We are pleased to offer customized cooking demonstrations and tastings just for your group.

Private group classes for eight to ten guests start at $115 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

HALF BAKED HARVEST: SUPER SIMPLE

This second cookbook by food blogger Tieghan Gerard combines the comforting and fresh cooking style of her first cookbook with new recipes that are even faster and more manageable to suit the busy home cook.

The dishes shared in this cooking class will give you plenty of inspiration for simple, hassle-free weeknight meals that require minimal effort and still deliver on flavour.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 04   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

MILK STREET THE NEW RULES

This latest cookbook by Milk Street shares 75 new rules of cooking and more than 200 recipes that will dramatically simplify your time in the kitchen and improve your skills.

Discover game-changing cooking strategies in this class that will show you how to make cooking easier and more delicious than ever with recipes that succeed every time.


THURSDAY, MARCH 05   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $134 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT!!

SALT AND TIME

Salt & Time features the food of Russia with 100 inviting recipes that include authentic dishes of the former Soviet Union and Siberia, as well as modern interpretations of classic dishes adapted for contemporary tastes and Western kitchens.

Explore the vibrant, nourishing and evolving food culture of Russia in this cooking class taught by chef Jonathan. The recipes featured in this class showcase the unique intersection of Eastern European and Central Asian cuisines, which results in distinct and exciting flavour combinations.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available


MAANGCHI’SBIG BOOK OF KOREAN COOKING

Despite the huge popularity of Korean restaurants, there has been no comprehensive book on Korean cooking—until now. Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking is a wide, deep journey to the heart of a food-obsessed culture.
Jonathan will cook recipes from the book which have updated and improved the traditional Korean dishes, without losing their authentic spirit.


THURSDAY, MARCH 12   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

FROM THE OVEN TO THE TABLE

Let the oven do the work with this easy-going collection of full-flavored dishes from Diana Henry.

All of the recipes prepared in this cooking class can be cooked in one dish or pan, making it easier than ever to prepare quick after-work suppers, light veggie meals and more substantial feasts to feed friends.


MONDAY, MARCH 16   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

JAMIE’s ULTIMATE VEG

Jamie Oliver is back with brilliantly easy, flavour-packed vegetarian recipes. From simple suppers and family favourites, to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this latest cookbook is full of phenomenal food.

Fans of Jamie Oliver will love this cooking class that focuses on cooking with more vegetables and less meat for a healthier approach to eating that doesn’t compromise on flavour.


THURSDAY, MARCH 19   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

Vegetarian

1 SPOT LEFT!

SABABA

In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny spirit with which the American food writer and expat Adeena Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen.

On this unique evening, let Jonathan be your ultimate guide to the Israeli kitchen. Using Israeli staple ingredients that is easily accessible at you local stores you will be transported through a culinary wonderland.


MONDAY, MARCH 23   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $137 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available


ISLAS

Islas is the first comprehensive cookbook to celebrate the cuisine of Spain's Mediterranean islands Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. With influences from the Spanish mainland regions Catalonia and Valencia, and from places further afield including Sicily, Sardinia, and the south of France.

Let Jonathan take you on a culinary journey and delight you with a spread of authentic flavors that celebrate the richness of these islands. A rare opportunity to savour dishes beyond what we may have ever experienced of Spanish cuisine.


TUESDAY, MARCH 24   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $137 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

BAZAAR

This latest cookbook by Sabrina Ghayour presents a collection of vegetarian dishes that highlight the abundance of fresh produce available at Middle Eastern markets.

For both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, this cooking class will inspire you to put vegetables at the heart of every meal, with recipes that are colourful, flavourful and simple to prepare.


TUESDAY, MARCH 31   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

Vegetarian

SOLD OUT waiting list available


MARCH

KNIFE SKILLS II

In this fully hands-on class you’ll learn how to section and make the most of a whole chicken. These skills will step up your game in the kitchen and teach you how to use your knife with confidence.


NOTE: PLEASE BRING KNIFE FROM THE ‘KNIFE SKILLS 1’ CLASS and 2 WHOLE UNCOOKED CHICKENS!


