We are pleased to offer customized cooking demonstrations and tastings just for your group.

Private group classes for eight to ten guests start at $110 per guest and Jonathan will work with you to create the perfect menu for your evening.


Classes & Events are Non-Refundable.

If you are unable to attend a class, a minimum five days notice prior to the class date is required to be eligible for a store credit for a one-time only rebooking. We are unable to issue a store credit for cancellations with less than five days notice.


A 50% deposit is required once a date for your evening is confirmed for a private class. The balance is due five days prior to your event. With a minimum five days notice, a store credit, to be used towards another class or book purchase, will be provided. We are unable to issue a store credit for cancellations with less than five days notice.

Appetite for Books offers cooking demonstrations and tastings to groups at all levels of culinary skill. With a professionally equipped kitchen, Appetite for Books is the only cookbook store of its kind in Montreal!


Led by Chef Jonathan, we invite you into the kitchen to explore the various styles of cuisine and culinary techniques. There will be plenty to eat, so be sure to bring your appetite!


To register for a class, you may register in person, at the store or by telephone. Please call us at 514-369-2002.


Full payment must accompany your class registration. Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis.


We offer a 10% discount on books purchased during our classes.

PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTIFY US UPON REGISTRATION OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL FOOD AVERSIONS

we will do our best to accommodate you

Scheduled Cooking Classes

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OUR COOKING CLASSES

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SPRING 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE

RIVER CAFE 30

Celebrate the River Café’s 30th anniversary with this most recent cookbook that revisits the restaurant’s first recipes and shares how time, knowledge and experience have changed, refined and improved these favourite dishes. Driven by creativity, family and a thriving community, these recipes from the best Italian restaurant in London will fill your home with wonderful food!


Jonathan will lead you into an evening of preferred dishes from one of his favorite classic restaurants. Adopt the River Café philosophy that “with good ingredients and a strong tradition, change and recipes can be timeless”  and bring this new vision of classic Italian food into your kitchen.  


THURSDAY, JUNE 14   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $138 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

KNIFE SKILLS I

The first thing any chef needs to know is how to correctly use the most important tool in the kitchen. In this fully hands-on class, learn how to hold and use a kitchen knife like a true Chef. Learning these skills will definitely shave time off your cooking. And come with an appetite because we'll be cooking with all the ingredients we're cutting.

MONDAY, JUNE 04             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

5 SPOTS LEFT

FRESH INDIA

(Vegetarian)

Following her bestselling Made in India, Meera Sodha reveals a whole new side of Indian food that is fresh, delicious, and quick to make at home. Vegetable-based and feel-good food that is full of flavor!


With Indian cuisine being one of the most vibrant vegetable cuisines in the entire world, this class and book will guide home cooks on a culinary journey through its many flavorful dishes that will delight vegetarians and those simply looking to add to their recipe repertoire alike. Whether you are vegetarian, want to eat more vegetables, or just want to make great, modern Indian food, this is the class for you!


TUESDAY, JUNE 05   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $32 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

15 MINUTE VEGAN

Whether you're already eating vegan or just want to try something new, nothing could be simpler and faster than 15-Minute Vegan!


Using ingredients that are available in supermarkets, the recipes are as easy as can be – from shopping to cooking to serving. Learn how to make some of these straightforward recipes at home that are healthy, fresh and full of veggies!


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $121 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

2 SPOTS LEFT!

FOOD52 ANY NIGHT GRILLING

This innovative collection of recipes will have you grilling deeply flavorful dishes for lunch, dinner, or any time!


In this class and book, we’ll take you through the fundamentals of cooking over fire so the simple pleasure of a freshly grilled meal can be enjoyed any night of the week—no long marinades or low-and-slow cook times here. From charring fruits and vegetables for caramelized sweetness, to grilling meat and keeping them juicy, expect to go home with a full stomach and a better knowledge of how to host your next bbq party!


MONDAY, JUNE 18   
6:30 pm               
$100 or $128 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

PROJECT SMOKE

The sun is shining, so let’s get ready to grill! If you want to impress your family and friends with your bbq & smoke grilling skills, this class is a must!

Smoke is the soul of barbecue, the alchemy that happens when burning wood infuses its magical flavors into food. In this special class, Jonathan will show you how to better infuse delicious smoky bbq flavours for the next time you start up your grill this summer! Inspired by Steve Raichlen’s book, your evening will have your mouth watering at every glance!!


