Hostess with the mostest (…or not!)

Entertaining-focused cookbooks come out twice a year--before summer and for the holidays (even if their party suggestions are not season-sensitive).  I always leaf through the summer ones with the slightly dislocated sense one has when observing a foreign culture.  Twice each summer is my limit, basically, when it comes to entertaining.  The first time is my daughter's birthday (cookies &… read more

13 ways of looking at a cherry tomato…

...well, maybe not quite that many (with apologies to Wallace Stevens).  It takes forever, it seems, for the Sungold cherry tomatoes to ripen.  We started them in March, shuttled them in and out of the house during the frosty nights of April, gently forked them into the ground in May and watched for 8 weeks! as those tiny green marbles… read more

100,000 cookbooks on EYB members’ Bookshelves

There are now more than 100,000 cookbooks on our members' Bookshelves.  The number of members owning each book varies from 550 for Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One down to lots of books just owned by one member.  You can check out who else owns your cookbooks by clicking Other Bookshelves under book details.  Then you can look at all the… read more

We Scream for Ice Cream

97 degrees - that's the high today, and that's here in New England.  Even the most dedicated home cook has mixed feelings about cooking in weather like this.  All I want to do is sit in a hammock with a book while someone brings me a cool drink once in a while.  Or, better yet, a dish of ice cream.… read more
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