Has food become too pretentious?

It's time again for the predictions of trends for the coming year. According one such list, up-and-coming food items for 2019 include calamansi juice, lichen, and seaweed. Those trends, which feature esoteric, rare, and expensive foods, don't sit well with The Guardian's Poppy Noor. She wonders why food has become so pretentious.  Noor laments the trends toward exotic ingredients that… read more

Featured Cookbooks, Recipes, and the Latest EYBDigital Books & Previews

EYB wants to make your cooking life easier. Our main focus has always been indexing cookbooks and magazines so you can efficiently search your own collection instead of paging through individual indexes. We also aim to keep members up to date on the best new titles being published. Our new EYBDigital platform allows us to provide EYBDigital Previews (sample pages from cookbooks) and EYBDigital Books (complete… read more

Chef José Andrés nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

Chef José Andrés can add another accolade to his storied humanitarian work: he has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the chef had been nominated for the prize by Democratic congressman John Delaney. It's not the first time Andrés has been recognized for his tireless relief efforts - in February he was named the  Humanitarian… read more

SUQAR by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf

Greg and Lucy Malouf have co-written eight cookbooks. The once married couple who divorced during the production of their first effort, Arabesque, manage to continue to make beautiful cookbooks together. The Maloufs' books are excursions to the Middle East fueled by words, food and photographs. Each title has earned a spot on my bulging bookshelves. Their latest, SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the… read more

Set for the Holidays – Mauviel Roaster

Yesterday, I said I would be back with more fantastic holiday cookbooks and this post shares book number two. Set for the Holidays with Anna Olson: Recipes to Bring Comfort and Joy by Anna Olson shares the dishes the author loves to make during the holiday season and beyond.  For Anna Olson, the holidays begin when she bakes her first pumpkin pie… read more

Cookbook sales continue to climb

Good news for cookbook lovers - despite concerns that we might have achieved 'peak cookbook', sales of cookbooks are still going strong. Sales are up 25% over last year, with offerings from big names like Ina Garten and Yotam Ottolenghi boosting sales. As popular as those authors are, they are not solely responsible for the uptick in sales. According to Allison… read more

Home Made Christmas and Le Creuset

We're just a few days away from December and for some reason this year feels as if the holidays have passed me by. I feel like I've missed something. Perhaps it has to do with the halls being decked right after Halloween, sales happening earlier than ever or being so very busy, but whatever the reason, I am determined to… read more

Cookbook author Patricia Quintana has died

We learned today of the passing of cookbook author and Mexican "culinary royalty" Patricia Quintana. She was a renowned international chef and an expert in Mexican gastronomy who studied cooking all around the world. For more than twenty years she was dedicated to rescuing the culinary heritage of the country and her research enabled her to travel throughout the different regions of… read more

Nora Ephron’s cookbook crushes

When you make a recipe from a cookbook, do you imagine the book's author speaking to you through the instructions? If so, do you ever ask the author questions in your head? If you've ever had imaginary discussions with an author while cooking, you should definitely read the late Nora Ephron's 2006 article in The New Yorker describing her cookbook… read more

The Nightmare Before Dinner – EYBD Promotion

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no… read more

Running into a recipe paywall

The EYB Library is a wonderful search tool to find a recipe that meets all of your requirements, whether they are for particular ingredients, meeting a dietary restriction, or excluding a certain type of dish. It can be exciting to discover a recipe that is exactly what you are looking for, and you squeal with delight (or is that just… read more

Dominique Ansel is offering his first MasterClass

Cookbooks are an excellent medium for transferring knowledge and skills about cooking and baking. From their pages, I've learned how to make a myriad of meats, side dishes, and desserts. Some techniques, however, lend themselves to live demonstration. I was never able to master deboning a chicken until I watched Jacques Pépin  do it on his PBS show (you can… read more

Barcelona Cult Recipes – EYBD Promotion

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no… read more

How to Bake by Nick Malgieri & Anolon Springform Pan Promotion

Dover Publications has reissued Nick Malgieri's James Beard award winning (1995), How to Bake: Complete Guide to Perfect Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Tarts, Breads, Pizzas, Muffins this month.  We are in the midst of comparing and indexing this new edition to prior versions and should have this process completed soon.    How to Bake shares scores of mouth-watering recipes for plain and fancy cakes;… read more

Meet the illustrator for GBBO

When The Great British Bake Off made its move from BBC to Channel 4, fans lamented that only one of the show's personalities, Paul Hollywood, was going to remain with the program. Truth is, there was another original cast member that made the switch, although no one ever saw his face. Tom Hovey, the artist who produces all of those… read more

Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles EYBD Promotion

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no… read more

Featured Cookbooks, Recipes, and the Latest EYBDigital Previews

EYB wants to make your cooking life easier. Our main focus has always been indexing cookbooks and magazines so you can efficiently search your own collection instead of paging through individual indexes. We also aim to keep members up to date on the best new titles being published. Our new EYBDigital platform allows us to provide EYBDigital Previews (sample pages from cookbooks) and EYBDigital Books (complete digital… read more

What to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers

The feast is over and our bellies are full, and perhaps we ate a little too much but oh it was so tasty. However, in a couple of days we'll be as weary of Thanksgiving food as our non-US members are of hearing about our feast day. Very soon we'll be standing and staring into the refrigerator wondering what to… read more

Chefs say skip the appetizer this Thanksgiving

Many of us in the US are prepping well into the evening for the big food holiday - the second biggest in this country, second only to Christmas - and we have tons of last-minute details that will keep us busy right up to meal time. Likely one of those details is putting together the appetizers served up before everyone… read more

Cookbooks inspired by literature

Most cookbook lovers are also literature lovers, so it's no surprise that there are crossovers between the two genres. As Emily Temple of Lithub explains, some of these cookbooks are based on author's lives, on fictional stories, or on characters from some of the world's most beloved books and authors. A few books are based on the diets of authors… read more

Best Cookbooks of 2018

Each year the race seems earlier to be the first to get the holiday displays up in department stores, early Black Friday deals are being shared two weeks before Thanksgiving this year, and if you want to buy a pair of gloves in December you are out of luck - it is madness. We don't seem to sit back and… read more

This cookbook sets the mood with color

Gorgeous, color-saturated photographs of food are a given on Instagram and in most modern cookbooks. One of 2018's new cookbooks takes this concept to the extreme: Pantone Foodmood. Yes, you read that correctly, this is from the color company Pantone, which produces exacting color specifications for corporations, graphic designers, and everyone interested in the world of color. It's often said… read more

Holiday gifts from your favorite authors

Jenny has already provided her comprehensive lists of holiday gifts for cooks and cookbook lovers. In addition, we have compiled a list featuring holiday hampers and more from popular chefs and cookbook authors around the world. Many of these sites offer special discounts for first-time buyers or have sales going on now just in time for the holidays.  These gifts… read more

November 2018 Cookbook Review

Are there any cookbooks to be excited about after October's onslaught? The answer to that is a resounding yes! November delivers some beautiful books including a few EYBD titles. For more information on EYBDigital see our EYBD Page. But before I get to our cookbook summary, a few housekeeping reminders for new members: Please note as mentioned above - we… read more

Spice support: rosemary

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance," says the tortured Ophelia in Act 4, Scene 5 of Shakepeare's Hamlet. Greek scholars reportedly wore a garland of the herb on their heads to aid their memory during exams, and recent studies have shown that rosemary can indeed boost memory performance. But even if rosemary doesn't actually help you remember anything, its heady fragrance is… read more
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