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

Private group classes for eight to ten guests start at $99 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.

In addition to our extensive cookbook collection, 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.

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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, OCTOBER 04              
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

 
KOREAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE
   

Cooking Channel host & Food Network regular, Judy Joo, brings Korean food to the masses, proving that it’s fun and easy to prepare at home. With over 100 recipes, you can easily learn how to make dishes that may seem exotic and difficult.
On this evening you’ll get a delicious taste of Korean home cooking and see how simple it can be to make at home. Perfect for your upcoming fall & winter suppers!


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $125 with Cookbook Included

 
KNIFE SKILLS

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, AUGUST 25              
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

3 SPOTS LEFT

 
INDIAN FOR EVERYONE

Indian for Everyone is the third book by Anupy Singla, by far her most stunning and comprehensive offering yet. 


Indian food can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions. Jonathan will be inspired by Singla’s book, and will let you see and savor how you can create Indian dishes at home with true simplicity and great flavor.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $130 with Cookbook Included


 
ROSA’S THAI

Succulent street food, family favorites, mouthwatering regional dishes. This comprehensive cookbook from acclaimed chef, Saiphin Moore, looks at dishes from across Thailand in over 100 recipes. 


Another great class from Chef Michelle Marek!Discover how to cook Thai food in style, with delicious street-food recipes that are quick to make and go well with a modern lifestyle. This dinner will no doubt motivate you to get into the kitchen to whip up tasty Thai fare!


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $124 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
ALTON BROWB’S EVERYDAY COOK

101 recipes with mouthwatering photos, a plethora of useful insights on methods, tools, and ingredients all written by award-winning and influential educator and tastemaker, Alton Brown.

This will be a fun class for all you different cooks out there, beginners to experienced. After this evening you will be able to cook as well as you entertain your guests. Relax, sit back and enjoy the culinary ride that Jonathan will be taking you on.    


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $128 with Cookbook Included

 
MIDDLE EASTERN VEGETARIAN (VEGETARIAN)

Nourishing recipes so flavourful and satisfying they are suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

Jonathan will be cooking vegetarian dishes from this fresh and approachable collection of traditional Middle Eastern recipes, by Salma Hage. Her book simplifies this fast becoming popular cuisine with easily achievable recipes, many with vegan and gluten-free options. A class that chef Michelle Marek is especially excited about.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 09   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
 

OCTOBER 2016

SUPERFOOD FAMILY CLASSICS

Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Classics freshens up your family favourites and expands your recipe repertoire with new nutritious, tasty meals!

If you're looking for fresh ideas and an easy way to make healthy eating a part of everyday family life, this class with Jonathan is for you. Learn how to make healthier versions of your favorite dishes for the family.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13  
6:30 pm                        
$95 or $120 with Cookbook Included

4 SPOTS LEFT!

 
TOKYO CULT RECIPES

Enjoy the best Japanese food at home with more than 100 dishes from the gastronomic megacity, including favorites such as miso, sushi, rice, and sweets.

While you may  think Japanese cuisine is much too difficult to be recreated at home, Jonathan will showcase the classic techniques from Tokyo Cult Recipes to prove any home cook is more than capable! You will leave with confidence to recreate this beautiful cuisine.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 23   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $125 with Cookbook Included

SOLD OUT waiting list available

 
SIROCCO

Journey to the Middle East and Mediterranean with alluring recipes from the newest book by Sabrina Ghayour, ‘the golden girl of Persian Cookery’.

This evening will be drawing inspiration from the recipes in her highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling debut cookbook, Persiana. Watch how simple pantry staples and striking flavor combinations can transform everyday dishes.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $122 with Cookbook Included

SOLD OUT waiting list available

 

BROWN EGGS & JAM JARS

This book will inspire you to connect your family and food right where you are in life, from growing your own tomatoes to making a batch of homemade cookies.

Award-winning Simple Bites blogger and urban homesteader, Aimée will be cooking a dinner inspired by the recipes from her book on this special evening! With a rural homesteader upbringing, years working as a professional chef, and everyday life as a busy mom, this is a dinner not to be missed!


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26   
6:30 pm               
$120 with Cookbook Included

with Author Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

MARTHA STEWART’S VEGETABLES

(VEGETARIAN?)

In this beautiful book, Martha Stewart—one of America’s best-known cooks, gardeners, and all-around vegetable lovers—provides home cooks with an indispensable resource for selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking from the garden and the market. 

With Jonathan’s experience, discover how to cook seasonal vegetables & highlight the flavors and textures of everyday favorites and uncommon varieties alike.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $122 with Cookbook Included

 
MY FRENCH TABLE

In this book, Béatrice Peltre offers a beautiful assortment of over 120 recipes for naturally gluten-free dishes that feature whole grains, colorful produce, and distinctive spices. 


