Food news antipasto

If you recently purchased ground cumin and you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin, you may want to check your pantry. Michigan-based Lipari Foods is recalling six ounce tubs of ground cumin because of potential Salmonella contamination.   In a recent tweet, Jose Andres dangled a carrot in… read more

Is pasta primavera poised for a comeback?

A jumble of vegetables including broccoli, peas, and halved grape tomatoes rests atop of lightly sauced spaghetti noodles on a plain round white plate.
In the 1980s and 1990s, pasta primavera was on nearly every menu in the US. Although interpretations varied, the dish - which used the Italian word for springtime - usually featured an array of vegetables and long pasta in a creamy sauce. As with most things, once it became ubiquitous there was nowhere to go but down, so pasta primavera… read more

Jay Rayner’s tips on choosing a restaurant

If you are traveling to a new destination or live in a large city with oodles of restaurants, it can be difficult to determine which ones are worth your time (and money). While there are review sites like Yelp, they can be hit or miss, so it's wise to use additional criteria to judge whether a place is worthy of… read more

James Beard Foundation 2023 Media Award Nominees

The James Beard Foundation has announced the nominees for its 2023 Media Awards, which includes cookbooks. JBF again made changes to the categories including a separate category for Bread.  “As the culinary world continues to evolve, it is essential that we celebrate and uplift diverse voices and perspectives,” said Erica Skolnik, Chair of the James Beard Foundation’s Book Awards program. “With… read more

April 2023 New Cookbook Review

April showers bring loads of cookbooks - including several delicious cake and baking titles and loads of international cuisine favorites from Phaidon. 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 of these titles (or… read more

Member Notes can save the day

Trying new recipes is one of my favorite pastimes, although there is a drawback to constantly making dishes new to you in that things don't always go to plan. That is why I (along with many of our Members, I'm sure) appreciate the Notes feature in the EYB Library. Going to the listing of notes you can see how popular… read more

April 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 and it was a really busy time in the group. We loved seeing all the great photos and the love for RecipeTin Eats Dinner. Cookbook: RecipeTin Eats Dinner: 150 Recipes for Fast, Everyday Meals by Nagi Maehashi or any of Nagi’s blog recipes.… read more

Food news antipasto

Earlier this week King Charles III announced the signature dish of his upcoming coronation: quiche. The official Coronation quiche features an...interesting combination of spinach, broad beans, and tarragon. As one royal commentator said, the dish is "the gastronomic equivalent of King Charles himself." If that particular combination doesn't appeal to you, The Independent's Hannah Twigg offers five alternative fillings. The… read more

Celebrating Anzac Day

Anzac Day, celebrated on April 25, is taken seriously by Australians and New Zealanders, so much so that there is an official recipe on the books that decides what does and doesn't count as one. For those who don't know, Anzac Day commemorates the first major military campaign of Australian and New Zealand troops during WWI in 1915. ANZAC stands for Australian… read more

This week: Warm toast with real butter, EYBD previews, recipes and more

We all have hard days and during those trying times we look for comfort. Comfort can come in many forms - a call to a friend, a good book/cookbook, a favorite show, but most times comfort comes in the form of food. My favorite comfort food comes with a story. Ann was in her late 60s and lived next door… read more

Boston chef Barbara Lynch accused of workplace abuse

Chef Barbara Lynch has long been the darling of the Boston restaurant scene. Her rags-to-riches story was chronicled in a 2017 memoir that recounts her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom. Now the James Beard Award-winning chef is facing criticism for alleged abuse and harassment at her restaurants (gift link; no account required). The New York… read more

Turn cake fails into tasty treats

As any baker knows, sometimes things do not go to plan. There are myriad ways that cake baking can go sideways: parts of them stick in the pan, they bake unevenly, the center collapses, and so on. But just because things go awry that is no reason to toss the results in the bin. As Americas Test Kitchen explains, you… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: Pieminister Live & Eat Pie!

