New ideas for edible gifts

Those of us who are passionate about food frequently look to the kitchen for gifts to give our friends, family, and neighbors for the holidays. While many people give candies or baked goods, there are savory options and items such as homemade liqueurs that also make excellent gifts. We tend to have our favorite tried and true gifts, but sometimes… read more

This week at Eat Your Books

Need some cookie inspiration? The Cookie Time article shares many links and ideas for the holidays. Our monthly new cookbook review was shared along with our EYB Cookbook Club Summary in our newsletter. Be sure to check your inbox. Since our last roundup, Darcie has written articles that include a roundup of holiday gift ideas from your favorite authors, the… read more

Fire Islands by Eleanor Ford – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia by Eleanor Ford in our giveaway below. Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia by Eleanor Ford who co-authored Samarkand is a beautiful and inspirational book that is filled with gorgeous photography. Eleanor transports the reader to faraway lands like no other. This title is filled with food that is organized as… read more

Reheating with ‘art and discernment’

Following holidays that traditionally feature a large feast, we frequently include a post on what to do with the leftovers. (See this article and this one for two examples.) Making meals with leftover food is, of course, not a new concept, but there is a fascinating history of the practice in France. In fact, in the late 1800s, French chefs… read more

Buy a gift certificate and win cookbooks for yourself

You rely on Eat Your Books to help you organize your recipes and find inspiration. Why not share that benefit with friends and family who love to cook? Gift certificates are available for one, two and three-year memberships to EYB. And for every gift certificate, you buy between now and December 31, we will enter you into a drawing to… read more

How famous artists would plate Thanksgiving dinner

We want to wish all of our US Members a Happy Thanksgiving. The crazy weather in many parts of the country has fouled up travels plans and caused flight delays, so if you are holed up in an airport waiting for a storm to pass, here is a little something to distract you from your dilemma: two slideshows on how… read more

Chef Gary Rhodes has died at 59

We were shocked and saddened to learn that television host and chef Gary Rhodes, one of Britain's best-loved Michelin-starred chefs, died suddenly at the age of 59. Rhodes presented TV shows including MasterChef, MasterChef USA and his own series, Rhodes Around Britain. He was awarded an OBE in 2006. While not the first TV chef, he was undoubtedly one of the… read more

Relax, you’ve got this

My Twitter feed is nearly 24/7 Thanksgiving prep at this point. It's been building over the past couple of weeks in the lead-up to the biggest food holiday in the US. Usually on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving I would be elbow-deep in turkey (literally, to season it for dry brining), finishing the make-ahead gravy, making pie crusts, and performing… read more

Wok On – Ching-He Huang Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Wok On: Deliciously Balanced Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by Ching-He Huang in our giveaway below. Ching-He Huang is a well-known television personality who has authored a library of cooking titles. Focusing on fresh, organic, ethically sourced ingredients, she creates modern dishes that fuse Chinese tradition with innovation. In her latest book, the… read more

Airbnb’s new service is aimed at food lovers

Millions of people use Airbnb's services to secure vacation getaways, unique places to stay for business trips, and even places to host parties. Now we have learned about another experience offered by the company that will pique the interest of food lovers around the world. Airbnb is launching a new category simply named “Cooking,” which allows users to book cooking classes taught… read more

Cedar and Salt Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus in our giveaway below open to US and Canada. Cedar and Salt is a beautifully photographed cookbook that brings Vancouver Island’s abundant food scene into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere. Organized by forest, farm, field,… read more

Food news antipasto

Let's start this week's installment off with something that definitely fits the 'quirky' food news category, about a Canadian bartender's dying wish. You might expect that it would be to meet an icon in the field or to serve a drink to someone famous. Not even close. The real truth is so absurd that I doubt you could guess it… read more

November 2019 New Cookbook Review

After October's windfall of cookbooks, November's offerings pale in comparison but just in the number of releases, not in the quality of those books. This month we have titles from Joanne Chang, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Toni Tipton Martin and the revised and updated edition of The Joy of Cooking along with two titles from Great British Bake-Off contestants. We have… read more

Cookie Time – recipes and holiday baking tips

This is the year! Mark my words. 2019 will be the year that I will make dozens of cookies for the holidays just like I did when we lived back in New York. To fulfill my prophecy, I am compiling a checklist of helpful tips and links that will help me and hopefully our members as well! To get in… read more

Lamenting the loss of recipe cards

At one time, the recipe box was a standard fixture in almost every household. Women kept the boxes, filled with family recipes and perhaps clippings from a newspaper or magazine, close at hand and used them often to help create family meals. With the internet, there is virtually no need for such an item, and it appears as though the… read more

The Last Course – Giveaway & Interview

In 2001, Claudia Fleming's The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern was published by Random House. It wasn't long before the brilliance of this cookbook was spread far and wide. For at least a decade, book sleuths have searched library sales, thrift stores, and used bookstores in the hopes of coming across a copy for a bargain. The price… read more

Holiday gifts from your favorite authors

Jenny has already provided her comprehensive lists of holiday gifts for cooks and cookbook lovers. In addition, we have compiled a list featuring holiday hampers and more from popular chefs and cookbook authors around the world. Many of these sites have sales going on now just in time for the holidays.  These gifts would be a delight for any food or… read more

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
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