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Michelin suspended its star ratings in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it is back in the business of grading restaurants again this year. This week Michelin announced the latest restaurants in the UK and Ireland that earned the coveted three-star rating, and both restaurants are helmed by female chefs. Hélène Darroze at the Connaught and Core by Clare Smyth join existing… read more

How precise do you need to be when cooking?

I recently received a baking book in which the US cup measurements also included metric weights. I prefer using weight measures - and metric weights are so much easier to work with than ounces - so this was a welcome addition to the book. I did have to chuckle, however, when I saw the numbers: 1 cup of sugar was… read more

Flatirons Food Film Festival giveaway

The 8th Flatirons Food Film Festival starts today and goes through February 5, and like so many other programs, the festival has gone completely virtual. The festival features films about chefs, Black American/ indigenous peoples foodways, food waste, and more. Events include a food trivia game night with prizes, free children's puppet-making class, and if you live in the Denver/Boulder… read more

Curd is the word

Early on in the pandemic I started stocking up on food in case panic buying hit another frenzy. The trouble is, I didn't do a great job of inventory management or organization which led to some redundant purchases, including an abundance of lemons. While citrus fruits do keep well, there are limits on how long they will last. (If you… read more

The best selling books of 2020

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2020 which we then included in our Best of the Best of 2020. Now we asked them for their top sellers of 2020. In past years we have compared the lists from specialist stores in the USA to that for all US sales from… read more

Cocktail Cookbook Bundle – Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a set of the following cocktail/drink books: Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever Reason by Julia Bainbridge, The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes by Dale Degroff, Fizz: 80 Joyful Cocktails and Mocktails for Every Occasion… read more

Baking Day with Anna Olson: Recipes to Bake Together Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win a copy of Baking Day with Anna Olson: Recipes to Bake Together by Anna Olson. Anna Olson is Canada’s baking sweetheart, and with her positive and common sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. Anna was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Toronto,… read more

Why a recipe is more than a collection of ingredients

Several food magazines, websites, and authors have landed in hot water in recent years due to charges of cultural appropriation. Sometimes the recipe developers or writers will push back on the criticism, but others use the gaffe as a learning experience. That seems to be what Food & Wine Magazine is doing following a styling miscue in their January issue.… read more

Scandinavian Green – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Scandinavian Green: Simple Ways to Eat Vegetarian, Every Day by Trine Hahnemann. Trine Hahnemann is a Danish food writer and chef. As the owner and CEO of Hahnemanns Køkken she provides about 3,000 daily lunches with her team in private and public companies in the Copenhagen area. The company… read more

EYB milestone: Two million recipes indexed

When we launched Eat Your Books back in 2009, we could not have imagined ever reaching 2,000,000 recipes indexed. That we have survived and thrived while many other sites have fallen by the wayside is a testament to the hard work, perseverance and, yes, stubbornness of our wonderful team. Plus of course our lovely members who have renewed their membership every… read more

Food news antipasto

With restaurants remaining shuttered in London as the city deals with the another coronavirus surge, it's back to the kitchen - and into cookbooks - for restaurant critic Jay Rayner. He is planning a new weekly column in which he will explore a classic cookbook from his own collection. Says Rayner: "I’ll celebrate its recipes. I’ll explore its influence on… read more

It’s not too late to celebrate National Pie Day!

Once again, National Pie Day has snuck up on me. This 'official' national food holiday allows me to celebrate Pie Day twice each year, because I will always believe the logical choice for the day is 3.14. Although the day is touted as a 'national' event in the US, I have noticed that people from around the world have joined in… read more

This week: Dumplings, dumplings, and more dumplings recipes, baking previews and online classes, EYBD previews and giveaways

My mother's version of a dumpling was a canned biscuit tossed on top of a simmering stew. Those same canned biscuits would be fried in hot oil, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and called homemade donuts for a treat on Friday night. And, of course, those versatile machine pressed rounds of dough were turned out as biscuits to go with… read more

