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.

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2019 WINTER cooking classes

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EASY SOUPS FROM SCRATCH WITH QUICK BREADS TO MATCH

Nothing is more comforting at the end of the day than a hearty bowl of homemade soup accompanied by freshly baked bread.

This cookbook makes it simple to create delicious, nourishing soups and warm, breads for any day of the week with straightforward, time-saving recipes. This is the perfect cooking class for a January evening, and will inspire you to make these cozy and warm combinations all winter.


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

with Jonathan

CLASSIC FOOD OF NORTHERN ITALY

In this collection of over 150 recipes, Anna Del Conte celebrates the cooking of northern Italy, which is both rustic and sophisticated, ancient and modern.

These recipes are sourced from acclaimed restaurants to home kitchens and are divided by region, making this cookbook a thorough and definitive guide to the unique food of northern Italy. This cooking class will transport you from Lombardy and Veneto to Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont with a variety of unfamiliar traditional dishes, as well as definitive popular recipes that you’ll want to recreate in your own kitchen.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppe

SEASON

This first cookbook by Nik Sharma, creator of the popular blog A Brown Table, draws on the flavours of India, combining a variety of cultural influences to create exciting food that is both new and familiar.

Season is a valuable resource filled with useful tips, ingredient profiles and a wide variety of inspired recipes that will ignite your creativity. This cooking class will introduce you to a vibrant cooking style that features bold colours, rich textures and satisfying flavours.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 05   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

MARCH

COOK LIKE A PRO

In her new cookbook, Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen.
A home cook at heart, Ina knows that cooking and entertaining can be difficult, so to make her recipes simple and streamlined, she tests and retests each recipe until it's as straightforward and delicious as possible. In this cooking class, discover irresistible recipes and dozens of great tips to bring your cooking and entertaining skills to the next level.



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 06   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

2 SPOTS LEFT

ALMONDS, ANCHOVIES, and PANCETTA

A charming vegetable-focused cookbook with sixty recipes that add depth of flavour using three key ingredients: almonds, anchovies, and pancetta.
Celebrated chef and home cook Cal Peternell likes to eat today the way people have been eating forever: with vegetables at the center of the plate, seasoned with a little bit of meat or fish to make a meal savoury and satisfying. Fuel your creativity with this cooking class that will inspire you to incorporate one of these three simple and flexible ingredients into every dish you make!


MONDAY, MARCH 11   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $121 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

PLANTED (VEGAN)

In her first solo cookbook, Chantelle Nicholson shows you how to cook delicious vegan dishes using seasonal and flavoursome plant-based ingredients.

These recipes may look high-end, but they are easy to create in your kitchen and will impress even the most devoted meat- and cheese-lovers. This is a vegan cooking class for everyone, which focuses on quality produce, seasonality and making food that tastes good!


TUESDAY, MARCH 12
$95 or $122 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

A COMmON TABLE

In A Common Table, Cynthia Chen McTernan shares more than 80 Asian-inspired, modern recipes that marry food from her Chinese roots, Southern upbringing, and Korean mother-in-law’s table. This cookbook is filled with playful variations on dishes that are unconventional but still familiar.

On this evening, we will celebrate both the commonalities and the diversity of different cultures, and how this food brings us together around the same table. we will offer a fresh take on Asian cooking, with interwoven culinary influences that are at once surprising, comforting and delicious.


THURSDAY, MARCH 14   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOUK: FEASTING AT THE MEZZE TABLE

The souk, or marketplace, is the beating heart of Arabic cuisine and culture. Eating mezze is a social event where many warm and cold dishes are presented together, as a meal in itself — a rich culinary tradition that celebrates generosity and gathering around the table.

Inspired by Lebanon, the cultural home of the authors, this cookbook shares classic and contemporary mezze recipes, from fried kibbeh balls and tabouleh, to lesser-known delicacies such as musakahn and rakakat, that are sure to become new favourites. This cooking class promises a cosy evening feast, with plenty of dishes to discover and enjoy.


TUESDAY, MARCH 19  
6:30 pm               
$95 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

MASALA & MEATBALLS

Asha Shivakumar’s cookbook is packed with bold and approachable dishes that bring together Indian flavours and the American palate, putting a new and delicious twist on old favourites.

This cooking class will expand your palate and boost your cooking experience with surprising and refreshing recipes that are bursting with flavour!


MONDAY, MARCH 25  
6:30 pm               
$95 or $121 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.

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

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

jamie cooks italy

Travel to the landscapes of Italy in this cooking class inspired by Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook.
These recipes are a mix of fast and slow cooking, familiar classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and celebrations.