To the French, food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and taking inspiration from Béatrice Peltre’s recipes, this dinner prepared by Chef Michelle Marek is guaranteed to show you how bright, colorful ingredients are transformed into wholesome, delicious dishes. A modern approach to classic French cooking meets the challenge of creating healthy meals for the whole family.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $120 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
PLENTY MORE

(VEGETARIAN)

One of Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling cookbooks! With more than 150 vegetarian dishes from inspired salads to hearty main dishes and luscious desserts.

Experience a dinner prepared by our guest chef Michelle Marek, inspired by this visually stunning collection of Ottolenghi recipes & flavours, that will change the way you cook and eat vegetables.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $122 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

SOLD OUT waiting list available

 
IT’S ALL EASY

Gwyneth Paltrow’s #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook that will help anyone make delectable, healthy meals in no time!

Join our guest chef Michelle Marek for this class of colourful vegetable centric dishes that’ll tease your taste buds for the rest of the evening. After this class you’ll be transporting your next dinner guests at home to West Coast California feasting!


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $124 with Cookbook Included


with Michelle Marek

 
KNIFE SKILLS II

In this fully hands-on class, learn how to section & make the most of a whole chicken. 

Learning these skills will definitely help you save money & understand how to use the correct knife with confidence.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 06              
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

PLEASE BRING KNIFE FROM ‘KNIFE SKILLS 1’ CLASS and TWO WHOLE UNCOOKED CHICKENS 


2 SPOTS LEFT!

 
RIVER COTTAGE VEG (VEGETARIAN)

A comprehensive collection of 200+ recipes that embrace vegetarian cuisine as the centerpiece of a meal, from the critically acclaimed River Cottage series & pioneering champion of sustainable foods Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

From handy weeknight meals, pure and simple raw dishes to hearty salads. Jonathan will give you an inspiring new source of recipe ideas for committed vegetarians and any conscientious cook looking to expand their vegetable repertoire.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $115 with Cookbook Included

 
SAMARKAND

Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and recipes that are little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook.


Influenced by this exciting new cookbook, this evening’s menu will be full of wonderful tastes & dishes from around the Silk Road city. Jonathan will bring together an extraordinary gathering of food from the Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Jews, Koreans, Caucasians and Uzbeks.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21   
6:30 pm                      
$90 or $126 with Cookbook Included

2 SPOTS LEFT!

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016

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.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 07              
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

 
GJELINA


This standout cookbook features 125 of the rustic and utterly delicious recipes from Gjelina, Los Angeles's most talked-about restaurant. Gjelina is the cookbook for the way we want to cook and eat now.


Join Chef Michelle Marek for this class of colourful vegetable centric dishes that’ll tease your taste buds for the rest of the evening. After this class you’ll be transporting your next dinner guests at home to West Coast California feasting!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14  
6:30 pm                      
$90 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

1 SPOT LEFT

 
PEACE & PARSNIPS (VEGAN)

Plant-based recipes from a fun-loving, world-wandering chef you’ll want to follow everywhere! Chef Lee Watson was once, in his own words, “the mightiest nose-to-tail carnivore of them all.” But then he went completely vegan.


Join Chef Michelle Marek as she cooks up a mouthwatering dinner inspired by Lee’s mouthwatering recipes—all meat-free, dairy-free and egg-free that are brimming with goodness.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $116 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 

ZAHAV

Chef Michael Solomonov has been turning heads with his cuisine since he opened his restaurant, Zahav in 2008. 

The book showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe.

On this evening Chef Gita will show you how to cook this exceptional cuisine adapting to local and seasonal ingredients. Expect an evening full of Zahav’s popular, delicious mezze-like dishes with interpretations of modern Israeli cuisine.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20    
6:30 pm                          
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

With Gita Seaton


1 SPOT LEFT!

BASQUE

In this book, Jose Pizarro brings us eighty regional recipes from the beautiful Basque country of northern Spain




Also taught by our guest chef Michelle Marek. Experience a taste of dining in the Basque country, with a menu whisking you to the heart of Spanish culture. Boasting the most Michelin starred–restaurants per capita in the world, the Basque country in northern Spain offers plenty for food lovers so why not learn how to cook it at home!!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $122 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

SOLD OUT waiting list available

 
SIROCCO

Journey to the Middle East and Mediterranean with alluring recipes from the newest book by Sabrina Ghayour, ‘the golden girl of Persian Cookery’.

This evening will be drawing inspiration from the recipes in her highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling debut cookbook, Persiana. Watch how simple pantry staples and striking flavor combinations can transform everyday dishes with Chef Michelle Marek.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $122 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
As the romans do

In As the Romans Do, Instagram star and Roman native Eleonora Galasso will take you on a culinary journey among the houses, the sanpietrini, the tiny side streets, the palazzos, the traditions, the community and the hidden gems of this never-ending eternal city. 


Rome is steeped in history and tradition, and this is reflected in the sheer vibrancy and variety of its food! An exciting class given by Chef Michelle Marek. The menu for this dinner will have you dining on Roman flavours & wishing you could jump on a flight to Italy!

