After 6 months of procrastination (the nervous nail-biting type), I went ahead and published my cookbook club online. My heart racing, I was freaking out and almost canceled it until—one-by-one—people started joining. Within hours, I had 50 members. I was shocked!
My life was about to change forever.
There was no turning back now. I was committed to these new members, these strangers. Strangers that I would soon call family.
Two years later, and I now have over 1,000 members (even though my event participation ranges from 6 to 60 members)!
I don’t know what it is, but I find that people who enjoy cooking, traveling, and eating tend to be such fascinating individuals. They always have the best stories, they’re open minded, and they cherish the small things in life. These are my people.
And now I want to help you find your people.
My initial vision for a blog was going to be solely focused on cookbook clubbing, but Catherina challenged me to think a little bigger—and I’m glad she did. But here, in this section of our site, I want to speak to those of you that love the idea of being part of a cookbook club. And if there isn’t one in your area, then maybe you want to start your own?
Learn how to start a cookbook club and—most importantly—how to make it yours.
Welcome to my cookbook club section of A Taste for Living. Here, I’m going to give you all the nitty gritty details on running a successful cookbook club. Where to start. Finding members. Making it flow. Having fun. And, ultimately, creating delicious memories for all.
May the content on this page empower you to take action—not hold back—and get the ball rolling. Start small and keep it small. Or grow it into a huge local community. It’s totally up to you.
Keep me posted, seriously.
Did you start your own cookbook club? Are you a member of one? Awesome! I want to know how it’s going. Tell me all about it. Share your experiences with me. How has it impacted your life? Don’t be shy. Message me via the contact form at the bottom of the page.
In closing . . .
Cookbook clubs bring all sorts of people together. There’s a lot I appreciate about my experience with my Feast Family, but the one thing I love the most about it is the variety of people that participate. People from all different walks of life. Different ages. Different religions. Different political beliefs. All of the above.
Even with the group’s diversity,
we still have one thing in common . . . curiosity.
We share a curiosity for learning, trying new recipes, tasting new food, going out of our comfort zones, making mistakes, and meeting new people.
For a couple of hours each month, this eclectic gathering of individuals comes together to share a meal. They arrive as strangers and they leave as friends. They celebrate what that they have in common. They connect with their stories . . . and with their hearts.
Because cookbook clubs cultivate the most vibrant community of unique individuals, I believe they can heal the world. They join people together in a way that creates belonging. People feel heard. They feel seen. Their hearts are nourished and their spirits are uplifted. Cookbook clubs can—and will—unite humanity.
They are that powerful.
We are that powerful.
You are that powerful.
Can you feel it? Can you taste it? Something so small in your little corner of the world can have such a huge impact on others—a ripple effect of love and light. Trust me, I’ve seen it, and I’ve lived it.
If you’re reading this now, it tells me that you’re hungry for something—and it’s not food. There’s something in you that’s craving connection and it believes sharing food with others is where it all begins. Guess what? You’re right. And I’m here to guide you, to inspire you, and to celebrate you.
Welcome, dear one. I’m honored you’re here.