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Why Cookbook Clubs Are All the Rage

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"Julie and Julia" is one of those movies that you can watch on repeat if you love food, cooking, or Meryl Streep. Channeling Julie, who cooks her way through Julia Child's cookbook, cookbook clubs are my new favorite thing. The idea is that you get a group of friends together and everyone cooks a meal from the same cookbook. Below are a few ideas you can use to start your own club using the New York Times' list of fall's best cookbooks.

Happy dinner partying!
Allison

RECREATE YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT

When I participated in a cookbook club, one friend bought the cookbook in advance and picked out a few options for mains, salads/sides, and desserts. Then we all picked something from that list, and the host sent us the recipes. When you're all cooking from the same cookbook, your meal ends up with a naturally cohesive theme.

We cooked from Thomas Keller's cookbook for his Napa restaurant, Ad Hoc. I recommend picking recipes from a restaurant you've been to and loved, or one you've always wanted to go to -- then create your dream meal by cooking various recipes from the cookbook. Don't know where to start? Try this Bestia cookbook from the New York Times' list.

TRAVEL THROUGH COOKING

My favorite part of traveling is food. To me, eating through different countries is the best way to experience a culture.

I went to Israel last March and I haven't stopped thinking about the amazing food I ate there. I'm eyeing this cookbook from the New York Times' list for my next cookbook club. Pick a country you loved or one you've never been to and cook your way through it! It's almost like going on a trip with all of your friends, right?

CUT DOWN ON COOK TIME

Most food tastes best right after it's been cooked. This means you might have multiple dishes (and chefs) cooking in your kitchen at the same time when hosting cookbook club, which can turn your kitchen into Grand Central Station -- a little stressful as a hostess.

This cookbook would be a great choice if you're looking for quick, exciting food to cook. Plus, the less time you spend cooking, the more time you can spend hanging out with your friends!

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