Announcing the Local Mouthful Joy of Cooking Potluck Club!
If you’ve listened to the podcast for any length of time, you may have heard us mention our desire to start a cookbook club. We love the idea of gathering with fellow food lovers to share collaborative, homemade meal.
This spring, we’re finally doing it and we’ve decided for at the first year (and perhaps longer), it will be a Joy of Cooking-centric potluck club. Nearly everyone we know has a copy in or near their kitchen and while many of us turn to it for reference, we rarely come even close to scratching its surface.
Our hope is that this potluck club will help us build community, celebrate home cooking, and explore a treasured cookbook. To that end, there won’t be a lot of rules or exclusions. We encourage you to cook from whichever edition you happen to have.
Here in the Philadelphia area, we’ll gather on a quarterly basis to share a meal and our latest favorites from the JOC. For those of you who are further flung, you can still participate by cooking along with us and sharing your successes and frustrations via our Local Mouthful Facebook Group and by starting your own LM/JOC potluck group.
We’ll also be offering up some JOC content on the podcast itself. You can expect interviews with John Becker and Megan Scott (the JOC family members currently working on the next edition of the book), as well as opportunities to test unprinted recipes from that upcoming edition.
If you think you’d like to participate in the LM/JOC potluck club, please use the form below to sign up. We’ll be in touch soon regarding dates!
In food news this week, we discuss a recent NPR’s The Salt piece that addresses the difficulty of shopping for sustainable seafood, even with the help of all those guides.
Next up: Dinner, unrestricted. As Marisa’s husband shifts away from a low-carb eating style, she is free to add some grains glorious grains to their shared dinners.
Joy shares one of her current obsessions: Bagel Thursday at Essen Bakery in South Philly.
We also talk about meatloaf–there’s a new meatloaf cookbook, A Meatloaf in Every Pot, and a whole lot of opinions on the subject of this humble foodstuff. (Here’s a link to Joy’s favorite meatloaf recipe.)
At the market this week, we are buying some baby kale.
What’s for dinner this week? Leftover pasta frittata.
Picking up on the topic of eating more vegetables, we talked about strategies for eating as many as you can when you’re eating at restaurants.
Joy’s kitchen renovation is provoking deep thoughts on the symbolic meaning of the kitchen table. Julia Child had one, and now Joy wants one too. But can she live without an island? These are big questions.
At the market this week: Unsweetened coconut flakes.
Marisa has seen the light about homemade stocks, thanks to some brothy soups she’s been making lately. The stock has been the star of the show!
During her exile from her under-construction kitchen, Joy ate most of the papaya salads at restaurants around Philadelphia and she shares her favorites. (The version at Bottles & Banh Mi was her favorite.)
We are thinking about starting up a potluck club. Are you in the Philly area? Would you want to be a member? Tell us in the comments.
And finally, at the market, we are stocking up on locally grown and milled flour. Specifically Daisy Flour.