Adventures in Slow Cooking & Kitchen Aid Slow Cooker

Mom's old stand-by - the crockpot - has undergone a makeover of sorts and is re-emerging as a reliable tool for even the pickiest of cooks and eaters. With the help of better appliances and thoughtful recipes by talented food writers and recipe developers, the slow cooker is finding its place in the gourmet's kitchen. James Beard-nominated food writer, Sarah… read more

Daniel Patterson wants you to cook without recipes

Daniel Patterson, chef and owner of the award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant Coi in San Francisco, is also a well-known food writer. In addition to his highly praised cookbook Coi: Stories and Recipes, he has been published in recent years in The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Lucky Peach. Patterson also teamed up with perfumer Mandy Aftel to write 2004's Aroma: The… read more

Verrines are perfect for entertaining

  I read cookbooks like novels, visit food websites on a daily basis, and obsessively think about my upcoming cooking and baking projects. Despite devoting much of my time to food, I frequently encounter dishes and ingredients that I have not heard of before. That happened today when I spied an article on the Fine Cooking website titled Verrines: Splendor… read more

Veneto – Valeria Necchio – Review, recipe and giveaway

Veneto: Recipes from an Italian Country Kitchen by Valeria Necchio is the debut cookbook from the voice behind the beautiful blog, Life Love Food. Valeria grew up in the "Venetian countryside, in a village with nothing going on for it, not even a beautiful landscape. The only good thing about it was the food." Food, however, didn't become an integral… read more

Celia Sack of Omnivore Books shares her favorite cookbooks

 Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books in San Francisco, first became interested in cookbooks, especially antique ones, while working at an auction house. She parlayed that interest into one of the finest cookbook stores in the United States. In an interview with indexed magazine Saveur, she tells us which cookbooks are her favorites, and what subjects she would like to see covered… read more

Chicken on the Menu – Review, recipe and worldwide giveaway

Chicken on the Menu by Luc Hoornaert and Kris Vlegels shares sixty recipes from famous chefs - such as Bocuse and Georges Blanc - for one of the most versatile proteins - chicken. Full page photographs of the dishes, portraits of the chefs featured, and narrative on the background and history of the recipes - all weigh in to make… read more

The Illustrated Wok – Kickstarter

  In an effort to keep you informed on all cookbook news, occasionally I will share a Kickstarter project that I believe will interest many of you - The Illustrated Wok is one such project. The Cleaver Quarterly, a print magazine exploring the incredible diversity of Chinese cuisine around the world was funded through Kickstarter three years ago. Now they… read more

Chai Chaat & Chutney – Chetna Makan

Many of us fell in love with Chetna Makan in 2014 when she made it to the semi-finals of the The Great British Bake Off (I, personally, was rooting for her to take home the coveted cake stand). Her highly praised debut cookbook, The Cardamom Trail, is very special to me it was the subject of one of my very… read more

Recreating childhood memories

  They say you can never go home again. The same could be said about food - whenever you revisit a favorite childhood treat, it almost inevitably fails to live up to your memories. This was the challenge faced by Stella Parks when it came time to write her baking cookbook BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts. Stella explains to Eater the difficulties… read more

Amazon to lower prices at Whole Foods

  Earlier this year we reported on Amazon's bid to purchase high-end food retailer Whole Foods. The deal is set to close on August 28, and Amazon has announced that it will immediately slash prices on many of Whole Foods' products. In addition, Amazon Prime members will get special prices and perks. Amazon promises that these price cuts will not come… read more

There’s more to vinegar than you might think

Most of us have at least one type of vinegar in our pantry, and probably more. We tend to take it for granted, but there are many facets to this pantry staple, explains Harry Rosenblum, author of Vinegar Revival: Artisanal Recipes for Brightening Dishes and Drinks with Homemade Vinegars.  Rosenblum became fascinated with fermentation at a young age, and has been making… read more

Dalmatia – Review, recipe and giveaway

Dalmatia: Recipes from Croatia's Mediterranean Coast by Ino Kuvačić celebrates traditional recipes that capture the fresh, simple cuisine of the Dalmatian region. The title page has a stunning aerial view of the coast line that captured my heart immediately - any place this mesmerizing surely must be home to beautiful cuisine as well. Ino Kuvačić is a Melbourne-based restaurateur who was… read more