MONDAY, MARCH 18   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppe

SOLD OUT waiting list available

DECEMBER

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 06             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

JANUARY 2019

OTTOLENGHI SIMPLE

In Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, he presents a collection of delicious, pared-down dishes that are packed with his signature nuanced flavours, but in a way that's accessible for home cooks and weeknight dinners.                                                                                                                                                                                  Cooking simply means something different to everyone. For some it might be making a dish using 10 ingredients or less, spending 30 minutes in the kitchen from start to finish or preparing almost everything ahead of time so that it all comes together when it’s time to eat. Whichever way you like to get dinner on the table, you’ll be inspired by the delightful flavours and unique style of Ottolenghi’s recipes featured in this cooking class.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 15   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $129 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.

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

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

UNCOMPLICATED

This is an indispensable cookbook that introduces a happier, easier way to get a homemade dinner on the table and proves that it doesn't have to be difficult to be delicious. Cooking can be easy, fast, and fun!                                                                                                                                                                                This class full of Uncomplicated will get you excited about cooking and entertaining at home without breaking a sweat. Discover how to take the stress out of home cooking in this cooking class that will give you great ideas for reliable dishes that are simple, fast and full of flavour.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $121 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

MASTERING PIZZA

This is a revolutionary guide to making delicious pizza at home, offering a variety of base doughs with step-by-step photos that will help you make perfect pizza in your own kitchen. Award-winning chef Marc Vetri shares his masterful knowledge of pizza-making that he’s gathered over years of cooking in Italy and America.                                                                                                                                                                           The adaptability of these recipes will allow you to achieve the same results with a regular kitchen oven as you would with a professional pizza oven. Enjoy an evening of both traditional and unexpected pizza toppings in this cooking class that will show you how to recreate these flavours and techniques at home.


MONDAY, JANUARY 21   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Giuseppe

SOLD OUT waiting list available

CASABLANCA

In her first cookbook, Nargisse Benkabbou shares 100 recipes for vibrant and delicious dishes from her homeland of Morocco.  
With both traditional family recipes and innovative meals that combine various culinary influences, these are simple and satisfying Moroccan dishes that bring family and friends together. This cooking class is perfect for those already familiar with Moroccan food, as well as cooks wanting to expand their culinary horizons by discovering something new and delicious!


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT

ONE KNIFE, ONE POT, ONE DISH

In this richly illustrated guide to French comfort food, acclaimed chef and cookbook author Stéphane Reynaud introduces us to his favourite foods to make at home.

Rustic and approachable, these recipes require just one pan or pot, can be prepared in about 10 minutes, and then are left in the oven to bake or on the stovetop to simmer. This cooking class will change the way you think about French cuisine, with pared down recipes for no-fuss family dinners and elegant, simple gatherings.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 24   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $124 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

THE MEZZE COOKBOOK

Mezze is a mixture of traditions—sharing food, celebrating being together, having plenty on the table, and welcoming new faces.

The Mezze Cookbook features mezze-style menus, a glossary of ingredients and both traditional and modern recipes for this age-old way to share food. This cooking class will explore the regional diversity of Middle Eastern cuisine, from Lebanon and Iran to Turkey and Syria, with a variety of dishes that can be prepared in advance and easily mixed and matched to make a meal that suits any occasion.   


MONDAY, JANUARY 28   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT

TIFFIN

Explore the vast scope of Indian cooking in this comprehensive collection of regional recipes, named for the Indian-English word for meal tiffin, which sometimes refers to a snack, light breakfast or a midday meal, and is also the word for the traditional Indian lunch pail.

Compiled by Indian food editor Sonal Ved from culinary experts, grandmothers, wedding caterers and regional chefs from all over the country, these special recipes are rarely found in other cookbooks. Based on the comprehensive Tiffin cookbook, this cooking class will make Indian cooking more accessible and authentic than ever before.   


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 04   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT

FEBRUARY 2019

POWER PLATES

This cookbook features 100 delicious recipes for complete, balanced meals that deliver sustained energy and nourishment, and just happen to be vegan.
This cooking class will give you great ideas for varied and exciting plant-based dishes that are nutritionally balanced with a mix of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and hearty proteins to help you get the most out of our food and enjoy satisfying and energizing plates any day of the week.

   


THURSDAY, JANUARY 31   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $122 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

COOKING SOUTH CLOUDS

China's Yunnan Province is one of the most interesting and delicious places on earth, with a wide variety of cuisines and flavours all packed into one small region.

Yunnan is composed of many foods, from the famed Crossing the Bridge Rice Noodles to dishes like Grilled Chicken in Banana Leaf and Tibetan momo dumplings, which will introduce cooks to a side of Chinese cooking still relatively unknown outside of the country itself. This cooking class is perfect for those who love to cook and eat Chinese food, and are looking for something exciting and different that can be cooked at home.    