MONDAY, MARCH 09             
6:30 pm               
$115 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

MUNCHIES GUIDE TO DINNER

The popular VICE channel MUNCHIES presents this winning collection of more than 80 recipes for easy cooking at home. Recipes are divided into Homemade Staples, Essentials, Weeknight Meals and Weekend Entertaining so you have everything you need to make delicious and easy dinners for yourself or your friends.

Step up your dinner game with this cooking class that will show you how to put colourful, hearty meals on the table in no time with recipes for busy weeknight cooking and weekend feasts to feed friends.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

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MILK STREET COOKBOOK

This updated version of the definitive Milk Street Cookbook includes every achievable and flavor-packed recipe featured on the Milk Street TV show. Improve your cooking abilities with this class based on the tried and true recipes from the Milk Street test kitchen.

These recipes have been specifically designed for uncomplicated home cooking so that you will get delicious results every time.  


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

INDIAN VEGETARIAN

Discover fresh, delicious and easy Indian vegetarian dishes from the author of Phaidon's global bestseller, India: The Cookbook.

Learn how to master this hugely popular cuisine in this cooking class with approachable, nourishing, and authentic dishes that will satisfy vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those simply looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diet.


THURSDAY, APRIL 16   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

Vegetarian

2 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.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14  
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

2 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, APRIL 02             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

SOLD OUT waiting list available

SALT FAT ACID HEAT

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a master class in cooking that distills celebrated chef and writer Samin Nosrat’s knowledge and experience into just four simple elements.
The dishes served in this cooking class will teach you to master the use of salt, fat, acid and heat to enhance flavour. This simple approach will transform the way you understand cooking with simple recipes and methods that will increase your confidence in the kitchen and show you how to achieve impressive flavour every time.


MONDAY, APRIL 27   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

1 SPOT LEFT

Olive + Gourmando

The most popular cookbook of the year from the beloved Montreal institution, Olive + Gourmando is a must-have for everyone who loves to cook and eat great food!

Join us for this cooking class that celebrates the Olive et Gourmando favourites of the last 20 years, with achievable recipes for elevated comfort food that delivers maximum flavour using the best seasonal ingredients.


THURSDAY, APRIL 23   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $152 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

1 SPOT LEFT

APRIL

MAY

NOTHING FANCY

It’s not entertaining, it’s having people over. Alison Roman, author of Dining In and New York Times columnist, believes that cooking for friends and yourself should be fun, relaxed and unfussy.

This cooking class will show you how to make simple, flavourful food for gatherings big and small, from weeknights to the weekend. These are fresh and exciting dishes that everyone will love.


TUESDAY, MAY 5   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

1 SPOT LEFT!

DINNER IN FRENCH

Just as Julia Child brought French cooking to twentieth-century America, so now Melissa Clark brings French cooking into the twenty-first century.
Clark updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today. Dinner in French will quickly become a go-to resource and endure as an indispensable classic.

No need to travel far for some authentic French food. This class will inspire you to cook French every week and every season with helpful twists on the classics.


THURSDAY, MAY 7   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek


FALASTIN: A COOKBOOK

Falastin is a soulful tour of Palestinian cuisine today from Ottolenghi's Executive chef Sami Tamimi, with 120 highly cookable recipes contextualized by his personal narrative of the Palestine he grew up in.
We always love to cook from Tamimi’s cookbooks because his experience and flavour profile emanates through his recipes onto your plates seamlessly. Come and experience a distinct ancient traditional Palestinian cuisine ingenuity told through Tamimi’s dishes. Another class not to be missed!


MONDAY, MAY 11  
6:30 pm               
$99 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

5 SPOTS LEFT

BURMA SUPERSTAR

From the beloved Burma Superstar restaurant in San Francisco comes this mouthwatering collection of recipes. Never before have the vivid flavours of Burmese cooking been so achievable for home cooks. 

With influences from neighboring India, China, Thailand and Laos, the food of Myanmar sits at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, offering a truly unique blend of flavors. Get a taste of traditional dishes from the region, as well as contemporary variations of Burmese cuisine in this flavour-packed cooking class!


THURSDAY, MAY 14   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

FRUILI FOOD and WINE

Bordered by Austria, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Sea, the northeastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia is an area of immense cultural blending, geographical diversity, and idyllic beauty. This tiny sliver of land is home to one of the most refined food and wine cultures in the world and yet remains off the grid.

