This week: The best roast chicken recipe; 70,000 cookbook recipes available online and more!

What do you think of when you hear Sunday supper? For me, roast chicken ranks high for our family as a meal that we all enjoy. The beauty of this meal is that it is relatively simple to master. My son could eat chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes and popovers every single day. Throw in my simple leftover bread dressing and he’s in heaven.

Ina Garten’s signature dish for Friday night supper with Jeffrey is her Perfect roasted chicken. The video below demonstrates her “how easy is that” method of making the perfect bird.


My favorite chicken recipe is Zuni roast chicken with bread salad. Even when I don’t follow the full Judy Rodgers’ recipe, I love roasting the bird on thick slices of sourdough bread. After removing the chicken and draining the juices into a saucepan to make a sauce, I put the pan with the fat-soaked bread under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up. Our family fights over that bread! And almost every time I make chicken my go-to sauce is my friend Kim Foster’s The best roast chicken with garlic and herb pan sauce. The first photo below is my chorizo rubbed chicken and the second simply made with herbs and citrus. After a meal of roast chicken, there is always stock simmering the next day and soon after either soup or another family favorite – chicken pot pie.

Our EYB library shares almost 1,700 online recipes for “roast chicken” and there are over 16,000 recipes in cookbooks for the same. A few of our members’ favorite cookbooks on this subject include:

Coming in October, this title caught my attention: The Whole Chicken: 100 Easy But Innovative Ways to Cook From Beak to Tail by Carl Clarke.

What are some of your favorite chicken recipes or do you have a favorite cookbook that features poultry?

Since our last roundup, Darcie has written articles that include an EYB milestone we now have surpassed 70,000 cookbook recipes that are available online, the breakdown of the 2020 finalists for the IACP Cuisinart Awards, cooking under quarantine conditions, and Bon Appetit’s ten-week program geared toward improving our baking skills. Darcie’s weekly food news antipasto is shared every Sunday (#foodnews brings up these information-packed posts).

This week, I shared my thoughts on recipe writing in Order up: one recipe, hold the narrative and several giveaways on the following cookbooks: Rachael Ray’s 50 cookbook along with a set of her Create Delicious cookware, Salt & Time, and Provence. I’ve also been working on our February new cookbook review, judging cookbooks for James Beard, and keeping our 2020 preview post updated as well as our calendar (many events added this week).

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Featured Online Recipe
Greek baked chicken from Countdown (New Zealand supermarket)

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  • Rinshin  on  February 22, 2020

    Wow, jenny, those sound so comforting esp now with all the nerve wracking news on coronavirus. I may go get a chicken to roast tonight. I have not made Zuni style yet but thinking of trying that. My fav roast chicken in Marcella Hazan style of stuffing lemons inside to perfume the whole chicken. I also throw in lots of veggies and potatoes in the pan to soak up the lemon flavor juice.

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