What’s your food risk tolerance?

Pathogens lurk everywhere: doorknobs, countertops, shopping carts, refrigerator handles, basically every surface you touch contains bacteria, some of it harmful. Your food can harbor nasty bugs too - salmonella, campylobacter, listeria, and E. coli are frequently found in grocery items ranging from salad greens to chicken. As someone who was once hospitalized (at Christmas, no less) for food poisoning, I… read more

Pasta Grannies Comfort Cooking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Pasta Grannies Comfort Cooking: Traditional Family Recipes From Italy's Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison. Please be sure to check out Vicky's events on our Calendar. Pasta Grannies: Comfort Cooking: Traditional Family Recipes From Italy’s Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison, the author of the bestselling cookbook, Pasta Grannies review, brings… read more

Bigger Bolder Baking Every Day – Quick Bites & Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Bigger Bolder Baking: Every Day: Easy Recipes to Bake Through a Busy Week by Gemma Stafford. The pastry chef, cookbook author, and creator of the hit online show BIGGER BOLDER BAKING presents her follow-up to her first book Bigger Bolder Baking with Bigger Bolder Baking: Every Day. Her new title… read more

Food news antipasto

We begin this week's review with some sad news:  venerated restaurateur and chef Joyce Molyneux passed away on October 28 at the age of 91. For decades, Molyneux helmed the Carved Angel, Dartmouth. One of the first female chefs to be awarded a Michelin star, in 1978, she never exhibited the unseemly behavior espoused by many chefs of the era,… read more

Trap Kitchen Mac N All Over the World: Quick Bites – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of two copies of Trap Kitchen: Mac N' All Over The World: Bangin' Mac N' Cheese Recipes from Around the World by Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith. Trap Kitchen: Mac N’ All Over The World: Bangin’ Mac N’ Cheese Recipes from Around the World by Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith: Three years after the… read more

The Modern Hippie Table – Cookbook Prize Package

Enter our US giveaway to win one of four prize packages containing a copy of The Modern Hippie Table: More Than 60 Recipes for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully by Lauren Thomas, Burlap & Barrel dishtowel and bottles of their Royal Cinnamon and Smoked Pimenton Paprika, and a Cheese Board and set of 4 cheese knives from Zwilling. Please check… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 7 – Custard

This week was all about custard: pouring, frozen and set custards to be exact. Signature: 8 ile flottantes - poached meringues floating in crème Anglaise in 1 1/2 hours I was surprised how many bakers had not heard of floating islands. I, myself, am not a fan of meringues, floating or otherwise. I like some texture in my food and… read more

A treasured family cookbook gets a new life

Top view of a vintage open cookbook surrounded by some spices and herbs like thyme, rosemary, laurel, pepper, garlic and chervil, and some kitchen utensils. The cookbook is at the center of the image and its pages are empty so you can use it as a useful copy space. Objects are on a rustic dark brown wooden table.
If your house were on fire, what would you grab on the way out the door? For some people it might be a treasured photo album, but for me it would be the handwritten cookbook my grandmother gave me when I got married because it is a tangible and irreplaceable part of my family's history. For Holocaust survivor Steven Fenves,… read more

New Feature: EYBD Preview indexes

In March 2018, EYB launched our EYBDigital Preview and EYBDigital Recipe feature. An EYBD Preview is where a selection of full pages are available with many including a sampling of recipes. Please see this article for a full explanation of EYBD Previews and Recipes. To date we have 1,445 EYBD Previews in our Library. Of those Previews 890 are attached… read more

Autumn pantry essentials

Although autumn has been playing coy in many locations (it was in the upper 70s here two days ago, 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal), cooler temperatures will be here soon for many of our Members. With the change in the season, thoughts turn to warming spices and holiday traditions. BBC's Good food is here to help us make sure our… read more

October 2022 New Cookbook Review

Cookbook lovers call the period between August and the end of November Cookbooktober and we are in full swing with many new and exciting titles to read about, buy and/or add to your Wishlist. We are nearing the end of 2022 and have another big year planned for 2023. I will continue to update my 2023 preview listing to keep… read more

Food news antipasto

Fans of Anthony Bourdain might be excited to read the unauthorized biography titled Down and Out in Paradise. Author Charles Leerhsen could have dived into the many facets of Bourdain's work but instead focuses on the drama and the book, according to the late chef's friends and family, gets many facts and details wrong. In a review in The Guardian,… read more

