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

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SPRING 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE

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, APRIL 10             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT!

UNFORGETTABLE, Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life

These recipes are like no other: each is a new discovery, yielding incredible flavors, using unusual techniques and ingredients, often with an incredible backstory. Join us as we discover the recipes in this beautiful new book from a culinary legend!


Unforgettable also addresses Wolfert's acknowledgement of the challenges of living with Alzheimer's, a disease that often means she cannot remember the things she did yesterday, but can still recall in detail what she has cooked over the years. Full of healthy meats and fresh vegetables, this class will be a delight for those who know and love Paula Wolfert's recipes, and a delicious discovery for those who love food, but have not yet heard of this influential cookbook writer and culinary legend. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $132 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

4 SPOTS LEFT!

OUR SYRIA

Syria is where food, memory, and resilience collide: discover how you can recreate the flavors of this beautiful country in your own home.

Syria has always been the meeting point for the most delicious flavors from East and West, where spices and sweetness collide. On this evening, you will experience a delicious celebration of the unique taste, culture, and food of Syria-and with recipes gathered from Syrian women in the Middle East and Europe.  


MONDAY, APRIL 16   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

Jamie’s 5 INGREDIENTS

Discover how to make meals super simple. Cooking doesn't have to be complicated - that's why Jamie's 5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food is sure to become your new best friend in the kitchen!

It's all about making the journey to good food very, very simple with no-fuss, budget-friendly dishes that you can rustle up, any day of the week. Zoe will be using just five key ingredients for every dish, showing how you can get a meal together fast yet still be able to deliver a lots of flavour. Taking inspiration from Jamie Oliver's new and easiest-to-use book yet, this class is the perfect gift for busy people!


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

with ZOE

SOLD OUT waiting list available

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

MAY 2018

APRIL 2018

THE JUHU BEACH CLUB COOKBOOK

Vibrant and unexpected, The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook is a bold take on Indian food from Oakland-based James Beard Award nominee Preeti Mistry.


Influenced by her background as a second-generation Indian -- born in London, raised across the US, now based in the Bay Area -- Preeti's irreverent style informs her personality and her food. This collection of street food, comfort classics, and restaurant favorites blends cuisines from across India with American influences to create irresistible combinations. A fun class with Jonathan that is not to be missed!

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 02   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

3 SPOTS LEFT

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET

"We want to change the way you cook.” For more than twenty-five years, Christopher Kimball has promised home cooks that his recipes would work. Now, with his team of cooks and editors at Milk Street, he promises that a new approach in the kitchen can elevate the quality of your cooking far beyond anything you thought possible.

In this class with Jonathan, discover a simple, bold, and healthy new way to cook. Minus the long lists of hard-to-find ingredients, strange cookware, or all-day methods, you’ll be able to deliver big flavors and textures without having to learn a new culinary language!

 

THURSDAY, MAY 03   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $137 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, MAY 07             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

AUTENTICO

This cooking class based on Rolando Beramendi’s cookbook offers an introduction to the true flavours of Italy. This book is the definitive guide and homage to authentic Italian food and details how to make classic dishes using simple, updated methods and the finest ingredients.

Bring the taste of Italy into your home with these beautiful authentic recipes that focus on quality of ingredients and a love of preparing food. These dishes have a profound respect for the ingredients used and the traditions that inspire them. The bounty of Italy can be enjoyed in your kitchen; all you need is your enthusiasm and passion for the flavours of this historic cuisine and special people to share it with!

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 09   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

NEW FEAST, MODERN MIDDLE EASTERN Vegetarian

The Middle East has long had a vibrant tradition of home-style vegetarian cuisine – from their abundant fresh salads, dips and breads to their delicious and hearty main meals. Based on the freshest ingredients and cooked from the heart, Greg and Lucy Malouf's approach to vegetarian food comes from their love of traditional Middle Eastern flavor combinations.