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
$100 or $128 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

KNIFE SKILLS I

The first thing any chef needs to know is how to correctly use the most important tool in the kitchen. In this fully hands-on class, learn how to hold and use a kitchen knife like a true Chef. Learning these skills will definitely shave time off your cooking. And come with an appetite because we'll be cooking with all the ingredients we're cutting.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT

EAT A LITTLE BETTER

Sam Kass, former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor, makes it easier to do a little better for your diet--and the environment--every day, through smart ways to think about shopping, setting up your kitchen so the healthy stuff comes to hand most naturally, and through 90 delicious, simple recipes.


On this evening, Jonathan will reveal from the book philosophy and methods to help make it easy to choose, cook, and eat delicious foods. It's all about choosing and doing a little better, and how those choices add up to big change. Learn how to eat a little better in this cooking class where quality ingredients and healthy recipes are all that’s needed to change things up in the kitchen.


TUESDAY, JULY 24   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

3 SPOTS LEFT

VEGETARIAN

Whether you are strictly vegetarian, trying to eat less meat or just searching for enticing vegetable dishes, this little book has 70 perfectly crafted recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.


On this evening, Jonathan will share tips for choosing herbs and cooking with legumes, handy basic recipes from the book for sauces, salsas and vegetable sides. Another excuse to take advantage of the vegetables available to us at the market this season!


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 01   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $111 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


FEAST FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

A celebration of authentic Middle Eastern food, Feasts from the Middle East is packed with over 100 deliciously fresh, fragrant and flavourful dishes, inspired by the souks of Lebanon.


Again we are spoiled with another wonderful mosaic of flavorful recipes from a distant world.

Jonathan will select his favorite dishes and open the gate to spark curiosity and ease to cooking with such fragrant Middle eastern recipes with local ingredients.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

TOKYO LOCAL

This gorgeous cookbook captures the vibrant heartbeat of a city obsessed with food.

Tokyo is an explorer’s dream and a food lover’s paradise.


On this evening get a sense of the city and the food that drives it at all times of the day. The focus of the evening will be on delicious but approachable food designed to be enjoyed with friends, so you can capture the magic of Tokyo at home. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 16   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

AT MY TABLE

Nigella Lawson's most relaxed, achievable and delicious recipes to date, for the food she cooks and shares at her table every day.


Jonathan will channel his inner Nigella goddess, turn up his charm and deliver an unforgettable evening of warming, comforting, and inspirational, from new riffs on classic dishes to adventures in a host of new dishes and ingredients. As Nigella says “Life is complicated, cooking doesn't have to be”.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 21   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

HAWKER FARE

From chef James Syhabout of two–Michelin-star restaurant Commis, an Asian-American cookbook like no other—simple recipes for cooking home-style Thai and Lao dishes.


On this evening you will be transported to the open-air “hawker” markets of Thailand and Laos as well as the fine-dining sensibilities of James’s career beginnings. Jonathan will be recreating the most exciting dishes from the book and lure you into the sensibility of the author’s favorite childhood dishes. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 23   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

KNIFE SKILLS I

The first thing any chef needs to know is how to correctly use the most important tool in the kitchen. In this fully hands-on class, learn how to hold and use a kitchen knife like a true Chef. Learning these skills will definitely shave time off your cooking. And come with an appetite because we'll be cooking with all the ingredients we're cutting.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

HOW TO GRILL EVERYTHING

The ultimate grilling guide and the latest in Mark Bittman's acclaimed How to Cook Everything series.


This book is an exploration of the grill's nearly endless possibilities. Recipes cover every part of the meal, including appetizers, seafood, meat and poultry, vegetables (including vegetarian mains), and even desserts. On this evening Jonathan will fire up the Bar B Q and show you plenty of quick, high-heat recipes that will get you excited about grilling this summer.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 
6:30 pm               
$100 or $132 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


SOLD OUT waiting list available

VEGETARIAN VIÊT NAM (vegetarian)

THE AUTHOR TEACHING THIS CLASS!

In the years he spent living and cooking in Vietnam, Cameron Stauch learned about a tradition of vegetarian Vietnamese cuisine that is light and full of flavor. Based on recipes devised over centuries by Mahayana Buddhist monks, the dishes in Vegetarian Việt Nam make use of the full arsenal of Vietnamese herbs and sauces to make tofu, mushrooms, and vegetables burst with flavor like never before. 