October 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 the following options: Cookbook: Persiana Everyday: All New Recipes from the Best Selling Author of Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour or any of Sabrina’s titles or any of Sabrina’s online recipes.Baking: Snackable Bakes: 100 Easy-Peasy Recipes for Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets and Treats by Jessie Sheehan or any of… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 6 – Halloween

Were there tricks or treats for the bakers this week? It was a Halloween themed bake off which I couldn't help but think of past contestant Helena Garcia being an ideal baker for this particular week. Garcia wrote The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For in 2020. The contestants dressed up a bit for the Halloween special with… read more

This week: Searching recipe titles; Waitrose Winter Food & Drink Festival; Roku Food programming; recipes and more

Recently, a member asked why he couldn't search EYB Recipes by a particular word in the title as you can on Google. For example: title:carrots will pull up search results with the word carrot in the title, not just recipes with carrots as an ingredient. You can do the same thing here on EYB. Go the Library tab, choose Recipes,… read more

Are more grocery store woes on the way?

I am beginning to feel a bit like Debbie Downer when I post stories like these, but I also believe they contain information that is pertinent to our Members. Yesterday Jenny clued me in to another report saying that shoppers can expect shortages and even higher prices in grocery stores just as the holiday cooking and baking season begins. This… read more

The 40 rules all GBBO contestants must follow

I admit that I am a GBBO junkie - I follow contestants on Instagram, watch the program religiously, and often bake recipes published when the shows air. So when I saw a link that talked about the 40 rules that all GBBO contestants must follow, I clicked on it almost reflexively. Most of them are obvious, but some were enlightening.… read more

Revisiting an online vintage cookbook archive

Over six years ago, I wrote about the Cookbook and Home Economics Collection at the Internet Archive and its impressive section of cookery books. Previously the catalog drew from works housed by the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA, the Bancroft Library at The University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Library. Today the archive has additional sources including libraries around… read more

The Instant Kitchen Cookbook: Fast and Easy Family Meals Using Your Instant Pot and Air Fryer Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA/UK giveaway to win one of three copies of The Instant Kitchen Cookbook: Fast and Easy Family Meals Using Your Instant Pot and Air Fryer by Coco Morante. Coco Morante is an expert in both Instant Pot and air fryer cookery with seven books devoted to those types of cooking. In her latest book which is fully authorized… read more

Food news antipasto

If it feels like your grocery budget is on a never-ending upward climb, you are far from alone. Inflation on food products is near or has passed double digits year over year in many places, and people are looking for ways to save on their food bill. The Washington Post recently wrote about five ways to save when grocery shopping,… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 5 – Desserts Week

It's dessert week - or pud week - in the tent. Signature: 8 individual steamed puddings in 2 hours served with an accompaniment of their choice. Carole spent a great deal of time saying "flipping hell" before burning her plums, after burning her plums, after adding lukewarm water and not hot enough water....it was just a flipping hell. This error… read more

Observer Food Monthly 2022 Award winners

Cookbook cover image for Nistisima by Georgina Hayden
At a gala event on October 13, Observer Food Monthly magazine announced the winners of its 2022 awards. The bulk of the honors were given to restaurants and bars, but cookbooks and food writers were also fêted at the event. Awards of interest to our Members include: The Observer Food Monthly icon award - Delia SmithBest new cookbook - Nistisima: The Secret… read more

This week: Baking classes, author events, recipes, EYBD Previews and more

The October cookbook review is sapping all my time along with managing the indexing of books and working on loads of future promotions for our Members. Accordingly, this week's roundup will be short and sweet. As I was creating the outline for the cookbook review - I updated our Calendar. Recently added events include those for: Erin Jeanne McDowell; Naomi… read more

Butter boards spawn new trends

Overhead shot of a portion of a wooden serving board with handle topped with bowls of olives and cheese, plus melon balls, nectarine slices, folded salami and proscuitto slices, toasted baguette slices, and basil leaves for garnish. Bamboo skewers are off to the left side of the board, which rests on a marble surface. A small pitcher of sauce is on the right.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the TikTok trend of butter boards. As often happens with viral trends, this has produced plenty of copycats. Apparently concept of smearing a tasty dip onto a serving platter and surrounding it with vegetables appeals to a broad audience, because now there are not only butter boards, but hummus boards, Nutella boards and… read more

An ode to baking books

Cookbook covers for Gateau by Aleksandra Crapanzano and The Italian Baker by Carol Field
Ever since I was a young girl, baking has been an important part of my life - I inherited the baking gene from my mother, who abhors cooking but will gladly whip up a batch of cookies, cream puffs, or bars at the drop of a hat. So it's no surprise that in my modest (compared to many of our… read more
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