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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JAPANESE HOME COOKING

This is the essential guide to Japanese home cooking by Sonoko Sakai. With over 100 recipes that feature seasonal ingredients and simple preparations, this is the perfect resource for both beginners and seasoned cooks who want to master Japanese cooking at home.
The everyday dishes made in this cooking class will show you how to master the authentic flavours of Japanese cuisine by using quality ingredients and fundamental techniques to make Japanese cooking achievable every night of the week.  


TUESDAY, JANUARY 28   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

UNDER THE MEDITERRANEAN SUN

This book is where the cuisines of southern Europe, the Middle East, and northern Africa all come together. The result is flavourful and colourful food beyond compare.

The dishes served in this class bring together the various cuisines of the Mediterranean, inspired by the staple ingredients and flavours of the region. This is bright and vibrant food that reflects the sunny Mediterranean climate and the culinary influences of the Arab world.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 21   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $143 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

COOKING FOR GOOD TIMES

In Cooking for Good Times, chef Paul Kahan shares his recipe repertoire of rustic, super-delicious, low-stress food to cook for gatherings. Each core recipe comes with numerous customization ideas for easy improvisation and versatility.

This cooking class will show you how to relax in the kitchen with delicious and simple dishes that make cooking with and for others a good time for everyone.



MONDAY, JANUARY 20  
6:30 pm               
$99 or $137 with Cookbook Included

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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

GREENFEAST autumn, winter

The second instalment in the Greenfeast set of season-lead cookbooks by Nigel Slater offers simple and fast plant-based recipes for cooking in fall and winter. 

This cooking class features beautiful, warming dishes that will guide you towards a more vegetable-focused way of cooking during these cold months.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 30   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

Vegetarian

1 SPOT LEFT

ALPINE COOKING

In Alpine Cooking, food writer Meredith Erickson travels through the region--by car, on foot, and via funicular--collecting recipes and stories from Europe’s grand mountaintops.

Enjoy the comforting and traditional food of the Alps in this cooking class, which offers an eclectic mix of elegant and rustic dishes gathered from the mountains spanning Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $152 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

1 SPOT LEFT!

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

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.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $134 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

BALTIC

The recipes of Blatic presents the post-Soviet cuisines of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as diverse and responsive. They draw upon tradition, playing with spices from periods of Byzantine trading and tricks learned under Soviet restrictions, but they also shift and change according to the bounty of the farmer’s market and the local environment. In this class you’ll discover the spice, sweet/sour, and vibrance of this unique cuisine. Because the author has adapted to international palates, the dishes that Jonathan has curated for this evening will be tasty, basic, hearty food that makes use of simple techniques. Perfect for a February evening.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 04   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $139 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

ANTONI IN THE KITCHEN

In his first cookbook, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski shares the Polish family recipes from his childhood, as well as his go-to weeknight meals and favourite dishes to serve friends.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of culinary styles, the food served in this class will feature bright flavor combinations and fresh ingredients, with recipes for elevated comfort food and updated classics.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 06   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

EAST

Drawing from her 'New Vegan' Guardian column, Meera Sodha's stunning new collection features plenty of brand-new recipes inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines.

This plant-based cooking class will feature modern, vibrant, fuss-free dishes inspired by the cuisines of the East: Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese to name but a few. Prepare for a flavour-packed evening!



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $126 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

Vegetarian

KITCHEN PARTY

Mary Berg − winner of MasterChef Canada and star of Mary's Kitchen Crush -- shares delicious and straightforward recipes that turn everyday cooking into a kitchen party.
Based on Mary Berg’s favourite dishes, this cooking class will make cooking for every occasion easier and more fun than ever. Get inspired for your next dinner party with these family-style recipes that are designed to be enjoyed together.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12  
6:30 pm               
$99 or $125 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

INDIAN-ISH

This collaboration by food writer Priya Krishna and her mother Ritu celebrates their original Indian-American family recipes that bring together the flavours of Indian cuisine and the ingredients of American cooking to create colourful and unique food for everyday.

This is food that is easy to make, clever, practical, and most importantly, delicious! This cooking class will give you plenty of ideas for approachable and delightful meals that come together quickly and will satisfy everyone at the table.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $131 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

THE FOOD OF SICHUAN

This new and updated edition of Fuschia Dunlop’s classic Land of Plenty includes revised versions of every recipe from the original collection, as well as more than 70 new recipes that reflect the evolution of Sichuanese cuisine over the last 20 years. 

This class shows home cooks how to re-create essential dishes of Sichuanese cooking by capturing the dazzling flavours and textures that make this one of the world’s greatest cuisines.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $142 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

ALL ABOUT DINNER

With her latest book, award-winning cookbook author and cooking teacher Molly Stevens answers the big question: What should you make for dinner? These delicious, time-tested recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients take the guesswork out weeknight cooking.

Get excited about making dinner in this cooking class where balanced, flavour-packed dishes will inspire you to develop your culinary skills and expand your personal repertoire.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $142 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

COOK LIKE A LOCAL

Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd is a champion of Houston’s incredibly diverse immigrant cuisines. Cook Like a Local celebrates the rich diversity of Houston’s local food community with chapters organized by staple ingredients from various cultures: fish sauce, chiles, soy, rice, spices and corn.

Inspired by the bold flavours of these different cuisines, this cooking class will show you how to creatively incorporate these elements into your everyday cooking to elevate each dish.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $137 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

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

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, FEBRUARY 24             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

1 SPOT LEFT!

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


APRIL

FIRE AND SPICE

Spices have been bringing fragrance and fire to food for thousands of years, and they are as relevant today as they have always been. These recipes from John Gregory-Smith will demystify the spice cupboard and show readers how best to utilize these essential and versatile ingredients.

Discover how different spices are used in cuisines around the world in this cooking class that highlights the rich complexity of spices and demonstrates the power they have to transform the way you cook.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 23   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $129 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

THE GAJIN COOKBOOK: Japanese REcipes from a Chef, Father, Eather, Lifelong Outsider

Ivan Orkin is a self-described gaijin, a Japanese term that means “outsider.” He has been hopelessly in love with the food of Japan since he was a teenager on Long Island. Even after living in Tokyo for decades and running two ramen shops that earned him international renown, he remained a gaijin. 
Fortunately, Jonathan is a great admirer of Japanese cuisine and can show you that its more than just the raw fish and rice that you are used to. Join him on this culinary evening adventure and show you how good it is to be a gaijin.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10   
6:30 pm               
$99 or $133 with Cookbook Included

with Jonathan

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

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

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 05             
6:30 pm               
$130 Includes knife

with Jonathan

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