We are the MONDAY MORNING COOKING CLUB.
We – Monday Morning Cooking Club – are your connoisseurs of deliciousness, ready to share some of the world’s most extraordinary recipes, collected, perfected and documented here, for you.
The Monday Morning Cooking Club is comprised of 4 irrepressible women from Sydney’s Jewish community who share an unbridled love of cooking, storytelling and, of course, eating. We are Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Frank Chalmers, Natanya Eskin and Jacqui Israel.
We all live in Sydney, Australia, but come from different backgrounds which means more ideas, more cooking and more love! We think of ourselves as our own little melting pot, and our award-winning series of cookbooks are an intimate exploration into the heart of home cooking in Jewish communities across Australia and the world.
We share a mutual obsession to uncover the most delicious recipes and through our project we collect, test, curate, share and preserve treasured recipes from the older generation for us and from our generation for the future.
Our journey began back in 2006 when we came together to write a cookbook for charity. We started to meet every Monday morning (hence the name) – to chop and stir, mince and roll, roast and bake, fry and boil. We tasted and ate, laughed and debated, argued and agreed. We culled and vetted, tested and re-tested, and argued and laughed some more. The end result – a curated and fine-tuned collection of brilliant heirloom recipes and stories to share with the world. Over a chopping board and hot stove, with many cups of tea and the odd piece of cake, a unique bond began to form. We started out as a group of individuals and we are now a sisterhood.
Our initial goal was to seek out the best recipes from the best cooks in Sydney’s Jewish Community, leading to our first book Monday Morning Cooking Club. Our second book The Feast Goes On shares recipes and stories from Australia’s vibrant Jewish community. Our third book ‘It’s Always About the Food‘ celebrates the wonderfully diverse global Jewish community. Our fourth book, Now for Something Sweet is a beautiful, curated selection of our favourite sweet recipes from around the world (with one savoury chapter for some salty relief).
We invite you to explore our can’t-live-without collection of recipes from kitchens across Australia and the world which we hope will satisfy (or re-ignite) your love of cooking