The author himself, Cameron Stauch will be teaching this class! You will learn about all the vegetables that make up the vegetarian Vietnamese pantry. He will unlock an entire universe of flavor to people who want healthy, tasty, and sustainable food that transport you to the culinary world of Vietnam.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 5   
6:30 pm               
$133 with Cookbook Included

with Cameron Stauch


SOLD OUT waiting list available

JULY 2018

KNIFE SKILLS I

The first thing any chef needs to know is how to correctly use the most important tool in the kitchen. In this fully hands-on class, learn how to hold and use a kitchen knife like a true Chef. Learning these skills will definitely shave time off your cooking. And come with an appetite because we'll be cooking with all the ingredients we're cutting.

TUESDAY, JULY 3             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

PROJET FIRE

A modern approach to grilling from Steven Raichlen, America’s “master griller”.

With 100 recipes, Project Fire shows how to put the latest grilling methods to work—from spit-roasting to salt-grilling—using favorite ingredients and adding a dash of daring in flavors, technique, and presentation.


You can’t go wrong with an evening guided by this cookbook. Jonathan loves to grill and what better time of year than now to excite your taste buds and teach you the best techniques, seasonings and tricks on the grill.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 10   
6:30 pm               
$100 or $128 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


MADE AT HOME

Over 150 simple family recipes from the best-selling chef and judge on BBC’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown.

Made at Home is a colourful collection of the food that Giorgio Locatelli loves to prepare at his restaurant and for family and friends.


Don’t miss out on experiencing what Locatelli prepares for his own house staff meals at famed restaurant Locanda Locatelli. This will be a lovely night where market fresh vegetables and well prepared meats will be the spotlight of the evening. You’ll learn and eat like a chef!

 

MONDAY, JULY 16   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppe Saccetti


4 SPOTS LEFT

GUERILLA TACOS

The definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world's best restaurants to create taco perfection.

In a town overrun with taco trucks, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos has managed to win almost every accolade there is, from being crowned Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly to being called one of the best things to eat in Los Angeles by living legend Jonathan Gold.


Expect a very unique evening of fun filled tacos. From the authentic and traditional, to the a balance of new flavors and texture. Jonathan will show you the world of tacos that will have you creating taco parties every weekend!


THURSDAY, AUGUST 02   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

MORE WITH LESS

A sophisticated, yet simple take on cooking with whole foods—filled with creative combinations that use fewer ingredients to elevate everyday fare into something extraordinary.


Inspired from this book, the evening will become a sort of simple equations. Jonathan will be cooking with full flavor on less ingredients. A truly inspiring evening that will have you creating easy meals with high impact flavor on ten ingredients or less at home on any night of the week.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 07   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

VEGETABLES

Like most Italians, the great Antonio Carluccio loves vegetables. In this book he turns his attention to his favorites, and many others, adding up to over 100 different varieties.


Oh what Italy has to offer in their array of vegetable dishes! Well, look no further because on this night the humble vegetable, whether eaten raw, cooked, or preserved will surprise you and inspire you to recreate in your home kitchen. Giuseppe will be the chef for you tonight and who better than to bring a little Italy to your plate!


MONDAY, AUGUST 13   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppe Saccetti

SALADISH

Why not begin a salad with an unexpectedly wide range of ingredients, such as Japanese eggplants, broccoli rabe, shirataki noodles, Bosc pears, and chrysanthemum leaves.


On this evening the fluffy, crunchy, crispy, hefty marries contrasting flavors of vegetable and proteins—rich, sharp, sweet, and salty. We are in the perfect season for a wonderful symphony of vegetables. From the intoxicatingly aromatic to the colorfully hearty, these recipes will elevate the understated side to an elevated main dish. A great way to celebrate summer eating.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 25   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $123 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SUMMER 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE

HOW TO EAT a PEACH

Delicious dinner menu planning made easy. Menus can create very different moods; they can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They also have to work as a meal that flows and as a group of dishes that the cook can manage without becoming totally stressed.


Planning a menu is still Diana Henry’s favorite part of cooking and this dinner is no doubt perfect for those who like to entertain or feed a crowd. Experience an evening inspired by the recipes in this book that will make your next multi-course event a breeze to host!

 

THURSDAY, JULY 19   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

2 SPOTS LEFT

AUGUST 2018

DINNER ILLUSTRATED

Getting dinner on the table night after night is a perennial challenge, let alone meals that are fresh and creative. Dinner Illustrated makes that struggle infinitely easier by offering a modern approach to weeknight cooking.


On this evening, Jonathan will design a menu for the busy people who love to cook but are short on time and inspiration. You’ll take away from this class a way to learn to choose the recipes that best fit your diet and the health needs of your family.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 08   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

JUNE 2018

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