Join us for an eye-opening exploration of the unique region of Italy that bridges the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. This is a unique experience to be had where an untouched part of Italy will be your meal on this evening. 


TUESDAY, MAY 12   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $147 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

4 SPOTS LEFT

Modern FLEXITARIAN

If you're concerned about your health and the environment but aren't quite ready to commit to a fully vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, a flexitarian diet will work for you.

On this evening come as you are because you don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate this class. You will experience adaptable veg-based recipes alongside quick twists and suggestions that give you the freedom to enjoy meat, fish, or dairy.


TUESDAY, MAY 26   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

Leon Happy Fast Food

From the very beginning, award-winning restaurant group LEON has asked the same question - why can't fast food be good for you? The answer is that it can be, with this collection of healthy fast food recipes from around the world. 
This cooking class will show you how to make fast food that is as healthy as it is delicious. These quick and nutritious recipes deliver all the comfort and satisfaction of fast food without all the processed ingredients so you can enjoy good food that is good for you.


MONDAY, May 25  
6:30 pm               
$99 or $121 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

OLIVES LEMON AND ZA’ATAR

These dishes represent the flavors of Rawia's Middle Eastern childhood with recipes copied faithfully from family cookbooks (her mother's most treasured harissa), and then developed with a creative flourish of her own. 

This evenings’ class menu is the sum of a sensational cross-cultural mix of Middle Eastern and old world European flavours. You’ll be sparked with such unique flavours that you are sure to be able to add to your own repertoire of home cooking and surely dazzle your own guests.


THURSDAY, MAY 28   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $125 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

GENUINE PIZZA

This cookbook makes the pizza process approachable and fun, giving the reader the tools to empower the home cooks to mix and match ingredients.

On this eve learn the art of homemade pizza. The class covers the fundamentals of pizza making and the mix and matching ingredients to create unforgettable pies. You will be so genuinely skilled that you won’t ever need to call for a pizza again.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 20             
6:30 pm               
$99 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

SOLD OUT waiting list available

VEGAN JAPANEASY

Tim Anderson is a chef, food writer, and MasterChef champion. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tim studied Japanese food culture at university and lived in Japan for two years. He has operated the pop-up Japanese restaurant Nanban in London since 2013, which inspired  this book.

Believe it or not, Japanese cuisine in general is actually quite vegan-friendly, and many dishes can be made vegan with just a simple substitution or two. You can enjoy the same big, bold, salty-sweet-spicy-rich-umami recipes of modern Japanese soul food without so much as glancing down the meat and dairy aisles. And best of all, it's super-easy to make!


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $136 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

Vegan

5 SPOTS LEFT


TAVERNA

Greek Cypriot food is a melting pot of delicious flavours. In Taverna, Georgina Hayden shares favourite recipes for simple taverna-style meals, passed down through generations of her Cypriot family.

Enjoy sun-kissed recipes from the Mediterranean in this cooking class that emphasizes the potential and versatility of such classic ingredients as feta, lemon and oregano.


THURSDAY, JUNE 4   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

CANAL HOUSE’S COOK SOMETHING:    RECIPES TO RELY ON

Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer present 300 simple and genius recipes by home cooks, for home cooks. Each chapter is a lesson that teaches you to master a key ingredient or powerful technique, moving from simple to ambitious.

Whether a beginner or experienced home cook, you will learn something new in this class about the essentials of good cooking. These classic recipes will become new favourites that you’ll return to again and again.



TUESDAY, JUNE 9   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $134 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

GREENFEAST: SPRING, SUMMER

Beloved British writer Nigel Slater presents fast, season-led cooking for everyone who wants to make simple and delicious plant-based meals.

Enjoy the taste of spring in this cooking class, which features beautiful, light dishes that will guide you towards a more vegetable-focused way of cooking. The perfect Segway to fresh market cooking.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

Vegetarian

HOW TO GRILL EVERYTHING

The ultimate grilling guide from Mark Bittman's acclaimed How to Cook Everything series, this book will teach you how to grill absolutely everything! With more than 250 recipes for every meal and plenty of practical advice on grilling basics, mastering the barbecue has never been easier.

