The GPL Cooks! Cookbook Meet-Up held their first meeting of the season on Friday September 4th. The Cookbook Meet-Up is a little bit like a book club, but with cookbooks and an opportunity for participants to try something new in their kitchens. This season, each session of the Meet-Up asks participants to utilize library cookbooks to experiment with a featured ingredient. Participant’s experimentation culminates in the Meet-Up, where everyone shares their favorite dishes and cookbooks.
In September the group enjoyed summer’s last bounty by focusing their culinary efforts on celebrating the tomato. Often known as pommes d’amour (or “love apples”) in Southern France, tomatoes in the United States are at their best during the late summer months. Participants seized the opportunity to gather their tomatoes from local farmer’s markets, the Field Goods delivery service, shops, and their own backyards. Library cookbooks helped serve-up some creative inspiration as well, and the results were delicious!
The list below outlines most of the bounty the group created:
Tomato Cobbler (How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman)
Corn Maque Chou (Tomato Festival Cookbook by Lawrence Davis-Hollander)
Garden Tomato Tart (Celebrate! by Sheila Lukins)
Seven Layer Dip (Comfort Food Makeovers by America’s Test Kitchen)
Tomato (NOT pineapple) Upside-Down Cake
Vine-Ripe Golden Tomato Marmalade (The Great Tomato Book by Joan Nielson and Gary Ibsen)
Tomato, Orange and Ginger Chutney
Tomato and Pomegranate Salad (Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi)
The versatility and variety of the tomato was evident throughout our tasting and discussion. Savory or sweet, acidic or mellow, fresh or jellied- there was something to accommodate everyone’s tastes. These fantastic results were not without some hard work, however. Participants swapped stories that detailed the painstaking and tedious task of blanching, skinning, and deseeding these beautiful fruits. As much fun as the tasting is, the GPL Cooks! Cookbook Meet-Up is also a great time to get tips and advice on technique and handling ingredients. Attendees are comprised of cooks at many skill levels, so there is always an opportunity to learn something new!
The GPL Cooks! next Cookbook Meet-Up will feature apples, and will take place on Friday, October 16th. While registration for the 11:00 am session is full, there are a few spaces left in the 2:00 pm session. Please contact Megan at 914-721-8209, if you are interested in registering for the 2:00 pm session.