Fall Cookbooks

Earlier this summer, I shared two comprehensive lists - highlighting books released in July and August and then a large breakdown of key cookbooks that will be published from September through November. Today, I wanted to provide you with a more manageable compilation. (Confession: this list was three times as long and I made cuts - then it was twice… read more

Gourmet Traveller announces 2018 Restaurant Award winners

Indexed magazine Australian Gourmet Traveller announced the winners of its 2018 Restaurant Awards on Wednesday. The awards included ten categories including best restaurant, best chef, best wine list, and best new talent. The winners were culled from the semi-finalists announced earlier this year.  For the first time in 20 years, the Restaurant of The Year honors went to an establishment… read more

Friday Flashback – Sirocco by Sabrina Ghayour

I remember cracking open the pages of Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East last year and reading these words "Sirocco: a hot, dry wind blowing from east to west-sometimes described as warm, spicy and sultry" - I was spellbound. The vivid description of the word sirocco made me long to know more. Sabrina Ghayour's first book - Persiana: Recipes from the Middle… read more

Featured Cookbooks & 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

Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian – Review, recipe and giveaway

Fabio's 30-Minute Italian: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick, and Easy Recipes by Fabio Viviani proves that 30-minute meals can be delicious and packed with flavor. The adorable Top Chef favorite (at least he's my favorite) has written three prior cookbooks Cafe Firenze, Fabio's Italian Kitchen and Fabio's American Kitchen (of course all on my bookshelf). Here in his new title, he delivers recipes… read more

Hand harvesting of salt makes a comeback in France

  Ever since I read the fascinating tome Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky, I have a new appreciation for one of the world's oldest seasonings. You will find several varieties of salt in my cupboards, from basic granulated to kosher to sea salt from the Antarctic (courtesy of a friend). NPR recently examined how the demand for sea… read more

Cookbooks to Help us Ease into our Back-to-School Schedules

Most families are already back to school or preparing to return after the Labor Day weekend in the US. School not only means more work for the students but also puts a strain on the family cook. With the extracurricular activities that come with school sessions or busy college course loads, menu planning can take a hit - leaving fast… read more

New tricks for an old dish

  No matter how many foods I make (or attempt to make), I am always amazed at the new ideas that spring from the minds of inventive chefs and home cooks. The latest comes via Tasting Table, which relates the curious pasta technique from Sarah Grueneberg, who earlier this year won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Chef.  Grueneberg… read more

August 2017 cookbook roundup

It's the end of August - yes, already! Each month I am amazed by the speed at which time is flying by. I'm starting to mark time in cookbook releases and roundups. August starts with a trickle of books foreshadowing the steady stream of highly anticipated titles that September ushers in. Again, I have reviewed stacks of cookbooks, selecting and… read more

The best food television shows of 2017

For cookbook lovers, nothing beats cracking open a favorite book and settling in to browse and dream of new tastes and techniques. Sometimes you have to put down the book, however. Thank goodness for a plethora of television shows to fill the time in between book reading sessions! This fall, everyone's favorite baking show, The Great British Bake Off, debuts… read more

Foods to commemorate the eclipse

Millions of people in the United States donned special sunglasses today to view the solar eclipse. This was the first time totality occurred over most of the continental US since 1932, and thousands of folks traveled for hundreds of miles in search of optimal viewing conditions, with photographic equipment and family members in tow. While many viewers experienced the eerie… read more

Spice support: pandan leaf

  When Yvonne Ruperti moved to Singapore, she noticed that there were a lot of green foods - things that non-natives would not expect to be green, like cakes, buns, and bread. At first she assumed they were flavored and colored with green tea, but she soon learned that pandan leaf contributed the bright green hues and delicate floral flavor. … read more

Best Cookbooks for Home Cooking

Recently, Epicurious published their list of the 100 best home cooks of all time. Now the editors have derived a list of cookbooks recommended for the new collector pulled from that list with The Food Lab being given the coveted position of number one.  In July, I complied a list of books that I recommended to elevate your cooking game based… read more
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