Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Recap: Pastry Week 8

Five bakers are left and it is one week before semi-finals. For a breakdown of what has happened in the big white tent, please see my earlier recaps Weeks 1 and 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7. I confess now that there are just two weeks left, I am sad. It is over too soon. I relate these mixed… read more

Calgary Eats – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway below to win a copy of Calgary Eats: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars by Gail Norton and Karen Ralph. This title, like all such titles in the Cooks and Eats series from Figure 1 (pictured above), captures the culinary scene of a particular locale. Each book in this series profiles the city's chefs… read more

Observer Food Monthly Awards 2019

Last evening at the Freemasons Hall in London, the winners of the 2019 Observer Food Monthly Awards were announced. The awards celebrate the best in food across the UK, highlighting the work of celebrity chefs as well as local producers and eateries. There are ten categories of reader awards, plus several other categories judged by a professional panel. The evening's… read more

This week at Eat Your Books

While I've been busy with October's massive cookbook review, I managed to prepare a recap of Festival Week on The Great British Bake Off. I am obsessed with Tom Hovey's depictions of the bakes and just ordered a print of Kim-Joy's fox cake. I wish they would publish Hovey's illustrations in each cookbook that is released after the series ends -… read more

Check out Martha Stewart’s new cookbook library

It's difficult to imagine that someone as accomplished as Martha Stewart was once a novice cook, but everyone has to start somewhere. As a newlywed, Stewart purchased a copy of Joy of Cooking, like countless others who embarked on their cooking journey through that book's pages. You will probably not be surprised to learn that Stewart has amassed a rather… read more

Baking with Kim-Joy Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile in our giveaway below. Kim-Joy is guaranteed to bring happiness to our baking. Kim-Joy was a finalist in season 9 (2018) of the Great British Bake Off. Her adorable woodland creatures and space turtles made her bakes something to look forward to and… read more

Learn the difference between seltzer, club soda, and sparkling mineral water

What is fizzy, non-alcoholic, and can be found in any manner of drinks and foods? If you answered any of the three items listed above, you are correct. Despite their similarities, each of them has its own best use, and Eater is here to explain the differences between them. The most basic of the three is seltzer, which is nothing… read more

Why pumpkin spice is associated with fall

Love them or hate them, Starbucks' pumpkin spice lattes have been in stores since August 29 - the earliest ever release for this drink that ostensibly celebrates fall weather. (Did anyone even look at a weather report before choosing that date?!) Now that cooler temperatures have finally arrived in most of the Northern Hemisphere - really cool if you are… read more

Meet MasterChef Australia’s new hosts

Back in July, we reported that all three of MasterChef Australia's hosts quit in a pay dispute following months-long negotiations. Several names were floated as being potential replacements for the trio of Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris. The wait is over, as we now know who the judges will be for the upcoming season of the program. At least one of the… read more

From the Oven to the Table – Diana Henry Giveaway with Netherton Foundry Cookware

Enter below to win a copy of Diana Henry's latest From the Oven to the Table: Simple Dishes That Look After Themselves (two copies US/two copies UK) with one US grand prize winner also receiving a 10-inch covered casserole pan from Netherton Foundry. This title is our November cookbook option in the EYB Cookbook Club. Telling a cookbook lover that they need… read more

Food news antipasto

Since I read cookbooks voraciously and have been an avid cook and baker for decades, it's hard to stump me with a vegetable or fruit that I haven't at least read about. This week it did happen, and the vegetable in question is celtuce. Curious to find out more? Check out a recent article in The Guardian about this so-called… read more

Everything you need to know about Dutch ovens

My Dutch ovens are the workhorses of my kitchen: I use them to sear, simmer, roast, fry, and bake. It seems like there is nothing these beauties can't do. However, when I was a novice cook I was unfamiliar with Dutch ovens and had no idea of how to use this type of cookware. If I had read an article… read more

Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Recap: Festival Week 7

Six bakers are left. Cake week saw the demise of Dan, biscuit week crumbled Jamie’s dreams of baking royalty, bread week sent Amelia packing, dairy week bid adieu to Phil, the Roaring 20’s sent both Michelle and Helena home and desserts scooted Priya out of the tent. (Weeks 1 and 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6). You may notice a… read more

You can’t take it with you

Intellectual property rights are generally not considered scintillating dinner conversation (unless you are an IP lawyer, and even then it's iffy). However, discussion of that topic is becoming more common in restaurants - at least in the back of the house. The issue is becoming more prevalent in the age of celebrity chefs who often build a brand around the… read more

This Week at Eat Your Books

The second week of October flew by rapidly. Every day as new cookbooks arrive, I try to spend as much time as possible writing up brief summaries to make this month's new cookbook review less overwhelming. Since our last roundup, Darcie has written about the creation of the Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design cookbook, Tools that the pros can’t… read more

Cooking with tamarind

My initial exposure to tamarind came when I tried pad Thai for the first time. Almost immediately after I ate my meal, I was looking up recipes for it so I could make it at home. That's when I encountered tamarind, which was an unfamiliar ingredient to me because I was raised on meat and potatoes in the upper Midwest.… read more

The Silver Spoon Classic – Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Silver Spoon Classic by The Silver Spoon Kitchen in our giveaway below open to US, CA, UK, and AU. If you wish to order this book, Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. First published in 1950, The Silver Spoon cookbook has been revised a number of times… read more

Historic menu inspires an artful cookbook

Art inspires life inspires art. This truism is fully in effect in Esther Choi's new cookbook titled Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design, out this month from Germany's Prestel publishing house. The journey to writing a cookbook began as a series of dinner parties that Choi - an artist, architectural historian, and self-taught cook - hosted for friends after she… read more

Sababa – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen by Adeena Sussman. Please take note of the author's Events to see if she is in your area. Adeena has co-authored a number of cookbooks and wrote Tahini for Short Stack Editions. In Sababa her enthusiasm for food shines brightly and like Michael Solomonov's Israeli Soul,… read more

Leaf – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Leaf: Lettuce, Greens, Herbs, Weeds: 120 Recipes That Celebrate Varied, Versatile Leaves by Catherine Phipps in our giveaway below. Leaf is not a book about salads. True there are salad recipes shared in this beautifully photographed title but the scope of recipes is far more reaching. From herb jellies and sauces, soups, seafood and… read more

Tools that the pros can’t cook without

Kitchen gadgets and appliances are always changing, with home kitchens the target for the vast majority of them. Have you ever wondered which (if any) of these tools chefs actually find useful or even indispensable? Gear Patrol has your answer - they recently surveyed chefs to find out the kitchen equipment they turn to over and over againn. As you… read more

Gluten Free Baking at Home – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Gluten-Free Baking at Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More by Jeffrey Larsen Jeffrey Larsen is an accomplished food stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Gluten-free baking has made quantum level strides over the years. Recently, I've purchased several titles as they were too beautiful to pass up and provided… read more

Food news antipasto

Talented cookie artists attract huge numbers of followers on Instagram and Facebook with amazing, intricate detail on their edible masterpieces. If you love seeing these creations and also like a good history lesson, then you will love Jasmine Cho. She uses the medium of intricate, hand-drawn cookie portraits of Asian American figures as a way to increase representation and raise awareness… read more

Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Recap: Desserts’ Week 6

Seven bakers remain. Cake week saw the demise of Dan, biscuit week crumbled Jamie’s dreams of baking royalty, bread week sent Amelia packing, dairy week bid adieu to Phil and the Roaring 20's sent both Michelle and Helena home. (Weeks 1 and 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5). Even before the seven remaining bakers entered the tent, I started muttering under… read more

Diana Henry’s favorite new fall cookbooks

When Diana Henry makes a list of her favorite new cookbooks, it's time to drop everything and make certain that you have all of them on your bookshelf and if not, to get them on the way as soon as possible. The bestselling author knows her way around both storytelling and recipe writing. She spent weeks going through the best… read more
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