Welcome to the Salt + Spine Cookbook Club!

UPDATE: The Salt + Spine Cookbook Club is now on a seasonal schedule! We'll be featuring one author each season and cooking along with them in a Virtual Dinner Party.

The Salt & Spine Cookbook Club is like a ‘regular’ book club…but with a very special twist. Each season we focus on one author's work—reading, cooking and connecting about it on social media.

The bonus: we get together live with the author for a Dinner Party, sponsored by HARDCOVER COOK, the subscription box and ingredient shop for cookbook lovers. 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.



Use promo code DINNERWITHHETTY on hardcovercook.com for 10% off a copy of To Asia, With Love or the book/ingredient box.

Join the Salt + Spine Cookbook Club and our summer featured guest, author Hetty McKinnon, and her latest cookbook, To Asia, With Love. Join us as we cook through this book, share on social media, get a peek into Hetty's creative process with exclusive content. Then come together on a Zoom Dinner Party with Hetty and other cookbook lovers! Reserve your spot at the Dinner Party now!

Hetty’s entry to cookbooks began back in 2011, when she started a salad business, delivering lunch via bicycle around her neighborhood in Sydney, Australia. Before long, she found herself writing her first cookbook to catalog her creations and satisfy her customers, who had begun asking for her recipes. That early salad business built a community — the ritual of delivering a salad would lead to, as Hetty writes, “lively conversation, exuberant laughter and a constantly evolving hunting and gathering of stories and histories.”

That first cookbook — titled Community: Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen — quickly became quite popular, leading to a second cookbook aptly titled Neighborhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad. (And then her third: Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day.) And Hetty's publishing path continued, bringing Hetty and her family to Brooklyn, where she now lives and where she wrote (and photographed) her fourth cookbook, To Asia, With Love: Everyday Asian Recipes And Stories From The Heart. It’s a warm, inviting book — and her most personal book yet, which Hetty describes as a “homecoming … a joyous return to all the humble yet deeply nourishing flavors and meals of my childhood.”

Like all of Hetty’s books, the recipes are vegetarian and plant-based, and you’ll find everything from homemade kimchi to Cacio e Pepe Udon Noodles to Asian-inspired salads like a Smashed Cucumber Salad with Tahini and Spicy Oil.

And Hetty’s bringing food stories to life beyond cookbooks: She launched a bi-annual food magazine, Peddler Journal, in 2017, and hosts the publication’s sister podcast, The House Specials.

Our cookbook club is hosted in collaboration with our friends at The Civic Kitchen cooking school, and this Virtual Dinner Parties is presented by Hardcover Cook, the subscription box and ingredient shop for cookbook lovers.

Below are some of the ways you can take part in the club:

Join the Club!

Your email address will be shared only with Salt + Spine and our partner, The Civic Kitchen, for periodic updates on the cookbook club and associated dinner parties.
Thank you for joining the Salt + Spine Cookbook Club!

We can't wait to #TalkCookbooks with you!
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in partnership with:


Naz Deravian
Priya Krishna
Jessica Battilana
Sonoko Sakai
Nik Sharma
Anna Francese Gass
Lauren Ko
Julia Turshen
Jake Cohen



Start your month by tuning in as Hetty McKinnon sits down with Salt + Spine host Brian Hogan Stewart to talk about her career, her latest cookbook To Asia, With Love, and more. This episode originally aired on June 17, 2021. (Already listened? Take this moment to re-visit the episode.)


Grab your copy of To Asia, With Love and pick a few recipes you’d like to make. Here featured recipeookbook to get you started:

Plus: Reserve your seat for the Virtual Dinner Party and get access to more featured recipes.

Don’t have a copy of To Asia, With Love yet? See links above to purchase. You can also check your local libraries for hard copies or digital versions.


Show off what you’re cooking from Hetty's To Asia, With Love! Snap a pic and use the hashtag #TalkCookbooks when sharing on social media. And see what others are making, too!

Plus, learn from Hetty as she shares cooking tips, recipes, behind-the-scenes content, and more—exclusively on our social media.


Come together on Zoom with Hetty McKinnon and other Salt + Spine cookbook club members for a Virtual Dinner Party!


Cook along from To Asia, With Love (if you'd like!), then sit back and take the chance to ask Hetty all your culinary questions and meet other cookbook lovers.

Reserve your seat for OUR Dinner Party WITH HETTY MCKINNON HERE!
And then join us next month for our August featured author, PRIYA KRISHNA!
Reserve your seat for OUR Dinner Party WITH PRIYA KRISHNA HERE!