Our Story

dina-and-michelleOur names are Dina Guillen and Michelle Lowrey. We’re two gals who made the decision to leave our jobs with walking, talking, laughing, completely self-functioning adults and become stay-at-home moms. Our infants consumed our lives, night and day, until we felt completely useless to anyone but our babies. And then the lovely Maria, God bless her, came up with the idea of starting a cooking club. Not just any cooking club… a gourmet cooking club. Where we had to walk outside our homes into broad daylight and research ingredients and cooking gadgets at gourmet food stores, and then get together with like-minded adults to cook and share a meal and talk about everything food related and beyond.

During one of our cooking club gatherings, Dina asked the cooking club if they wanted to do a cookbook on plank grilling. With the exception of salmon recipes, there was not much out there to guide cooks on plank grilling meats, vegetables, pizza, and even desserts. In 2006, we published The Plank Grilling Cookbook with two other cooking club members – Maria Everly and Gretchen Bernsdorff.

Our publisher, Sasquatch Books, asked us to consider publishing a book on cooking clubs, with themes, recipes and entertaining tips. We loved the idea, and in May 2009, Cooking Club: Great Ideas and Delicious Recipes for Fabulous Get-Togethers was published. We also had the great fortune to interview many cooking clubs around the country and hear their stories, many of which we included in our cookbook. Through this blog, we hope to share as well as hear many more cooking club stories, and discover more great entertaining tips and recipes.



  1. Dina:
    So that’s what you’ve been up to….. I can’t wait to buy the book!! It looks fantastic.

    • Wow – how wonderful to hear from you Susan! And what have you been up to? Email me!

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