Padma Lakshmi’s new television program

Former model and Top Chef co-host Padma Lakshmi is no stranger to the camera, but on her new Hulu show Taste the Nation, she is front and center in a different way. We first learned about the show last year, and recently Soleil Ho and Justin Phillips interviewed Lakshmi about the the program (subscription required to read the article), which… read more

The Chicago Cookbook

Today I ordered a print copy of The Chicago Cookbook: 50 Must-try Recipes from Our Favorite Restaurants by Editors of Chicago Magazine. I had to check the book out immediately so caved and bought the pdf version as well. I love Chicago and I love restaurant cookbooks. It is the closest thing I'll come to dining out regularly - even… read more

Venetian Republic – Review & Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of Venetian Republic: Recipes from the Veneto, Adriatic Croatia, and the Greek Islands by Nino Zoccali with one additional copy being offered worldwide by Eat Your Books. Nino Zoccali is an Australian chef and restauranteur whose first cookbook Pasta Artigiana: Simple to Extraordinary is brilliant and a favorite in my collection.… read more

Carpathia – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania by Irina Georgescu with one additional copy being offered worldwide by Eat Your Books. There are cookbooks that weave their magic so beautifully around our hearts that we are forever changed. Through words, imagery, and food these writers/cooks immerse us so effortlessly… read more

Food news antipasto

If you loved Monica, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe, then I have good news for you: an official 'Friends' cookbook is coming out this fall. There will be over 70 recipes inspired by the popular show featuring everything from appetizers to desserts. Some of the recipes include ones from specific episodes, such as Ross's gravy-soaked "Moist Maker" sandwich and… read more

Keeping your cool in a hot kitchen

It's 11:00 p.m. and I am standing in my kitchen, putting dough into my enameled cast iron pot for a loaf of no-knead bread. I promised my friends I would go on a bicycle ride with them at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow, so why I am I staying up so late baking bread? Because even though the sun has been down… read more

This week: How to grill the perfect burger, cooking subscription boxes, cookbook previews and more

In many parts of the world, grilling season is upon us. After sheltering in place for months, cooks are headed outdoors. The tempting aroma of food cooking over fire wafts through neighborhoods and before you know it you are craving something from the grill. I am not a huge beef fan but I do love a burger. We have over… read more

Look outside the newsstand for the best food writing

For decades, if you wanted to read well written pieces about food, you purchased a magazine or a book. The invention of the internet changed the paradigm, and suddenly the world was awash in food blogs, some better than others. It is difficult monetizing a blog, however, and as the space becomes ever more crowded, it can be all but… read more

Bourdain Day remembrances

Today would be Anthony Bourdain's 64th birthday, and the culinary world still mourns his loss. His friends Eric Ripert and José Andrés started #BourdainDay in 2018 as a day to honor the chef, author, and television star. Today remembrances have been streaming through social media. Ripert tweeted "Celebrating My Dear Friend Anthony Bourdain. THX for your unconditional Friendship & loyalty,… read more

Cooking subscription boxes

Who doesn't love to open a fun package that is filled with all things cooking? The amount of pleasure I derive from a new cookbook or cooking ingredients and tools is unmeasurable. Today, I want to tell you about two subscription cooking services that I enjoy. HARDCOVER COOK Monique is a long-time EYB member and avid cookbook lover, like the… read more

June 2020 New Cookbook Review

Yet again, another month of many titles being shifted about due to the COVID pandemic. The looking forward to 2020 cookbooks post provides an outline by month of when cookbooks are slated to be published. I continue to update this preview weekly. Be sure to follow us on social media (buttons located on right lower sidebar on the home page). If you… read more

Flouting conventional fungi wisdom

Just when you think you can't be surprised by a new cooking technique, someone comes along to shake things up. The debate about whether to wash mushrooms before cooking has raged for decades, but how you should cook them was never in doubt - you saute them with butter or oil, right? Maybe not: according to Jim Fuller, co-founder of… read more

Oaxaca & Smithey Cast Iron Griddle – Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral with one grand prize winner in the US receiving a Smithey 12 inch griddle. Oaxaca, located in southwestern Mexico, is the culinary heart of Mexico. Since opening its doors in 1994, Guelaguetza has been the… read more

