Food and Wine editors on the top cookbooks of the season

If you would like to practice using the new EYB Wishlist feature, I have another enabling post for your consideration. This time it is the picks for top cookbooks of fall 2021 from the editors at Food and Wine. Get ready to click the Wishlist icon frequently - F&W has listed twenty-three essential books. I have a few of these… read more

Bittman talks to José Andrés

In the first episode of Season 2 of his podcast Food with Mark Bittman, the food writer talks with chef-cum-humanitarian José Andrés. The episode starts with a recounting of Bittman's favorite Andrés recipe, one that involves Santorini lentils, before he begins the interview. The ever ebullient chef talked with Bittman for nearly an hour on a number of subjects, including… read more

Gourmet Traveller 2022 Restaurant Awards finalists announced

Like many other restaurant awards, the Gourmet Traveller awards went on hiatus during the pandemic, but they have now returned in full force. Well, almost full force, as the planned awards dinner has been cancelled and instead the winners will be announced online on Sunday, 24 October. The announcement precedes Gourmet Traveller's November Celebration Special print issue, which will highlight… read more

Amber & Rye Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of four copies of Amber & Rye: A Baltic Food Journey: Estonia • Latvia • Lithuania by Zuza Zak. Amber & Rye: A Baltic Food Journey: Estonia • Latvia • Lithuania by Zuza Zak was published in the UK and AU in June. Zuza is the author of Polska: New Polish Cooking (2016), a… read more

September 2021 New Cookbook Review

Hello members, it's me, the broken record, once again telling you that many of this month's cookbooks have been bumped to October, November or beyond. So I offer this caveat - as of this writing, the books below are published or are to be published by September 30th. But those dates can change at a moment's notice. Shipping delays, paper… read more

Food news antipasto

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Michael Ruhlman's book Ratio opened my eyes to understanding how so many recipes work, ranging from custard to pastry crust. That is why I enjoyed this useful chart of six essential baking ratios from Taste of Home. Print it out and keep it handy when comparing recipes. Can you get too much GBBO? Nah, we don't think so. This week… read more

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap – Episode 1 – Cake Week

"Don't bake my tart, my flaky pastry tart." This year Darcie and I are going to give our personal recaps on each episode of GBBO. Below each challenge - I have linked to online recipes on the GBBO site. I have printed out the mini roll cake recipe to make for guests on Tuesday and will come back and post… read more

Bowls & Broths Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Bowls and Broths: Build a Bowl of Flavour From Scratch, with Dumplings, Noodles, and More by Pippa Middlehurst. Bowls and Broths: Season, Layer and Build Soothing Dishes From Scratch by Pippa Middlehurst is a super-fresh collection of broth-based recipes that will teach you how to season, layer and create versatile… read more

September 2021 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking from: Main option: Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat by Molly Baz or Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch by Jake CohenBaking option: Modern Baking: Cakes, Cookies and Everything in Between by Donna Hay or A Good Bake: The… read more

The difference between crispy and crunchy

There are some words that food writers avoid, whether because people tend to have strong opinions about them (like moist), because they are overused , or because their meanings aren't clear. For food writer Maggie Hennessy, two adjectives give her pause for the last reason. Hennessy says she is confounded by the differences between crispy and crunchy. Both terms imply… read more

What’s your favorite GBBO recipe?

Now that those in the UK have been able to get their GBBO fix and others are but a few days away, it is time to revisit some of our favorite recipes from the GBBO, as The Telegraph has done. Since that article is behind a paywall (and I have already used my free trial), I will share my favorites… read more

You don’t want to miss these showdowns

Most of us love a good competition - which is why we'll be glued to our screens as soon as the Great British Bake Off returns tomorrow (we have to wait longer here in the US so no spoilers, please). There is another friendly competition that ticks the boxes for us cookbook lovers can be found at Book Riot, which… read more