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Pieminister: Live & Eat Pie!: Ethical & Sustainable Pie-Making by Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon. Pieminister Time for A Pie: 100 Ethical, Sustainable Sweet & Savoury Pies by Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon is the second cookbook from the Pieminister folks. Pieminister: A Pie for All Seasons was published in… read more

New Le Creuset color alert

This is not a drill! Le Creuset has just unveiled its latest color, Shallot. On the Le Creuset website the company explains that the color is "named after the allium fundamental to French cuisine," describing the shade as hovering "between the palest purple and pink with an extremely light whisper of lavender and gray." Unlike 2017's Millennial Pink, Shallot is… read more

May 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

Cookbook Giveaway: Everyday Grand

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Everyday Grand: Soulful Recipes for Celebrating Life's Big and Small Moments by Jocelyn Delk Adams. Jocelyn Delk Adams is the founder, author, national television personality and brand ambassador behind the award winning cookbook Grandbaby Cakes (my review), and the food website, which gives her family’s, particularly her grandmother’s,… read more

Food news antipasto

Somehow the news got past us that the Guinness World Record cookbook collection changed in 2019. Lisa Ekus of Hatfield, Massachusetts (of cookbook literary agency fame) now holds the certified world record at 4,239 book. Ekus actually has thousands more (near 7,000), but some of these may be pamphlets or others that are not included in the official count. The… read more

Predicting the future through asparagus

There are many ways to have your fortune read, the most popular methods being crystal balls, Tarot cards, and tea leaves. According to one woman in the UK, we can add another method to the list: asparagus spears. Jemima Packington, aka The Mystic Veg, who resides in the city of Bath, says she can predict the future by reading asparagus.… read more

This week: Shortcuts to dinner, featured recipes, EYBD Previews and more

March and April are extremely busy months for cookbook publishing only second to Cookbooktober - September through November. Add the hectic days to a chronic health issue and there are days that I just do not want to cook. I, myself, would be thrilled with a baked potato and a good show on television but my husband and 18 year… read more

Is this the end of Tupperware?

In the US, the term Tupperware is shorthand for any plastic reusable storage container, whether made by Tupperware or not. Most women (and probably many men) over the age of 40 have been to a Tupperware party, and few are the households of that demographic that don't have at least one Tupperware-branded item. However, the iconic company is teetering on… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: Dark Rye & Honey Cake

Enter our US/CA/UK giveaway to win one of four copies of Dark Rye & Honeycake: Festival Baking from Belgium, the Heart of the Low Countries by Regula Ysewijn. Dark Rye & Honeycake by Regula Ysewijn is an inspiring book for the baker. Here, the acclaimed food writer turns the spotlight on her native Belgium and delivers an intimate look at the… read more

Fortnum & Mason shortlist announced

Fortnum & Mason has long been a resource for English cookery, providing quality ingredients to generations of cooks since its founding in 1707. The company’s annual food and drink awards celebrate the best publications and broadcasts in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Yesterday, Fortnum & Mason announced the nominees for its 2023 Food and Drink Awards. The shortlist "acknowledges illuminating… read more

Cookbook Giveaway: Salt of the Earth: Secrets of a Greek Kitchen

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Salt of the Earth: Secrets of a Greek Kitchen by Carolina Doriti. Carolina Doriti was born in Athens. Her grandfathers and mother all worked in food so she comes by her interest in food naturally. Since 2005 she has been cooking professionally full time, working as a chef, recipe… read more

Changes coming to Saveur

For the past several years we have reported on the demise of beloved food magazines and websites that were falling like a line of dominoes. Gourmet was among the first to go, followed by Cooking Light*, Martha Stewart Living, Sweet Paul, Chowhound, Fine Cooking, and others. Websites such as Epicurious and NYT Cooking changed to a subscription-only format. Some, such… read more

Food news antipasto

With spring in the air in the Northern Hemisphere, blooms are starting to pop up on what was, in many places, frozen ground just a few weeks ago. Seeing these cheery flowers might tempt you to use them as a garnish for cake or even salad, but be careful about which blooms you perch atop your food, cautions Epicurious. Some… read more
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