Food news antipasto

I am always delighted to learn new ways to use a kitchen tool I already own. This week's lesson in that regard involves the humble grapefruit spoon. Obviously it works well to section grapefruit (although I struggle with not squirting myself in the eye with the juice), but there are other tasks that it handles with ease as well, such… read more

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s cookbook collection will amaze and inspire you

There are cookbook collections and then there are cookbook collections - numbers that boggle the mind and a depth that astonishes. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett has the latter type of collection, with over 14,000 volumes including a noteworthy subsection of Jewish cookbooks that numbers over 1,200. “I collect absolutely everything, I’m indiscriminate,” she recently explained to Tasting Table. “The issue isn’t whether… read more

Food, times are changing and the importance of our words

For me, and many others like me, food and cooking has been the great equalizer. Bringing folks of all ethnicities and beliefs around the table to share experiences and build a bridge to better understanding and acceptance of our differences. In doing so, we may learn that we aren't so very different after all. But it seems, especially in the… read more

Sahten – The Skatepal Cookbook

'Sah-ten' translates roughly from Arabic to 'two healths'. It's a phrase frequently used in Palestine when food is placed on the table, akin to bon appetit. Recently, we learned of a cookbook that benefits an unusual recipient: the skateboarding scene in Palestine entitled Sahten: The Skatepal Cookbook. This book paints a picture of the Palestine skateboarding scene told in the… read more

EYB Milestone: 10,000 books indexed!

Just last month, we shared the news that we had reached 2,000,000 recipes indexed and here we are announcing that we have just published the index on our 10,000th book! Which book holds the honor of setting this EYB record? Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food by Julia Turshen. We will have a full promotion on Julia's… read more

The mystery of Canada’s hard butter

Canadian food writer and cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal started a minor firestorm recently with a tweet about butter: "Have you noticed it's no longer soft at room temperature? Watery? Rubbery?" she asked. People chimed in with their own observations - yes, butter does seem different these days, more difficult to spread and remaining hard even when the kitchen is not… read more

February 2021 New Cookbook Review

As I began my review of February cookbooks, I found that many titles were moved to March or April - perhaps in an effort to allow time for books to make it to warehouses due to COVID related slow downs. I keep my 2021 preview post updated to show these monthly releases and I have also prepared a Spring preview post. The… read more

Food news antipasto

We've all been there: gravy that is runny, sauces that lack gravitas, and watery stews. There are ways to fix these culinary mishaps, and The Washington Post shows us three different techniques for how to thicken gravies, sauces, and stews. You may be familiar with the terms 'soul food' and 'Southern food', but do you know the differences between them?… read more

Preorder Cookbook Perks: Spring 2021

Earlier this month, I shared some highlights of the cookbooks being released this Spring. I noticed a few cookbook perks that you may want to jump on. I will be updating this post as I learn of more offers. As always, please email me at if you have information about a cookbook preorder perk, author event or something cookbook… read more

February 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 Option: Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple by Jacques PépinBaking Selection: Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings by Yossy ArefiOnline Option: Any Donna Hay online recipePlant-based Option: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen For past EYB Cookbook Club summaries, #EYBCookbookClub will pull up an archive of… read more

EYB by the numbers

We are fast approaching the one year anniversary of lockdowns for most of us. The first stay at home order where I live was March 13, so three weeks from today will mark one year since our lives were upended by the coronavirus known as Covid-19. I went from commuting 100 miles each day to working from home nearly full… read more

New UK cookbook provides chefs’ favorite lockdown dishes

Gordon Ramsey, Tom Kerridge, Jamie Oliver, and 51 more of the UK's top chefs have collaborated on a new cookbook to be released next month in support of Hospitality Action, the charity that supports struggling hospitality workers. Available on March 18, which marks the anniversary of the first lockdown, Chefs at Home includes 54 recipes from culinary stars including the two mentioned… read more

This week: Celebrating Black cookbook authors releasing titles in 2021 and a look at BEM Books & More; along with recipes, cookbook previews and more.

This week in celebration of Black History Month, I have highlighted upcoming 2021 cookbooks written by Black authors along with some information about a recently launched Black-owned cookbook shop. These are titles that have been on my 2021 cookbook preview post which I continually update because I am obsessed with cookbooks just like you! Expect more in-depth reviews of many… read more

DIY fine dining

With most restaurants either closed or operating at reduced capacity, the state of eating out remains in flux. While getting takeout from most places is a fairly easily achieved substitute, fine dining restaurants are another story. It is not easy to duplicate the elaborate serving vessels, complicated dishes, and precise plating. This has not stopped them from trying, however. The… read more

How Wild Things Are – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of How Wild Things Are: Cooking, Fishing and Hunting at the Bottom of the World by Analiese Gregory. How Wild Things Are: Cooking, Fishing and Hunting at the Bottom of the World by Analiese Gregory celebrates nature and the slow-food life on the island of Tasmania. When chef Gregory relocated after… read more

March 2021 Great Big Cookbook Club Roundup

As our members know, each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you… read more

Sheet Pan Chicken Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Sheet Pan Chicken: 50 Simple and Satisfying Ways to Cook Dinner by Cathy Erway and The Editors of Taste provided by the publisher and EYB providing one additional copy worldwide. Sheet Pan Chicken is a cookbook of 50 recipes that combines everyone's favorite protein with the ease of cooking the meal… read more

Chaat and World Food: Mexico City – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India by Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy and a copy of World Food: Mexico City: Heritage Recipes for Classic Cooking by James Oseland. Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India by Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy explores India's most… read more

In Bibi’s Kitchen, Eating Out Loud Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen and Eating Out Loud: Bold Middle Eastern Flavors for All Day, Every Day by Eden Grinshpan. In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from… read more

Celebrating National Pancake Day

February 16 (Shrove Tuesday) is National Pancake Day. The Tuesday before Lent begins is a traditional day for eating pancakes, hearkening back to a time when any remaining rich foods were eaten prior to fasting. Traditions aside, this food 'holiday' is a perfect excuse to make breakfast for dinner. Jenny has previously posted all about the best pancake recipes, including Ebelskivers… read more

Food news antipasto

Food definitions can be tricky things. At what point does a flatbread become a pizza, is cheesecake a cake or a pie, and what is the difference between chowder and soup? For the last one, Taste of Home weighs in, providing their take on the differences between soups and chowders. Nadiya Hussain's series Nadiya Bakes is now available for streaming… read more

This week: Online cooking and baking classes, Spring cookbooks, recipes, EYBD previews, giveaways and more.

February is nearly half over and we are entering the second busiest time of the year for cookbook releases. This week, I spent a great deal of time editing our EYB Library and reviewing the Spring books that I have been fortunate enough to have received a galley. I am also linking ebook versions of the new books as we… read more

Mark Bittman’s new project

After leaving his post at The New York Times, Mark Bittman has tried a couple of new things. The first was working for the food startup Purple Carrot, after which he took over the reins of Heated on Medium. Now the restless Bittman has a new endeavor, simply titled The Bittman Project, a food publication published on Substack. In… read more

Celebrating the year of the ox

February 12 marks the beginning of a very special time for the Chinese and several other cultures, as it is the beginning of the lunar new year. This year ushers in the Year of the Ox, but there is more than just the return of this second animal zodiac symbol at play, as CNN explains. In addition to the 12-year… read more

The Double Happiness Cookbook – Review & Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of two copies of The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories by Trevor Lui. Authentic is the buzz word right now - the "it" girl of the culinary world. I understand the need to embrace authentic, traditional cuisines and honor them. However, I feel as a cookbook junkie extraordinaire that… read more
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