New Year’s food resolutions

Another year has flown by and here we are standing on the precipice of 2023 (our Australia and New Zealand Members are already there!). That means it's again time to consider resolutions for the new year. The Washington Post's Aaron Hutcherson is here to help us with ten simple ways we can start fresh in the kitchen (this is a… read more

Best of the best 2022

Despite the continued stresses of the worldwide pandemic, there has been no shortage of wonderful new cookbooks this year. And no shortage of best food and drink book lists celebrating the cream of the crop. We have assembled 332 lists from around the world to create our 14th annual Best of the Best. For years, each time Ottolenghi published a… read more

I keep forgettin’

There's a 1980s song by Donald Fagan about him "forgetting" that he is no longer in a relationship with his ex. The lyrics of the chorus are "I keep forgettin' we're not in love anymore \ I keep forgettin' things will never be the same again." I am reminded of this song every time I visit certain food websites that… read more

Bestselling Canadian cookbook author Jean Paré dies at 95

One of Canada's most prolific and beloved cookbook authors, Jean Paré, passed away in Edmonton, Alberta this week at the age of 95. Beginning in 1981 with the publication of 150 Delicious Squares (Company's Coming) through 2018, when she co-authored Instant One-Pot Cooking (New Original), Paré wrote 200 cookbooks. Paré ran the three-generation publishing business called Company's Coming. "My grandma… read more

Playing the leftover game

What to do with the leftovers is the question of the day for everyone who has hosted a large gathering, so we are here with the compulsory answers to this perennial issue. We might have a few go-to favorites, but sometimes it's nice to venture outside of our comfort zone. That's what the experts at The Guardian offer with their… read more

Holiday memories, made new

I looked back today at what I wrote during the holidays in December 2019, a few months before the world was turned upside down. The post, about favorite holiday food memories, was about the dish of nuts that my grandparents always put out during the Christmas season. That memory is more poignant today because not only were traditions put on… read more

Best cookbooks of 2022 by the experts

Who knows cookbooks better than the owners of specialist cookbook stores? They stock and sell thousands of cookbooks and because their stores are focused on food and drink books, they are true experts. They read the books, cook from them and then share their knowledge with their customers. When shopping for cookbook gifts this holiday season, please think about supporting… read more

Test your food knowledge with this BBC Christmas food quiz

BBC Food created what it titled "The great big festive 2022 food quiz", which I felt sure I would do well taking. As it turns out, my confidence slightly exceeded my ability. My score on the main part of the quiz was respectable if not great, although I definitely need to work on my food-related music and movie trivia. Watching… read more

Baby it’s cold outside

Tomorrow, the wind chill is forecast to dip below -30°F in my neck of the woods. When it gets this cold, the first thing I do is count my many blessings that include a warm house and a well-stocked pantry. The second thing I do is set out to prepare my favorite warming foods to help combat the frigid temperatures… read more

Pastry chefs wow with edible holiday decorations

Gingerbread houses across the nation are suffering from a serious case of envy over the creations showcased in a recent Forbes article about amazing edible decorations from talented pastry chefs. While these displays are made from gingerbread, chocolate, and other foods, they are not meant to be eaten. Some of them take months to complete, only to be viewed for… read more

December 2022 New Cookbook Review

We made it through another year and now we have 2023 to look forward to. I will continue to update my 2023 preview listing to keep you in the loop. If you would like to order any of these titles (or preorder/order any other books or items) using our affiliate links below or BUY BOOK button on the book details page, earns Eat Your… read more

Food news antipasto

This week we learned of the passing of Cara De Silva, an award-winning journalist and James Beard Award Nominee, who focused on a broad range of subjects that include food and food history. De Silva is the author of In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin, a compilation of remembered recipes written down by malnourished women in Terezin,… read more

December 2022 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: Cookbook: Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals by Melissa Clark (any Melissa Clark online recipes) or Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files by Deb Perelman (any Deb Perelman online recipes)Baking: Any holiday baking – share name of book, recipe… read more

