Online Event

Salt + Spine Cookbook Club

Dinner Party with Jessica Battilana

Wed | Sep 30, 2020 | 5:30–7P PT

Featured Author Jessica Battilana

Guest Host Brian Hogan Stewart

For September’s Salt + Spine Cookbook Club, we’re extending a warm welcome to Jessica Battilana, and her cookbook, Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need. Join Jessica, Brian Hogan Stewart of Salt + Spine, and other club participants for a Virtual Dinner Party. You can cook along with the author (or just watch!), enjoy the opportunity to ask questions, and meet other cookbook lovers.
The Salt & Spine Cookbook Club is like a ‘regular’ book club…but with a very special twist. Each month we focus on one book, reading, cooking and connecting about it on social media (see "Participate" below). The bonus: every month we get together live for a Dinner Party with the author. Currently, the Dinner Party is virtual (via Zoom); we look forward to the day when the club can meet in person at The Civic Kitchen.
Please note: The Salt + Spine Cookbook Club Dinner Party is not a formal cooking class. It is a cooking-optional event meant for gathering together, interacting with the author and other club participants, and celebrating an exceptional book and cookbook writer.

Menu | Recipes

The Greenest Green Salad

Cacio e Pepe

Apricot-Nectarine Crisp

Ingredient/Equipment Prep

Click the button below to see the ingredients, equipment and prep lists for this experience. If you have questions, please email us .

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There’s no charge to take part in other Cookbook Club activities:


Start the month by tuning in as Jessica Battilana sits down with Salt + Spine host Brian Hogan Stewart to talk about her career, her cookbooks, and more. Already listened? Take a moment to re-visit the episode.

Jessica Battilana on Salt + Spine


Grab your copy of Repertoire and pick some recipes you’d like to make this month. Click here for featured recipes to get you started:
Don’t have a copy of Repertoire yet? Click here to purchase from our friends at Omnivore Books, or support other local bookstores through Bookshop or Indiebound. You can also check local libraries for hard copies or digital versions.


Show off what you’re cooking from Repertoire! Snap a pic and make sure to use the hashtag #TalkCookbooks when sharing. And see what others are making, too!
Plus, learn from Jessica as she shares cooking tips, recipes, behind-the-scenes content, and more—exclusively on our social media pages.

This salt + spine cookbook club dinner party is live and interactive.

The Dinner Party is held via Zoom, and you only need to purchase one spot per household. After registering, you will receive instructions for logging into the event. If applicable, cook-along recipes will be available 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

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Featured Author

Jessica Battilana

JESSICA is the author of Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need, which features 75 “real recipes, from real life, that really work.”
Previously, Jessica wrote Corn (Short Stack), and co-authored six cookbooks, including Home Grown: Cooking From My New England Roots with Matt Jennings, Vietnamese Home Food with Charles Phan, and Tartine Book 3 with Tartine owner Chad Robertson.

Guest Host

Brian Hogan Stewart

BRIAN HOGAN STEWART is the host and creator of Salt + Spine. He is a once-budding chef who passed on a culinary school degree to pursue journalism. He’s not a professional cook nor a cookbook author—but an avid home cook and an enthusiastic cookbook collector, with a collection now in the hundreds. (That may seem like a lot to some, but he envies Diana Henry’s 4,000-book library almost daily!)
Brian has worked extensively in journalism and new media, including leading a media company featuring a daily newspaper with circulation of 50,000+, a nightly newscast, and multiple digital properties. He has conducted hundreds (and hundreds…) of interviews throughout his career, including time spent covering food culture and personalities in the midwest.
Brian is a native of Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism, English, and American studies.