Quanto Basta Italian Cookbook Club Membership

From: $60.00 every 2 months


November-December ’23 Cohort

Register by October 1, 2023 to join us for the next book, Pasta Every Day by Meryl Feinstein. Club kicks off November 1.

Cook the books.

Explore new and old Italian cookbooks and challenge yourself to cook in unchartered Italian territory. Together we’ll dive deep into one Italian cookbook every two months (6 books for the whole year), cooking a selection of dishes from the book while also enjoying weekly virtual discussions and special online events.


What to know:

  • The next cookbook club cohort kicks off on November 1, 2023 (cooking begins on November 5).
  • Every two months, we cook from a different assigned Italian cookbook.
  • Each week, you’ll cook 1 recipe from the assigned Italian cookbook (members are responsible for sourcing the cookbook unless cookbooks are included in their membership).
  • There is at least 1 virtual event each month. We typically alternate between a virtual happy hour meet-up where you’ll meet other members and a virtual chat with the cookbook author or expert on the subject matter we are covering.
  • You’ll have access to a Slack chat group where members share what they’re cooking, ask questions about recipes, exchange tips and thoughts on Italian food and culture in general, and more.
  • Members get 5% off all products on qbcucina.com (excluding your membership price) and free shipping sitewide.

What’s Included

  • Access to an online chat room with weekly discussions facilitated by our team
  • Access to virtual events with book authors and experts
  • Access to virtual cookbook club member meetups
  • Free shipping sitewide on qbcucina.com
  • 5% off all products from qbcucina.com
  • A Quanto Basta bookmark and sticky notes for saving important recipes
  • Optional add-on: prepay for 6 cookbooks selected for the cookbook club

2023 Pricing

Bi-Monthly Membership (billed every 2 months)

membership only: $60 every 2 months
membership + cookbooks: $94 every 2 months

Annual Membership (billed annually)

membership only: $306/year (equivalent to $51 every 2 months)
membership + cookbooks: $479/year (equivalent to $80 every 2 months)

Why should I join?

Our hope is that this cookbook club does four things for you:

  1. Fosters connection and community for those who love Italian cooking.
  2. Challenges you to learn about aspects of Italian cooking you might not have otherwise been exposed to, while also providing a consistent learning environment.
  3. Offers shared support and troubleshooting. We can all learn so much from one another and we hope that being a member of this group compounds that support.
  4. Gives you extra perks, like 5% off all items in our shop, plus free shipping sitewide. Plus, all members will get a quanto basta bookmark and set of post-it notes.

How much does it cost?

It costs less than $1 per day.

We believe the Quanto Basta Cookbook Club is worth ~$30/month. We also believe that the first folks to join this community are going to be the heart and soul of it. So we’ve set it up for our first members to get rewarded for joining and committing!

Is the Cookbook Club refundable?

For annual plan members, we do not offer refunds or cancellations.

For bimonthly plan members, you can cancel at any time, however, we cannot refund months you have already paid for. We do not offer partial refunds.

What will the cookbooks be?

We have chosen to keep the titles of the books we’ll be cooking from top secret in order to keep things exciting and remove the temptation to jump ahead. After you sign up, we’ll announce the title of the first book. For the remaining books, we’ll announce those titles two months prior to cooking from them so you’ll have plenty of time to source the book.

What if I don’t like the cookbook that was chosen?

Part of being in a cookbook club is to challenge yourself to cook from books you might not have considered! If you’re not excited about the book we have selected, we encourage you to stick it out and cook as many recipes from it as you can. You might be surprised! Sometimes a book doesn’t look as exciting as it is. After all, Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Cookbook has zero photographs but her recipes are timeless, and her style of writing is captivating. Of course, you can always sit it out if you don’t want to cook that particular book. Please note that we cannot offer a partial refund for the cookbook book club after signing up.

What if I prepay for the cookbooks but I already have one or two of the chosen cookbooks?

If you sign up for a membership that includes the cookbooks, and you already have one of the books, we encourage you to gift it! We’re glad to add gift wrapping to the book, free of charge, (normally $5) for you to give to a friend or family member. We will not, however, offer partial refunds. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Email us at [email protected] to request gift wrapping on the book.

What if the membership pricing changes and I paid for annual membership?

If you’re an annual founding member and our Cookbook Club prices go up, your pricing won’t. You’ll be “grandfathered” into your lower price.

If prices drop, which we don’t foresee happening, we’ll figure out the best way to either add equivalent value to our founding members or reduce your pricing in proportion to the update pricing.

We’re so grateful to our founding Cookbook Club members and we’re always going to do what’s best for you!

How many events will there be?

We are aiming to offer at least one virtual event per month. One of the events will be a virtual meet-up so you can meet and chat with other cookbook club members. We’ll discuss the book, talk about some of the recipes, and share any feedback. The other virtual event will be with an outside person of interest, either the author of the book or an expert on the topic.

Do I have to attend every event?

No, but we encourage you to participate as much as you can! The more you put in, the more you will get out of it. We will do our best accommodate everyone’s schedules when planning events.

Do I have to cook a recipe every week?

No, but we encourage you to participate as much as you can! The more you put in, the more you will get out of it. Of course, we totally understand that everyone has busy schedules, sick kids, vacations, etc. so just do your best.

Do I have to cook a recipe every week?

No, but we encourage you to participate as much as you can! The more you put in, the more you will get out of it. Of course, we totally understand that everyone has busy schedules, sick kids, vacations, etc. so just do your best.

How are the recipes selected?

For each cookbook, our team will select four recipes. We will try to select a variety of recipes, that showcase what the book is all about while also challenging you to try something new. Having some of the recipes preselected also means we can compare notes as a group.

You will also have the opportunity to cook four recipes of your choice and share with us your thoughts on that dish!

We hope that this format pushes you to feel challenged, while also giving you some freedom and flexibility to cook what’s interesting to you.

What if I don’t have the ingredients or tools needed for the selected recipe?

We will try our best to offer resources on where to source specific equipment and ingredients needed for a recipe. Of course, there may be instances where finding these items is not feasible. In this case, we recommend that you find an appropriate substitute and we’ll try to help with that as best we can. We’ll announce the pre-selected recipes one month in advance, so you’ll have plenty of time to gather your ingredients and tools.

Can I gift this membership to someone else?

Of course! When checking out, please enter the recipient’s name and email address under SHIPPING and email us at [email protected] to let us know the name and email of the person joining the club.

I am based outside of the U.S. Can I still join?

No, we are no longer accepting international members. We hope we can offer this at some point in the future!

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Megan C.
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A Fun Way to Cook

I've always wanted to dive deeper into Italian cuisine and stumbled upon this cookbook club a few months ago. It's been really enjoyable working through the books with other people who enjoy cooking as much as I do and learning even more about Italy and it's food along the way.

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Danean B.
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Cooks to destress

It has been a really cool experience diving into different Italian cookbooks, experimenting with new recipes, and swapping cooking tips with people from all over the country.

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Finally cooking from my cookbooks!

I love the structure and accountability of this club! It's been fun connecting with other Italian food lovers and meeting the authors of cookbooks. An awesome way to explore Italian cuisine!