We are the MONDAY MORNING COOKING CLUB.
Our sisterhood is comprised of Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Frank Chalmers, Natanya Eskin and Jacqui Israel from Sydney’s Jewish community.
We think of ourselves as our own little melting pot, which is reflected in the heart-warming and gorgeous books we have created.
We all live in Sydney, Australia, but come from different backgrounds. Merelyn comes from Perth, with Hungarian heritage. Jacqui started her life on the Sydney north shore with an English background. Lisa is from Melbourne, of Polish stock. Natanya is a Sydney girl with Shanghai/Russian roots. More ideas, more cooking and more love!
Our mission at the start was to search 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, a wonderful curated selection of our favourite sweet recipes from around the world (with one savoury chapter for some salty relief) has just been released.
We came together almost 15 years ago as friends with a shared desire to uncover our food-obsessed community’s heirloom recipes with an unwavering mission to preserve recipes from past generations for us, and from our generation for the future.
We wanted to share with the world our community’s unusually strong, somewhat obsessive, connection with food.
If someone is ill, chicken soup is promptly made and delivered.
If someone dies, eggs are boiled and bagels are bought.
No flowers are sent; a cake is baked.
If a baby is born, entire meals are prepared for entire families. It is always about the food.
In 2006 it all began when we started to meet every Monday morning – 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 and pass on to the next generation. 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.
We want to continue to collect, test, curate, share and preserve those treasured recipes from the older generation for our generation, and from our generation for the future.