    

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $117 with Cookbook Included

 

NOVEMBER 2016

OH SHE GLOWS EVERYDAY

(VEGAN)

Angela Liddon’s eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook, featuring more than one hundred quick-and-easy whole-foods, plant-based recipes to keep you glowing every day of the year.


Chef Michelle Marek will be cooking this dinner using some irresistible and foolproof recipes that are perfect for busy lifestyles, showing how plant-based eating can be convenient every day of the week.. plus holidays and special occasions!

    

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 01   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $115 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

4 SPOTS LEFT!

 
FOOD 52 A NEW WAY TO DINNER

A new smart & inspiring cookbook from Food 52! Showing how to plan, shop, and cook for dinners (and lunches and desserts) all through the week by planning ahead

With Jonathan, discover seasonal recipes that you can easily make at home and a delicious dinner that will encourage you to be creative, confident, and resourceful in the kitchen all year-round.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 02   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $128 with Cookbook Included

 
JOON

75 Persian recipes made simple by chef Najmieh Batmanglij, with many requiring only one pot and less than an hour to cook while keeping the authentic flavors of Iran!


Authentic Persian food can easily be prepared at home and in this class you'll discover how simple it can be to make delicious side dishes to more sustaining platters of grains, beans and fresh herbs, to flavorful sauces & rice. With much of Iran's cuisine being essentially vegetarian, expect a vegetable focused evening with Chef Michelle Marek!


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 03   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
JAPANESE FARM FOOD

A new smart & inspiring cookbook from Food 52! Showing how to plan, shop, and cook for dinners (and lunches and desserts) all through the week by planning ahead

Discover seasonal recipes that you can easily make at home and a delicious dinner that will encourage you to be creative, confident, and resourceful in the kitchen all year-round. Another authentic evening with our talented chef Michelle Marek.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 07   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $128 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
MODERN SAUCES

Modern Sauces is both an inspiration and a timeless reference on kitchen technique. With more than 100 recipes for sauces ranging from standards such as béarnaise, hollandaise, and marinara to modern riffs such as maple-rum sabayon, caramelized onion coulis, and coconut-curry spiked chocolate sauce. 


This class & book is for cooks who want to take their cooking to a whole new level. Jonathan will be cooking and showing you how to make some great sauces that will easily elevate your meals! A saucy meal awaits!


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $125 with Cookbook Included

 
LUCKY PEACH

Beholden to bold flavors and not strict authenticity, the editors of Lucky Peach present a compendium of Asian recipes that hit the sweet spot between craveworthy and stupid simple and are destined to become favorites.

After this dinner prepared by chef Michelle Marek, your friends and lovers will marvel as you’ll be able to show off your culinary worldliness, whipping up meals with fish-sauce-splattered panache and all the soy-soaked, ginger-scalliony goodness you could ever want.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
COOKING FOR JEFFREY

For America’s bestselling cookbook author Ina Garten there is no greater pleasure than cooking for the people she loves—and particularly for her husband, Jeffrey. Ina’s most personal cookbook yet, this cookbook is filled with the recipes Jeffrey and their friends request most often.

 

Jonathan is happy to prepare another Ina Garten dinner. She never fails him. From updated traditional dishes to new favorites, there’ll undoubtedly be something everyone will enjoy in both this book and on this evening. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $128 with Cookbook Included

SOLD OUT waiting list available

 
TURKISH FIRE

Sevtap takes readers through a day in the bustling markets and stalls and streets of this captivating country. Covering street food for every meal, along with salads, sides and sweets, Sevtap shows readers how to eat their way through the day, Turkish-style!


Be transported to the fiery, impassioned street food culture at the heart of Turkey's busy metropolis with a Moorish dinner that you can then recreate in your own kitchen. No doubt an evening with Jonathan not to be missed!


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $122 with Cookbook Included

2 SPOTS LEFT!

 
NOPI

A cookbook from acclaimed London restaurant Nopi, by powerhouse author Yotam Ottolenghi and Nopi head chef Ramael Scully. 


Back by popular demand, an always splendid class! For this dinner, you will journey with chef Michelle Marek from the Middle East to the Far East tasting big and bold flavors, with surprising twists along the way.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
lidia’s mastering the art of italian cooking

From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking with over 400 recipes.


This magnificent book will give inspiration to a delicious Italian meal cooked by our guest chef, Michelle Marek. Experience the taste of Italy & discover some cooking tips and tricks on this special evening.



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

 
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, DECEMBER 01              
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

 
ALL TIME BEST SOUPS

A perfect soup is one you make forever. It is comforting, nourishing, the very essence of flavor. In this handsome, focused cookbook, the experts at Cook’s Illustrated boil the world of sups down to the very best choice, each one that exceeds even what grandma cooked up.

This is the right time of year to pick up new recipes for those cold nights when all you want to do is curl up with a good bowl of soup. Jonathan will start by showing you the base to a good soup, the STOCK. From that, we will satisfy your wintery comfort soup cravings.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30   
6:30 pm               
$90 or $115 with Cookbook Included