Bonus recipes

I spent the better part of my day reorganizing my cookbook collection, adding the new volumes I purchased over the last few months. I had to do some serious rearranging because 2019 was such a great year for books that I ended up with more than I had planned. As I was moving items from one shelf to another, some… read more

This week: Favorite pie cookbooks, best apple pie recipes, cookbook giveaways, and previews

Last month, we featured the best recipes for pie crust. As I was updating our EYB cookbook library with new 2020 titles, the myriad baking books (which made me giddy with anticipation) and ten specific books devoted to pie being published this year caught my attention. Pie baking has suddenly become baking's It Girl. I thought it was time to… read more

Food Network has a new reality baking show

Martha Stewart wearing an all-white outfit smiles at the camera. The background is an off white just darker than Stewart's outfit.
If you enjoy reality baking programs, this news is for you. Food Network recently announced a new reality baking program, hosted by none other than the doyenne of domesticity Martha Stewart. Called Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart, the show puts a new twist on the standard competition format. The show will feature six amateur bakers vying for the prize, which… read more

Politics and cooking have a long history together

If you are following the US presidential candidate primary, you may have seen Pete Buttigieg's controversial salsa/ranch dressing mashup, or perhaps viewed Stephen Colbert talking with Elizabeth Warren over a meal featuring traditional foods of South Carolina. Combining food and politics did not begin with these events, of course. There is a long history of food and politics being intertwined,… read more

Were you a pie baker, when pie baking wasn’t cool?

Remember when Bundt cakes were only for funeral eats and definitely not considered to be one of the cool kids of baking. The same can be said about pies. Pies were made by grandmothers who whipped them out for holidays, but the pie times they are a-changing - pie baking isn't just for grandmas anymore. Thanks to the power of… read more

Super Sourdough – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway (US/UK/AU/NZ) to win a copy of Super Sourdough: The Foolproof Guide to Making World-Class Bread at Home by James Morton. James Morton was a finalist in The Great British Bake-off (2012). During his time in the tent, he was a medical student and made star baker three times. James has written several cookbooks including titles on bread… read more

See You on Sunday Cookbook Giveaway with Smithey Cast Iron

Enter our giveaway to win one of three copies of See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends by Sam Sifton with one grand prize winner receiving a Smithey cast iron pot. The author's events are shared on our calendar. Sam Sifton is the food editor of The New York Times, the founding editor of NYT Cooking and a… read more

Art of Eating prize winner announced

Today the magazine Art of Eating announced the winner of its annual prize for best food book of the year. It's the sensational Black Sea by Caroline Eden. In her review, Jenny noted several reasons to love this book: the author’s gift for the written word which spirits the reader away to the locales rich with historystunning photographs of the… read more

Behaviors that drive chefs batty

With a plethora of websites that allow people to rate their dining experience, everyone has the ability to be a restaurant critic. Most of the time chefs and restaurateurs do not react outwardly to the negativity that inevitably seems to be hurled at them. The Guardian thought it would be fair to turn the tables, so to speak, and let… read more

A new show called ‘Dishing with Julia Child’ coming to PBS

Julia Child has been getting plenty of posthumous love. Last fall we reported on an upcoming documentary featuring the legendary cook and author, and now we have another show to tell you about. This one is coming to public television as a six part series in which chefs and food personalities provide commentary on a different episode of The French… read more

February 2020 – New Cookbook Review

I've been busy adding scores of new cookbook releases in our library. There are so many exciting titles coming to us this year. Ina Garten's Modern Comfort Food, Yotam Ottolenghi's Ottolenghi Flavour (Ottolenghi is touring this year with Samin Nosrat), Vivian Howard's This Will Make It Taste Good, Jonathan Waxman's The Barbuto Cookbook, Nigella Lawson's Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes… read more

February 2020 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 Selection: The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from… read more

Food news antipasto

It's almost physically impossible for me not to click on a social media post that touts a great new 'kitchen hack' video on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook. Apparently I am not alone, as many of these posts go viral and get millions of clicks. However, some of them turn out to be duds, and a great number of them are… read more

André Simon Food and Drink book award winners 2019

We have long covered the IACP, JBF, and Writers Guild UK cookbook awards, but one has sailed under our radar for years. This year we are rectifying that oversight, and are reporting on the 2019 André Simon Awards. Simon was the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the… read more

An ode to the carrot

In yesterday's post about cooking under lockdown, the bloggers profiled in the story said that they could always find carrots at the supermarket because nobody really liked them. One of our favorite cookbook authors begs to differ. Yotam Ottolenghi just penned a missive extolling the virtues of the 'anything but humble' root vegetable. Ottolenghi posits that carrots are loved by… read more

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… read more

Cooking under lockdown

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China. Because this virus has a relatively long incubation time, the quarantines that have been set up to contain it are long-lasting. Some people in the hardest hit region have been hunkering down for several weeks. The virus has also hit supply… read more

Over 70,000 cookbook recipes online

The milestones at Eat Your Books just keep coming. Last month we were excited to announce our 600th EYB Digital Preview and over 9,000 cookbooks indexed. This month we are adding another feather to our cap: we now have surpassed 70,000 online recipes from cookbooks in the EYB Library. To think of it in book terms, those freely available recipes… read more

Rachael Ray 50 Cookbook & Rachael Ray Cookware Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of five copies of Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook by Rachael Ray and one grand prize winner will receive a set of Rachael Ray's Create Delicious cookware. Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook shares 125 recipes with 25… read more

IACP Cuisinart Awards – 2020 Nominees

Congratulations to the 2020 class of nominees for the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cuisinart Awards. The winners will be announced at the IACP Annual Conference on March 28, 2020 in Pittsburgh. Once again the IACP has made changes to the categories of books being judged. For 2020 two categories got the axe: there will be no Compilations or Reference/Technical books… read more

Improve your baking in ten weeks

I love to bake and usually have a baking project going at any given time. To keep this habit from further expanding my waistline, I give away most of the cakes, cookies, pastries, pies and tarts that I make. My friends and coworkers gratefully receive these goodies, with many of them saying that they do not themselves bake because they… read more

Order up: one recipe, hold the narrative

This was a busy weekend, one in which I worked very late on both Saturday and Sunday. This morning I eased into my day by scrolling through my Facebook feed. The following post from one of our favorite book stores, Kitchen Arts & Letters caught my attention. My first thought was to question just which recipes Kathryn likes? Most recipes… read more

Food news antipasto

It is nearing peak melon season in Australia, and while the drought has been bad news for the fires that are wreaking havoc across the continent, less water is not bad for the melon crop. When water is scarce melons can actually have more flavor, according to The Guardian. They have assembled a guide on how to choose the best… read more

Provence – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Provence: The Cookbook: Recipes from the French Mediterranean by Caroline Rimbert Craig in our giveaway (two copies US, one copy worldwide provided by Eat Your Books). Provence is currently a Kindle cookbook deal! Caroline Rimbert Craig hails from generations of fruit farmers in Provence, where her great grandfather co-founded the wine cooperative in her… read more

Salt & Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Salt & Time: Recipes from a Modern Russian Kitchen by Alissa Timoshkina. Siberia stretches from the Ural Mountains to the far east and south from the Arctic Ocean to the borders of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and China. What do you think of when you hear Siberia? Frozen hinterlands, the Gulag, an undesirable… read more
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