Season 10 Episode 2

Can Anyone Write a Cookbook?

Today we chat about something extremely familiar to us… the good old cookbook! We make ’em three times a year here for the club and have done it all on our own, but as time goes by we see more and more food books crop up from unexpected authors. This begs the question should anyone write a cookbook? We reminisce about the first-ever book we created and discuss the route of self-publishing, we chat about what people get out of owning and writing a cookbook and finally, we hear from a couple of fellow chefs on their cookbook experiences. Have you come across any bizarre or absolutely fantastic foodie reads? Comment below so we can hear all about them!

Best soundbite: “He could equally write a book on how to play tennis and he’d be equally qualified to do that” – James Currie

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There are more and more cookbooks where you see non-chefs or even celebrities without a food background publishing content. There is a common use of ghost writers in this but should anyone really be denied the right to write a cookbook? Does the use of a familiar celebrity name help people who aren’t interested in cooking, to give it a go?

James’ Cookbook Inspiration:

Edd Kimber:

Rahul Mandal:

Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook News:

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