Dorie Greenspan wants to send love letters to you

"Come on in, pull up a chair, grab a cookie." Dorie Greenspan, beloved cookbook author and all around wonderful person, is launching a newsletter and wants to share it with you. From Dorie: I'm so glad that you're here and I'd love for you to be here every week, twice a week. If you want to sit around my table… read more

IACP Cookbook Award finalists announced

With the JBF Awards being cancelled this year and other awards already announced, there is only one major cookbook award program left: The IACP Cookbook Awards. Earlier today the IACP announced the finalists for its 2021 awards, with the winners to be revealed at the IACP Conference on October 23, in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to the cookbook awards, the… read more

June 2021 New Cookbook Review

This year is now officially half over. We still have six months of great releases coming our way and you can check those out on my 2021 Cookbook Preview - a collage of a few covers are shared below. In the next few weeks, I'll have a preview of fall/autumn titles and before you know it the 2022 preview will… read more

Food news antipasto

We begin this week's recap with sad news: influential chef Mark Peel has died at the age of 66 just days after being diagnosed with cancer. Peel worked at various restaurants including Wolfgang Puck's Spago. Along with his wife at the time Nancy Silverton, Peel opened the famed restaurant Campanile, which won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2001. Campanile… read more

Smaller menus, simpler food

As restaurants scrambled to adapt to lockdowns, most of them switched from indoor dining to takeaway and also drastically reduced the menu options to accommodate the change. Now that they are reopening to indoor dining, many of the restaurants are keeping the shorter menus, says Grub Street's Rachel Sugar. Both independent eateries and large chains are reducing the number of… read more

This week: How to beat the heat with cooling beverages and desserts, recipes, cookbook previews and giveaways

Summertime is here for most of us in the northern hemisphere and I am sure many of us want to avoid turning on the oven for any reason. This week's roundup will focus on chilly desserts along with cocktails/beverages because nothing tackles being parched like an icy beverage - whether a mocktail or cocktail. Frozen peanut butter pie from Cook Republic… read more

Vent some steam with catharsis cookbooks

Anyone who has ever pounded a chicken breast with a mallet or who has kneaded a loaf of dough knows that cooking can be a conduit for releasing negative emotions. Some cookbooks capitalize on this catharsis including 2020's Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Butter, Sugar, and Women's Voices (which had a touch of controversy), but that's not the… read more

Summer Drinks – Skewered Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway to win one a set of each of the following titles: Summer Drinks: Over 100 Refreshing Recipes to Enjoy in the Sunshine by Ryland, Peters & Small (editors) and Skewered: Recipes for Fire Food on Sticks from Around the World by Marcus Bawdon. There will be two winners - each will receive both books. Our takes… read more

June 2021 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month was a throw back month. We have been repeating any of our favorite books and online options from 2020 and 2021. Those 2020-2021 options can be found here. For past EYB Cookbook Club summaries, #EYBCookbookClub will pull up an archive of our club’s activities. Please note our announcement document… read more

Guild of Food Writers Award Winners 2021

The Guild of Food Writers named the winners of its prestigious annual awards. We earlier reported on the list of finalists where you can see everyone who made the shortlist. So, let's get to it - following are highlights of the winners. You can see a full list of all categories and winners on the Guild of Food Writers website.… read more

Food fests anchor recovery efforts

Just as the restaurant industry was walloped during lockdowns, so too did the travel industry suffer. In regions where travel makes up a significant percentage of the local economy, the effects were nothing short of devastating. Now that lockdowns are unwinding, areas that rely heavily on tourism are looking to combine eating and traveling as a mechanism to jumpstart their… read more

The Pasta Man – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of The Pasta Man: The Art of Making Spectacular Pasta with 40 Recipes by Mateo Zielonka. Mateo Zielonka, aka The Pasta Man (dubbed so by his Instafans), is a London based chef. Polish-born, he has worked in London for six years including time at Padella and Polpo. He also teaches… read more

Crave – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Crave: Recipes Arranged by Flavour, to Suit Your Mood and Appetite by Ed Smith. Ed Smith is the author of On the Side: A Sourcebook of Inspiring Side Dishes and The Borough Market Cookbook both of which are in my library as I have a fondness for his work.… read more

Food news antipasto

Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Delia's first job as a cookery writer was for the Daily Mirror in 1969 - numerous phenomenal best sellers and television series followed including Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course in 1978 and Delia's Christmas, Summer & Winter Collections in the 1990s. The indefatigable Smith… read more

When you can’t let go

With over 300 cookbooks at my fingertips, plus hundreds of magazines and the internet mere seconds away with its potential for millions of recipes, you might think that the three-ring binder I've been lugging around through several cross-country moves would no longer be necessary. You would be wrong - even though I reference it less often than I used to,… read more

This week: How to make EYB work better for you, member indexing, recipes, cookbook EYBD previews and giveaways

This week's roundup will cover a few Eat Your Book topics. First we hope our members are enjoying the site and reaping delicious benefits from using your cookbooks more. Last year we published a post with some suggestions and recently I updated it with more links toward the bottom of the article. We have been super busy indexing books -… read more

Why I quit being a gadget pusher

"You don't have an Instant Pot?" my friend asked me, incredulous. She assumed that because I love to cook I had all of the latest and greatest gadgets. "You have to get one," she implored, explaining all of the wonderful meals she had cooked in hers. I was skeptical of cheesecake made in a multi-cooker. I still am, even though… read more

Kid-friendly Father’s Day recipes

strawberries in a colander
Sunday is Father’s Day in many countries and for a lot of families that means outdoor cooking, meat on the grill, and picnic fare. No doubt millions of burgers and steaks will find their way onto plates, but kids might want to make their dad a special dish themselves, and that's where America's Test Kitchen steps in. They have a… read more

Foolproof BBQ – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Foolproof BBQ: Create a Sizzle with the Perfect Barbecue, with 60 Recipes by Genevieve Taylor. Genevieve Taylor is the author of a library of cookbooks with a specialization in live fire cookery. Charred is a beautiful book and if you are a fan of grilling vegetables, it is definitely… read more

July 2021 The 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

Traditional foods of Juneteenth

The upcoming celebration of Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the bloody U.S. Civil War, slaves were declared free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. One year after the announcement, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what became an annual celebration, known then as Jubilee Day. By the 1890s, the holiday… read more

Food news antipasto

If you are like me and cannot have too much Jacques Pépin in your life, head over to to YouTube to see a charming interview with the iconic chef that aired last week on CBS This Morning. Jeff Glor sat down with Pépin at his home in Connecticut, where at age 85 he shows no signs of slowing down. The… read more

The secret’s in the sauce

If you ask two people what the best barbecue sauce is, you are likely to get three (or more) answers, and/or start a fistfight. Barbecue sauces are as individualistic as fingerprints, with people hewing to certain types based on their regional cultures and their own tastebuds, and preferring different sauces for different meats as well. I am a South Carolina… read more

This week: Japanese cuisine, recipes, cookbook giveaways, EYBD previews and more!

As I have mentioned before, I have been finding joy in watching YouTube videos that involve cooking. One channel that I love is Nami, a single female Japanese office worker documenting her lifestyle via vlog. A majority of her videos demonstrate what she cooks in her small Tokyo apartment. She creates multi-coursed meals that look incredible. I would kill… read more

A man on a mission to save apples

Every year in early October I usually post an article about apples that highlights the various ways you can use the fruit in cooking and baking. This year apple season (for the blog, anyway) comes much earlier, because I just read a fascinating article about Tom Brown, a man on a quest to rescue 'lost' varieties of apples. Even if… read more
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