The new and improved Taste of the South magazine

Hoffman Media Publications is tearing up the magazine world by delivering periodicals that are pretty damn amazing. Magazines that we want to hold on to and not rip up to save an odd recipe here and there. Like those desserts that folks say are too pretty to eat (yeah, I don't believe that line either) Bake from Scratch is too fantastic to… read more

Cook. Better. recipe, review and giveaway

Cook. Better. by Nikki Werner and Brandon De Kock is not a book covering the basics. It is a book devoted to seasoning, knife cuts, techniques, tricks and tips to make everything we cook from the basics to more complex dishes - better.  For instance, the Macaroni cheese recipe we're sharing today recommends that we rinse our boiled macaroni for… read more

Another cooking school bites the dust

  It's been a rough few years for cooking schools in the U.S. Despite the glamorization of chefs, including many television shows and even a few movies, mainstream cooking schools have struggled to find students and several have shut down. In 2015, Le Cordon Bleu succumbed, and now we have learned that another school is closing. The latest casualty is… read more

December 2017 Cookbook Roundup

After the whirlwind of the last few months, December's releases feel like a calm breeze after the storm. It was an epic year for cookbooks. I believe the ever-growing trend of high quality cookbooks is a result of cookbook lovers and cooks demanding more. We are looking for inspiration and a challenge. We don't need another version of the basics,… read more

Tips for your improving your holiday cookie tray

  It's the home stretch for bakers intent on making holiday cookies. The recipes are printed or bookmarked, the ingredients are at hand, and now the fun can begin. Sometimes the fun turns to frustration, however, when doughs stick unexpectedly, gorgeous designs go cattywampus, and things that are supposed to be soft get crunchy and vice-versa.  We've lined up a… read more

Allegations against Johnny Iuzzini derail Great American Baking Show

The 'Great American Baking Show', a spin off of the phenomenal hit series 'The Great British Bake Off', had just started its third season when news broke that one of the show's hosts, pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, was facing allegations of sexual misconduct. When parent company ABC heard about the allegations, it pulled the remaining episodes of the show.  The… read more

Eat Your Books Cookbook Club December Roundup – Part I

We are doing the roundup of the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club, our online cooking group, and our second group that is working through Sweet, a bit earlier as the newsletter will go out next week before the holidays. Before the end of the year, I will prepare a Part II roundup so that we can share more greatest from this… read more

Featured Cookbooks & Recipes

Finding the best recipes amongst the millions online is not easy - but you don't have to! The team here at Eat Your Books, searches for excerpts from indexed books and magazines and every week we bring you our latest finds. Every day recipes are added from the best blogs and websites. As a member, you can also add your… read more

Dinner in an Instant – Melissa Clark

Do you question if Melissa Clark ever sleeps? I do. She's a wife, mother, author of many books and columnist at the New York Times. There has to be two of her. The dynamo two cookbooks coming out in 2018: Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen: Family Meals, Festive Gatherings, and Everything In-between and Comfort in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Classic… read more

Cook Book Stall in Philadelphia is closing

Our list of favorite cookbook stores around the world is again getting shorter. The Cook Book Stall, which has been a fixture of Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia for 35 years, is closing down on December 29. Current owner Jill Ross, who purchased the store from original owner Nancy Marcus, has helmed the spot for the past 15 years. While… read more

Vegan Recipes from the Middle East

Many cultures blend together to make up the melting pot that represents the food of the Middle East. Generations of  Iranian, Israeli, Armenian, Kurdish, Greek, Cypriot, Azerbaijani and Turkish cooks, as well as other nations, join together as the foundation of this varied and vibrant cuisine. One constant among these people are the reverence and respect they have toward cooking… read more

How to choose the ‘keeper’ cookbooks

  Whenever you face cookbook overload - the shelves are bulging, and there is hardly any room left for even one volume - naturally, that means you will see several new 'must have' books. How do you decide which books are worth buying and taking up that precious real estate, or which of your current collection can be passed on… read more

Holiday cocktail ideas

In the rush of holiday meal planning, it's easy to overlook the drinks. But having the right cocktail can make the dinner or brunch special, and Australian Gourmet Traveller has the goods, with a list of 20 Christmas cocktail ideas. The recipes range from traditional to contemporary.  On the traditional side you'll find champagne crustas, eggnog, sangria, and a Bajan… read more

