This week: Jachnun the 12 hour delight plus recipes, EYBD Previews, cookbook giveaways and more.

Recently my daughter-in-law forwarded a video on Jachnun to me and I, of course, had to learn more about this "not quite a bread, not quite a pastry" Yemeni dish. Caveat: I am not an expert on any subject, I am taking some time to research this dish and share what I learn. How to cook Jachnun and what to… read more

Quick Bites – Virginia Willis and Special Giveaway

Virginia is sharing a giveaway over on her Instagram - be sure to follow Virginia and enter! A winner will receive a copy of Fresh Start: Cooking with Virginia (ebook or print copy) and a one year subscription to Eat Your Books. Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has made chocolate chip cookies with Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson, foraged for berries… read more

Nigella on privacy, performance, and cooking for one

The list of food celebrities who are commonly referred to by a single name is relatively short: think Ottolenghi, Ina, Jamie, and Nigella. All of these are beloved authors as their numbers in the EYB Library can attest. Recently The New Yorker's Helen Rosner sat down with perhaps the most widely-known of these cookbook authors, Nigella Lawson. In a wide-ranging… read more

Italian Deli – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of The Italian Deli Cookbook: 100 Glorious Recipes Celebrating the Best of Italian Ingredients by Theo Randall. Theo Randall is a British-born chef who specializes in Italian cuisine. He is currently the proprietor of Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane which is reopening on May 18th after… read more

News from Australia and New Zealand

Food writer, Sophie Hansen, who farms deer near Orange in the NSW Central Tablelands, celebrates all that’s fine about coming together with family and friends in her latest book: In Good Company (US/UK release set for May). With her innate flair and sense of country hospitality, Sophie reminds us that entertaining can be easy, with simple seasonal recipes grouped into… read more

Kindle Cookbook Deals

The Kindle deals page is now listed on our home page under Essentials for Cooks - the last entry. I update this post throughout the week - new additions are always at the top of each bulleted list below. If you see a great deal please email me at and I will add the deal to this page. Also… read more

Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of Milk Street: Tuesday Nights Mediterranean: 125 Simple Weeknight Recipes from the World's Healthiest Cuisine by Christopher Kimball. From the James Beard award-winning Milk Street team comes Milk Street: Tuesday Nights Mediterranean with 125 easy weeknight dinners that bring the flavors of the Mediterranean into your home. Each dish is… read more

Free “Baker’s Helper” conversion charts available for download

Rick Rodgers is one of my (and Jenny's) favorite cookbook authors. One of our treasured titles is Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. Not only have his recipes been featured in such publications as Bon Appétit, he is a fantastic instructor and is always happy to answer questions posed to him by bakers all… read more

Ramadan recipes at the ready

Tonight marks the start of Ramadan, which runs through May 12 this year. During this month of spiritual reflection and self-improvement, Muslims will abstain from both food and drink from dawn to sunset. As with most religious holidays, traditional foods play an important role, both for pre-dawn meal (suhoor) and the meal consumed after sunset (iftar). There are a variety… read more

Super Natural Simple – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Super Natural Simple: Whole-Food, Vegetarian Recipes for Real Life by Heidi Swanson. Super Natural Simple shares more than 120 whole-food, vegetarian recipes for quick weeknight meals full of flavor, spice, color, and nutrition from the New York Times bestselling author of Super Natural Cooking. Eat Your Books also indexes Heidi's blog… read more

Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Mister Jiu's in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food by Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho. Brandon Jew, the acclaimed chef behind the Michelin-starred Mister Jiu's in San Francisco's Chinatown, took a roundabout journey to cooking, but when he found himself inspired by the Chinese food he… read more

Food news antipasto

For the past few months, Jay Rayner has been focusing on classic cookbooks that have had a significant and lasting impact on the way he cooks. For his last column in the series, instead of focusing on a cookbook, he turns his attention to a collection most of us have tucked away somewhere: a binder or scrapbook filled with clippings… read more

Giving up on “the one”

If offered a tray of bars and cookies with one choice being a brownie, it's a safe bet to assume that is what I will choose to eat. My preference is for a fudgy brownie as opposed to a cakey one, but I am not a snob and will eat whichever is available. For years I have tried brownie recipes… read more

This week: New online baking classes, a peek inside Dorie’s upcoming cookbook, EYBD Preview, cookbook giveaways and more!

