Is this the next kitchen fashion?

A few years ago, we asked EYB Members if they wore aprons while cooking, and many responded with a resounding yes. The latest sartorial suggestion from Epicurious might not get as many people replying in the same way, however. Wilder Davis recently posited that wearing a jumpsuit in the kitchen is even better than wearing an apron. Davis suggests that… read more

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After three years of having only virtual events, Michelin will launch its 2023 guide for Great Britain and Ireland at an in-person celebration on 27 March 2023. The ceremony will be held at the Silverstone Circuit in Northampton. Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides said: "After two years without being able to organise a physical event in Great… read more

Keeping it real

I've seen a lot of promoted posts in recent days informing me that I could write blog content faster and easier by using AI (artificial intelligence) writing tools. While it was tempting to see what the automated system would gin up with only a slight prompt, I didn't want to give my information to these companies nor do I want… read more

The best selling books of 2022

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2022 which we then included in our Best of the Best of 2022. Now we asked them for their top sellers of 2022 (published any year). It would be interesting to compare these charts to non-specialist store/online retailer book sales but it is very… read more

Increase in membership fees

The EYB membership fees will be increasing on February 1st to $40 per year or $5 per month. This is our first increase since 2015 and the site has developed enormously since then. In case you need a reminder of just a few things that are available on the site: 2.3 million recipes are now indexed, from 12,200+ cookbooks, 5.300+… read more

JBF announces 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists

Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced its slate of semifinalists for the 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Nominees will be announced on March 29, with the winners feted at a gala event in Chicago on June 5. (The cookbook award winners will be announced on June 3.) If you live in the US, chances are you within driving distance of… read more

January 2023 New Cookbook Review

Welcome to 2023 - I have been doing small previews on some of 2023 titles in our Weekly Roundups and I will continue to update my 2023 preview listing. Look for a Spring 2023 preview in February. 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… read more

Pastry chefs find a new home – at home

Even before Covid-19 hit, US restaurants were undergoing change. One of the most notable shifts was in the dessert menu, or perhaps more accurately, the lack of such in many locations. Pastry chef jobs were on the decline, and the number of retail bakeries was likewise dwindling. Then the pandemic significantly disrupted restaurants even further. Despite these setbacks, a growing… read more

The Complete Modern Pantry – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of The Complete Modern Pantry Cookbook: 350+ Ways to Cook Well with What's on Hand by America's Test Kitchen. The Complete Modern Pantry Cookbook: 350+ Ways to Cook Well with What’s on Hand by America’s Test Kitchen: Flexibility is at the core of pantry cooking – when every cook needs to… read more

Fresh Pasta at Home Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Fresh Pasta at Home: 10 Doughs, 20 Shapes, 100+ Recipes, with or without a Machine by America's Test Kitchen. Fresh Pasta at Home: 12 Doughs, 20 Shapes, 100+ Recipes, with or without a Machine by America’s Test Kitchen shares foolproof methods and 100-plus recipes that make it totally achievable. Whether… read more

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Vox Media, the parent company of a string of websites including Eater and Grub Street, recently laid off 130 employees (seven percent of its workforce). One of those getting the ax was Eater senior correspondent Meghan McCarron, whose work we have linked to many times. Jim Bankoff informed employees of the cuts in a memo Friday, citing “the challenging economic… read more

Dishes to celebrate the lunar new year

The Lunar New Year falls on January 22 this year, and ushers in the Chinese New Year as well as celebrations in other Asian countries including Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The holiday begins on the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. For Chinese celebrants, 2023 heralds… read more

January 2023 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: Go-To Dinners by Ina Garten or any of Ina’s recipes from her cookbooks or online or any recipes from James Martin’s cookbooks or onlineBaking: Any Australian Gourmet Traveller baking recipes (online) or Delicious AU baking recipes (online) or Dish New Zealand baking recipes (online)Vegan/Veg Focused: Any online indexed vegan recipe (almost 50,000) For past… read more

