Cookbook Club: Food, Fun, and Kid-Free!
AFC is filled with many activities for the whole family: playdates, special events, concerts, hikes, and more, but sometimes you just need an evening of respite and uninterrupted adult time with good food, drinks, and no pressure to leave a tip. Evenings like this DO exist in the form of AFC’s popular Cookbook Club!
Here’s the rundown: Members (that’s you!) choose a book via a highly scientific Facebook poll. Someone agrees to host, chooses a date and time (typically Sunday afternoon-ish), and writes up a menu from said cookbook (appetizers, drinks, entrees, sides, desserts). The event is posted with the event details. Attendees sign up to bring a dish (thank you, Google Drive), and arrive (kid-free!) to the host’s house with a dish in hand. What follows is a couple hours of super tasty food, quality adult time, a few beverages for those that imbibe, and a little (or a lot of) chatter about the dishes, cookbook, and yumminess that was shared. Attendees then determine the next host who will work off of the same cookbook. Repeat until we’ve exhausted most of the recipes and then start again from square one.
Last round of cookbook club, we focused on Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen: Every Day. We learned: “Every Day” is relative to if you have 15 minutes or 4 hours to cook said dishes, you can cook a heck of a lot from a tiny Manhattan kitchen, Everything Drop Biscuits with Cream Cheese are addicting, and even the littlest of kiddos enjoy most of the group’s favorite recipes (we ended the last round of cookbook club with a family potluck where everyone’s families – even the kids - were welcome).
Good news for you is that Cookbook Club: Round #2 has just been posted! Visit the event where we will be uncovering (or maybe proudly displaying) our inner kitchen geek with The Food Lab by j. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Bon appétit!
Katie Honegger is an Alameda native raising her 5-year-old , Brayden, with her Alameda High School sweetheart husband, Travis. Katie works for 4Cs of Alameda County and was recently appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as a member of the Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council Steering Committee. When she is not working or neck-deep in Paw Patrol, you can find her volunteering for Alameda Family Services as a Board member and fundraiser, watching documentaries, or finding her zen at Leela Yoga.