June 2020 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we’ve been cooking from the following titles: Main Selection: Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France by Melissa Clark or Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings by Susan SpungenBaking Selection: Bake from Scratch, Volume 4: Artisan Recipes for the Home BakerOnline Option: Melissa Clark online or Susan… read more

Spice support: shiso

Shiso, also called perilla or Korean perilla (Perilla frutescens var. crispa), is a member of the mint family, and is a popular herb in Japanese, Korean, and southeast Asian cuisines. Its appeal extends well beyond this, however, and the leafy herb can be found adding its unique flavor to everything from rice to pesto to sorbet to cocktails. Like mint,… read more

Food news antipasto

This week we learned some sad news from Andy Ricker. Most of his Pok Pok locations are closing due to issues arising from the pandemic. Ricker said that Pok Pok NW, Whiskey Soda Lounge, and both locations of Pok Pok Wing would all be shuttered. He said he did this so that he could focus on potentially reopening the original… read more

London chefs weigh in on their favorite cookbooks

It's always fascinating to read about which cookbooks have inspired top chefs - if the book is good enough for someone who has made a career out of cooking, I will always investigate it for my own bookshelves. Whenever we find an article where chefs discuss their favorite books, we share it with our members. One slipped under our radar… read more

This week: British biscuit/cookie recipes, cookbook previews and giveaways

Last week's roundup focused on all things biscuits (North American biscuits, that is), and as promised it's time to highlight British biscuits/cookies. When I read the following sentence when researching biscuits, it gave me a slight headache. "A British biscuit is an American cookie and an American cookie is a British cookie and an American biscuit is a British scone… read more

Sharing restaurant memories

It's been over three months since I dined in a restaurant, and it will likely be several more before I feel comfortable doing so again. More than not having to cook, I miss being able to converse with friends and celebrate milestones with family. Restaurants are places where memories are made: birthday parties, first dates (bad or good), and other… read more

Recipes: scripture or template?

Underneath almost any post I see on social media that has a photo of some tasty food, you can inevitably find a request for the recipe. Facing cooking fatigue, people want to find new things to make for their families, and what better way than discovering a dish already tested by someone close to you? How we treat the recipes… read more

New World Sourdough – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA/UK/AU giveaway to win one of three copies of Bryan Ford's New World Sourdough: With Recipes for Creative Homemade Fermented Breads. Bryan Ford is the voice behind the blog Artisan Bryan where he shares beautiful recipes in both English and Spanish. His blog won the 2019 Saveur Editors' Choice Award for Best Baking and Sweets. In his debut… read more

Guild of Food Writers announces 2020 winners

Last month we reported on the finalists for the 2020 UK Guild of Food Writers Awards. Today the Guild has announced the winners in the various categories. Highlighted winners are listed below, and you can visit our 2020 Guild of Food Writers awards page to see the complete list. The big winner for 2020 is The Vinegar Cupboard by Angela Clutton,… read more

Spice Support: suya (yaji)

Today's installment of Spice Support features a blend of spices that is perfect for grilling season. Called yaji or suya spice, the blend contains a fiery, umami-packed assemblage of ground dried chiles, ginger, peanuts, and more, guaranteed to perk up everything from meats to vegetables. You'll commonly see it used on grilled, skewered beef, but the spicy blend is equally… read more

Giveaway: A set of four cookbooks celebrating black authors from Page Street Publishing

Enter our US giveaway to win one set of these four fabulous cookbooks from Page Street Publishing: Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent by Evi Aki : shares the traditional Nigerian dishes the author grew up enjoying, as well as typical eats from all across the continent. She introduces customary recipes from each of Africa’s… read more

Cooking Light subscriptions return

We were saddened to report in 2018 that Cooking Light magazine was ceasing subscription publication. Some of its content went to EatingWell Magazine and the website remained, but print issues were available at newsstands only. We recently learned some good news: Meredith Corp, Cooking Light's parent, has just announced that the magazine will resume subscription service beginning in winter 2020.… read more
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