This week Williams-Sonoma announced their lineup for the next series of Baking School with Brian Hart Hoffman of Bake From Scratch. I have added these dates and particulars to our calendar. I want to take a moment to highlight cookbooks (and upcoming cookbooks) from some of the bakers joining Brian in Baking School. The Cupcake Diaries was written by the… read more

An unsung culinary influencer

Craig Claiborne's legacy will not soon be forgotten: he has earned a spot in the food writer hall of fame. The long-time NYT food editor is perhaps best known for 1961's The New York Times Cook Book. No one writes a book like that alone, and as the old saying goes, 'behind every successful man there is a strong woman.'… read more

Asian Green – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Asian Green: Everyday Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang. EYB is providing one additional copy worldwide. Asian Green: Everyday Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang is full of inspiring, quick and simple recipes, perfect for vegetarians, vegans and people looking to reduce the amount… read more

Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen: Easy & Exciting Dishes to Liven Up Your Recipe Repertoire by Clodagh McKenna. EYB is providing one additional copy worldwide. Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen was published in the UK last October and released in the US this February. With 100 interesting, simple recipes from meat-free meals to… read more

Are we primed for a return of the automat?

You might expect that the intersection of contactless delivery, cutting-edge technology, and food occurred in the age of COVID-19, but instead this combination dates all the way back to 1895 when the automat concept was invented in Berlin. Automats quickly made their way to North America thanks to Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart, who opened their first such outlet in… read more

Root Stem Leaf Flower: How to Cook with Vegetables and Other Plants – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Root Stem Leaf Flower: How to Cook with Vegetables and Other Plants by Gill Meller. Gill is a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher and has been part of the River Cottage team for 11 years. In 2017, he answered some questions for our members to… read more

News from Australia and New Zealand

The evening market at Melbourne’s beloved Queen Vic Market is back this month on Wednesdays 5-10pm from 7 to 28 April! The tongue-in-cheek, COVID-inspired theme is Spaced Out and the offerings are delicious with food trucks and regular stall holders dishing up everything from lobster rolls and traditional paella to truffle fries and crisp, creamy cannoli. There are space-themed cocktails… read more

Current Cookbook Giveaway Summary

All of our current giveaways are now on one convenient roundup which will be continually updated! If you are having any difficulties with entering our giveaways, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Giveaways are tagged by the countries the contests are open to. Bookmark the searches below for easy reference! To enter our contests click on the blue link… read more

Older generations view cooking with a different perspective

While late Boomers, GenX, and Millenials have picked up cooking as a passionate hobby, for many people in earlier generations cooking is viewed as a chore or a duty, or as a way to give pleasure to others and not necessarily to oneself. When lockdowns began over a year ago, millions of elderly people - many of them living alone… read more

Food news antipasto

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Are you the type of person who eats their chocolate Easter bunny ears first or tail first? Whichever way you do it, you are participating in the biggest US chocolate holiday by far: Easter dwarfs Valentine's Day and Christmas in terms of chocolates sold. To keep you in the chocolate mood without adding any calories, The Guardian's Annalisa Barbieri investigates… read more

Small cakes make a big impression

I'm known as the office baker, and pre-pandemic I would bring in a cake, cookies, and other treats on a weekly basis. Having dozens of eager recipients helped me maintain my waistline while still indulging in my favorite hobby. For the past year, however, visits to the office have been few and far between as we have been fortunate enough… read more

Tips for a spring (or fall) pantry cleaning

Most of us have been cooking more at home for the better part of a year now, and as a result our pantry might be looking a little rough. The change of season beckons us to do a thorough cleaning, but what's the best way to go about it? The Guardian's Felicity Cloake and others answer the question with tips… read more
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