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 Club's supporter Borough Wines, 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, features as the food historian on the latest series of BBC's Rip Off Britain, Food, and is co-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’re an experienced cook, or just starting out.

Tickets to the regular Cookbook Club events are £8 each. A limited number of free places are reserved for each club event for our neighbours 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 events. That will include how to let us know what dish you’ll be making and information about the loyalty card for Cookbook Club and other membership benefits which include a complimentary Borough Wines refill bottle carrying the bespoke Cookbook Club label, to use at their Borough Market stand.

Flavour: Eat What You Love by Ruby Tandoh
Tuesday 26th June, 6:30—9pm / Saturday 30th June, 12:30—3pm

Ruby Tandoh has emerged from her Bake Off beginnings to become one of the strongest, most distinctive voices in modern food writing. This award-winning book is fun, creative, approachable and inspiring. Here are recipes which are of course absolutely delicious, but also practical and affordable.

Her modern dishes encourage us to try out new ideas and flavours, whether cooking for yourself or a big group. As Ruby says: “Be your own best friend, cook yourself something special and eat what you want today.” Wise words to live and cook by.

Cookbook Club Summer Party
Tuesday 10th July, 6:30—9pm

The Borough Market Cookbook Club is having a summer party! We will once again be throwing open the gates of the Market Hall, so that as many members a possible can come along and take part.

For this very special event we will be celebrating the work of a food icon: Claudia Roden’s A Book of Middle Eastern Food. This book was first published in 1968. It became a bestseller, revolutionising Western attitudes to the food of the Middle East. Fifty years on, it is just as exciting to read and cook from as ever, and still regularly features in lists of the top cookbooks of all time. It has shaped the work of so many modern chefs and food writers, including Yotam Ottolenghi, who has spoken many times about how Claudia Roden and A Book of Middle Eastern Food continues to inspire him.

We are honoured and delighted to say that Claudia Roden is planning to join us on the night and share in person her insights into the food of countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Morocco. There will be entertainment, plenty to eat and drink, and—just like at every Cookbook Club event—the opportunity to share each other’s food and the experience of cooking from the books. The menu of dishes to choose to cook from will be from the new edition, A New Book of Middle Eastern Food, but if you have a copy of the original we would love you to bring that along.

We will also be running once again our hugely popular Cookbook swap shop on the night. One person’s unwanted cookbook can often be another’s prized new addition to their kitchen-shelf collection. Please bring along any cookbooks you no longer want, and we hope you’ll pick up and take away one or more that someone else has brought in.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a delicious and fascinating Cookbook Club event.

PS: In keeping with Borough Market’s commitment to repurposing surplus ingredients, any food left from the evening will be safely redistributed to local charities via our friends Plan Zheroes.

Terms and conditions

Borough Market Cookbook Club in association with Borough Wines