Food news antipasto

Everyone's favorite Hamptons cook recently released her latest cookbook Modern Comfort Food. But as she tells NPR in an interview, "All my books are really about comfort food." In the 8-minute discussion, the domestic doyenne also dishes great one-liners such as "I often say that you can be miserable before eating a cookie and you can be miserable after eating… read more

Celebrate National Bundt Day

Today is National Bundt Day (an offically-named celebration day here in Minnesota, birthplace of the Bundt). The iconic pan was invented in the late 1950s by Nordic Ware founder H. David (Dave) Dahlquist. You can read more about the birth of the Bundt in Jenny’s post from 2018. Although cakes baked in ring shapes have been around for centuries, Bundt cakes got… read more

Great British Bake Off – Recap – Week 8 – Desserts Week – a.k.a. Desserts the judges have resurrected from the dead

Reminder: New shows for those watching on Netflix. On December 4th, Netflix will air season 3 of the holiday shows. Hooray! Christmas in the tent. Season 3 contestants, if I’m correct, will showcase Briony Williams (Series 9), Tom Hetherington (Series 8), Yan Tsou (Series 8), and Terry Hartill (Series 9). Here are our bakers: Dave, 30, Armoured GuardHermine, 39, AccountantLaura,… read more

What single dish defines your holiday?

US Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but this year it is going to be celebrated much differently than usual. Extended family gatherings will be supplanted by more intimate dinners. Our usual crowd of 8 to 10 will only be two this year, because none of our usual dining companions is in our 'bubble'. Even though we cannot be… read more

When size matters

Thanks to virtual meetings and interviews - and the Twitter account Room Rater - I have seen gobs of bookshelves this year. It's easy to see why so many people chose to have a bookshelf in their Zoom background - it makes you look smart and sophisticated, unlike the unmade bed that you would see if I turned on my… read more

This week: All about lefse & recipes, gift guides, cookbook and cookware giveaways, EYBD Previews & more

As I was talking with a friend this week, she mentioned that she had sent her granddaughter a book entitled "My Grandma Makes Lefse". That comment sparked my desire to make lefse again. I have a lefse rolling pin and have made it once (Amy Thielen's recipe: Cream potato lefse). Our talk about lefse made me realize how fast life… read more

The story of Staub

We've written plenty about Le Creuset here at EYB, whether to announce their new must-have colors or a big sale, but there is another French cookware maker that also deserves our attention: Staub. Their products, while similar in many ways to Le Creuset, have subtle but important distinctions, as explained in an article by The Lux Cut that explores the… read more

2020 Gift Guide for the cookbook lover and cook & an Emile Henry tagine holiday giveaway

Several times a year, I put together a gift guide of great products and cookbooks that would make a special gift for the cook/cookbook lover in your life. My 2020 gift guide for the baker can be found here. For sake of brevity, I will refer you to my Best Books of Fall/Autumn 2020 and Best Books of Spring 2020 for cookbook… read more

Move over Julie & Julia, here comes Trent & Ina

Cookbook lovers no doubt remember the movie Julie & Julia, an adaptation of the book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. The smash hit revolved around a blogger who set out to cook every recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. Following in these footstep, another blogger is doing something… read more

Miami Cooks – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of two copies of Miami Cooks: Recipes from the City's Favourite Restaurants by Sara Liss Miami Cooks is another 2020 #cooksandeats cookbook from Figure 1. This hashtag link will pull up all the promotions we have done for the #cooksandeats series. This special series of books take recipes from each city's finest chefs… read more

Phoenix Cooks – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of two copies of Phoenix Cooks: Recipes from the City's Finest Chefs by Christina Barrueta. Phoenix Cooks is the latest in the #cooksandeats series from Figure 1. As I have stated numerous times, I just love these books (sorry for the repetition of that statement to our long-time members). This hashtag link will… read more

Some like it hot – and that might be good for them

Do you like spicy food? The kind that makes your brows sweat and has you reaching for water? If so, you might live longer, according to new research. The new study will be presented next week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. This meta-analysis of over 4,729 studies on chili peppers from five leading global health databases shows… read more

