The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: July 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: Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

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After several months of cooking from all the Cookbook Club's greatest hits, we're getting back into the swing of things and finally returning to the good old book-of-the-month format which made this club such a success in the first place! And Falastin, with all its beautiful Palestinian dishes that are perfect for summer, couldn't be a better book to start with.

From vibrant salads, silky soups and wholesome grains to fluffy breads, indulgent one pot dishes and perfumed sweet treats – there are feasts to be shared and everyday meals to be enjoyed. These are stunning Palestinian-inspired dishes that you will want to cook, eat, fall in love with and make your own.

We've included three recipes to give you a taste of what's inside, but the full book will show just how beautiful Palestinian cuisine is – get your copy here.

Labneh balls

It does take a few days to turn Greek-style yoghurt into these firm, delightfully creamy and tangy balls of labneh, but the actual hands-on time is almost non-existent. They'll also keep in the fridge for up to two months too, adorning mezze spreads with their creamy, spreadable texture.

Chicken musakhan

A very well-known and universally loved dish in Palestine, this roast chicken cooked in a mixture of spices before being sandwiched in flatbread with onions and pine nuts is incredible easy to put together, yet impressive enough for a weekend celebration.

Sweet tahini rolls

Tahini is one of those incredible ingredients that can flavour both sweet and savoury dishes in equal, delicious measure. Here, it's used to flavour these sweet, sticky rolls – perfect for indulgent breakfasts or afternoon snacks.

Last month's winners

Last month was the final time we threw open the doors to all Cookbook Club books of the past – and we absolutely loved the results. Congratulations to Charlotte Dales who took the top spot this month – she wins a prize! Take a look at her dish and all the other honourable mentions below.

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The fish tacos kept on flying in – we loved this one from KT Perry
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We wonder how long Phillipa Coe's delicious fig and ginger cheesecake lasted before it was all gobbled up?
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Charly Aiken Senior cooked an Italian classic of spaghetti vongole from our own website – ideal for the hot weather recently
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Lyn Waldron's roasted trout looked like the perfect early summer supper
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A drizzle cake to die for, thanks to Chris Kemp's baking skills
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Jez MC had us squealing with delight at these piggy little brioche buns
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Magdalena Bujak proved beef isn't the only meat deserving of the Wellington treatment
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Nicola Jane Wood's perfect plaits made this Challah loaf a work of art

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