Why refrigerators are bad for bread

You probably already know that storing bread in the fridge only hastens its demise, but freezing it is a good way to store it. That might seem contradictory - after all both are cold, right? It's not that simple, as Serious Eats' Dan Gritzer explains, providing us with the science behind the staling of bread. What causes that soft sandwich… read more

February 2023 New Cookbook Review

Don't blink it is almost March! There are so many fantastic books being planned for publication this year. I have been doing a few previews of titles in our Weekly Roundups and I will continue to update my 2023 preview listing. I hope to have a Spring Preview post for you in March. If you would like to order any of these titles… read more

Food news antipasto

I found a lot of interesting tidbits this week, so let's just dive right in. First up is an edited excerpt in The Washington Post from a new book (not a cookbook) called Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being by Mary Beth Albright. In the Wapo excerpt, Albright discusses how eating with others nourishes us in more ways than… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: On the Curry Trail & an Emile Henry stew pot

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World by Raghavan Iyer with one grand prize winner in the US receiving an Emile Henry Sublime stew pot. One additional copy of the book is available worldwide courtesy of EYB. Raghavan Iyer is the author of six books… read more

Massive air fryer recall issued

Cosori, a manufacturer of a popular brand of air fryers, recently announced a recall of over 2 million devices due to the risk of fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission informed people who own these appliances “should immediately stop” using them and contact the manufacturer to obtain a replacement at no charge. Cosori has created a website dedicated to the… read more

UK vegetable shortages could last weeks

UK shoppers looking for salad staples like tomatoes and cucumbers have been coming up short, as supplies of these produce items are extremely low right now. According to Environment Secretary Therese Coffey, these shortages could last two to four additional weeks. Supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, and Tesco have imposed limits on how many of these vegetables customers can… read more

Celebrate National Margarita Day

Today is National Margarita Day in the United States. This is, of course, not an official holiday, but is one of the myriad food "celebration" days that highlight specific dishes, ingredients, and beverages. You can literally celebrate a different food every day if you so desire. These days range from National Cream Puff Day in January to Oatmeal Muffin Day in December. Pink… read more

February 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: We had two of our most popular authors slated for last December and as the holidays translate into everyone being super busy - so we repeated these choices this month. Cookbook: Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals by… read more

Pancake day around the world

In yesterday's antipasto post I briefly discussed Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday), which happens tomorrow. Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day around the world, and every country celebrates with their own version. The Guardian's Yvonne Lam takes a look at seven different styles of pancake that span the globe. Spanish-style French toast (Torrijas) from The… read more

Food news antipasto

Molly Yeh, an EYB Member favorite author, branched out from her cookbook writing in 2018 with a series Girl Meets Farm. This week we learned that Yeh recently inked an exclusive two-year deal with Food Network for additional episodes of the Midwest-inspired cooking show. Production is set to begin in March. How to make a king cake for Mardi Gras… read more

March 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

Kitchen mishaps can leave a lasting mark

If you cook often enough, you are going to have a kitchen injury. Knives, mandolines, hot oven racks, boiling liquids - all are potentially dangerous and most cooks have a scar or two that tells a tale of kitchen woe. So too does The Guardian's Jay Rayner, who writes that "Making dinner means dicing with danger." While not exactly proud… read more

This week: Recipes Lost and Found; EYBD Previews and more

Recently, I came across a new-to-me show on Magnolia Network (Discovery Plus*), called Recipes Lost and Found. Classically trained chef and food anthropologist Casey Corn helps people to rediscover their lost family recipes, diving into each family's history and culture to reveal the magic/secrets behind the dish and bring their memories back to the table. The first episode I watched… read more

Spice support: Sichuan peppercorns

Sichuan peppercorns provide a mouth-tingling, warming sensation and are a vital ingredient in the cuisine of its eponymous Chinese region. America's Test Kitchen explores the history and culinary applications of the tiny berries, which aren't related to black peppercorns at all. Sichuan peppercorns are the berries of the prickly ash shrub, which belongs to the citrus family.  While most people… read more

