Is mise en place really necessary?

Read the foreward to any cookbook and the author will probably mention mise en place. It is touted as the key to making sure your food will turn out well, and there are definitely benefits to the practice. But, as Mark Bittman points out in a recent episode of his podcast focused on the new edition of How to Cook… read more

Cookie baking tips just in the nick of time

If you are an avid baker you probably have a list of all of the cookies and treats you will be making for the holidays. Even people who rarely bake will whip out a batch of decorated sugar cookies or family favorites this time of year. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, good baking advice is always handy… read more

Food news antipasto

The Gourmand Cookbook Awards winners were recently announced, with a whopping 45-page listing by country. Each category in the awards contains multiple winners, considered the “Best in the World” for their respective topics or regions. The list is sprawling and contains worldwide submissions for various cities, countries, and subjects. While you may not recognize all of the authors or titles,… read more

The luxury of leftovers

Many moons ago, I regarded most leftovers with annoyance. Since I liked cooking so much I did not enjoy revisiting the food from the previous day, preferring to having something completely new for each meal. As I got older I realized the error of my ways, learning that leftovers were a delicious timesaver as well as a sign that I… read more

Words of advice on Thanksgiving Eve

My social media feeds are full of photos of gorgeous pies and beautiful roasted turkeys. This is the first year in over a dozen that I haven't made a huge meal (I even cooked a whole feast for just two of us during Covid lockdowns), instead I'm taking it easy, going to a friend's place, and only make a couple… read more

What’s the best time for the holiday meal?

You've set your Thanksgiving (or other holiday) menu, gathered the ingredients, cleaned the china and linens, and are all set to start your feast. Now the question remains: what time should you serve the meal? The Washington Post's Becky Krystal recently explored this question, and found the time periods that met with the most approval. Accidental turkey from Food Network… read more

The Cocktail Cabinet Cookbook Giveaway & Quick Bites

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of The Cocktail Cabinet: The Art, Science and Pleasure of Mixing the Perfect Drink by Zoe Burgess. In The Cocktail Cabinet flavour expert Zoe Burgess demystifies cocktails, explaining and exploring the structures, flavour profiles and techniques used. In the first part of the book Zoe helps you understand why cocktails work,… read more

Food news antipasto

As we gear up for the biggest food holiday in the US, people are finalizing their big Thanksgiving Day feast. Although everyone wants the meal to be amazing and delicious, sometimes things don't go as planned. We've all had cooking mishaps, and often these turn into memorable events that get discussed for years afterward. My husband still loves to regale… read more

November 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: Simple Pasta: Pasta Made Easy. Life Made Better. by Odette Williams  or Milk Street: Cook What You Have: Make a Meal Out of Almost Anything by Christopher Kimball or any of Milk Street’s online recipes.Baking: The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum or… read more

November 2022 New Cookbook Review

We are nearing the end of 2022 and publishers have another big year planned for 2023. 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… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 10 – Finals

This year the finale episode had a theme: to raise awareness of our planet, so the bakers had to use sustainable, British ingredients as much as possible. Signature: Six mini cakes, six vegetarian pies and six finger sandwiches - the sandwiches from a loaf of white bread they had to bake as well. That is 18 individual bakes and 1… read more

IACP Cookbook Awards 2022 winners

On Friday November 18, 2022, the International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of the prestigious IACP awards from the Middleby Showroom in Dallas and New York. The announcement was made via video and can be viewed online on Vimeo. It was a good 'day' for Member favorite baking books: Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking topped the American… read more

Accessorize your air fryer

Apparently I am the only person in the world who has not discovered the joys of an air fryer. Following a recent office lunch outing, a group of my colleagues discussed the wonderful meals they recently made in their air fryers, and of the dozen people there I was the sole holdout who hadn't yet purchased this marvelous appliance. Since… read more

December 2022 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

Holiday Cookies & Cocktails Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway to win one of three sets of the following festive titles: Dessert Cocktails: 40 Deliciously Indulgent Sweet Drinks by David T. Smith and Keli Rivers; Festive Cocktails & Canapes: Over 100 recipes for seasonal drinks & party bites by Ryland Peters & Small; and Christmas Cookies: More Than 60 Recipes for Adorable Festive Bakes by Hannah… read more

Eat Drink and Be Murray Cookbook Giveaway and Quick Bites

Enter our US, UK and CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Eat, Drink and Be Murray: A Feast of Family Fun and Favorites by Andy Murray. Eat, Drink and Be Murray is not only an adorable pun but a family cookbook full of beloved Murray favorites, from celebrated chef and owner of the Caddyshack restaurant in Florida,… read more

Have food, will travel

Several years ago I was tasked with making a cake for my brother's wedding. The only problem was the fact that I lived an eight-hour drive away, and I would not have time (or equipment) at my disposal at the wedding venue to make the cake there. I decided to make and freeze the cake and buttercream, and just do… read more

Food news antipasto

Assorted cheeses on a rustic wooden board
Celebrity chef Guy Grossi helms Garum at the Westin Hotel Perth, and his Christmas lunches are among the most sought-after on the day. So what does he eat when he gets home? The revered chef shares some of his family traditions with The Sydney Morning Herald (registration or subscription required), saying “It’s all about the celebration and the feast.” It's… read more

2022 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

The holidays are fast approaching and I should have gotten this gift guide out to you sooner but it has been busy! Here are a few gift ideas for the cook/baker in your life. We'll start with my favorite LeCreuset. I am in love with Rhone - one of the newer colors from LeCreuset. Rhone is rich and elegant and… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 9 – Patisserie Week

Is it me or was the fastest nine weeks in the history of weeks? The semi-finals are here meaning one more episode next week after the final four battle it out with patisserie. Signature: 6 identical mini charlottes with a set filling (mousse or bavarois) and a sponge of the baker's choice in 2 1/2 hours. As GBBO isn't sharing… read more

Keeping it basic for the holidays

Adventurous cooks who like to try new foods are often stymied during the holidays. We would appreciate adding new or unusual items to the menu, but the diehard traditionalists want everything to be exactly the same - often leading to hard feelings or at least a classic sitcom situation. Instead of fighting the traditionalists, there is a case to be… read more

This week: EYB helpful hints, a virtual Christmas party, recipes and more

This week we are sharing a few helpful hints. A Member recently emailed that they had enjoyed reading a particular Member's Notes and wanted to know if it was possible to read other notes by that Member. The answer is yes. If you are reading a Note on a book, click on the Member name and the profile of that… read more

Cassoulet Confessions Book Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of 3 copies of Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul by Sylvie Bigar. Cassoulet Confessions is a captivating memoir by award-winning food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar. Here a simple journalistic assignment sparked a culinary obsession and transcended into a quest for identity. Set in the southern… read more

Words that capture a culinary experience

If you don't grow up speaking English, it can be an extremely difficult language to learn. It has appropriated words and structure from so many different languages that making sense of grammar and spelling rules often requires reciting a poem (i before e except after c, or when sounded like a as in neighbor and weigh - and of course… read more

In praise of garlic powder

Watch a few videos of chefs and food writers and most of them will probably tell you that it's best to cook with fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to garlic. You'll see differing advice on how best to chop or mince the allium, but by and large most everyone will be saying that fresh garlic is much better than… read more
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