Modern French Pastry

Modern French Pastry: Innovative Techniques, Tools and Design by Cheryl Wakerhauser is not your grandmother's pastry cookbook. In the world of cookbook reviews, the word unique gets flung about like spun sugar, but I swear on my stack of vintage French tart pans - this title is unique and exciting.  Cheryl Wakerhauser is the owner of Pix Pâtisserie in Portland, Oregon… read more

The most popular Christmas candy in each state

I have to admit I'm a sucker for lists, so I was tickled when Jenny shared this with me: a listing of the top Christmas candy for each state in the US. I knew that people in the US have a sweet tooth, but was a bit taken aback that we will spend $1.93 billion USD on candy for the holiday… read more

Little steps helped accomplish a big dream

Conventional wisdom says that if you want to publish a cookbook but don't have a huge Instagram following, own a wildly successful restaurant, or host a popular television cooking show, it's almost impossible to get taken seriously by agents and publishers. It's a good thing that Reem Kassis didn't believe in conventional wisdom, because she recently published a cookbook without… read more

Eat Your Books Cookbook Club January – March Selections

In September we announced the formation of the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club on Facebook. We have grown to over 4,400 members and welcome all to join us. In October and November, roundup posts highlighting the wonderful creations our members have been posting were shared. For ease in locating EYB Cookbook Club articles, I have tagged all posts with #EYBcookbookclub and include a link… read more

Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen

From the time she was a young girl, Julie Ann Sageer, was affectionately called "Julie Taboulie" by her family. Always passionate about preparing and cooking the traditional food of her Lebanese heritage,  she shares that passion in her first cookbook, Julie Taboulie's Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking. The cookbook is the perfect companion to Julie's… read more

Spice support: holiday baking spices

  As they enter the holiday baking season, bakers the world over are assessing their pantries to make sure they have enough of the requisite spices and flavorings to complete their baking agendas. Vanilla, cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, cardamom and ginger form the backbone of flavor for many baked goods. We have already discussed cinnamon and cardamom in previous… read more

The Vegetable – Recipe, review and giveaway

The Vegetable: Recipes that Celebrate Nature by Caroline Griffiths and Vicki Valsamis is a collection of 130 plant-based recipes featuring fresh flavors and exciting combinations that will delight anyone looking to eat more vegetables. Over the last few years, cookbooks focusing on vegetable dishes have become incredibly tempting and exciting. With stunning full-color photography throughout, the book is broken down by… read more

Le Chef releases its list of the top 100 chefs in the world

  Yesterday, Le Chef magazine announced its annual compilation of the 100 best chefs in the world for 2018. Chef Michel Troisgros from Maison Troisgros restaurant in Ouches, France, was named as the  best chef in the world for 2018.  The list also includes names you know and might expect, like Alain Ducasse, René Redzepi, Massimo Bottura, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Corey Lee, and Grant… read more

Lure – Recipe, review and giveaway

Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast by Ned Bell and Valerie Howes will open your mind to a vast array of fish and shellfish that you might not have considered before. Here, readers embark on a wild Pacific adventure and discover the benefits of healthy oils and rich nutrients that seafood deliver.  This cookbook, authored by chef and seafood… read more

Baked in Vermont – Gesine Prado – and other television news

Gesine Bullock-Prado's baking cookbooks are incredible. If the woman wrote a book on how to boil water, I'd buy it. Bake It Like You Mean It: Gorgeous Cakes from Inside Out is my favorite - but all of her titles, including her memoir, will never leave my collection. As I had a cooking show playing in the background this weekend, I… read more

‘Molto Mario’ returns for a limited run

  It's been over ten years since Molto Mario last appeared on the Food Network, and twenty years since it debuted. Since 2005, when the show departed the airwaves Mario Batali has become busier and even more famous as co-host of The Chew and with several Eataly locations. Apparently he has a little room in his hectic schedule, however, as he… read more

You’ve never seen a gingerbread house like this

I've posted some incredibly detailed gingerbread houses on this blog - one displayed at the White House in 2015, and last year a gingerbread dream house. Each time I think "how can anyone top that?" yet each subsequent baking season brings another show-stopping house. This year I may have found one that just cannot be outdone. It came to my… read more

