Jazz up your juleps

Few celebrations have a cocktail that is as strongly associated with the day as the Kentucky Derby is with the mint julep. In one week (May 7), the 148th edition of "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" will be run, and there is no telling how many mint juleps have been sipped since the inaugural event in 1875. Southerners love their… read more

Sweet Paris, Cake Server and Parisian Tea Towel Giveaway – Quick Bites

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win an autographed copy of Sweet Paris: Seasonal Recipes from an American Baker in France by Frank Adrian Barron, an antique cake server and a Parisian tea towel. There are two sets of this prize available. This gorgeous book brings the timeless allure of Paris into our home kitchens. Not only is Sweet Paris filled… read more

April 2022 New Cookbook Review

Welcome to April! This month we have a wealth of new books to review and add to our wish lists. As usual during these COVID times some April books have moved on to May and beyond, so be sure to keep checking the 2022 preview post for updates. You will note under the "Other titles of interest" section in the US, I… read more

The James Beard Cookbook Awards are back – here are the nominees

After a one-year hiatus - due in part to the pandemic but also to controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in its awards programs - the James Beard Foundation has announced the nominees for its 2022 Media Awards, which includes cookbooks. This list covers 2021 and 2022, so only the best of the best books have made the cut. JBF… read more

Le Creuset’s advice to consumers: don’t use olive oil

Like many EYB members, I cherish my Le Creuset and Staub cookware. The durable, colorful, and downright gorgeous vessels are workhorses in my kitchen, helping me create stews, roasts, braises, soups, and more. That is why Jenny and I were somewhat perplexed by the recent advice Le Creuset offered to some customers who complained about damage to their pricey pans.… read more

April 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: Nigella Lawson – online recipes – add Nigella’s blog to your bookshelf for easy access to all Nigella’s blog recipesYotam Ottolenghi – online recipesMichael Smith (CA) – online recipesAnna Olson – online recipesIna Garten – online recipesDeb Perelman – online recipes – add the Smitten Kitchen blog to your bookshelfMaggie Beer – online recipes – add the Maggie Beer blog to… read more

Anzac Day is a food tradition worth celebrating

While many “holidays” about food are completely fabricated events to promote a product, some foods are associated with real holidays that have a more noble purpose. This is the case with the Anzac biscuit, made to commemorate Anzac Day on 25 April (I know, it's already 26 April in Australia but the rest of us can still celebrate it). Seed-studded Anzac biscuits from… read more

Food news antipasto

Adventurous cooks have a drawer or cupboard filled with a variety of spices. Although some folks have a large selection from which to choose, most of us have a few favorites that get used in a multitude of dishes. If you had to pare down your spice collection to just 11 essential spices, what would you choose? Compare your list… read more

This week: The Bake Fest; giveaways update; tips for organizing your cookbook collection, and more

A member sent us information regarding The Bake Fest (Sat, May 21, 2022 8:30 AM - Sun, May 22, 2022 8:00 PM CDT) an event where you will be able to network with over 2,000 bakers from around the world as well as favorite brands through virtual networking lounges and live interactive sessions. Highlights of the event: 25+ Hours of… read more

Tips on cleaning, storing, and organizing your cookbook collection

Many of our members have outsized cookbook collections. Mine is modest compared to some but I do have hundreds of books which means I have a lot of storage needs. While I aspire to an impeccably organized, highly logical, and beautiful system for housing my cookbooks, instead I have a mismatched bookshelves lining the walls of a spare bedroom, stacks… read more

The Washington Post temporarily drops paywall

Voraciously, the culinary section of The Washington Post, is one of the best food sections in the US. WaPo's talented food writers including G. Daniela Galarza, Becky Krystal, Tom Sietsema, Joe Yonan, and Matt Brooks, share excellent and varied recipes, tips and tricks, general kitchen wisdom, and entertaining food news. In honor of Earth Day, WaPo is lifting its paywall… read more

Getting ready for rhubarb

As the years roll on, I appreciate more and more the rhythm of the seasons and the act of eating within them. Even though supermarkets have all manner of produce available year round, things like December asparagus and January watermelon seem out of place here in the north land, with a flavor that only faintly echoes what the fruit or… read more

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Cookbook Lover and Giveaway

The two special days to celebrate mom and dad are right around the corner. I've prepared a guide to a few gifts that are sure to please the cook, baker and cookbook lover in your family. In addition to this guide, we are offering a worldwide giveaway for a chance to win a set of cookbooks: Lioroooosh: Baking from my… read more

Is this the mother of all puddings?