On this evening witness and savour new interpretations of Middle Eastern food, inspired by the spirit of generosity and sharing that characterizes the region. This is a beautifully flavoured class for anyone wanting to take vegetarian cuisine to new, flavorsome heights!

 

THURSDAY, MAY 10   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

BETWEEN HARLEM AND HEAVEN

Braiding together the foods of the African diaspora and Asian influences with a distinctly New York sensibility, this cookbook by chefs Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson presents a captivatingly original cuisine that transcends borders!


Come join us and be inspired by Afro-Asian-American recipes for big nights, weeknights and every day. Expect an exciting class full of fusion recipes and character of flavours that embrace this mix of cultures and cuisines!

 

TUESDAY, MAY 15   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

5 SPOTS LEFT!

KACHKA: RETURN TO RUSSIAN COOKING

Discover the vidid world of Russian cuisine with this cookbook that offers a wealthy variety of recipes from ingenious vodka infusions to traditional home-style dishes and satisfying desserts.


Influenced by the many different countries that belonged to the former Soviet Union, these meals capture a wider picture of all of the regions, histories and foods that make up the menu at Kachka restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Join Jonathan as he cooks up a Russian feast and shows you new ways to celebrate and eat together. za tvajo zdarovje!

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $140 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

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, MAY 31   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

MELISSA CLARK’S KITCHEN

Beloved New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark selects more than 100 of her all-time favorite recipes and gathers them here in this collection of delicious, reliable, palette-pleasing dishes for every occasion.

Melissa Clark has been reaching millions of readers through her New York Times column "A Good Appetite" since 2007. She is also the face of the Times cooking videos, which are filmed in her now iconic Brooklyn-based home kitchen. Her delicious, seasonal recipes are simple to make and satisfying for the whole family. There is no doubt this dinner with Jonathan is going to be full of great recipe ideas for simple weeknights or your next dinner party!

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $124 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

CARIBBEAN MODERN

When you think of the Caribbean, a hundred beautiful clichés come to mind - white sand, blue sky, salty breezes and balmy nights. But what of the food? Eating is at the heart of Caribbean life: people come together in the kitchen, someone starts cooking and soon there is laughter, music and fantastic food!


Growing up in Trinidad, Leicester and London, Shivi Ramoutar turned to her favorite Caribbean dishes as inspiration for her supper clubs & pop up dinners. Her recipes are a wonderful melting pot of flavors: fresh and zingy, exciting and exotic, but also satisfyingly homely and hearty. Who wouldn’t like to join Jonathan as he cooks up a dinner that takes us on an amazing taste trip to the Caribbean!?


TUESDAY, MAY 29   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $125 with Cookbook Included


with Jonathan

2 SPOTS LEFT

SIX SEASONS

Celebrate flavors at their seasonal peak! This class and book will inspire you to try more vegetables from the farmers’ market with simple but fascinating flavor-filled recipes!


Learn how to best use vegetables throughout their growing seasons in this class with Jonathan. Inspired by the brilliant new Six Seasons cookbook, you’ll discover how to prepare and cook some of this summer’s delicious fresh ingredients! A perfect class for any of you omnivores wanting to eat more vegetables! NOTE: This class is not vegetarian.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 30   
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.

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

with Jonathan

JUNE 2018

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

1 SPOT LEFT!

MUCH MORE VEG

(Vegetarian)

'What's the central aim? To make vegetables delicious, to make them irresistible, to come up with a whole bunch of recipes that are easy, family-friendly, and just make it that much easier to put a load of veg into your diet every single day.'


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses veg, fruit, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, spices and cold-pressed oils to explore the length and breadth of what can be achieved with natural, unprocessed plant foods. Delicious and healthy meals made from utterly foolproof and delicious recipes.  Join us as Jonathan demonstrates how easy it is to make versatile, plentiful and delicious vegetables the bedrock of your diet.


TUESDAY, MAY 01   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

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               
$95 or $128 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

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

4 SPOTS LEFT

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