Dispelling food origin myths

A while back I wrote that I was surprised to learn that I was older than ciabatta. After reading a recent article in The Telegraph about food origins, it would seem that's not the only Italian food story that I did not know - and that there are other foods worldwide whose accepted origin stories are little more than myths.… read more

Too many (celebrity) cooks in the (TV) kitchen

The term "celebrity chef" used to mean a chef who became a celebrity. Now it is taking on a new meaning as more and more already famous people - actors, singers, reality show stars - create their own cooking shows. From Paris Hilton to Selena Gomez and now to Florence Pugh, these programs are proliferating on networks and streaming services.… read more

The croissant revolution

You could say it started with the Cronut, Dominique Ansel's hybrid croissant and doughnut. That pastry sparked loads of imitators and innovators, with new croissant shapes and mashups springing up around the world. Many of these new takes are stunning to view, as The New York Times' Julia Moskin explains when she dives into the new takes on this flaky,… read more

March 2023 New Cookbook Review

March is coming in like a lion and going out like a lion - so many great titles and April is just as exciting. The 2023 Cookbook Preview Listing is being kept up-to-date with new books from around the world. As titles change or publication dates are altered, I keep the list current. If you would like to order any… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: RecipeTin Eats & Emile Henry oven; Quick Bites

Enter our US/CA/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of two copies in the US/CA and an additional copy open to AU/NZ of RecipeTin Eats Dinner: 150 Recipes for Fast, Everyday Meals by Nagi Maehashi with one grand prize winner receiving an Emile Henry Dutch Oven in the US. RecipeTin Eats Dinner: 150 Recipes for Fast, Everyday Meals by Nagi Maehashi has now… read more

Food news antipasto

Along the lines of "how many licks does it take to get the center of a Tootsie Pop", researchers at MIT asked another of food's most prominent questions: what's the best way to twist apart an Oreo? "I was personally motivated by a desire to solve a challenge that had puzzled me as a child: how to open an Oreo and get… read more

March 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 all things Diana Henry: Diana Henry month – any recipes from her books, online recipes, Diana is one of author’s whose Complete author index is available. As Diana has plenty of baking options in her books and online – she will be our… read more

A brief history of brunch

When I was growing up, Sunday morning brunch was something I eagerly anticipated. It was always a family affair, when my mom would whip out the electric griddle and fry up bacon or sausage and pancakes, while hashbrowns crisped on the stovetop. Eggs of some sort always made an appearance, along with stacks of toast. Brunch happened at a reasonable… read more

This week: RecipeTin Eats blog index, Spring Baking Extravaganza, events, recipes, previews and more.

Everyone at EYB is in full cookbook mode. March and April are particularly busy as are the months of September through November. Authors are traveling promoting their books and I want to point out the following events which have been added since last week: Susan Gravely – Italy on a PlateEd Mitchell – Ed Mitchell’s BBQBrian Hart Hoffman - Bake… read more

Meeting food fears head on

Foods that some people adore can turn the stomachs of others, whether due to a prior encounter that did not end well or for other reasons. One of my friends cannot stand bananas, and won't even be in the same room if someone is eating one because the aroma makes her nauseated. Facing down an aversion like this is difficult,… read more

Union effort in food television gains traction

Although scripted television programs have long been highly unionized, the same is not true for reality and other nonfiction shows including most of the food programs on Food Network and other channels. That is beginning to change, as Eater reports. The workers behind two Food Network shows - Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and The Kitchen - have voted to form a union, the… read more

New blog index: RecipeTin Eats

We have today added a new blog index, RecipeTin Eats. Nagi Maehashi is the voice, cook and photographer behind the Australian food blog with a devoted worldwide following. A former finance executive, Nagi started RecipeTin Eats in 2014 to share her passion for creating affordable everyday meals with the 'wow' factor and classic dishes of the world done right. Nagi and… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: Baking by Feel

