Cookbook Club

Each month, registered participants choose and prepare recipes from the selected cookbook. We then gather together on a Thursday evening to share a potluck meal and discuss the cookbook. Registration is required. We continue to meet virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, we invite you to use our digital resources to find downloadable books and magazines, as well as streaming video courses, about cooking, food, and food culture.

Current Month:

VIRTUAL January 14 at 7:30 pm: Join us on Zoom as we try our hands at cookie marbling using a tutorial from the library’s Creativebug subscription. Pre-registration is required.

We invite you to bake a batch of the cookies of your choice ahead of time or purchase your own. The library will provide candy marbling supplies to participants via our contact-free pick up service in advance of the meeting. Together, we will work our way through the tutorial in real-time and then chat while we enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Supplies are limited; priority will be given to Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents who register in advance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Previous Selections

MarchDecember: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cookbook Club members have been meeting virtually. We created a Pinterest board to share some of the recipes we’ve tried and discussed during these meetings.

  • December: Cocktails and Appetizers: In preparation for our stay-at-home New Year’s celebrations, we experimented with cocktail and appetizer recipes and discussed the results in a virtual cocktail hour.
  • November: Holiday Celebrations: We tried new recipes and revisited some old family ones to bring something special to our holiday celebrations this year.
  • October: Soup: To celebrate Fall, we tried new soup recipes.
  • September: Baking with Yeast: To practice (or show off) our newly-acquired quarantine baking skills, we made recipes using yeast-based dough.
  • August: Salads: To celebrate the abundance of summer, we selected salad recipes from the library’s cookbook collection or online resources and discussed the recipe results.
  • July: Foodie Fiction: We each read a novel with recipes and prepared the associated dish. We discussed the books as well as the recipe results.
  • June: Flipster: We found new recipes to try using our Flipster Magazine subscription and shared the results.
  • May: Frittata: We experimented with different types of frittata recipes and shared what worked well and what did not.
  • April: Try Something New: We searched online for new recipes to try and discussed the results.
  • March: Pantry Favorites: We shared what tried and true pantry recipes we were turning to during the early days of the Stay at Home orders.

December: Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home by Tammy Donroe Inman

September: For our kick-off Cookbook Club event, participants shared some of their favorite go-to recipes.