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

Private Cooking classes

OUR COOKING CLASSES

photo: PHAIDON

FEBRUARY 2018

RIVER CAFÉ 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!


Learn how to make these updated favourites in this cooking class with chef Jonathan. 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.


MONDAY, JANUARY 22   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

Bianco pizza

This cooking class will cover the fundamentals of pizza making and provide strategies and techniques for translating chef’s methods to the home kitchen. Bianco celebrates both the simple and the nuanced, revealing the methods that lead to the perfect crust, the sweetest tomato sauce, the creamiest mozzarella, and the most expertly balanced flavour combinations!


Indulge in your love of pizza and learn how to make artisanal pizza at home! This class will be lead by guest chef Giuseppi Saccetti. Get inspired by fresh ingredients, learn how to make the perfect pizza dough and discover new and impressive toppings, so that you can enjoy home-made authentic pizza anytime.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 23   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppi Saccetti

SOLD OUT waiting list available

LEON HAPPY SOUPS

LEON, the home of naturally fast food, have created a collection of more than 100 all-new, all-smiles soup recipes, whether you’re looking for a simple soup to take to work or something more elaborate for dinner with friends, this book has the answer!


Warm up your winter by learning the basics of soups! Master homemade stocks and get the most flavour out of your soups to make them the most delicious and comforting meals to get you through this chilly season. This class will cover a variety of soups and will give you all the tips you’ll need to make delightful soups all winter long!



TUESDAY, JANUARY 30   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $110 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

I LOVE INDIA

This authors 8th book brings authentic regional Indian flavours to everyone and will inspire you to cook for all sorts of occasions and celebrations. The vast range of techniques, spices and traditions featured in I Love India illustrate how versatile and accessible Indian food really is.


In this cooking class you’ll learn how to make light and healthy Indian dishes inspired by street food, comfort food and family recipes from all over India. You will acquire the tools you need to cook authentic Indian food at home for everyday meals and gain a better understanding of the key ingredients and flavours that make Indian cuisine so comforting and delicious!


TUESDAY, MARCH 20   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

BRINGING IT HOME

This first cookbook by culinary expert and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons is full of fabulous recipes made using accessible ingredients and smart, simple cooking techniques for successful family meals and easy entertaining.


The achievable recipes presented in this book are infused with Gail’s informed and passionate approach to eating that she has developed throughout her career in the food industry and a life of adventurous eating. Expand your knowledge in the kitchen with this cooking class that brings Gail’s contagious enthusiasm for food to the table through tried and true dishes that are easy to make and wonderful to eat!



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

MYERS + CHANG AT HOME

These recipes from Boston’s Myers+Chang neighbourhood restaurant, all bursting with flavour, are meant to be shared, and anyone can make them at home. This is food people crave and you’ll want to make it again and again to share with friends and family.


Learn how to make these inventive and delicious Asian dishes at home, using familiar ingredients and accessible techniques. This class will show you how to enjoy this original take on Taiwanese comfort food in a fun and straightforward way that won’t intimidate the home cook! 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

BACK POCKET PASTA


This cookbook is filled with simple yet sophisticated pasta dishes that come together in the same amount of time it takes to boil the water, because weeknight cooking should be about creating something nourishing and beautiful from what you have on hand, without fuss. 


Everyone needs that amazing back pocket pasta dish that comes together quickly, easily and delivers on flavour with minimal effort. This cooking class will inspire you to whip up simple and fresh pasta dinners any night of the week, and will take post-work cooking from daunting to delightful!



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $124 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppi Saccetti

FARM TO CHEF

In her third cookbook, Canadian chef Lynn Crawford celebrates the bounty of the seasons with over 140 recipes featuring farm-fresh produce for every occasion. This book will guide you through the year with original recipes that will allow you to cook vegetables for every meal inspired by the seasons.


Rediscover the seasons through your food in this cooking class that highlights the diversity of winter produce and demonstrates how it can be used to make comforting meals that we crave during the winter months. Each simple recipe is based on a vegetable of the season and will have you feeling inspired by the possibilities of fresh produce throughout the year!


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 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.

MONDAY, MARCH 05             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SMITTEN KITCHEN

Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author, presents over 100 new triumphant and unfussy favourites in her second widely popular cookbook.