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of two copies of Baking By Feel: Recipes to Sort Out Your Emotions (Whatever They Are Today!) by Becca Rea-Tucker. Baking By Feel by Becca Rea-Tucker is all about the therapeutic benefits of baking. The author shares bakes for every mood from happy to angry in an effort for us to identify and process… read more

Don’t call it a comeback

In the late 2010s, Alison Roman was the "it" person in the land of viral food videos and was queen of cookbooks. Her debut, 2017's Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes and the follow up, 2019's Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over, were NYT bestsellers and wowed EYB Members, with both landing in the top 70 books in the… read more

Food news antipasto

A recent TikTok trend has people boiling their wooden kitchen utensils in an effort to sanitize them. A video of someone giving her wooden spoons a bath in a vat of boiling water has over 49 million hits. One person who is not jumping on this bandwagon is Rachel Cooke. The daughter of microbiologists, she was taught that wood is… read more

GBBO announces new co-host Alison Hammond

In an Instagram post, the Great British Bake Off just confirmed who would be replacing Matt Lucas as co-host of the program along with Noel Fielding. Alison Hammond, the presenter of This Morning, will enter the tent for the upcoming season of the show. Hammond will be the first person of color to host or judge on the show since… read more

What’s the deal with all these ice cream flavors?

a single scoop of chocolate ice cream sits inside a waffle cone. The background is a blank white canvas so the cone stands out.
A few days ago an advertisement for Van Leeuwen's Hidden Valley Ranch-flavored ice cream passed through my news feed. I showed it to my husband who replied, succinctly, "No." This savory take on a beloved treat - matched with a major brand, in this case Kraft Foods - seems to be a growing trend. Not everyone is a fan, especially… read more

This week: Food Season at British Library, events, recipes and EYBD Previews

The first major push of cookbook releases begins this month and with that we have authors going on tour: In the US: Alison Roman – Sweet Enough Andrea Nguyen – Ever-Green Vietnamese Jocelyn Delk Adams – Everyday GrandAbra Beren – PulpGesine Bullock-Prado – My Vermont TableOmnivore Books – San Francisco CABook Larder – SeattleBooks are Magic – Brooklyn NYArchestratus Books… read more

Cookbook/prize package giveaway: My Vermont Table

Enter our US contest to win one of three prize packages (set out below) including a copy of Gesine Bullock-Prado's newest title My Vermont Table: Recipes for All (Six) Seasons. Gesine is touring in promotion of this title and her events can be found on our calendar. Gesine is the author of a number of books which have dealt primarily… read more

Mysterious food deliveries stymie L.A. neighborhood

Move over 'Murders in the Building' - there's a new mystery afoot, but it (thankfully) doesn't involve anyone being killed, just phantom deliveries from Uber Eats. Apparently a neighbor in Los Angeles is being vexed by a series of unwanted food deliveries from McDonald's and Starbucks - and no one can figure out who is ordering the food. The small… read more

April 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

Pi-e Day is a time to celebrate

I will always believe that today is the perfect date to celebrate pies because 3.14 (pi) is such an integral part of anything round. I noticed many people celebrating via posts on social media today, but even if you missed the "official" date, pie is so delicious that you can definitely have a makeup day. I ended up making a… read more

Food news antipasto

World Central Kitchen and José Andrés just announced that the organization is releasing a cookbook this September. According to an email, the WCK team has "gathered recipes from and inspired by many of the places our Relief Team has cooked following disasters and other crises worldwide, as well as sharing powerful narratives from the people and communities we’ve met along… read more

Movie-themed ideas for your Oscars party

The Academy Awards are coming up tomorrow, but it's not too late to make changes or additions to your Oscar party menu (or to start planning an impromptu get together if you haven't already done so). You might want to consider some of the recipes from The Washington Post, which came up with themed foods to match some of this… read more

GBBO making changes for 2023

While the Great British Bake Off musical may have received mixed reviews (at least one critic didn't think it was worthwhile but one of our Members and last year's winner Syabira Yusoff thought it was great), even die hard GBBO fans were a bit disappointed with the 2022 season. The show's producers have taken note of the criticism (and a… read more
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