New version of EYB is here at last

It's taken us longer than we would like but we are really happy with the end result - we hope you are too!  We have a great team of developers who have incorporated your feedback since we launched.  There are a lot more improvements we want to make over the next few months but the basic structure we have now… read more

Monica Bhide

Monica Bhide looks at how family recipes change over time... This morning I was making a lentil soup for my family, almost exactly the way my grandmother, in India,  taught me decades ago. Or so I first thought. Her recipe used six tablespoons of butter,  onions, garlic, red lentils, about eight different spices, loads of cilantro and a touch of… read more

Matt and Ted Lee

Matt Lee and Ted Lee talk about their beloved grandmother... Elizabeth Maxwell, our late grandmother, had a profound influence on our cooking, though you'll have to banish any images of an aproned Southern Grandmother laboring all day at the stove, stirring her collards and hushing her puppies. Gran, as we called her, was a thoroughly modern Yankee, wearer of short… read more

The Observer’s Top 10 Cookbooks of All Time

The list is now up at sister paper The Guardian's website. And the top 10 are: 1. The French Menu Cookbook by Richard Olney2. French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David3. The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden4. The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater5. Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson & Lindsey Bareham6. English Food by Jane Grigson7. Thai Food by David Thompson8. The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan9. Sichuan Cookery by Fuchsia Dunlop10. Great Dishes of… read more

Best 50 cookbooks of all time?

The Guardian has today listed the first installment of the best 50 cookbooks of all time, as chosen by The Observer's Food Monthly. The top 10 will be published in this Sunday's Observer. See how many you have, and how many you disagree with. Inevitably the skew is British though there are nine Americans in the list and one Australian. Rather… read more

Never mind what I eat…what do you eat???

Although new food books arrive at my house every day, very rarely does one stop me in my tracks.  But that's what happened when I opened the familiar cardboard envelope and found What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.  One moment I was sorting through the mail; the next I was transported on a whirlwind, National Geographic-style tour… read more

Essential maintenance

We will have to take the site down this morning, hopefully for not longer than 3 hours, for some essential upkeep of the site.  It should be back up by 3pm EST. Once the new version of the site goes live in the next couple of weeks, such downtime will not be necessary.  Apologies if you needed to use EYB during this… read more
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