This week at Eat Your Books

Since our last roundup, Darcie has written articles that include preparing for Thanksgiving, how to make the most of dried beans, who invented the everything bagel, and ideas for wrapping edible gifts. Darcie’s weekly food news antipasto is shared every Sunday (#foodnews brings up these information-packed posts). Last week I shared my first gift guide of the season: gift guide for the cookbook lover and… read more

The secret origins of some popular foods

What do banana bread, artichoke dip, and Rice Krispies treats have in common? Besides being delicious, the three food items share a common theme in their origins: they were each created to help sell a product. Taste of Home tells the story of these and other favorite dishes that were all concocted by marketers. It's difficult to believe that something… read more

November 2019 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

We have a helpful 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 from the following titles: Main option: From the Oven to the Table by Diana Henry  Online option: Diana HenryBaking: The… read more

Get ready for Thanksgiving

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving next week (yes, it's only a week away!), we hope you are using EYB to find and bookmark recipes and make your shopping lists. For a big meal like this, however, sometimes you need more than just recipes, you need assistance with the whole package: decor, timelines, and tips on how to make certain items.… read more

Bean cuisine: how to make the most of dried beans

Back when I was a budding vegetarian, I picked up a copy of the cookbook Bean Cuisine so I could prepare the healthy and delicious legumes and beans that are staples of a well-rounded meatless diet. The recipes were...let's just say underwhelming. Part of this was due to my inexperience as a cook (at 20 years old I was hardly… read more

Weeknight Baking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Weeknight Baking: 75 Time-Saving Recipes to Make Any Night of the Week by Michelle Lopez Weeknight Baking: 75 Time-Saving Recipes to Make Any Night of the Week by Michelle Lopez, author of the blog, Hummingbird High, makes baking more approachable and not something saved for weekend marathons in this her debut cookbook. Recipes range from… read more

Who invented the everything bagel?

The seed and spice blend that tops the everything bagel has taken on a life of its own. You can find it at Trader Joe's and in tons of recipes that in no way resemble a bagel. Inquiring minds may wonder who was the genius who invented the everything bagel? Since it has only been around for a few decades,… read more

Food news antipasto

For generations, cooks have relied on the pumpkin pie recipe printed on Libby's pumpkin label for their holiday pies. The recipe dates back to the 1950s, and has remained unchanged until this year. Libby isn't saying what prompted this departure, but the new recipe uses another ingredient produced by Nestlé, the brand's parent company: sweetened condensed milk is in the… read more

Ideas for wrapping edible gifts

From quick breads to savory breads to cookies to candies, edible gifts are a wonderful way to make something from the heart for the holidays (plus they make the perfect hostess present). Most of us have our go-to recipes for this, whether it's a cherished family heirloom or something we spied on the internet. What we may not have are… read more

Kindle Cookbook Deals

Check out this week’s cookbook sales! Please note these deals may expire at any time. If a seemingly high price comes up the sale is over and I will delete the entry when I update the post. If you are new to this post, please be sure to click on the “long term Kindle deals” page for some great sales!… read more

Gift Guide for the Baker & Giveaway!

Today, I have compiled a list of gift ideas all geared toward the baker. My gift guide for cookbook lovers was posted earlier this week. The tag #giftguide will bring up all past compilations which include classic cookbook suggestions and past years' recommendations. For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be including titles from 2019. Prior gift guides as linked… read more

Changes coming to Chicago’s Read It & Eat

We were delighted to profile Chicago cookbook store Read It & Eat when it opened its doors for business in 2015. Owner Esther Dairiam discussed the many events held at the store, located at 2142 N. Halsted in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Today we learned about new developments at Read It & Eat. In a news release, Dairiam announced that the… read more

This week at Eat Your Books!

