New Orleans restaurant legend Ella Brennan dies at age 92

The New Orleans restaurant community lost one of its icons today, as Ella Brennan passed away at the age of 92. Brennan, along with her brother Dick, are part of a family dynasty that started with Brennan's Restaurant and expanded to include over 14 different restaurants in New Orleans and beyond.  Brennan is best known for the revitalization of the… read more

Saving the scraps

  Marcella Hazan's three-ingredient tomato sauce is, simply put, brilliant. So easy to make but boasting deep, complex flavors, it's no wonder the recipe has been printed dozens of time in various newspapers, on blogs, and in multiple cookbooks. When you read the instructions on how to prepare the dish, one of the last steps is to discard the onion. That's… read more

Once Upon a Chef – Jennifer Segal

Once Upon a Chef: The Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes by Jennifer Segal provides the reader the tools needed to improve their cooking one recipe at a time, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers. The author went to culinary… read more

Lagom by Steffi Knowles-Dellner

Lagom by definition means just the right amount, balanced, harmonious. I have spent countless hours craving a hygge lifestyle, when I could have been craving both. What could be better than a life lived in cozy balance? Well, maybe being a Princess but since Prince Harry has tied the knot, that dream has died.  Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating… read more

Le Creuset is Coming to Your City

Williams-Sonoma is teaming up with Le Creuset to bring you an exclusive "Cooking in Color" dinner series, celebrating the vibrant hues of the company's iconic French cookware. Join one of these eight monthly events (one tonight in San Francisco) at some of America's best restaurants, complete with wine pairings by Winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr. of Michael Mondavi Family Estate, featuring… read more

Looking to the past for new ice cream flavors

  Ice cream is a treat enjoyed all over the world. Once reserved for only the wealthy, today it is available to people from all walks of life. While stalwart flavors like vanilla and chocolate are the most-often consumed, new taste creations draw the interest of aficionados. While many ice cream innovators look to other cultures or to the savory… read more

The Modern Dairy – Annie Bell

The Modern Dairy: Nourishing Recipes Using Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, and Cream by Annie Bell was published last year in the UK and was released in March of this year in the US. Dairy is a nutritional powerhouse and is making a comeback. It offers the richest natural source of calcium and has a host of other vitamins, minerals, and high-quality… read more

Ferran Adrià to reopen elBulli as a research lab

Just a few days ago we reported on Ferran Adrià's upcoming new restaurant in Italy, but that's not all the celebrated chef has been working on lately. The chef and restaurateur, who earned three Michelin stars and topped the Worlds' 50 Best Restaurants list five times with his groundbreaking restaurant elBulli, is planning to reopen the site as a research lab.… read more

At My Table – Nigella Lawson Giveaway

Everyone's favorite domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson's new book, At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking is our main selection in the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club for June. Nigella is a champion of the home cook and her new book celebrates the food she loves to cook for friends and family. The recipes are warming, comforting, and inspirational, from… read more

Chef Peter Gilmore’s favorite cookbook

  The number of chefs turned cookbook authors continues to grow, allowing those of us who cannot visit their famed restaurants to get a glimpse of the foods on offer, and providing us with new ideas and techniques to liven up our own cooking. Even the world's top chefs were beginners once, and finding out which cookbooks they studied early… read more

Ready, set, grill

  Here in the US, the national holiday called Memorial Day honors those who have fallen in the line of service to our country. Unofficially, the long weekend marks the start of summer and kicks off peak grilling season, especially for those in more northern latitudes who have had a late start to their spring. Although tradition dictates that steaks… read more

Elderflower-lemon is the combination of the moment

  Ever since the flavors for the royal wedding cake (baked by Claire Ptak) were announced, social media posts have been buzzing about the combination of elderflower and lemon. Bakeries across the US quickly jumped on the bandwagon, and hundreds of posts on Instagram were tagged with #lemonelderflowercake or #lemonelderflower. Elderflower has never become as popular in the US as… read more

