let’s make pasta!
Hi, I’m Meryl. And I’m so happy you’re here!
For those who don’t know me (yet), I created a platform called Pasta Social Club back in 2018. At the time, I was living in New York City, fresh out of culinary school and a career change (I used to work in corporate PR). Pasta Social Club started as a social media side project that not only became my haven for learning more about making pasta, but it was also a way for me to make new friends.
At the beginning, Pasta Social Club was a supper club, a place where people of all backgrounds came together over a shared love of sauce-slicked carbohydrates. Then those dinners morphed into pasta-making classes where strangers became friends over bottles of wine and the joy of learning something new. Of course, for the past few years those events have lived online—I’ve hosted hundreds of virtual classes and events for couples, families, friends, and colleagues from all over the world (interested? drop me a line!). And outside of those classes, you can find pasta recipes and tutorials on my Instagram page and on Food52.
So, what’s next? Well, my first cookbook, Pasta Every Day, will debut on September 12 (you can pre-order here!). Everything I’ve learned and everything I know about making pasta is in this book, and I can’t wait to share it with you. (PS: If you do pre-order the book—because every pre-order helps the book succeed!—you can upload your receipt here to receive an invite to a pre-orders-only virtual pasta class with me this fall.)
I’m also so excited to launch this newsletter. With all of the changes these last few years have brought, my goal here is to return to Pasta Social Club’s roots: to create a community and connect with all of you. It’s also to inspire you in the kitchen, and show you that anyone can make pasta at home.
If you like what you see and want full access to new recipes, tutorials, and events, I hope you’ll consider becoming a paid subscriber (only $6/month or $60/year!), which truly helps make what I do possible. Paid subscribers get the best of what pasta social club has to offer, including:
📚 My newest recipes: All of my new recipes and tutorials, like this very-popular pecorino basil butter, this step-by-step guide to how to make gnudi, and this deepish-dive into whole-grain pasta, are for paid subscribers only.
🎥 Longer-form video tutorials: When I started making pasta, I scoured the internet for videos of different shapes because sometimes photos just don’t cut it. As a paid subscriber, you’ll get access to longer versions of my video tutorials so you can feel like we’re cooking side-by-side.
🎉 Event updates: My debut cookbook, Pasta Every Day, comes out September 12, and there will be lots of fun events (in-person and virtual) to celebrate the launch! Subscribers also receive announcements for other pasta classes and events before anyone else.
💕 Things I’m loving: In the coming months, I’ll start sharing short roundups of the pasta- and cooking-related things I love most, whether it’s a book, brand of anchovies, or article about bucatini.
And with that: welcome to the pasta social club newsletter! Thank you for being here; your support really means so much to me. If you ever have any questions, feedback, tips, your own pasta stories you’d like to share, or just want to say hi, I’d love to hear from you. Comments on my posts are strongly encouraged (I’ll respond to all of them!), and you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)