This week: More 2023 book news; EYBD Previews; recipes and more

As I mentioned last week, the 2023 Cookbook Preview Listing is being continually updated. Every week or thereabouts, I will highlight a few upcoming books so you may update your Wishlist. Here are this week's books: Taste Kitchen: Asia: Six Flavours to Suit Every Taste by Philli Armitage-Mattin was published in the UK in September of 2022 and will be released this month… read more

Tips for being vegan in 2023

The number of people embracing vegan or vegan-adjacent diets continues to grow. Whether you are participating in Veganuary, are moving toward being vegan, or just want to eat more plant-based meals, Tasting Table has an article that might interest you. They have assembled their top 15 tips for being vegan, and these tips go beyond merely substituting tofu for meat.… read more

February 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

How DIY are you?

It stands to reason that people who are cookbook lovers have at least a modicum do-it-yourself tendency, because few things in this modern era are more DIY than cooking foods from scratch. We've discussed this before in the context of making your own pantry staples like ketchup or mayonnaise, but for some the DIY concept goes even farther. For instance,… read more

The New Cooking School Cookbook: Advanced Fundamentals Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of The New Cooking School Cookbook: Advanced Fundamentals by America's Test Kitchen. The New Cooking School Cookbook: Advanced Fundamentals by America’s Test Kitchen: Last year, ATK published The New Cooking School Cookbook: Fundamentals which shared over 80 themed courses geared to teach more than 200 skills and cook 400 recipes. This year, Advanced Fundamentals shares… read more

From Scratch – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of From Scratch: More Than 200 Handmade Pantry Essentials and Life-Affirming Kitchen Miracles by Fiona Weir Walmsley. From Scratch by Fiona Weir Walmsley is a cheerful collection of recipes, and a simple guide to making your own food and staples, starting at the very beginning. If you are looking for a… read more

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Finally, a piece of good news we can pass along regarding restaurants: menu prices slowed substantially in December. While year-over-year numbers had climbed about 8.3%, the monthly figure was down to a range of .1% to .4% depending on the type of eatery. Inflation as a whole slowed too, giving hope that the relentless prices increases we have been experiencing… read more

Best practices vs. reality

As I made a chocolate Bundt cake today for a friend's birthday (the Chocolate ganache bundt cake from Zoë Bakes Cakes), I couldn't help but think of how many ways I was not adhering to best practices when baking. According to the experts, you shouldn't separate eggs using the shells (I did), and you should crack each into a separate… read more

This week: 2023 books so far, recipes, EYBD Previews and giveaways

The 2023 Cookbook Preview Listing is already filled with exciting books and it isn't even complete! Every other week I will highlight a few upcoming books. Update your wishlist and buy new bookshelves because there are some special books coming. Dark Rye & Honeycake by Regula Ysewijn will be published February 14th. The acclaimed food writer turns her attention to her native Belgium… read more

Gas stoves aren’t going anywhere soon

If you live in the United States, you might have seen a lot of posts about gas stoves in the past few days. That's because a commissioner with the U.S. Product Safety Commission, Richard Trumka Jr., mentioned them as a potential health hazard in an interview he gave a few days ago. He suggested that one day they might be… read more

Tava – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Tava: Eastern European Baking and Desserts From Romania & Beyond by Irina Georgescu. Tava: Eastern European Baking and Desserts From Romania & Beyond by Irina Georgescu is outstanding. Filled with vibrant imagery and recipes to inspire you like no other baking title before. A must have. Recipes include: Transylvanian griddle breads with… read more

René Redzepi is closing Noma

Award-winning restaurant Noma, which sat atop the list of World's 50 Best five times since its debut nearly 20 years ago, is slated to close at the end of 2024, according to a statement posted on the restaurant's website. But the restaurant, its pioneering owner, and unique team of fermenting researchers and avantgarde chefs, are not disappearing altogether. Rather, they… read more
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