Even top chefs use shortcuts

  When you think of what the world's top chefs make at home, you likely picture them gently simmering bones and vegetables to make homemade stock, or folding and rolling puff pastry from scratch. As it turns out, even chefs use shortcuts. Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge surprised many people last week when he admitted to using stock cubes instead of… read more

Impatient Foodie – Review, recipe and giveaway

Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World by Elettra  Wiedemann and Claudia Ficca is the popular blogger's debut cookbook. Here, the former model who happens to be the  daughter of Isabella Rossellini, shares 100 recipes for tight schedules and lazy cooks. It was her grueling 12-hour workdays that led to her finding a practical way to uphold… read more

Truffle prices surge due to poor harvest

Truffles have long been associated with haute cuisine. Brillat-Savarin called truffles "the diamond of the kitchen", and the delicious fungi have graced fine dining menus the world over. Truffles are notoriously finicky to grow, steadfastly resisting attempts to cultivate them. This results in truffle prices being high even in good years - which 2017 is not. Bloomberg reports that white truffles… read more

Coastline – Recipe, Review & Giveaway

Coastline: The Food of Mediterranean Italy, France and Spain by Lucio Galletto and David Dale was published in the US by Interlink Books in August of this year. Prior editions in both Australia and the UK were published in March and May, respectively. This truly spectacular book is a collection of stories, debates, beautiful images and delicious Mediterranean recipes covering salads, pasta sauces, pizza… read more

The Desserts of New York – Recipe, review and giveaway

The Desserts of New York: And How to Eat Them All by Yasmin Newman is a travel journal and cookbook that features the sweet treats of the Big Apple. Forty-four recipes from all the hottest sweet spots include the number one voted old school Jewish chocolate babka to the infamous cronut. The Glazed doughnut of your dreams, Burnt butter chocolate chip… read more

600 years of cookbook history

We are living in a golden age of cookbooks, one where almost everyone can find a book filled with recipes for a reasonable price. It wasn't always like this - centuries ago, only the wealthiest people had cookbooks, which were seen as a status symbol. Henry Notaker traces the history of cookbooks for seven centuries in his book A History of… read more

Soulful Baker – Julie Jones – Review, Recipe & Giveaway

Julie Jones hits a grand slam with Soulful Baker: From Highly Creative Fruit Tarts and Pies to Chocolate, Desserts and Weekend Brunch. Using natural and colorful ingredients, interesting flavor combinations, and a designer's nod toward decoration, Julie's recipes are not only pleasuring to the eye but also to the palate. The author learned to cook from her mother whose dishes… read more

Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers – Recipes and Giveaway

In 1975, eight Calgary women, all members of the same bridge club, took off for a weekend away. Fun, bridge and talking about cooking led to the planning of the first Best of Bridge cookbook. Bank loans, uncomplicated recipes and self promotion made that cookbook a reality. The public loved these women who would show up to promote themselves in… read more

Potato, potahto

  White, red, russet, gold, fingerling - while these are the types of potatoes you will find in most supermarkets, there are actually dozens of varieties. You might see some of the lesser known cultivars at farmers' markets or upscale grocery stores. It's tempting to pick up a bundle of purple potatoes, but then what? We've found a handy guide… read more

Lidia’s American Dream

Lidia Bastianich helped create a food empire -  in addition to owning six restaurants with her son, Joe, she is part owner of the New York and Chicago Eataly locations. As if this weren't enough, she has two Emmy Award-winning PBS programs,  Lidia's Italy and Lidia's Kitchen, and several successful cookbooks. While you may already know all of this, you might not know… read more

Featured Cookbooks and Recipes

At Eat Your Books we want to bring you the best recipes - our dedicated team searches out and finds online recipes excerpted from newly indexed cookbooks and magazines. New recipes from the best blogs are indexed daily and members index their favorite online recipes using  the Bookmarklet all the time. Below you'll find this week's recommendations from the EYB team.… read more

Friday Flashback – Feasting Karen Martini

Hello, my name is Jenny and I have a problem - when I find a cookbook author I enjoy, I must have all the books they have written. My obsession with Karen Martini made that feat quite expensive - those darn Australian books! I blame all of this on Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamini. Yes, that is correct, those two superstar… read more

