Why chocolate is associated with Valentine’s Day

  Valentine's Day has several items associated with it: red roses, an exchange of cards (often heart-shaped and trimmed with lace), romantic dinners, wine, and last but not least, chocolate. But why, and how, did chocolate become associated with the holiday? NPR's The Salt has the answer.  We need to travel back several centuries to find the root of the… read more

On the Side by Ed Smith

Do not let the unassuming cover fool you, On the Side: A Sourcebook of Inspiring Side Dishes is a stunningly photographed cookbook packed with tempting recipes that we all want to cook and eat. This title also made the top ten best of the best cookbooks of 2017 from information gathered from UK sources and I now know why! Smith left his… read more

A cake fit for a king

Fat Tuesday, the capstone of the Carnival season in New Orleans, is tomorrow. Because it is the last day before Lent begins, people often indulge before they begin their Lenten abstention. In New Orleans, that involves eating king cake. King cake is to Mardi Gras as  pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving: the holiday just wouldn't be the same without it. Although… read more

Sally’s Cookie Addiction – Sally McKenney

Most bakers may know the name Sally McKenney but more likely they follow her popular baking blog, Sally's Baking Addiction. Sally left a job in finance to feed her addiction to baking and documents her sweet creations on her blog to share with her many followers.  In addition to her popular site, she is the author of three books: Sally's Baking Addiction,… read more

What it’s like to eat in the Olympic Village

  When you think of the Olympics, food isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Yet it plays a huge role in the games, as all of those top athletes need to be well-fed to compete at the highest level. So what is it like to eat in the Olympic Village? Former Olympican Michael Phelps talks to Food &… read more

Palate Passport by Neha Khullar

Neha Khullar's Palate Passport has been mentioned here a time or two since December when I first received her book. The author states that she spent three years and a lifetime writing Palate Passport, traveling the world collecting experiences and food memories like others collect postcards. The photographs here are lovely and plentiful. The recipes each share an experience. For instance, the… read more

Life after GBBO

Ruby Tandoh rocketed to stardom at the tender age of 20 as a contestant on The Great British Bake Off. Her creative approach to baking and outsized personality quickly made her a fan favorite. Now 25, Tandoh has just published her third cookbook, Eat Up!: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want. She recently sat down with The Wall Street Journal… read more

David Chang’s ‘Ugly Delicious’ debuts soon on Netflix

Momofuku founder David Chang is not content to rest on his laurels. In addition to continually coming up with new restaurant concepts and opening new eateries, the multi-dimensional chef is venturing back into television. Starting February 23, his new show called 'Ugly Delicious' begins streaming on Netflix.  For the eight-part series, Chang is teaming up with Morgan Neville, an Academy… 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

Too many cookbooks and that’s okay

As I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, I stumbled on this article from Inc. "Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read" and immediately felt a sense of relief. My excess of riches in the cookbook department is well documented and with 2017 being an epic year for cookbooks and 2018 releases already exciting me,… read more

The Best Cookbook of 2018

I'm basing my Best Cookbook of 2018 announcement on Yotam Ottolenghi's track record. When you have a sure-fire winning horse, you put all your pre-order money on it. The prolific, well-loved chef and author, has an new title slated for September. Right now it is labeled as Simple: Ottolenghi 2018 which you can preorder. When more information is available on… read more

Find romantic recipes for Valentine’s Day

As I was exiting the grocery store this evening, the gentleman who was assisting me with carrying out my purchases asked if I had plans for Valentine's Day. I told him I would definitely be staying home, because I thought the worst day of the year to try to go out to dinner is Valentine's Day. Restaurants are crowded, the… read more

Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home

Who is this Matt Wilkinson and why haven't I had my cookbook-craving hands on any of his books until now? Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How It Is at Home: A Cookbook for Every Family by Wilkinson and his wife, Sharlee Gibb, was my inauguration into the Wilkinsons' world.  For those who are in the dark as much as I am, Wilkinson… read more

