The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

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Welcome to the Great British Chefs Cookbook Club! Find out how it works, how to get involved and what prizes you can win.

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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.

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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: Mezcla by Ixta Belfrage

The first solo cookbook from chef, food writer and Ottolenghi collaborator Ixta Belfrage, Mezcla features one-hundred exciting recipes inspired by three countries she grew up travelling to – Brazil, Mexico and Italy. Ranging from quick and easy dinners to longer, more challenging recipes, every dish in Mezcla is guaranteed to be creative, colourful and most importantly delicious.

To get a taste for the book take a look at the three recipes below, but to really get stuck in, buy a copy here.

Chicken, pineapple and ‘nduja bake

Roasted cabbage with mango and harissa sauce

Brown butter sea bass with tangerine dipping sauce and lots of herbs

Last month's winners

Last month we got stuck into John Chantarasak's fantastic new cookbook Kin Thai. Well done to Viki Paterson for coming top – they win a prize! Take a look at their entry along with many more honourable mentions below.

Kua Kling Mu is a dish known for packing a lot of heat, and Hayley Evans' did just that!
Susannah Day paired her Neua Yang Nahm Tok (grilled beef with waterfall salad) with a punchy side of red fire greens with yellow soybean sauce.
Homemade fishcakes can be trickier than first meets the eye, but Louise Dilworth's tort man pla puffed up perfectly and went a beautiful golden brown.
A huge amount of work went into Berber Siebrand's prawn and rhubarb hot and sour soup with roasted chilli jam, and the final result didn't just taste amazing but looked beautiful too.
Diane Holmes' dish of koi pla isaan may have been small but had the ideal combination of heat, sourness and saltiness.
Helen Sara Knott used freshly caught rainbow trout in her impressive take on Haeng om Isaan.
Joe Cox successfully recreated John's take on a classic pad Thai.
Teresa Lynch found John's pad grapao neua to be an ideal midweek meal.

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