Welcoming the new year with simple pleasures

As the year draws to a close, it's customary to look back at the previous twelve months and take note of what happened. One word comes to mind for 2018, and that word is tumultuous. We lost a few shining lights, saw the #metoo movement's effect on restaurant empires, and took note of controversy in cookbook awards.  With all of… read more

Can’t get enough airline food? There’s a cookbook for that

Airline food - what little of it is offered on flights these days - is not something most of us aspire to recreate. That's why the idea of a cookbook inspired by airline food seems, well, odd. However, there is a segment of the industry where the food exceeds expectations. If you splurge for the high-end business class digs on… read more

Jenny v. Modernist Bread – Brioche

My new motto for 2019 is under promise and over deliver. In September, I began my take down of the Modernist Bread volumes and shared my bagel escapades. I still make those bagels every week and my New York born and raised husband loves them (so do I). I promised that battle brioche would be next and here I am… read more

Andrew Zimmern in hot water over recent comments

It's been a rough start for Andrew Zimmern's new Minneapolis-area eatery, Lucky Cricket. Early reviews have been less than glowing, and the television food star has also received criticism about offering a dish from another chef without getting permission to do so. Worse yet, in a recently-aired interview, Zimmern disparaged much of the Midwest's Asian food offerings, drawing the ire… read more

Looking forward to 2019 in Cookbooks

While the new book smell has yet to disseminate on this year's cookbook crop, I've been looking forward. At first blush, 2019 appears to be another epic year for cookbook lovers. The New Pie (Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin), Joanne Chang, Andy Ricker, Sean Brock, Maida Heatter, Lidia Bastianich, Tartine, Madhur Jaffrey and legions of others are among the offerings for the… read more

New Year’s Eve drinks – with and without alcohol

There is one more big party left before we begin our resolutions for the new year, and many of us will be celebrating with champagne flute in hand as the clock strikes twelve on December 31. There are plenty of excellent cocktails that incorporate champagne or other sparkling wines to make the celebration special. While bubbly will be imbibed at… read more

Two Weeks of 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

Something is amiss with the Hershey’s Kiss

In what could be described as the most first-world problem ever, bakers across the US were dismayed by a problem with Hershey's Kisses this December. The iconic drop-shaped chocolate buttons are a favorite of cookie bakers, millions of whom made a version of the Peanut butter blossom cookies that feature a Kiss in the middle for their holiday cookie tray.… read more

Rich Table by Sarah and Evan Rich

Evan and Sarah Rich are the chef proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table, one of San Francisco's most coveted reservations. Their debut cookbook Rich Table brings recipes from the restaurant together with the food the Riches cook for friends and family at home. Full-color photographs capture the rustic elegance of the food and the restaurant, while over 100 meticulously tested recipes span salads,… read more

What you need to invest in the “stock” market

Stock markets worldwide have been in an erratic see-saw pattern for weeks. Lucky for there is one type of stock that is immune to these vagaries in fortune - cooking stock. Jenny Linford's recent cookbook, The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and its Flavour, discusses stock and a whole lot more. The Missing Ingredient is about what makes… read more

Gingerbread houses that will take your breath away

Gingerbread houses are among the most endearing holiday traditions. Originating in Germany in the 16th century, they became popular due to the Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel. Assembling a gingerbread house is a fun activity for adults and children alike, but for some people it is serious business. That would include the entrants in the National Gingerbread House… read more

Plant-based proteins continue on trend for 2019

Food trends may be fickle, as with the 'unicorn food' that has most likely reached its peak, but some are more enduring. According to at least one restaurant survey conducted in the US, the trend of plant-based protein is sticking around for awhile. The survey found that alternative proteins, along with bold flavors, will resonate with eaters in 2019.  Millenials… read more

Baking Artisan Bread – Emile Henry Baguette Baker

My baking game is sad this month. I have baked a few things including bagels, cakes. cookies and bars but I haven't begun the all important holiday baking. Truth be told, I usually start that task after the 16th (my birthday), but this year - I'm even  farther behind. Today, I spent an hour gathering up ingredients and preparing my… read more