One of the most famous food blogs, Smitten Kitchen has resonated with home cooks everywhere for over ten years. The recipes made during this class emphasize that you don’t need professional training or specialized equipment or even a large kitchen to make successful home-cooked meals everyday. Get some great ideas for simple, fast and delicious ways to feed the whole family that won’t have you spending all your time in the kitchen.


 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


SOLD OUT waiting list available

BASIC TO BRILLIANCE

In her latest cookbook, Donna Hay shares her tried and true basic recipes, each with clever variations, so one recipe becomes many and your repertoire naturally grows! This cooking class will build your confidence and take you from basics to brilliance in the kitchen.


This class will encourage everyone, from seasoned cooks to those just starting out in the kitchen, to master classic dishes and refresh your technique. These recipes will inspire you and build your confidence as you cook your way through each delicious dish. With original ideas and helpful tips, this is an essential reference for anyone who loves cooking to have on hand!

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


SOLD OUT waiting list available

JANUARY 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, JANUARY 09             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list avaiable

BREAD IS GOLD

Discover the secrets of more than 50 of the world’s best chefs through easy and inspiring recipes for home cooks that make the most of everyday ingredients to create delicious dishes and reduce food waste. This book will change the way you think about—and use—food.


In this cookbook, Massimo Bottura transforms memories into tangible, edible and emotional culinary experiences. This cooking class will use regular and familiar ingredients to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary through these stunning and creative dishes from numerous chefs. These recipes and this way of cooking celebrate the unsung values of recovering recipes and making use of those discarded, undervalued and neglected ingredients that have always played a central role in the Italian kitchen. This cooking class will help you make the most of everything, will encourage you to never throw anything edible away and will allow you to find the potential in your food!

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


SAFFRON SOUL (VEGETARIAN)

This cookbook by Mira Manek features 90 delicious and super-healthy recipes, made with ingredients brimming with goodness and vitality. These vegetarian dishes combine the best of the core elements of Indian cooking with original health-promoting twists, and they are not only authentic and full of flavour, but each is fit for a feast.


Discover flavourful, light and wholesome vegetarian Indian food in this cooking class with chef Jonathan. The versatile recipes in Manek’s book are inspired by basic Indian principles with a focus on nutrition, lending themselves to easy everyday cooking. The dishes offered in this class will be made using familiar ingredients and delicious spice combinations that are full of health benefits and won’t compromise on taste!

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


1 SPOT LEFT

LIDIA’s CELEBRATE like an italian

For Lidia Bastianich, every meal is an opportunity to celebrate: good food and good company are all you need. In her most recent cookbook, Lidia gives you everything you need to add the right amount of Italian flair to make any get-together feel like a party!


This cooking class will feature some of the easy and delicious recipes that Lidia loves to make when entertaining large groups. These meals are designed to bring people together and will give you some great suggestions for a beautiful crowd-pleasing feast to serve at your next gathering, whether that be a simple weeknight dinner or a special celebration with all of your closest friends and family!


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 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, FEBRUARY 05             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

DAVID TANIS’ MARKET COOKING

A masterwork of recipes, technique, approach, and philosophy, this latest cookbook by David Tanis is inspiring and essential. Discover how to be more discerning at the market and more intuitive in the kitchen.


Join chef Jonathan as he prepares dishes from one of our favourite cookbooks of the year! Learn how to cook wonderful and fresh meals from the best produce on offer at the market. Get inspired by David’s passion for garlic and get cooking with the most exciting ingredients and flavours of the winter season!


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 08   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $145 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

3 SPOTS LEFT

NIGHT + MARKET

In this cookbook, chef Kris Yenbamroong explains how “you can make brilliant, mind-alternating, true-to-life Thai food while still embracing shortcuts and work-arounds that will make your life easier.” This casual approach to the food made at Thai-inspired Los Angeles-based restaurant Night + Market will inspire you to make your own Thai food at home!


Learn how you can adapt this unique and uncomplicated style of Thai food to fit your life in this cooking class with chef Jonathan. You’ll learn how to make simple and easy Thai dishes without losing any of the powerful and traditional flavour, and will get some great ideas about how to pair food and drink to make your meals a true success every time.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $132 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

MARCH 2018

SABRINA GAYOUR’S FEASTS

Discover feasts for every occasion in this latest cookbook from bestselling Middle Eastern chef Sabrina Ghayour. Filled with Persian-inspired recipes, this book offers full menus that have been beautifully designed for all the moments of your life.