Food news antipasto

After 18 long years, it has finally happened - chef René Redzepi and his restaurant Noma have received a third Michelin star. In an Instagram post, the restaurant said "We want to thank our wonderful guests for their support over the last 18 years and a huge shout of course to all our collaborators—farmers, winemakers, foragers—everyone that’s been a part of… read more

This week: Dorie Greenspan and Rick Stein book tour dates, the ever-moving publication date challenge, recipes, EYBD Preview and cookbook giveaways

Earlier this week, I began working on September's new cookbook review. And surprise, once again, many titles have been moved from September to either October or November. Frankly, those months are already bursting at the seams with releases. This all makes me a little nervous at the enormity of those month's cookbook reviews! I am keeping our 2021 preview post… read more

Changes to the James Beard Awards

A little over a year ago, the James Beard Foundation announced that it would be foregoing its 2021 James Beard Awards and instead would conduct an audit of its policies and processes. The goals of this audit "were to remove systemic bias, increase the diversity of the pool of candidates, maintain relevance, and align the Awards more outwardly with the… read more

Harumio – Korean Egg Pan and My Korea Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win a copy of My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes by Hooni Kim and a Neoflam - FIKA 15cm Induction Egg Pan from my friends at Harumio. EYB members can use EATYOURBOOKS at Harumio at checkout for 10 percent off. Some of you will recall from previous posts and roundups, that I watch cooking videos… read more

Alton Brown will be back on tour

Alton Brown's legion of dedicated fans received good news this week: Alton is launching another live North American tour titled Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats which runs from October 13th through April 10th of 2022. What's more, he is looking for help on his tour, and you can take a quiz to be entered into the running to "help"… read more

Meet 2021’s Great British Bake Off Bakers

As we shared in last week's roundup (that post shares GBBO related cookbook news and more), Channel 4 has confirmed that The Great British Bake Off will return on 21 September. Netflix will stream the shows in the US three days after the UK airing. Accordingly, the first episode will land in the US on Friday, September 24th. Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas… read more

October 2021 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

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

Jamie Oliver’s new show is all about our favorite subject

This is exciting news - we just learned about a new TV competition brought to us by Jamie Oliver Productions and Plum Pictures that aims to "find the next big name in cookery". The new program, which is open to anyone from home cooks to chefs, offers a book deal with Penguin Random House as the main prize. Of course… read more

All Day Baking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of All Day Baking: Savoury, Not Sweet: Pies, Quiches, Galettes, Tarts, Preserves and More by Michael and Pippa James. It just seems like yesterday that I was drooling over the publication of The Tivoli Road Baker: Recipes and Notes from a Chef Who Chose Baking however, in reality, it was… read more

Food news antipasto

There are two types of people in the world: those who meticulously follow a recipe's direction to use one clove of garlic, and those who see that and add three (or more) cloves. If you count yourself as part of the latter group, head over to America's Test Kitchen, where they explain how the strength of garlic's flavor depends on… read more

This week: Ottolenghi YouTube series, Fortnum & Mason Food Award winners, GBBO air date confirmed, upcoming books from GBBO stars and more

Mark your calendars! Channel 4 has confirmed that The Great British Bake Off will return on 21 September. This is the second series to be filmed with strict regulations to reduce the potential spread of COVID on the set. The good news this year is that there appears to be no shortage of flour or yeast.  Netflix will stream the… read more

Fortnum & Mason Food Awards winners announced

Fortnum & Mason has long been a resource for English cookery, providing quality ingredients to generations of cooks since its founding in 1707. The company’s annual food and drink awards celebrate the best publications and broadcasts in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Yesterday, Fortnum & Mason announced its winners for the 2021 awards, given in an assortment of categories and… read more

How to clean out the pantry, tastefully

The change of seasons, whether from summer to fall or winter to spring, is the perfect time to reassess the half-empty boxes and bags, close to 'best by' date tinned items, and the random items you purchased on a whim with no recipe in mind. It can seem like an episode of Chopped when you start to inventory the contents… read more
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