The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: December 2021

by Great British Chefs 1 December 2021

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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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: Advent: Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas by Anja Dunk

Dust off your mixed peel and start up the stand mixer – this month's book is all about festive baking (German festive baking, to be exact). Advent is Anja Dunk's homage to the rich, spiced, warming comfort that permeates the flavours of Christmas.

We've included three dishes from the book to give you an idea of the full list of recipes featured, but if you want to buy it for yourself and discover the other incredible recipes within it, you can get it here

Stollen bites

Stollen is one of our favourite indulgences at Christmas, but a whole loaf can be a bit much unless there's a crowd. These little bite-sized versions are a great alternative, made slightly lighter with the addition of quark cheese and boast all the warming, comforting spice of the original.

Christmas Gugelhupf

This festive German fruitcake is bursting with warming citrus flavours and boasts a deliciously enriched dough – perfect for the season. Easy to make and great to have on standby for impromptu snacking.

Linzer biscuits

Simple yet incredibly moreish, these festive biscuits contain a jammy centre and keep for weeks. The touch of warming cinnamon and cocoa brings out the nutty flavour of the hazelnuts wonderfully.

Last month's winners

Last month you explored the fun and creative side of Japanese cuisine with Tim Anderson's brilliant book Your Home Izakaya. Congratulations to Sam Beech – he wins a prize! Take a look at his dish and all the other honourable mentions below.

Marta Biris took the toastie to the next level with this ham and cheese mille-feuille katsu
Sarah Jordan flexed her knife skills with this izakaya sashimi
Lyn Waldron's pepper steak with curry butter sauce was the definition of a winter warmer
Susannah Day took the classic combo of cheese and onion and made them into a wonderful gyoza pancake
Jo Rodrigues proved the Koreans can beat the French when it comes to steak tartare
Carol Irving's spicy gyoza hotpot was certain to stave off the cold
Alice Emily Hunt proved fish fingers have so much more to offer than sandwiches
Barber Siebrand's beautifully photographed crispy noodle modanyaki was a treat for the eyes – and no doubt the taste buds

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