The world’s largest cookbook collection

Longtime Members of EYB may recall our interview in mid-2013 of EYB Member Sue Jimenez, who was at the time attempting to claim the world record for largest cookbook collection. In July 2013 she got the record, with an official tally of 2,970 (which shot up to 3,693 by that November). Sue remains the Guinness World Record holder for largest cookbook… read more

May 2018 New Cookbooks Review

Cookbook publishing slows down a bit from May until July which is bittersweet. I love the rush of books but also find the slower months leaves more time to dig into new titles more deeply. This month was a bit smaller in number but I've weeded through about seventy-five books to bring you those titles you should know about! If… read more

ABC cancels The Chew

ABC's daytime talk show hosted by celebrity chefs and centered around food, The Chew, is on the chopping block. The network announced that the program, which has faced falling ratings, will end this September. A representative for ABC described the cancellation as a "business decision." The Emmy Award-winning program, which has 'Food. Life. Fun." as its motto, is currently hosted by… read more

Eat Your Books Cookbook Club – May 2018

This month we topped 5,000 members in the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club and we have been working from the following options:  Main selection: Dining In by Alison Roman Flashback and Online option: Any recipe from Madhur Jaffrey books or her recipes online | Baking: The Fearless Baker by Erin Jeanne McDowell And, desserts are still being churned out in our second group working through Ottolenghi's Sweet. ****** The photos below are… read more

Pasta Grannies

Meet Vicky Bennison, the founder of the Pasta Grannies. While Vicky was researching Italian food for a project, she discovered beautiful nonnas, ranging from the age of 49 through 95 and beyond, who were still creating beautiful hand-made pasta.  She made it her mission to preserve this dying art with a website and a Youtube channel devoted to teaching these… read more

Mario Batali under criminal investigation

  Yesterday, a segment on the television news program 60 Minutes reported on the Mario Batali and Ken Friedman sexual harassment and abuse allegations. Parts of the show rehashed previously reported claims, but viewers also heard new information and allegations. The new accusations were chilling, and the New York Police Department confirmed to CBS News that Batali was the subject… read more

The produce paradox

After a particularly long and harsh winter, spring is bursting onto the scene in the northern part of the US. Along with the rapid greening and pleasant temperatures, produce is beginning to pop up at farmers' markets across the northland. However, I've noticed a paradox concerning the bounty of luscious vegetables and fruits: a scarcity of available time to properly… read more

Ferran Adrià goes back to school for his new restaurant

Ferran Adrià  is one of the most accomplished chefs in the world. Aspiring chefs study his cookbooks and vied for coveted stage positions, hoping to learn from one of the best in the industry. However, before he opened his new restaurant called Condividere, in Turin, Italy, Adrià felt it necessary to go back to school.  Condividere (which means 'to share' in Italian)  is located… read more

The Perfect Cake and Anolon Baking Set

Today marked the big event, the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. The fashion icons were all about the fascinators and who wore whom but some of us were all about the food - and that cake. The Sun shared an article about Claire Ptak, the baker behind the royal couple's wedding cake with a recipe for a… read more

Pastry chefs choose the best baking cookbooks

  I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for lists - especially lists about cookbooks. That's why I honed in on The Strategist's article about the best baking books as selected by pastry chefs. Nine top U.S. pastry chefs and professional bakers were asked to give their opinions on which books were the best in several categories. Some… read more

The Cook’s Atelier and Mauviel Copper Pot Promotion

Mother and daughter American expats Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini always dreamt of living in France. In 2008, after a mixture of hard work and fate, they founded The Cook's Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school in the heart of Burgundy. Combining their professional backgrounds in food and wine, they created an international culinary destination. Their debut cookbook, The Cook's… read more

Featured Cookbooks & Recipes

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 latest feature, EYB Book Preview, allows you to view an extract from a… read more

What’s going to be served at the royal wedding?

  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming nuptials are groundbreaking for many reasons, now including the food to be served as well. We previously reported on how the royal couple chose a non-traditional wedding cake to be baked by Claire Ptak. Now we're learning a few details about the food that will be served on Saturday, which also bucks tradition. … read more
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