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What is The Cookbook Club?

The Cookbook Club will host an evening dinner party in the beautiful basement banquet hall of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Guests get to experience IMMA after hours!

 

Each event will have a custom menu based on that month's cookbook and the event will be BYOB or you can order from our on-site wine bar. Joining the mailing list is the best way to find out what The Cookbook Club Pick is for each month and when tickets go on sale so you can secure a seat at the table!

 

Along with the meal, guests will also receive a copy of that month's featured cookbook to bring home with them, which will act as the menu for the night. Don't worry if you already have a copy - they make a great gift!

And to make the night even sweeter, the author of the featured cookbook will also be in attendance. Between each course, guests will be treated to a Q&A with the author, who will be sharing stories behind their journey of publishing a cookbook along with some extra insider tips, so you can recreate the recipes at home with confidence!

The Cookbook Club is a great way to explore and learn about new cuisines, hear the stories behind publishing a cookbook, and to meet new people with a shared interest in food.

Meet The Founder

Mary Kilduff is a Creative Producer from Dublin, with over 10 years’ experience in the theatre and events industry. Mary recently spent a year living and working in Rome while doing a Masters in Arts and Culture Management.

 

Her one wish, when throwing a coin into The Trevi Fountain, was to find love. It took time for Mary to realise it, but her wish came true: she fell in love, not only with the city and the food, but also the people she shared it all with. On this journey of love, Mary attended cooking classes, drank gallons of Aperol spritz, and hosted a storytelling night twice a month at the Together Network. All these experiences inspired her to create The Cookbook Club, bringing people, the love of food and storytelling together. Mary currently works part-time as the Creative Administrator at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, while also working on other passion projects as a freelance Creative Producer.

 

Some of the highlights of Mary's career include working with Druid Theatre Company in the Gaiety Theatre on a production of Sive that was attended by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins; working on a remount of Dublin By Lamplight with Corn Exchange Theatre Company at the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland; and lastly, working with Australian-based company Hot Brown Honey on their 2023 tour, stopping at the Sydney Opera House and Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK.

 

On any given night, Mary can be found either in the front row or back stage at most venues in Dublin.

Mary Kilduff, Founder, Cook Book Club Events

Meet Our Collaborators

Blasta Books

Blasta Books
Cookbooks by Blasta Books

The Cookbook Club is thrilled to be collaborating with Blasta Books who have been connecting us with authors. Their unwavering support in helping The Cookbook Club find its voice has been deafening and we look forward to sharing lots of yummy food and stories with them on this journey.

Blasta (blastə) adj From the Irish language, meaning delicious, tasty, appetising. Rhymes with pasta.

Blasta Books are changing the way that cookbooks are published in order to make more room at the table.

Hardcover, small format and illustrated by Dublin artist Nicky Hooper, the cookbooks are released four times a year as a quarterly periodical series.

Each volume is a standalone 72-page A5 cookbook, but as a collectible series they also provide a more inclusive snapshot of Ireland’s modern and diverse food culture, from tacos to tapas, spice bags to sushi.

They are little books with big voices.

Nine Bean Rows 

Nine Bean Rows

The Cookbook Club is delighted to be collaborating with Nine Bean Rows, who have been supplying The Cookbook Club with copies of cookbooks for our guests. Both Nine Bean Rows and The Cookbook Club share a passion for bringing people together over the love of food and storytelling all wrapped up in yummy recipes.

 

Nine Bean Rows is a boutique Irish publishing house for tastemakers and storytellers.

At Nine Bean Rows, we believe that there are two things that connect absolutely everyone, everywhere: food and stories. Specialising in our niche of food and drink, our aim is to provide a more inclusive snapshot of Ireland’s modern, diverse and exceptional food culture.

There are three pillars of our company:

Nine Bean Rows - imprint publishing full-size books

The Blasta Books - quarterly series of small illustrated cookbooks

Scoop - our biannual magazine sharing Irish food stories

 

They all come under the umbrella of our company slogan:

Well Read & Well Fed.

Kristin Jensen, Publisher & Editor

@edibleireland

Camerino Bakery downstairs at IMMA

Camerino Bakery downstairs at IMMA

The Cookbook Club is delighted to be collaborating with Camerino Bakery downstairs at IMMA as the location for The Cookbook Club events.

Camerino is a local bakery, cakery, and coffee shop where everything is freshly baked using the best ingredients and lovin’ from the oven. Camerino serves the highest quality cakes, cookies and squares, excellent coffee by Roasted Brown, leaf tea by Clement & Pekoe, and a simple daily changing menu including a list of sandwiches on bread baked fresh in-house, salads and soups. Camerino Bakery is located in the iconic surroundings of the IMMA Courtyard and indoors in the Basement café.

IMMA is nestled in the 48 acres of land in the heart of Dublin 8, in the extraordinary historical site of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

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