Custard style puddings are common across a number of cultures, and California chef Reem Assil believes that most of them can be traced to a single source: the Arab pudding mahalabiya. “I feel like every culture has some version of the mahalabiya. That was the tip-off point for me,” Assil told food writer Genevieve Yam. “It’s usually some form of… read more

Food news antipasto

When Nigella Lawson tells you to read something, you read it, and you are not disappointed. A few days ago she posted a link to an article in The Paris Review where writer Valerie Stivers offers a story that involves the intersection of food and the stories from Soviet dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov. Stivers attempts to recreate the foods in… read more

May 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

Uses for leftover Easter eggs

If you’re among the millions of people who dyed a bunch of eggs to use as decoration for the Easter holiday, you are probably facing a conundrum of what to do with all of them now that Easter is behind us. Egg salad sandwiches and deviled eggs might work for some, but there a dozens of more interesting options. Delicious… read more

This week: 1,300 EYBD Previews; special virtual Diaspora cooking class; giveaway updates; recipes and more

In last week's roundup, we shared that we had just uploaded our 1,296th EYBD Previews. Somehow, number 1,300 sneaked up on us and now we are at 1,306 total Previews! All of our EYB numbers continue to rise: As of this writing we have 2,228,024 indexed Recipes (370,844 of those Online); 11,334 indexed Books; (with over 608 indexing now); 80… read more

The Wok by J. Kenji López-Alt Worldwide Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win a copy of The Wok: Recipes and Techniques by J. Kenji López-Alt. The publication of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science in 2015 took the cookbook world by storm. With the creation of greatness, there is speculation if that work will be a one-hit wonder or if more chart busting hits will follow. The… read more

Another print domino falls

Since DotDash purchased Des Moines-based Meredith publishing late last year, they have shaken up the magazine behemoth with a slew of changes, not the least of which was shuttering the print editions of six magazines so far this year. We can add a seventh to the list, as DotDash Meredith just announced that it would end print publication of Martha… read more

The next wave of US food cities

America's largest cities have long been revered as destinations for food lovers, but that doesn't mean you are limited to New York or Los Angeles for excellent dining options. Many other metropolitan areas have vibrant food scenes, and some of the locations listed on Food & Wine's recent article on the 11 next great food cities will provide travel inspiration.… read more

The perfect potholder doesn’t exist

When you need to grab a Dutch oven or baking sheet out of a blazing oven, what do you use to protect your hands? There are many options to choose from to complete this task: basic squares potholders, large oven mitts, silicone gripping pads and gloves, leather pot handle covers, cloth 'oven gloves', and the chef preferred side towel. None… read more

Food news antipasto

Have you ever watched America's Test Kitchen and thought "I should be working there?" If so, here is your chance: Casting Crane is casting for a reality show called America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation. Not only is the grand prize a job at ATK, it also comes with an option on a cookbook. Applications are accepted until April 15.… read more

Salad greens 101

Even though the Upper Midwest is full of 'salads' that feature a wide range of ingredients from Jell-O to Snickers candy bars, when most people think of salads they conjure images of leafy greens and vegetables tossed in a dressing. The variety of greens from which you can construct a salad is almost limitless, but not all greens are created… read more

The last two weeks: Kitchen Arts & Letters clean out sale, Bonnie Slotnick used books, recipes, previews and more

If you are in Manhattan from April 23rd through the 28th, Kitchen Arts & Letters is having a "clean out sale". Due to recent donations of books from some of NYC's leading chefs and culinary publishing professionals, their bookstore is overflowing with used books. They will combine these donated books with their own assortment of damaged and shelfworn stock to… read more
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