Happy National Bundt® Day! Look for a Bundt® bundle giveaway from Nordic Ware in my bakers' gift guide! Along with a great baking package from OXO including a scale, thermocouple thermometer, cookie press and more! To find out more about my book 101 Things to Do with a Bundt® Pan see our earlier promotion post. We have almost 2000 recipes indexed for Bundts! Since… read more

The ultimate Thanksgiving recipe finder

About this time each year I come across several posts for a food site's new and/or improved holiday recipe finder. Each is organized a little differently, but the premise is the same: use your preferences, whether ingredient or nutrition or type of dish, and the magic of the "finder" will return the perfect recipe to you. This year is no… read more

Felidia Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant by Lidia Bastianich Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant by Lidia Bastianich is the beloved Italian chef’s first restaurant cookbook. This title was written with the restaurant’s executive chef Fortunato Nicotra and Lidia’s daughter Tanya and shares dishes from across the restaurant’s forty-year history. Along with gorgeous photos,… read more

Kylie Kwong writes her next chapter

Earlier this year renowned Australian chef Kylie Kwong saddened diners when she shuttered her Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong after 19 years. At the time Kwong was mum about her next project, but she's finally broken her silence. Australian Gourmet Traveller reports on where Kwong is headed in 2020. The chef has announced that she will open a eatery in South… read more

Gift Guide for the Cookbook Lover

The madness that is the holiday season is upon us. I will be doing at least two gift guides this year. This guide will include cookbook ideas for a wide variety of subjects. There will be a baker's gift guide with cookbooks and baking gift ideas along with a giveaway hopefully by this weekend! The tag #giftguide will bring up… read more

Sweet contemplation

Today was a tough day. An arctic cold front bullied its way into the area with blustery winds, a long commute jangled my nerves, several tedious projects confronted me as soon I as entered the office, and the sky turned dark far too soon. When I finally returned home I decided to treat myself to something indulgent. In defiance of… read more

Pastry School: 100 Step-by-Step Recipes – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Pastry School: 100 Step-by-Step Recipes by Le Cordon Bleu in our giveaway below (open to US/CA/UK/AU/NZ) members. Over the last four years, I have professed my love for all things baking. Learning more about the vast world of pastry is my passion and the book we are featuring today Pastry School: 100 Step-by-Step Recipes… read more

Spice Support: Bell’s Seasoning

With Thanksgiving and other holidays just around the corner, it's fitting that today's Spice Support column focuses on a seasoning that is perfect for poultry. Bell's Seasoning has been a staple of northeastern US cooking for well over 100 years, although it is not well known outside of that area. If you haven't heard of it, Leite's Culinaria dives deep… read more

Wagamama: Feed Your Soul – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Wagamama: Feed Your Soul: Fresh and Nourishing Recipes from the Wagamama Kitchen by Steven Mangleshot The first wagamama restaurant opened in London in 1992. Today, it is a brand that offers a fresh take on great Asian fusion cuisine worldwide. The Wagamama cookbooks are all indexed for our members. Feed Your Soul… read more

Korean Soul Food

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Korean Soul Food: Authentic Dishes and Modern Twists by Judy Joo Korean Soul Food: Authentic Dishes and Modern Twists by Judy Joo, author of Korean Food Made Simple, is filled with recipes that will appeal to Korean food aficionados and those new to this cuisine. The book is filled with lovely photography and measurements for ingredients… read more

Food news antipasto

Don't you hate it when lemon pips escape into whatever you are cooking or baking? A solution to this age-old problem is around the corner. Food & Wine reports that Wonderful Company (the company behind POM Wonderful Juices & Wonderful Pistachios) has developed a commercial seedless lemon variety, available in US stores starting this month. While seedless lemons themselves are… read more

Gather Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson is the anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Dirty Apron Cookbook (review). Robertson’s latest book celebrates the simple pleasure that is cooking food and features an enticing collection of 80 delicious recipes, designed to be shared. The author has a knack for… read more

How much juice in a lemon?

As a baker, I am accustomed to precise recipe measurements. The difference between one and two teaspoons of baking soda in a cake can have significant impacts on the finished dish. Cooking, on the other hand, is generally more forgiving, although that is only true to a point. Having too much onion or lemon juice can alter the outcome of… read more
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