January 2023 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer several 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 can prepare… read more

Tied up in knots – the history of the pretzel

Pretzels have always held a special place in my heart (and stomach), whether the thin, crunchy kind you buy in bags at the supermarket or the soft, chewy type you find at pubs, often accompanied by a gooey cheese sauce. Carbs and salt - what's not to love? I never much thought about the history of pretzels, although after reading… read more

This week: Last minute homemade food gifts, EYBD Previews, giveaways and more

If you are like me, the holidays have arrived far too soon and left us looking for some last minute gifts. Not wanting to face the crowds and online ordering getting close to cut off dates, making a delicious homemade food gift is a life saver. One of my good friends, Jenni, Pastry Chef Online, has been publishing a food… read more

Showstopping Cakes – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Showstopping Cakes: Mastering the Science and Art of Baking by Rahul Mandal. Showstopping Cakes by Rahul Mandal is the debut cookbook from the 2018 GBBO winner. From advice on stacking a tier cake to piping flowers, creating the perfect flavour pairing and avoiding a curdled cake batter or buttercream, Rahul… read more

Bittman interviews Claudia Roden

It was a delight to stumble across a podcast featuring two of the most influential cookbook authors in the world talking about our favorite subject, which I found in Mark Bittman's interview with Claudia Roden, who sparked Western interest in Middle Eastern food. (Skip ahead to 3:00 to avoid advertisements). Bittman talks to Roden about Hanukkah traditions, the changing nature… read more

Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes Cookbook Giveaway and Quick Bites

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Giuseppe's Italian Bakes: Over 60 Classic Cakes, Desserts and Savoury Bakes by Giuseppe Dell'Anno. Giuseppe Dell’Anno won our hearts while he competed in the Great British Bake Off in 2021 (and won!). In his first cookbook, Giuseppe's Italian Bakes, he shares his skill, knowledge and love of baking through… read more

Food TV in 2022 – the good, the bad, and the ugly

When the Food Network debuted in 1993, it quickly became a go-to for food loving people who flocked to their TV sets to see shows that celebrated their favorite pastimes of cooking and eating. The network (which owes a lot of debt to public television programming) then spurred other cable television channels to put forth their own shows. When streaming… read more

Food news antipasto

As we enter peak holiday baking season, even people who don't bake a lot will be firing up their ovens to make the festive cookies, cakes, and pies of the season. This will involve copious amounts of butter, flour, eggs, and sugar. The last ingredient comes in many different forms, including granulated, powdered, various shades of brown, and even as… read more

In defense of recipes

There's been a proliferation in recent years of a different type of cookbook, one that deemphasizes recipes in favor of a more relaxed style of cooking. It it isn't exactly a recent trend - Pam Anderson wrote How to Cook Without a Book in 2000 and there are even older books in a similar vein - but it has gained… read more

What would be in your cookbook “go bag”?

Last week, a friend and I were talking when the subject of "go bags" came up. Go bags contain those carefully chosen items that one would need in an emergency during an evacuation/disaster such as medications, ID cards, insurance cards, and an extra change of clothing. While, of course, there would be far more important things to worry about than… read more

This week: Swiss baking titles; Phaidon sale; EYBD previews; giveaway and more

This week I want to share with our Members three books that I am loving right now and two of which are perfect for holiday baking and gift giving. Swiss Cookies: A Home-Baked Cultural Journey by Andie Pilot is a unique offering filled with exciting recipes. Andie begins with a section on historic Swiss cookies that includes profiles on cookie… read more

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs

carton of eggs
In cooking or baking, sometimes the smallest action provides the biggest challenge. As I discovered when watching my husband make an omelet, one of these actions is cracking an egg. His approach is to crack the egg on the sharp edge of the mixing bowl, and his method almost always results in small shards of eggshell that he has to… read more
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