She wrote that her cookbook club is a “crowd-sourced feast,” where friends all cook dishes from a cookbook and share them potluck-style at a meeting. They drink, eat and discuss cooking. But it’s more than that: it’s a boundary-pushing endeavor in which people discover a new love of foods they thought they disliked and others are inspired to try new things between meetings.
For Weaver, it was a pickle-making frenzy. For me, inspired by my own cookbook club, it was a summer of pan-fried squashes from the farmers market in all shapes, sizes and flavors.
See, that essay was one that gained traction in late 2018. It was shared and discussed and marveled over. Weaver’s words really hit me. I needed a cookbook club in my life. So after reading it and seeing something that I so desired — a strong connection over food — I shared it too, saying that a cookbook club sounded like just the kind of book club I would like to join.
I figured a few friends from my food writing community would agree and we’d wistfully tell each other how much we wished we lived closer. And, yes, that happened. But the response was so much more robust than that.
It turns out there were many people in my local friend community who also loved food and cookbooks and the idea of gathering over a shared, crowd-sourced meal. The response was huge and next thing I knew, I was forming a Facebook group and planning our first meeting as the Curious Cooks Cookbook Club.
Sarah Walker Caron
Sarah Walker Caron is the senior editor, features, for the Bangor Daily News and the editor of Bangor Metro magazine. She’s the author of “Classic Diners of Maine,” and five cookbooks including “Easy...
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