Dumplings = Love and Dumpling Cooking Set Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Dumplings = Love: 40 Innovative Recipes from Around the World by Liz Crain with one US winner receiving a Chinese Soup Dumpling Kit from Cooking Gift Set Co.! There are a few things I cannot resist - and dumplings are one of them. Anything sweet or chocolate I can… read more

Great British Bake Off – Recap – Week 7 – The 80’s and the Curse of the Melting Ice Cream Cake

New shows for those watching on Netflix. On December 4th, Netflix will air season 3 of the holiday shows. Hooray! Christmas in the tent. Season 3 contestants, if I'm correct, will showcase Briony Williams (Series 9), Tom Hetherington (Series 8), Yan Tsou (Series 8), and Terry Hartill (Series 9). Back to the recap. It is always this way: the day… read more

Food news antipasto

I participated in the Bake a Bundt online class offered by Bake from Scratch Magazine's Brian Hart Hoffman, Williams-Sonoma, and Nordic Ware. During the class, Nordic Ware's Jennifer Dahlquist announced that in connection with Nordic Ware's 75th Anniversary - happening in 2021 - the company will be making several special, limited edition Bundt pans. They will be offered first (or… read more

Tips for sending food through the mail

Since many of us are not going to be able to travel and gather together with family and friends for the upcoming holidays, we will miss the feasts that often accompany them. I have been pondering whether to send 'treat boxes' to people I would normally see during the holiday season. Since I often created cookie boxes for work, it… read more

Food trends for 2021

In 2020, the world has been preoccupied with the coronavirus, US elections, bush fires, heat waves, forest fires, Brexit deals (or lack thereof), lockdowns, murder hornets, hurricanes, and other manmade and natural disasters. Some - maybe most - of us are afraid to look forward to what 2021 might bring. But the world keeps spinning and we keep cooking, so… read more

Fermentation Cookbook & Fermentation Crock Giveaway

Enter our US/CA/UK giveaway to win one of three copies of Fermentation: How To Make Your Own Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Brine Pickles, Kefir, Kombucha, Vegan Dairy, And More by Åsa Simonsson with one US winner receiving a fermentation crock from Humble House. Fermentation was awarded the best fermentation book (UK) in the 2020 Gourmand Cookbook Awards and rightfully so. Åsa begins… read more

The last two weeks: Brussels sprouts, gift guides, cookbook giveaways and EYBD Previews

Your eyes are not deceiving you. I am going to write about Brussels sprouts - the one vegetable that my 16-year-old son and I fight over at the table. We fight over who gets the last sprout. Every time I make them, my son and I half-heartedly attempt to get my husband (his father) to try them. We want Jim… read more

Diwali’s sweet delights

Diwali, a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. This year the holiday lands on November 14. Diwali celebrations frequently include fireworks, candles, and other forms of light displays. Additionally, as with many holidays around the world, food plays an important role, especially sweets.… read more

David Chang on how to save the restaurant industry

David Chang is a small-business-turned-empire success story. His recent book Eat a Peach: A Memoir did not start out as a memoir. Chang had planned to write a book about business strategy, but events over the last few years - including Anthony Bourdain's suicide - compelled him to move the book in a different direction. Chang recently sat down with… read more

The history of election cake

Although it might have seemed that this US election season was never going to end, voting is finally over after today. In years past, the act of voting may well have been celebrated with an election cake, an all but forgotten American tradition. Election cake dates to the 1700s, when Puritans viewed election day as one of the most important… read more

Spice and butter sales boom during pandemic

Last weekend I spent a couple of hours stripping leaves from thyme, oregano, and mint stems that I had dried, preparing a stock of herbs to carry me through the long winter months ahead. I also assessed my spice collection and realized I have used more spices in the last few months than probably any other time since I started… read more

2020 Gift Guide for the Baker

Several times a year, I put together a gift guide of great products and cookbooks that would make a special gift for the baker or cook in your life. My cookbook lovers/guide for the cook is coming soon. Today is all about the baker. First, let's talk about baking all-star titles from 2020: Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic… read more

Quick Bites – Jessie Sheehan

Jessie Sheehan is the author of The Vintage Baker: More Than 50 Recipes from Pecan Butterscotch Curls to Sour Cream Jumbles (one of the Washington Post’s best cookbooks of 2018 and beloved by Oprah and Nigella) and co-author of Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town, She is also a food writer, recipe developer, and baker. She has… read more
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