The future of Dean & Deluca is in doubt

In the early 1990s, when I was a fresh-faced recent college graduate working in my first "real" job, I also leased my first apartment and therefore had my first "real" kitchen. No more dorm room microwave cooking for me, I thought triumphantly. I began to experiment in the kitchen, scouring food magazines for new recipes, but never straying far from… read more

The Levain cookie empire expands

You might remember back in March when Jenny published the battle of the Levain Bakery chocolate chip walnut cookie, reviewing ten different copycat recipes for the absurdly thick and decadent cookies. (She settled on  Levain Bakery copycat chocolate chip walnut cookie part two by Parsley Sage Sweet as the winner of the copycat challenge.) The lines at the handful of Levain… read more

Baking at the Republique by Margarita Manzke

Title:  Baking at République: Masterful Techniques and Recipes for Bakers Author:  Margarita Manzke About the author:  Margarita Manzke was born and raised in the Philippines and grew up working in her family's restaurant just outside of Manila. Manzke went on to receive degrees from Le Cordon Bleu in London and the Culinary Institute of America in New York and then… read more

Best cookbooks of the 21st century (so far)

It is difficult - nearly impossible, for me - to consider that we are 20 percent of the way through the 21st century. Nevertheless, it is true. That means we have 20 years of cookbooks to think about when discussing the best books of the century. Helen Rosner at The New Yorker breaks down which books she believes are standouts. … read more

Mealthy’s CrispLid Prime Day Special and Giveaway

On July 6th, I shared a promotion for the Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. Today the CrispLid is available on Amazon and so far I am loving this product! See the promotion linked above for more information on the CrispLid. Be sure to check out our Prime Day/Kindle Deals post for deals on Mealthy products and many other items including… read more

Food news antipasto

After struggling for years to find the best way to store rolls of aluminum foil and plastic wrap that doesn't take up valuable counter space or result in jammed drawers, I spied a method that might actually work. Head over to The Kitchn to see this easy and inexpensive hack.  One incensed French chef is asking to be removed from the… read more

The best French cookbooks, according to French chefs

It's always enlightening to learn which cookbooks chefs find useful and inspirational. When it comes to French cookbooks, who better than Jacques Pépin, Daniel Boulud, and Dominique Ansel to weigh in on which of these cookbooks they recommend. That's what Lauren Masur of The Kitchn thinks, too. She interviewed these esteemed chefs and compiled a list of the best French… read more

Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook

Title:  Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot® Author:  Madhur Jaffrey About the author:  Regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and best-selling cookbook author. Her classic first book, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was published by Knopf in 1973, and she has been the… read more

This week at Eat Your Books – 7/13/2019

Eat Your Books (EYB) is a website for people who love cookbooks and want to make better use of the great recipes from those books. With EYB, a member can create their own personal Bookshelf and quickly find recipes from their cookbooks, food magazines, food blogs, personal recipe clippings, and favorite online recipes. New cookbooks (as well as older titles) are… read more

Spice support: basil

Few things scream summertime more than a caprese salad with fresh basil. A member of the mint family, basil is a workhorse in the Italian kitchen, but that is far from the only cuisine that makes good use of this aromatic herb.  Like mint, basil has several varieties, each with its own unique aroma and flavor. There are also several related… read more

Ingenious dishwasher hacks

Piggy-backing on Tuesday's post, today we will discuss more hacks for kitchen equipment. This time it's the dishwasher. While not everyone has a dishwasher, most people who do have one will never go back - and after reading the fifteen unique uses for your dishwasher offered by Taste of Home, those who don't yet have one may reconsider their decision.… read more

Bastille Day recipe ideas

The upcoming Bastille Day holiday provides the perfect excuse (like we need any) to make delicious French food and celebrate liberté, égalité, and fraternité. The holiday is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution, as well as the  Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790.… read more

Tips for getting the most out of your Dutch oven

A Dutch oven is a workhorse in the kitchen. The versatile pans are equally at home on the stovetop or in the oven, and are perfect for everything from deep frying to braising to holding hearty soups and stews. Those are not the only uses for Dutch ovens, however, as America's Test Kitchen explains. They provide five innovative uses for… read more