Eater London calls it quits

After over five years of publication, Eater London will be no more. The site's editor, Adam Coghlan, announced the news yesterday on the Eater London website. He said that "as a result of economic circumstances in the U.S. right now, a daily news and service outlet in London can no longer be a commercial priority for the business," adding that… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: Bao & Dim Sum

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Bao & Dim Sum: 60 Easy Bun and Dumpling Recipes by Orathay Souksisavanh. Orathay Souksisavanh is a culinary stylist and author who was born in Thailand. She has written Super Spiralized: Fresh & delicious ways to use your spiralizer and Super Easy Burgers: 69 Really Simple Recipes as well… read more

Food news antipasto

We start off the week's news with a tidbit from Epicurious about one of my favorite KitchenAid mixer attachments. Just like Grace Elkus, I've discovered that this tool is perfect for making flaky pie crusts. Although it looks unassuming, it does a great job of cutting cold butter into flour without overheating the butter like a food processor can. It… read more

This week: Butter cake and ooey gooey butter cake recipes; EYBD Previews; recently indexed titles

Let's talk about cake, my favorite four letter word. Last week, we shared the big pastry promo and wrote about the pastry magician that is Cédric Grolet. I am inspired by my many pastry volumes and frequently like to take on a project. However, truth be told, my favorite cakes are much simplier. Lazy Dog Butter Cake A chain of… read more

Super Bowl Sunday calls for super food

Millions of people will gather around their television sets this Sunday as the 57th Super Bowl takes place in Arizona. Even if you aren't a fan of American football (which ironically is played almost exclusively with the hands and not the feet), you might tune in to see the commercials or the halftime show. And, most likely, you'll be eating… read more

Spice Kitchen: Quick Bites, Recipes & Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of two copies of Spice Kitchen: Healthy Latin and Caribbean Cuisine by Ariel Fox. Spice Kitchen: Healthy Latin and Caribbean Cuisine by Ariel Fox is a compilation of 110 recipes from a Hell’s Kitchen winner and award-winning chef that takes a healthier approach to cuisines that are often underrepresented in cookbooks. Fox introduces you… read more

Giveaway: Hoppers: The Cookbook

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Hoppers: The Cookbook: Recipes, Memories and Inspiration from Sri Lankan Homes, Streets and Beyond by Karan Gokani. Hoppers: The Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Sri Lanka and Beyond by Karan Gokani showcases signature recipes from the cult London restaurants, while also going further explore the dishes, places and people that… read more

Food news antipasto

This week we learned that cookbook author Jean Anderson has died at the age of 93. The winner of five best cookbook awards (Tastemaker, James Beard, IACP) and a member of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame, Jean Anderson has written for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cottage Living, Gourmet, and other magazines. She published over twenty cookbooks, among them The Food… read more

Boiling water the right way

Everyone's an expert on social media. At least that's what it seems like when you read the comments section on almost any post about politics, warfare, climate, constitutional law, or even food. I can't tell you how many posts I've seen that claim "you are cooking xxx wrong." This goes from complex dishes all the way to the simplest: boiling… read more

The enduring appeal of cookbooks

This will come as no surprise to our Members, but the popularity of cookbooks shows no signs of slowing down. It's one bright spot in the struggling print publishing industry, with consistent sales of several million volumes annually (about 20 million cookbooks are sold in the US each year). Why do cookbooks buck the trend to digital? Because they are… read more

The last two weeks: Previews of 2023 books; large pastry promotion; recipes and more

As I have mentioned in previous roundups, the 2023 Cookbook Preview Listing is being continually updated (so many books!). Every week or thereabouts, I will highlight a few upcoming books so you may update your Wishlist. Here are this week’s books: A Table Full of Love: Recipes to Comfort, Seduce, Celebrate & Everything Else In Between by Skye McAlpine is the latest offering… read more
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