The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: February 2018

The Great British Chefs Cookbook Club: May 2022

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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.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

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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: Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker by Matthew Jones

Since it first opened up as a single stall in Borough Market in 2013, Bread Ahead has grown to become one of the country's most talked-about bakeries, now boasting multiple sites and baking schools. This is all down to Bread Ahead's founder Matthew Jones, who has now added another string to his bow by writing the first Bread Ahead cookbook. Featuring over ninety different baking recipes, Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker is for bakers of all levels, from newbies to experts, and covers everything from a classic Victoria sponge to Bread Ahead's famous doughnuts.

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.

Belgian buns

Eton mess doughnuts

Queen of puddings

Last month's winners

Last month we got stuck into Three: Acid, Texture, Contrast – the latest cookbook from acclaimed Turkish Cypriot chef, Selin Kiazim. Well done to David Billy Butcher for coming top – they win a prize! Take a look at their entry along with many more honourable mentions below.

Mark Howroyd's brought extra flare to his dish of 'black figs', feta and red wine by topping it with beautiful violas.
Susannah Day served her wild mushroom roast chicken with a salad dressed in Selin's miso, lemon, garlic and shallot dressing
There's a fine line between getting the perfect level of char and burning something, but Kim Lesley Ferris' charred hispi with yoghurt and apple salsa was bang on the money.
Alessandra Maggiora found that Selin's Potato and Black Olive Guveç was the perfect accompaniment to some lemon and thyme chicken breast.
The humble onion was showcased in all its glory in Hayley Evans' dish of all the onions on toast.
Berber Siebrand made herself Selin's Parsnips, Cavolo Nero, Ricotta and Tomato Yuzu Jam served on toast for a vibrant lunch

Make sure you post photos along with commentary of the dishes you cook from Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker in our Facebook group to be in with the chance of winning.