The Recipe

Title:   The Recipe: Classic Dishes for the Home Cook from the World's Best Chefs Author:  Josh Emett About the author:   Josh Emett is a chef from New Zealand. He is the co-founder of Rata restaurant in Queenstown and restaurant chain Go-To Collection. Emett worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, and has been a judge on MasterChef New Zealand.… read more

YouTube cooking stars challenge traditional show

Between excellent programs like Netflix's Chef's Table; Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat; and Ugly Delicious - not to mention terrific shows on network and cable television - people who love food programs have never had it better. This plethora of good choices is continuing, but not via traditional media streams. As Stevie Chick of The Guardian explains, new YouTube channels feature… read more

Food news antipasto

Alton Brown's new show Good Eats: The Return debuts in August, and earlier this week Brown gave his fans topics that will be covered in the first season. Via social media, he said that we could expect to see the following this fall: "steak tartare, latkes, chicken parm, ancient grains, Oyster Poor Boy, Immersion Circulator cooking (sous vide), Shakshuka, Sauces… read more

Substitutes save the day

Has the following scenario ever happened to you? In the middle of measuring ingredients to make a cake, pie, or batch of cookies, you realize that you are out of one of the key ingredients: cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, or something else that you could have sworn you had in stock. When this happens, you can be stuck -… read more

Mealthy MultiPot and This Old Gal’s Pressure Cooker Cookbook

There is a new multipot on the scene and so far, I am impressed. The Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker is a 6 quart workhorse with a stainless steel pot, steamer basket that pressure cooks, slow cooks, sautés, cooks rice, makes yogurt and steams - all combined with instant access to the Mealthy recipe app. For more details, see the Mealthy… read more

Anyone can be a cook

If you are an avid cook or baker and make food for others to enjoy, you often hear someone say "I wish I could cook but I just don't have a knack for it" or words to that effect. When this happens I am often at a loss for what to say. The next time it comes up in conversation… read more

This week at Eat Your Books!

Eat Your Books (EYB) is a website for people who love cookbooks and want to make better use of the great recipes from those books. With EYB, a member can create their own personal Bookshelf and quickly find recipes from their cookbooks, food magazines, food blogs, personal recipe clippings, and favorite online recipes. New cookbooks (as well as older titles) are… read more

Uses for leftover hot dog buns

I firmly believe there is a conspiracy afoot between hot dog makers and hot dog bun manufacturers. How else can you explain that hot dogs generally come in packages of 10 but the buns are sold in 8-packs? This means you have to buy an extra package of buns to make sure there is a bun for every dog, which… read more

Dappled by Nicole Rucker

Title:  Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers Author: Nicole Rucker About the author: Nicole Rucker is a chef from Los Angeles. Formerly the pastry chef of the Gjelina Group (including G.T.A. and Gjusta), Rucker is known internationally for her rustic desserts and has won several awards for her homespun pies. In 2012, she won blue ribbons in the National Pie… read more

Ottolenghi and Tamini Book News

We have Ottolenghi news! Essential Ottolenghi: The Collection will be released in November of this year. For the first time in paperback, the deluxe boxed set features 280 recipes from the New York Times bestselling cookbooks Plenty More and Ottolenghi Simple. This release will help excite a new batch of cooks (it would make a wonderful graduation or wedding present). The beloved author… read more

When politics hit the dinner plate

Tariffs are in the headlines the world over these days. Most of the news emanates from the US, where President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on a number of goods in various countries and regions. While food lovers might want to 'stay out of politics', that position is becoming increasingly untenable. In the most recent volley in the trade dispute… read more

The Vintage Baker

Title:  The Vintage Baker: More Than 50 Recipes from Pecan Butterscotch Curls to Sour Cream Jumbles Author:  Jessie Sheehan About the author:  Jessie left the legal field to work at Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn as an assistant pastry chef. While there, she worked on the first two Baked books and even after leaving the bakery did extensive development work… read more
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