The origins of favorite Christmas foods

Although it seems like Christmas food traditions have always existed, that's far from being the case. While some foods have been associated with the holiday for hundreds of years, often these traditional foods only date back a few decades. How did these traditions begin in the first place? That's a question answered in an enlightening article from indexed blog Great… read more

Best of the best cookbooks 2018

It's hard to believe, but this is the tenth year that Jane has sifted through hundreds of 'best cookbook' lists from all over the world to determine which book is the #1 book of the year. And it's also difficult to believe, but the same author has had the top book six out of the ten years we've been putting… read more

The best cookbooks of 2018 by the experts

Who knows cookbooks better than the owners of specialist cookbook stores? They stock and sell thousands of cookbooks and because their stores are focused on food and drink books, they are true experts. They read the books, cook from them and then share their knowledge with their customers. When shopping for cookbook gifts this holiday season, please think about supporting… read more

Epicurious breaks the mold with new cookbook awards

Readers of this blog are no strangers to cookbook awards. Each year, we provide full coverage of prestigious awards from the JBF and IACP, plus report on Food52's The Piglet and other awards from across the globe. One entity that has heretofore not assembled any cookbook awards is the culinary website Epicurious. This December, that changed, with the announcement of… read more

December 2018 Eat Your Books Cookbook Club Review

We have an incredible community here at Eat Your Books that has flowed into our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club and Sweet Eat Your Books Cookbook Club, places where we share our successes and fails in cooking and baking from specific cookbook titles.  This month we've been cooking through the following titles and we were thrilled that Dorie Greenspan joined… read more

Watch the short film ‘Bao’ free – for one week only

The Disney-Pixar animated short film 'Bao' received rave reviews when it premiered as a 'bumper' to the movie Incredibles 2 earlier this year. Bao tells the sweet story of a lonely woman who gets a second chance at being a mother when the dumpling she is about to eat comes to life. If you missed the film in theaters, you… read more

December 2018 New Cookbook Review

It's the most wonderful time of the year but a much calmer time for cookbook releases. Truthfully, the hustle and bustle of the last few months is somewhat missed but also a relief from the rush. I welcome the time to enjoy some of the new cookbooks, bake and return to normal work days. I've been spending time preparing promotions,… read more

Anxious? Try baking to relieve your stress

Earlier this year we reported on "procrastibaking", a term coined by Julia Moskin at The New York Times for baking when you should really be working on other projects. A new phrase describes another trend on the rise, especially with millenials - anxiety baking. As the name implies, this baking is an attempt by people to reduce stress, and (no… read more

The relationship between sleep and junk food cravings

Everywhere I turn these days, I am tempted with delicious sweets and baked goods. Whether I'm visiting the neighbors, walking through the office, or shopping at the supermarket, a plethora of cookies, candies and other treats beckons. "'Tis the season," I say as I grab another chocolate-dipped sea salt caramel. I can't seem to help myself, but sometimes I wonder… read more

Holiday Entertaining Package

Boards are a creative medium for entertaining. A perfectly imperfect array of meats, vegetables, cheese and other morsels sets the mood for any dinner party and provides easy clean up. Guests can help themselves and as a host you are free to take care of other responsibilities knowing there is a wide selection of offerings available. Today, we have an… read more

Worry less, bake more

Does the idea of Melissa Clark and Dorie Greenspan chatting about cookies for an hour during holiday baking season sound absolutely perfect? If so, we have great news - the pair of cooking mavens recently sat down at NYC's The Greene Space for a discussion of cookies and baking, and it's available for everyone to watch free of charge. We'll… read more

Pinterest names its food trends for 2019

Every website that tracks data (which is most websites these days) is releasing its list of predictions for the coming year. Pinterest is no exception, and they keep tabs on almost everything you can think of, including food. There are some items on Pinterest's 2019 food trend list that echo other site's lists, but a few items might be surprising. … read more
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