This cooking class makes it easy to create a plentiful spread whether hosting many friends, or just cooking for a few. You can reference the pre-organized menus or pair dishes according to your preference to make every feast your own and unique to the occasion. Get inspired by the flavours of Persia and fill your home with warmth, company and delicious aromas! 


TUESDAY, MARCH 06   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

ORANGE BLOSSOM & HONEY

This cookbook is a tantalizing culinary journey across the exotic and alluring country of Morocco and provides a compelling collection of classic and modern flavours that are full of inspiration. From the Sahara to the sea and the mountains to the medinas, these recipes are sure to bring a little Moroccan magic into your kitchen.


The recipes made in this cooking class will transport you to different parts of Morocco through the unique flavours of these diverse regions. Adapted from time spent with local cooks and farmers, each dish in this cookbook by food and travel journalist John Gregory-Smith has a story. These simple meals will inspire you with new ideas and flavours sourced from the very heart of Moroccan cooking!


TUESDAY, MARCH 13   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

MY THAI COOKBOOK

The myth of Thai cooking is that its exotic secrets are hard to master and out of reach to the home cook, but cooking really good authentic Thai food is actually relatively easy!Expand your knowledge of Thai food and celebrate the simplicity and diversity of this beloved cuisine with this class led by chef Jonathan.


Inspired by Tom Kime’s cookbook, this cooking class will unveil the mysteries of Thai cooking and teach you all about the balance of taste that is essential to great Thai food. Learn the most important skills and become familiar with the key ingredients you’ll need to transform your regular cooking routine into incredible and simple Thai-infused meals every night!



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

DOWNTIME

The wife of Noma’s René Redzepi, Nadine has developed an easygoing repertoire of starters, mains, and desserts, presenting them in a stylish yet relaxed way that makes guests feel like family — and makes family feel special every single day.


This cooking class celebrates Nadine’s understanding of downtime as finding the joy in preparing food for family and friends. Cooking everyday is challenging but can also be rewarding and restorative, as these beautiful recipes demonstrate! Learn how to create simple dishes that transform a few ingredients into impressive and delicious meals for any group of guests, for every night of the week and for any occasion. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 22   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $132 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

the moosewood restaurant table (VEGETARIAN)

New York’s Moosewood restaurant has remained faithful to the farm-to-table philosophy that has made it such a great destination for natural food over the past 50 years. With over 250 never-before-published recipes, this book offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes that will revolutionize your dinner table.

Join chef Jonathan as he prepares delicious, wholesome and satisfying plant-based meals, that will leave you with plenty of inspiration for health-centred cooking to bring to the table day after day. These recipes will show you how to easily incorporate nutrition and bold flavour into everything you eat with a variety that is sure to please everyone you cook for!



MONDAY, MARCH 26   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

the HOME COOK

This is the all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. These are recipes for every home cook to know by heart.


This cookbook by celebrated chef and popular Food Network judge Alex Guarnaschelli is filled with recipes that excite the appetite and offers you an entire repertoire for every “occasion” —whether that’s a Monday-night dinner or a weekend dinner party— that you’ll have fun making. This cooking class will demonstrate the versatility of these recipes, inspired by numerous cuisines, and will give you some great ideas for signature dishes that you can make and share often and that will always deliver.



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

2 SPOTS LEFT!

ThE MODERN COOK’s YEAR (VEGETARIAN)

Cook, writer, stylist and the voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones believes in putting vegetables at the centre of the table. In her stunning third cookbook, she takes you through a year of seasonal cooking with recipes for one-pot meals, healthy breakfasts and the quickest suppers.


For vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, this cooking class will deliver beautiful dishes inspired by the freshest produce of the season. These recipes connect you with the food you’re creating and encourage you to embrace mindfulness in your everyday cooking. Simple and elegant, these recipes are easy to recreate in your kitchen and will inspire you to include seasonable fruits and vegetables as the focus of each meal throughout the day.



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

JAPANEASY

JapanEasy is an introduction to Japanese cooking via some of its most accessible yet authentic dishes that require no specialist ingredients to make. These recipes are fun, simple, fast and delicious and will have you making Japanese food in your kitchen on a regular basis!


This cooking class brings Japanese cooking to life and will show you how fun and straightforward it is to make these great dishes at home. You’ll discover the seven Japanese ingredients needed to make almost everything in this book and realize that you don’t have any excuses not to have home-cooked Japanese food at home all the time! 

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 01   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

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