The Short Stack Cookbook – Short Stack Editions

The Short Stack Cookbook: Ingredients that Speak Volumes by Nick Fauchald, Kaitlyn Goalen, and the contributors of Short Stack Editions hits the shelves today. A visually captivating book that mimics the style of the sought after Short Stack volumes is sure to please owners of the Short Stack collection and those who are not. The Short Stack Editions are a collection of single… read more

Cookbook Giveaway – The Short Stack Cookbook and a Trio of Short Stack Volumes

The Short Stack Cookbook: Ingredients that Speak Volumes by Nick Fauchald, Kaitlyn Goalen, and the contributors of Short Stack Editions is being released today. The ethos behind Short Stack Editions is simple: Pair honest, common ingredients with trusted voices in the culinary world for inspired recipes home cooks can actually use. For their first cookbook, Short Stack founders Nick Fauchald and… read more

Baking soda’s surprising uses

We all know about baking soda's leavening prowess for muffins, cakes, and quick breads, and its ability to help cookies and other baked goods brown evenly. There are more uses for the common pantry ingredient, says indexed blog Serious Eats, which describes five additional ways to use baking soda in your cooking. The first tip is to improve shrimp by using a quick… read more

October releases worth the excitement – final installment

This is the fourth and final installment of my highlights of October cookbook releases. My first, second and third installments shared some wonderful titles so be sure to go back and read those posts after you are finished here. There is also a link at the bottom of this post to my cookbook giveaway roundup - be sure to enter… read more

Celebrate National Pasta Day

  Today is National Pasta Day in the US. The "official" Pasta Day website contains several interesting facts about our favorite carbohydrate. Although Marco Polo has long been credited with "discovering" pasta in Asia and bringing it back to his native Italy, documents describing what appears to be pasta have been found that pre-date Marco's travels to the Far East.… read more

Observer Food Monthly announces 2016 awards

  The 2016 Observer Food Monthly awards were announced at a gala celebration last Thursday. The awards, in their 13th year, celebrate the best of British food and drink. Categories range from best restaurant and best cheap eats to best food personality to best market and more, including our favorite, best new cookbook. While most of the categories are for… read more

The rise of Israeli cuisine

  Over the last several years, Israeli cuisine has made a huge splash all over the world. In the UK, Yotam Ottolenghi has reached icon status and currently his cookbook Plenty is on more EYB Bookshelves than any other book in the Library. In the US, Michael Solomonov's restaurant Zahav is making waves and his cookbook of the same name is also… read more

Special Cookbooks from my Shelf

Loving cookbooks as much as I do, I am always surprised to find titles that aren't overly pubicized that are deserving of a coveted spot in my collection. Today, I wanted to share a little about six such titles. Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azebejian, Feride Buyuran's award winning cookbook, is a vibrant, personal journey sharing the bounty and… read more

A brief history of coffee

It's safe to say a significant portion of the adult world runs on caffeine, usually received in the form of coffee. It's best not to talk to me until I've had my first cup of the day, and I know I am not alone in that sentiment. Beyond the caffeine, the tantalizing aroma of coffee and the way the mug… read more

Featured Cookbooks & Recipes

Did you know adding online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf is a really great way to build your personal recipe collection?  You can do this even if you have a free membership! Try it out now and see how easy it is. Browse the recipes below, choose one that appeals, click on the link, and add it to your Bookshelf.… read more

Cooking by vibration

In 1958, at the age of 19, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor left the US for Paris in search of a career in the theater. What began as a simple search for black-eyed peas in France ended up being far from simple, and led Smart-Grosvenor down the path of writing about food and cooking as a way of expressing one's culture.  Known as an… read more

October releases worth the excitement – third installment

My third installment, offering a glance at some of the great books being released in October, concentrates on international releases. My love of cookbooks has no boundaries - I love cookbooks from any area of the world that tell a story, shares unique recipes and inspires me to grow as a cook. This Fall surely brings all of these criteria… read more

An interview with an editor of Bread Illustrated

  It wasn't that long ago when most bread that ended up in US shopping carts was a squishy, white, bland loaf. Now it seems we are in the midst of a bread renaissance. Books about artisanal bread making - often touting a minimal amount of hands-on time - crowd bookstore shelves. So when Sacha Madadian edited Bread Illustrated, the… read more