State Bird Provisions, Review, Recipe and Giveaway

2017 is the year of the cookbook. So many titles this year, more than any other, deserve a well-earned spot on "the best cookbooks of 2017" list. Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski's State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook is another such title. The couple's Michelin-starred restaurant by the same name is located in San Francisco and was named Best New Restaurant in 2013… read more

Batali steps down following sexual harassment allegations

  After reports that four women have accused the culinary megastar of sexual misconduct, Mario Batali announced that he would be stepping back from day-to-day operations of his restaurant ventures. ABC has also asked the chef to step away from the daytime talk showThe Chew, where Batali is one of the hosts. Three of Batali's accusers worked for the chef,… read more

Vanilla extract in an instant

A couple of weeks ago we discussed vanilla in our Spice Support on baking spices. There was a blurb about a shortcut to homemade vanilla extract - and now we have details to go along with that blurb. The Kitchn recently posted a tutorial on how to make vanilla extract with an Instant Pot.  While traditional recipes require weeks or… read more

Cookbook Gift Guide for the Ultimate Collector

We all know someone special, like myself, who has the mother lode of all cookbook collections. We want to give them the greatest gift of all - a cookbook that they don't own, but how does one know without having access to their Eat Your Books profile and even then have they indeed loaded all their titles? I have put… read more

In praise of ugly food

  If you spend any time on Instagram, you may start to feel a bit insecure about your cooking and baking. Impeccably staged, lushly lighted, stunning photographs featuring glistening vegetables, intricately decorated pie crusts, and artfully composed plates could make anyone eye their grilled cheese sandwich with disdain. But just because a dish is not gorgeous doesn't mean is not… read more

Baker’s Royale – Naomi Robinson

Baker's Royale: 75 Twists on All Your Favorite Sweets by Naomi Robinson is jammed full of desserts, but not just any desserts - these  desserts are modernized classic recipes or what I fondly refer to as Naomi-ized desserts. In 75 recipes for all seasons and occasions, the popular blogger turns familiar desserts on their heads: macarons get a s'mores treatment; pavlova… read more

White Chocolate, Almond and Cranberry Bars

Most of us are familiar with that famous coffee shop that serves a cranberry white chocolate bar during the holidays. In another life, I loved those bars. Now they seem overly sweet and leave a heavy grease-like coating on my tongue. When the holidays roll around, I think of them as I love the flavors of cranberry and white chocolate.… read more

Neapolitan pizza-making achieves UNESCO World Heritage status

Naples, the city where pizza was perfected, just received major recognition for its world-famous pies. UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, recently added pizzaiuolo -- the art of Neopolitan pizza-making  -- to its 'Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'. More than two million people had signed a petition in support of the Italian city's bid for world… read more

Friday Flashback – The Food Stylist’s Handbook and Food Styling Workshops

Today's flashback is a look at The Food Stylist's Handbook: Hundreds of Tips, Tricks, and Secrets for Chefs, Artists, Bloggers, and Food Lovers by Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan. Denise and her team are the stylists to the stars and this book is an updated paperback version of her 2010 classic. Denise also was a busy caterer in Los Angeles… read more

Featured Cookbooks & Recipes

Do you find other people's comments on recipes helpful? Have you written your own recipe Notes? It's a great way to remind yourself how a dish turned out and share your experience with the EYB community. On each Recipe Details page you'll find a Notes tab. Adding online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf is a really great way to expand… read more

‘Tis the season for gifts from the kitchen

  Every year my holiday wish list gets smaller but my holiday treats list grows. I've come to enjoy making cookies, candies, and other non-food handmade items for friends and family. I know that they enjoy them too, because they save the tins for months and always manage to return them a couple of months prior to year's end. I… read more

Chefs and Company

Chefs & Company: 75 Top Chefs Share More Than 180 Recipes to Wow Last-Minute Guests by Maria Isabella is one of my best cookbooks of 2017. There are many factors that contribute to that classification. This beautiful book contains a never-before-assembled collection of recipes that offer a rare and exciting glimpse into the private home kitchens of 75 culinary superstars… read more
Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!