How can I book to come?
Check there is space and reserve places with the host.
Only book if you and your companions can commit to coming. Places are precious. If you book a place and then cannot attend, you must find and agree a replacement guest. Guests that do not turn up and do not make alternative arrangements will be barred from the group. Readmission will only be possible if you host an event yourself.
There is no obligation for regular attendance of any sort; simply book and come when you want to and can.
If the event is booked, why not organise to host another that week yourself? We can have as many as you want. Otherwise you can always come in a future week
What do I do next?
Once they’ve sent out an intro email, let the host know what you’re bringing in advance – they’ll start an email discussion asking what people want to bring.
Do some research and find a dish from the scan-line that hasn’t been mentioned.
Cook enough to feed 4 people, and bring and present the dish, explaining why you cooked it and what interested you about it.
Bring booze, help out, mingle, eat and enjoy
How do I know where to cook from?
Ahhh – our most popular question .
We cook from the same longitude as whatever the number of the day of the year is that day (most diaries – including Google Calendar – can be set up to show the day of the year).
The world has 360 longitudinal degrees, and the year has 365 days; we match the two.
We start at New Years and move a degree East each day until we come full circle, almost a year later, on Boxing Day (or Christmas on a Leap Year).
If you looked at the earth from above the North Pole, our passage would be like the minute hand of a clock rotating backwards. If you read our map as a timeline or score or schedule, we would move from left to right in a year.
Because we usually meet on Friday or Saturday evenings, there can be 8 days (and thus 8 degrees) between our destinations, so we allow a 4-degree blur catchment area either side of the line to make sure every country gets a chance to appear on the table. So on the 10thJanuary we can eat from any country between longitudes 6 and 14.
Our map shows the lines of our destinations this year. Google Maps allows you to see the latitude and longitude of places as you hover over them. Getlatlon.com also allows you to scan a map by latitude and longitude. Sites like this list global cities by their lines of longitude.
Can I bring a friend?
Definitely. You must
How do I share my recipe?
There’s a great inventory of culinary and literary invention at Eat Tweet where Maureen Evans boils recipes down to 140 characters. Her book contains useful abbreviations, some of which are noted in an article on the topic in Hello Magazine.
Do I have to share my recipe?
How do I find someone else’s recipe?
Check our Twitter stream and search by date, chef, name or ingredient – which is why it helps to tweet accurately!