Cookbook Giveaway – The Grain Bowl

From the creator of the Porridge Café and innovative restaurant pop-up star comes Nik Williamson's first title, The Grain Bowl.  After a visit to a Copenhagen café which served only porridge, Williamson returned to London and launched the Porridge Café, a pop-up in the trendy East End and was met with instant success.  Backed by his recipe testing and research… read more

The Grain Bowl – Author Article and Recipe

Nik Williamson's debut cookbook, The Grain Bowl, is a collection of 90 heart-healthy recipes made with a variety of grains, seeds, rice and superfoods. Williamson is an expert on grains and creator of the now shuttered Porridge Café in London. He continues to innovate in the world of pop-up food events with his Three Bears Brunch. This title features sweet… read more

The subtle science of menu writing

  When you venture out to a new restaurant one of the first impressions you will have, aside from the decor, is the menu that you are handed once you are seated. While you may consider the dish options as the critical part of the menu, there are other factors at work that could influence your dining decision. As Anna Roth… read more

Shining the spotlight on tahini

  When someone mentions tahini, you probably think hummus. While that is a great use for the sesame seed butter, tahini is certainly not a one hit wonder. Cooking Light Magazine explores the many ways to use the paste in a primer on tahini. The article extols the many virtues of tahini before getting to recipes highlighting the ingredient. For… read more

French Desserts – Hillary Davis

Hillary Davis' has done it again - another gorgeous cookbook spilling over with delectable recipes in her new title, French Desserts. This may be my new favorite from her collection. Hillary's books are always special, well tested and teeming with unique recipes. The book itself is striking from its eye-catching cover of the Giant Break-and-Share Cookie, to the photographs of the vibrant… read more

Cookbook Giveaway – French Desserts

French Desserts by Hillary Davis is one of my favorite titles from her recent collection focusing on French cuisine. Le French Oven, French Comfort Food and Cuisine Niçoise: Sun-Kissed Cooking from the French Riviera are all beautiful books but there is something special about this dessert volume. Read more about this author and her books in our review and recipe post. We are… read more

Travel around the world in a sweet way

  When people talk about virtually traveling around the world by making dishes from various cuisines, savory foods generally get the spotlight. But we shouldn't forget about dessert, says indexed magazine Saveur. They examine 22 different dessert recipes from across the globe.  Some of the recipes are familiar, like French eclairs and chocolate chip cookies. But if you are in… read more

Event at Bonnie Slotnick’s Cookbooks

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks  is a treasured resource for cookbook lovers across the world. If you are looking for a hard-to-find book, Bonnie can help you locate it. Bonnie is located at 28 East Second St., New York, NY 10003 and her phone number is 212-989-8962 - if you have an inquiry for our favorite cookbook slueth.  Myself and a few of… read more

Ottolenghi moves peppers to the forefront of the meal

  Peppers are a staple in most cooks' kitchens. They are so often used in supporting roles that they can be ignored when it comes to the starrring role in dishes. Instead of relegating them to background props, chef Yotam Ottolenghi says they deserve to be the stars of the dish. The popular chef notes that peppers "do a lot… read more

Cookbook Giveaway – Art of the Pie

Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott, of Pie Camp fame, is the pie artist's first cookbook and she comes into the cookbook world with a bang! Selling out of Amazon before her release date, pie bakers are anxiously awaiting for new stock to arrive to fulfill their orders. This is the pie book of 2016. You can read more about… read more

Art of the Pie – Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott's Art of the Pie is a dream of a cookbook for pie bakers and those who wish to become pie bakers. Kate signs off as "Pie Maker, Teacher, Practitioner of Kindness" and is nationally recognized as an expert on the subject. Culinary stars and bakers, alike, have made the trip to her Pie Camps in Port Angeles, Washington. Attending one… read more

No aged balsamic? No problem

  Aged balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico tradizionale) - syrupy, rich, complex and just a little sweet - is a decadent splurge. When you're on a budget, it can be a bit too much of a splurge.  If you can't afford to spend the big bucks on a 25-year aged balsamic, the editors at America's Test Kitchen have created a cheat that is almost… read more
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