In this cooking class you’ll discover the innumerable possibilities of preparing an entire meal on the grill. Gather ideas for plenty of quick, high-heat recipes that will get dinner on the table in short order or get inspired by low and slow “project” recipes that are ideal for leisurely weekend cookouts this summer.


THURSDAY, JUNE 11   
6:30 pm               
$105 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan


FALASTIN

Falastin is a soulful tour of Palestinian cuisine today from Ottolenghi's Executive chef Sami Tamimi, with 120 highly cookable recipes contextualized by his personal narrative of the Palestine he grew up in.
We always love to cook from Tamimi’s cookbooks because his experience and flavour profile emanates through his recipes onto your plates seamlessly. Come and experience a distinct ancient traditional Palestinian cuisine ingenuity told through Tamimi’s dishes. Another class not to be missed!


MONDAY, JUNE 15   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

BIG FLAVOR GRILL

Grilling masters Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby have replaced time-consuming brines, marinades, and basting sauces with quick and powerful pre-rubs and intense post-grilling flavor boosters to slap on your favorite meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and vegetables hot off the grill.

In this class, Jonathan will show you an innovative approach to cooking on the grill that creates big flavour without the use of marinades for easy, hassle-free grilling any time.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17   
6:30 pm               
$105 or $129 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 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.


TUESDAY, APRIL 21   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

SOLD OUT waiting list available

365 A Year of Everyday Cooking & Baking

Delicious seasonal cooking for every day of the year! These recipes take the guesswork out of meal planning with plenty of ideas for simple and colourful meals that come together quickly on weeknights, and slower, hearty dishes for weekend cooking.

Discover recipes that will energize your home cooking throughout the year in this cooking class that highlights the flavours and produce of the season and draws on culinary influences from across Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 6   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $142 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

JUNE

BAKING BASICS

Based on David Lebovitz’s classic baking bible Ready for Dessert, this special class will show you the basics of baking with recipes and tips that will bring your dessert making to the next level.

Get ready for a sweet evening with chef Michelle that is sure to be as instructive as it is delicious!


TUESDAY, JUNE 2             
6:30 pm               
$99 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

VEGETABLE KINGDOM

More than 100 beautifully simple recipes that teach you the basics of a great vegan meal that focuses on real food, not powders or meat substitutes—from the James Beard Award-winning chef and author of Afro-Vegan.

Discover the vibrant possibilities of cooking with vegetables, grains and legumes in this cooking class that will inspire you to adopt a plant-based approach to eating. Learn to create crowd-pleasing meals by using bold spices, quality produce and simple techniques to layer texture and build flavour in every dish.


TUESDAY, JUNE 16   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

VEGAN

4 SPOTS LEFT

Silver spoon classic

First published in 1950, The Silver Spoon is the ultimate compilation of traditional home-cooking Italian dishes. 

Eating is a serious matter in Italy. Cooking and food are among the finest expressions of Italian culture, vividly portraying the country's history, regions and traditions. And of course we at Appetite for Books take cooking seriously too. We are honoured to be able to prepare for you a selection of our favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next from this precious classic. A truly unique evening of Italian bliss in the heart of Westmount.


THURSDAY, APRIL 30   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $161 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

SOLD OUT waiting list available

FROM SCRATCH

An indispensable new cookbook from food writer Michael Ruhlman, From Scratch revisits 10 classic dishes with 175 alternatives that encourage you to discover the creative possibilities of cooking from scratch.

Cooking from scratch can be a slow and elaborate day-long project, or a simple and quick weeknight dish. This class will show you how to embrace cooking from scratch to elevate your food and bring people together in the kitchen and around the table.


TUESDAY, APRIL 28   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

THE SICILY COOKBOOK

While only a few miles from Italy, Sicily's heritage is proudly distinct from that of the mainland, favouring dishes packed with spices, citrus, olives, tomatoes and more.

Let yourself be transported to the Mediterranean sunshine through food from this island’s culinary culture. You’ll be spoiled with a wonderful mixture of Cucina Povera (peasant food), Cibo di Strada (street food), and Cucina dei Monsù (sophisticated food).


THURSDAY, MAY 21             
6:30 pm               
$99 or $130 with Cookbook Included

with Michelle Marek

5 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 18             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

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.

TUESDAY, MAY 19             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

5 SPOTS LEFT

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