Recipes from an Italian Butcher – The Silver Spoon Kitchen

The first edition of The Silver Spoon (Il Cucchiaio d'argento) cookbook was published in 1950. Experts collected hundreds of traditional recipes throughout Italy, including every regional speciality, to create what has become the most successful Italian cookbook in history. The Silver Spoon has been continually updated, adapting the recipes and techniques to our modern lifestyle without losing the principles of authentic… read more

The Galloping Gourmet’s cookbook is updated and reissued

One of the first food television personalities, Graham Kerr figuratively and literally leapt into the public eye in the late 1960s in his television shown called The Galloping Gourmet. Known for his boundless energy, Kerr introduced the world to the idea that watching someone cook could be highly entertaining. Publishing house Rizzoli has updated Kerr's popular cookbook, The Graham Kerr… read more

The Artful Baker by Cenk Sonmezsoy

Cenk Sönmezsoy is the creative voice behind the award-winning blog, Cafe Fernando, named after Rose's teddy bear on the Golden Girls. "Bake and watch the Girls with Cenk" was just added to my bucket list.  The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker is the talented blogger's debut cookbook. Trust me when I state that he came out of the… read more

Over 5,000 video recipes now indexed

  A growing category of recipes available on blogs and websites is the video recipe. Sometimes they take the form of a mini-episode of a cooking show; other times they are more focused on specific techniques or methods. A few are made as much for kitsch and fun (I'm looking at you, Metal Kitchen) as they are for serious cooking. … read more

Eat Your Books Cookbook Club Monthly Roundup

Last month, we announced the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club - an online cooking group. More information is available on our introduction post. We have already scheduled out the rest of the year as follows: October - Victuals or Orange Appeal, any Southern title, or any Donna Hay recipe from one of her cookbooks or her online recipes that we have indexed here… read more

French butter shortage causes consternation

  A perfect storm of various trends is causing a butter crisis in France. Increased demand for French baked goods in Asia and other locations, coupled with a reduced European milk supply, has caused a shortage of butter and a resultant spike in prices that shows no sign of abating.  Butter prices in France have increased 60-percent the past year.  Photos… read more

October 2017 Cookbook Roundup

October has arrived with a staggering number of cookbooks and food related titles. November will have a fair number of new releases as well and as hard as it is to imagine, we will soon be talking about Spring releases. Time is flying by - one roundup at a time. As always, I have reviewed and selected the best new… read more

Chef John Besh steps down amidst controversy

On Saturday the New Orleans Times-Picayune published a shocking account of sexual harassment allegations against lauded New Orleans chef and restaurateur John Besh. Two days after the story broke, Besh resigned as head of Besh Restaurant Group (BRG), the company he founded. BRG executive Shannon White will assume the duties of chief executive officer. Besh has not said what he will do with… read more

S is for Southern from the Editors of Garden&Gun – Giveaway

The Editors of Garden and Gun and David DiBenedetto have put together a volume of encyclopedic quality in their new book, S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco. From Bo Diddley to Po'Boy to anything remotely to do with the South, this title delivers the scoop. While there are no recipes here, the information on… read more

What do you do when you have 30,000 cookbooks?

  Many EYB Members have impressive cookbook collections numbering in the hundreds and a few have thousands of cookbooks on their shelves. One man in Berlin puts us all to shame. He has collected over 30,000 cookbooks and did what anyone with that many books would do: he opened a cookbook store.   In the article, we only learn the collector's… read more

How to be Fearless in Culinary Writing

While I am buried literally and figuratively in about 200 October cookbooks (preparing a roundup which I hope will be informative and helpful to our members), I spotted a post by Crescent Dragonwagon in my newsfeed. To be honest, Julia Child's iconic face caught my attention first. When I am swamped with work, I seldom give my newsfeed a second look.… read more

Raiding Grandma’s recipe box

  If you are a fan of Southern barbecue, you are probably familiar with the side dishes that are must-have accompaniments like baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad. One North Carolina pitmaster is shaking things up at his popular restaurant. Matt Register, proprietor of Southern Smoke BBQ in the tiny town of Garland, raids his grandmother's recipe… read more

Featured Cookbooks and 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
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