The bonus is that each woman only has to prepare one dish, but gets to enjoy fabulous meals like the Far East Feast: Cellophane Noodle Salad with Shrimp, pungent with garlic, lime juice, and sesame oil; surprisingly easy steamed Shiitake Dumplings; sophisticated Thai Vegetable Curry; lick-the-pot-clean Spicy Peanut Chicken; an ex-boyfriend's Lemongrass Bass; and a delectable Coconut Rice Pudding. You might take one look through this book and start recruiting for a club of your own, but at the very least, the gorgeous photos and easy recipes will have you turning out seriously gourmet food for your friends. --Leora Y. Bloom
From the Inside Flap
Having created hundreds of dishes, the members of the Cooking Club now offer tips for re-creating their culinary triumphs and avoiding their embarrassing mishaps. Chapters include ?Stealing Home: We Raid Mom?s Recipes in Search of Cozy Cooking,? ?Chow Bella: Like True Renaissance Women, We Master Six Regional Dishes,? and ?Low-Fat Tuesday: The Lighter Side of Creole Cuisine.? The recipes range from the easy (Mini-Me Mac and Cheese) to the exotic (Cellophane Noodle Salad with Shrimp) to the downright elegant (Mussels in White Wine and Saffron Sauce). The Cooking Club Cookbook is an invaluable resource for a new generation of cooks, told in the voice of a best friend.
Recipe for a Cooking Club
? Six or so members, to taste
? One day a month, for meeting
? Tinfoil, for carting dishes between kitchens
? Sense of humor, plus extra for garnish
? The Cooking Club Cookbook?strongly recommended
1. Choose your members. A go-get-?em attitude is our only prerequisite, although you get extra points for having a dishwasher.
2. Plan a theme, such as Spanish, sexy foods, or Mardi Gras. Discuss menus in advance so you don?t end up with six desserts. (On second thought, that?s not such a bad idea . . . )
3. Cook at home and then bring your dish to the host?s house. You should be able to experiment with all foods, just no force-feeding. (Don?t think we haven?t tried.)
4. Eat. Drink. Compliment everyone?s dish. Have fun. It?s what will get you and the gang back into the kitchen month after month.