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The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: April 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: freestyle!

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These are obviously unprecedented times, and while we normally love visiting food shops and seeking out new and unusual ingredients, many of us are now having to make do with what we can get without flouting government guidelines. That's why we've decided to take a look back this month at all the amazing books we've cooked from over the years, rather than focus on something new.

Many existing members will have a few of these titles on their shelves already, and if you're new or missed some, now's the perfect time to order one online and add to your collection. There are some free recipes from each of these books in the collection below, but the full list of books that have been featured in the club are as follows:

March 2018: Hong Kong Diner by Jeremy Pang

April 2018: New Classics by Marcus Wareing

May 2018: Planted by Chantelle Nicholson

June 2018: The Little Viet Kitchen by Thuy Pham Diem

July 2018: Eating Well Everyday by Peter Gordon

August 2018: Happy Food by Bettina Campolucci Bordi

September 2018: The Great British Chefs Cookbook by Great British Chefs

October 2018: Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

November 2018: 80 Cakes From Around the World by Claire Clark

December 2018: Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann

January 2019: Andina by Martin Morales

February 2019: Asma’s Indian Kitchen by Asma Khan

March 2019: Crumb by Richard Bertinet

April 2019: Casablanca by Nargisse Benkabbou

May 2019: Bazaar by Sabrina Ghayour

June 2019: Moorish by Ben Tish

July 2019: Island Kitchen by Selina Periampillai

August 2019: Charred by Genevieve Taylor

September 2019: Mandalay by MiMi Aye

October 2019: Salt and Time by Alissa Timoshkina

November 2019: The Book of St John by Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver

December 2019: Adventures with Chocolate by Paul A Young

January 2020: Wok On by Ching He Huang

February 2020: Fire Islands by Eleanor Ford

March 2020: Veneto by Valeria Necchio

Previous cookbook club recipes

The full list of cookbooks can be found above, but we've collated all the previous free recipes from each month in an easily accessible collection. Take a look and keep mealtimes at home varied and delicious.

Last month's winners

Last month we showed solidarity with northern Italy by cooking the dishes out of Valeria Necchio's beautiful book Veneto. Congratulations to Loraine Mosley 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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Prosecco and prawns came together in Michael James' silky risotto
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Julie Singer cooked and styled her fregolotta to perfection
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Carol Irving's fig jam would be welcome on any slice of toast
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Dina Honke's pumpkin gnocchi looked restaurant quality
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Susannah Day's meatballs are just what we were fancying during lockdown!
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Kenneth Rorhbach's apple cake showed off some seriously impressive slice placement
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Lyn Waldron went for a luxurious scallop dish – and nailed it
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Dominika Mejía Lachowicz got to grips with gnocchi dough like a pro

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