Meet the 2018 IACP Cookbook Award nominees

  Yesterday the International Association of Culinary Professionals, which is celebring its fortieth anniversary, announced the nominees for its 2018 Cookbook Awards, plus finalists for its Digital Media and Food Writing Awards as well.  You're sure to recognize many of the titles on the cookbook list as they were on several of the "best of" lists we compiled late last… read more

Final Errata Sheet for Sweet by Ottolenghi

As you are aware, there were errors made in regard to temperatures and measurements when converting the recipes from the UK edition of Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen to the US and Canadian versions. I covered this unfortunate situation back in December and have kept that post updated. The publisher contacted me today with the following information: after careful retesting of the… read more

Are “Lady Doritos” coming to a store near you?

  You may have seen posts with the hashtag #LadyDoritos floating through your social media feed this week as people reacted to a remark made by PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi last week. In a January 31 podcast interview with the "Freakonomics Radio" program, the executive told the interviewer that women didn't consume snacks like Doritos in the same way as… read more

Plantlab by Matthew Kenney

Plantlab: Crafting the Future of Food by Matthew Kenney is a visual feast for the eyes. Kenney, long considered a pioneer in raw and vegan cuisine, delivers the definitive vegan cookbook for serious foodies and chefs. His life's work has been his commitment to plant-based innovation as well as culinary nutrition, and here he employs inventive techniques and creative thinking in… read more

California fire relief effort aims to replace cookbooks

  Last year's wildfires in California devastated entire communities. Thousands of people lost their homes and belongings as the firestorm swept through several towns. For some people the losses were absolute, where nothing remained in the ashes of what they once called home. Cherished cookbooks were among the items people lost. I'm sure that EYB Members would be heartbroken to… read more

How to spot a bad cocktail

  The cocktail renaissance of the past decade inspired many good things. It fostered the development of local distilleries that produce unique and delicious types of whiskey, gin, rum and other liquors. Bar menus across the globe grew more sophisticated, and there's a good chance that no matter where you travel, you can enjoy a well-crafted cocktail - if you… read more

The Ivy Now by Fernando Peire

When I first held The Ivy Now in my hands, I knew I was in for a treat. From its elegant crimson cloak to the satin green paper edges, the book exudes class. As I turned the history soaked pages filled with modern recipes, I felt as if I were at The Ivy, as it was then and as it is… read more

Deepa’s Secrets – Deepa Thomas

Part cookbook and memoir, Deepa's Secrets: Mouthwatering, Slow-Carb New Indian Recipes introduces the author's breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing traditional rich South Asian flavors. After her husband's diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, Deepa Thomas set out to demystify and create healthy Indian cuisine. Here, in her debut book, she shares shortcuts and techniques that… read more

Minnesota’s food is on display this weekend

  Whenever there is a large sporting event in a city, fans will flock en masse to support their favorite team. In addition to cheering at the game, the fans will use Yelp and other apps to find the best food spots in town. With the country's largest game in town for the first time in twenty-five years, people in… read more

Le Creuset Cookbook and Le Creuset Provence Dutch Oven Promotion

Created in Le Creuset's very own test kitchen, Le Creuset: A Collection of Recipes from Our French Table is a cookbook that is as stunning as the French icon's beautiful cookware. With over eighty inspiring French recipes designed to empower home cooks to explore the timeless pleasures of the French table, this title will release your inner Jacques Pépin or Julia Child. Does that opening… read more

Open Faced by Karen Kaplan

Open Faced: Crostini, Tartines, and Other Single-Slice Sandwiches by Karen Kaplan crosses international borders to bring fresh, creative flavors to your breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Discover butterbrote, montaditos, smørrebrød, and other open-faced sandwiches that capture the essence of Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, France, Italy, and other cuisines. I've worked with Karen before testing recipes for other cookbooks and was  pleased… read more

Online options for connecting through food

Let's face it, we are all stretched for time whether it be family, work or any number of responsibilies which limit the opportunity to go out and do something just for ourselves. Exploding all over social media lately are online options that allow us to participate without leaving our home (and even watch at a later time or date). Can't… read more
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