murgh makhani – butter chicken

Alfred Prasad is the king of curries, and his version of the takeaway favourite is a world away from anything you can get delivered to your door. Be sure to give the chicken enough time to take on the marinade – it's the secret to making it so tasty.

Chocolate torte

Shaun Hill's chocolate torte is everything a chocolate cake should be – rich, moist, gooey and full of decadent flavour. The raspberries on the side provide a hit of tartness, and the thick double cream is there because, well, why not?

Last month's winner

Last month we explored Bettina Campolucci Bordi's Happy Food, one of the best vegan cookbooks to come out in the past year. Cookbook club members tackled everything from vegan cashew cheese to 'nonmeatballz' and simple dishes full of bright, colourful, vibrant produce. Huge congratulations to Sophie Rushton-Smith whose winning dish came top – she will win a signed copy of a cookbook club book of the month of her choice! Take a look at all the honourable mentions from last month below.

Miggs McTaylor made the cashew cheese with oatcakes for a very vegan alternative on a much-loved treat
Catherine Verceles' sticky banana bread was the perfect partner to a cup of tea (with a plant-based milk, of course)
John Harlow's cherry cake looked full of bright, fruity flavour
This butterbean dip with sticky leeks by Lisa Forbes would be a serious crowd-pleaser at any party
David Walker filled his tacos with a walnut-based mince for a colourful vegan twist
George Sandy's kimchi needed 'burping' for a few days, but the end result was well worth it
Dina Darweish's pretty dish was like a rainbow on a plate
After a bit of tinkering with the base, Anna Moore nailed the hazelnut crust pizza – and plenty of praise followed

Make sure you post photos along with commentary of the dishes you cook from Great British Chefs in our Facebook group to be in with the chance of winning a signed copy of one of our featured cookbooks of the month.