All Things Baking: 2021 Baking Titles; Online Baking Classes

This week Brian Hart Hoffman from Bake from Scratch announced his new series of baking classes at Williams Sonoma. Brian's classes are great fun and I have attended several in the past and I have registered for the entire upcoming series. The classes have been set up on our calendar. Below I have created an outline showing the topic and… read more

The ‘moist’ controversy

If you have an aversion to the word 'moist' as a food descriptor (or just in general), you are far from alone. It comes with negative connotations that once learned are difficult to remove from one's mind. But have you considered the alternatives? Emily Heil has, and she says that we should all learn to love moist because the words… read more

January 2021 New Cookbook Review

Welcome to the first month of this new year that we all have hopes will be a great one. There certainly are a number of impressive cookbooks slated for 2021. My 2021 preview post breaks down the releases by month and is continually updated. If you would like to order any of these titles, using our affiliate links below or… read more

What’s your favorite spice?

Normal people do not have two drawers chock full of herbs and spices - at least that is what my friends tell me. In this respect, if not several others, I am happily abnormal. Baking and cooking are my main hobbies and passions, things I do when I have time and think about doing when I don't have time. This… read more

Cook with Me & How to Cook Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Cook with Me: More Than 150 Recipes for the Home Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli and a copy of How to Cook: Building Blocks and 100 Simple Recipes for a Lifetime of Meals by Hugh Acheson. In Cook with Me Alex delivers 150 recipes complimented by insightful and heartfelt reflections. She shares… read more

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love – New Cookbook 2021

As I was updating the 2021 cookbook preview, I learned that Ottolenghi will have another cookbook coming out this autumn/fall: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love (UK 9/30/2021; US 10/19/2021 and CA 10/19/2021). You can preorder the book now and it is something to look forward to for Ottolenghi fans! From Amazon: For the first time, Yotam Ottolenghi teams up with… read more

Great British Chefs Hacks Electronic Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide contest to win one of five electronic copies of Great British Chefs: Hacks: How Chefs Make Dishes Go from Good to Great. In my prior promotions on Great British Chef titles, I shared the following information regarding the Great British Chefs (GBC) website: Search by recipe name or recipe type or find all the recipes of your favorite chef. Our EYB Library has… read more

The difference between raisins, sultanas, and currants

When it comes to dried fruit, raisins are king. Although humble in appearance, they are found in a variety of savory and sweet recipes in almost every food culture in the world. Have you ever wondered about the difference between raisins and sultanas (aka golden raisins)? And did you know there is another dried grape product that goes by another… read more

January 2021 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: Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten or The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained: More Than 100 Essential Recipes by Nik SharmaBaking Selection: Pie month: The Book on Pie by Erin McDowell, Pie Camp by Kate McDermott, Pie for Everyone by Petra… read more

Food news antipasto

Over a year ago, we received news that a new scripted series about the life of Julia Child would be coming to HBO Max. At the time of the last announcement, Joan Cusack was slated to be in the starring role. We've finally received an update on this project. Filming has begun, but two-time BAFTA (British Academy of Film &… read more

When AI makes recipes

Artificial intelligence has been used to solve intractable mathematical problems, create eerie deep-fake videos, and make dancing robots. Now we can add recipe developer to the long list of AI achievements, thanks to Google. Researchers at Google Cloud, inspired by the surge in baking searches during the pandemic, "decided to dive a little deeper into the trend and try to… read more

This week: 2021 cookbooks, recipes, giveaways, previews and more

2021 is looking like another stellar year for cookbook lovers. This year we have books coming from Julia Turshen, Dorie Greenspan, Eric Ripert, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Zoë François, Pepper Teigen (Chrissy’s mom), Carla Lalli Music, Joshua McFadden, Giada De Laurentis, Sybil Kapoor, Rosie Birkett, Mary Berg, Emma Galloway, Ross Joseph Dobson, Tom Parker Bowles, Michael Smith, Chetna Makan, Bobby Flay,… read more
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