Ways to use those Thanksgiving leftovers

  Our non-U.S. members may be getting weary of our Thanksgiving posts, but it's hard to overlook the one holiday truly devoted to eating. This will be the final post of the year on Thanksgiving, to help out those (like me) who made too much - I mean, a generous amount of food yesterday. Marcus Samuelsson has a few ideas… read more

Instant Pot Miracle Review, recipe and giveaway plus Instant Pot Giveaway

Instant Pot Miracle: From Gourmet to Everyday, 175 Must-Have Recipes by The Editors at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shares a collection of recipes approved by the maker of the world's best known multi-cooker, Instant Pot.  This title is full of international flavors including Peruvian chicken bowls with green sauce, Moroccan chicken tagine, and Indian-style lentil soup. American classics include Grown-up sloppy… read more

Australia’s best bakers weigh in on their favorite baking books

When you walk into a bakery and see the rows of glistening pastries or perfectly browned breads, you might not think that the master bakers who created these lovely treats might have pored over the same baking books that sit on your cookbook shelves. But everyone has to start somewhere, and for many pastry chefs, that start came in the… read more

A cookbook editor’s take on the Food & Wine move

In June we learned that Food & Wine magazine was moving the bulk of its operation to Birmingham, Alabama. Even though it came as a bit of a surprise, most people like food writer Ruth Reichl understood the reasons for the relocation and viewed it in a positive light - at least the publication wasn't shuttering like many others. James… read more

Easy Soups from Scratch and Quick Breads

Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match: 70 Recipes to Pair and Share by Ivy Manning makes it simple to create delicious, nourishing soups and warm, toothsome breads for any day of the week with straight-forward, time-saving recipes. With 70 soups and breads to mix and match, soup lovers can choose from cozy classic combos such as Creamy… read more

The lasting legacy of Joy of Cooking

  We have frequently posted about legacy items on the EYB blog: things like cherished hand-me-down cookbooks, recipes, and kitchen tools we have inherited from family and dear friends. In these posts, Joy of Cooking frequently comes up in conversation. It is difficult to overstate the lasting legacy of this work. Recently Charles Roberts, owner of the used bookstore WonderBook,… read more

Desserts by the Editors of Food & Wine

Desserts: Over 140 of Our Most Beloved Recipes by Editors of Food & Wine is a drool-inducing collection of sweet recipes just in time for the holidays. Desserts that will shine at the holiday table include the Poached peaches with baked ricotta or an Apple cake with cranberries. Sweet treats include Soft apple-cider caramels or Dark chocolate bark with roasted… read more

Is black going to be the new black in 2018?

  We've already seen the Waitrose food trend predictions for 2018, and now the Trendspotter Panel of the Specialty Foods Association has weighed in with its own prognostication. If they are right, expect a lot of black-hued products in the coming year. The panel said they think plant-based foods will continue to grow in popularity, with more algae and other products… read more

Holiday Gift Guide For Cooks and Cookbook Lovers

The season is upon us - so much to do, so little time. In an effort to keep you informed, I've put together a comprehensive list of suggestions for the cook in your life (or for yourself!)  My various gift guides from last year can be found at the links below. I'm hoping to update these in the next week. … read more

Buy a gift certificate and earn a chance at free cookbooks

You rely on Eat Your Books to help you organize your recipes and find inspiration. Why not share that benefit with friends and family who love to cook? Gift certificates are available for one, two and three year memberships to EYB. And for every gift certificate you buy between now and December 31, we will enter you into a drawing… read more

November 2017 Cookbook Roundup

Not fully recovered from October's landslide of books, November arrives with an impressive batch of titles to tempt us. As always, I have reviewed and selected the best new releases from around the world. This month there are 90 plus new titles and I will focus on the top releases while still giving you a list of other titles that… read more

Help EYB when you shop Amazon on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

  It may be difficult to believe, but we are less than a week away from Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year. Many of you will be buying gifts - for other or for yourself - with the deals offered by major online retailers beginning next Friday and continuing to Cyber Monday. Amazon has stretched the deals… read more

November’s Eat Your Books Cookbook Club Summary

It's time for the monthly roundup of the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club, our online cooking group. November's books were Half Baked Harvest or any of Diana Henry's cookbooks or online recipes that we have indexed here at Eat Your Books. As a reminder, in December we will be cooking from Six Seasons or Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat, plus… read more
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