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

TIME: A YEAR AND A DAY IN THE KITCHEN

In Time, River Cottage chef Gill Meller distills the essence of his approach to cooking – time spent in the kitchen, with good ingredients, makes for the best possible way of life.

These 120 recipes move through the day and through the year. Morning, daytime and night –these are the touchstones of our days, and days are the markers of our years. This cooking class celebrates slow-living and good eating, with beautiful and considered dishes that will remind you to appreciate the time spent in the kitchen and the meals shared with family and friends.    


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 07   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

VIETNAMESE FOOD ANY DAY

Drawing on decades of experience, as well as the cooking hacks her mom adopted after fleeing from Vietnam to America, award-winning author Andrea Nguyen shows you how to use easy-to-find ingredients to create true Vietnamese flavors at home—fast.

Delicious, fresh Vietnamese food is achievable any night of the week with these easy and accessible recipes.
This evening you’ll experience a rich Vietnamese cooked meal while also picking up some tips and tricks for recreating these recipes at home from simple ingredients found at your local grocery store.     


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $122 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

EVERYDAY DORIE

In her latest cookbook, Dorie Greenspan invites readers into her kitchen to savour the dishes that she makes all the time.
The dishes are practical, made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers’ market, or pantry which can be both weeknight simple and fine enough for company.

Dorie’s recipes are comforting and simple to make, and each one has a small surprise that makes it special. They are easygoing, adaptable and invite mixing and matching. This cooking class celebrates Dorie’s laidback approach to delicious and unexpected food, with dishes that are successful every time and will inspire you to get cooking. 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $135 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

EARTH TO TABLE EVERYDAY

For chefs Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann, nothing is more satisfying than creating comforting meals that change with the seasons. Slow Food advocates and accomplished chefs, they effortlessly turn the bounty of the seasons into a stunning collection of approachable everyday recipes.
You’ll encounter an evening of dishes full of familiar ingredients and vibrant flavours. Like the authors, Jonathan is a serious supporter of seeking out good ingredients for a delicious, seasonal approach to cooking which he will demonstrate throughout this meal.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $123 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

KOREAN FOOD MADE EASY

Koreans often start a meal with the joyful phrase “Please, eat well!” because they know that food is best eaten in good company and that healthy living begins with healthy food.

Korean cuisine is one of the simplest, healthiest and friendliest in the world – its dishes are perfect for sharing, as they are meant to be eaten together, dipping into the communal pot. Discover how you can easily prepare Korean staples in your own kitchen with this cooking class taught by chef Jonathan.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $123 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

Israeli SOUL

This second cookbook from the authors of Zahav celebrates the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine.
Usually served from tiny eateries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or market stalls, these specialties have been passed down through families for generations. The recipes that will be served in this class are the best versions of these authentic dishes, sourced from the bustling cities of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and from sleepy towns on mountaintops.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

1 SPOT 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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

ZAITOUN

Olives – known in Arabic as zaitoun – are a quintessential ingredient used in the Palestinian kitchen, where the food is welcoming and the flavours are sharp, salty, fresh and bright.

Yasmin Khan’s collection of recipes gathered from her time spent in numerous Palestinian communities includes herb-filled salads, quick pickles, fragrant soups, tender meat dishes and rich desserts. Join us for this cooking class, which celebrates the bountiful produce and warming flavours of Palestinian cuisine, with dishes that reflect the hospitality and rich diversity of this ancient culture.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28   
6:30 pm               
$95 or $127 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

OTTOLENGHI SIMPLE

In Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, he presents a collection of delicious, pared-down dishes that are packed with his signature nuanced flavours, but in a way that's accessible for home cooks and weeknight dinners.                                                                                                                                                                                  Cooking simply means something different to everyone. For some it might be making a dish using 10 ingredients or less, spending 30 minutes in the kitchen from start to finish or preparing almost everything ahead of time so that it all comes together when it’s time to eat. Whichever way you like to get dinner on the table, you’ll be inspired by the delightful flavours and unique style of Ottolenghi’s recipes featured in this cooking class.


THURSDAY, MARCH 21 
6:30 pm               
$95 or $129 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 kitchen table every day.

At My Table includes ideas to inspire all cooks and eaters, with recipes that are warming, comforting, and inspirational, from new riffs on classic dishes--to adventures in a host of new dishes and ingredients. This cooking class will offer dishes that don’t require special technique, dexterity or expertise and that are sure to become new family favourites. As Nigella says, “Life is complicated; cooking doesn't have to be.”


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27  
6:30 pm               
$95 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

NEW 2019 WINTER COOKING CLASSES