How to avoid grilling mistakes

The 4th of July holiday in the US features fireworks, parades, picnics, and backyard grilling and barbecuing. Judging from the out-of-office replies I am receiving, plenty of Americans are making this weekend and upcoming holiday an extended time off. For some it might be the first time they've grilled out in a long time and for a few could be… read more

When you can’t find a copycat

Have you ever eaten something at a restaurant that compelled you to ask the chef for the recipe or sought it out on the internet after you returned home? This has happened to me on two occasions. The first time, the chef gladly gave me the (restaurant-sized) recipe for a fabulous pumpkin soup, so no sleuthing was required. The second… read more

To preheat or not to preheat, that is the question

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Almost any baking recipe, savory or sweet, begins with instructions to preheat the oven. It's second nature for most cooks to turn on the oven before gathering ingredients or preparing baking pans. But is it really necessary to preheat? There's one school of thought that says it wastes time and electricity (or gas), and another that says you need to… read more

Food news antipasto

Consumers are one step closer to getting lab-grown meat, as US regulators approved two California companies to make chicken from cultivated cells. Upside Foods and Good Meat were both vying to be the first company to get the go-ahead for lab-grown meat products. “Instead of all of that land and all of that water that’s used to feed all of… read more

Iconic dishes, legendary restaurants

As a few readers noted in our post about the World's 50 Best Restaurants, the rankings reflect the views of the sponsor company as much as they do the judgment of experts. Well, I have another curated list for you, but this one is different. It's a list of the 150 most legendary restaurants and each one's iconic dish. You… read more

June 2023 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month our selections were: Cookbook: How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman or A Cook’s Book: The Essential Nigel Slater by Nigel SlaterBaking: More Than Cake: 100 Baking Recipes Built for Pleasure and Community by Natasha Pickowicz or any… read more

June 2023 New Cookbook Review

Half way through 2023 already! Soon it will be time to prepare my 2024 cookbook preview post. Just a reminder, the 2023 Cookbook Preview Listing is being kept up-to-date weekly. In May we announced that we have connected the EYB database to ckbk’s library of digital cookbooks. ckbk is a cookbook subscription site where you can access the full content of more than… read more

Flavor Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Flavor Kitchen: Vibrant Recipes with Creative Twists by Crystelle Pereira. Crystelle has several events planned in the US promoting this book. Be aware the event at Book Larder is sold out, but signed books will be available to purchase. Crystelle Pereira was a contestant on Channel 4’s show The… read more

Get the most from your oven

If you are like me, there is no room in your kitchen for another countertop appliance. While air fryers, Instant Pots, food dehydrators, and other devices have benefits, they demand too much space in my small kitchen to be practical. Despite this limitation, I do not feel bereft when I read all of the 'air fryer' recipes because I have… read more

World’s 50 Best Restaurants

The annual ranking of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants was announced yesterday. As usual, European restaurants dominated the list, although the number one restaurant, Central, is located in Peru and there is again increased worldwide representation. Only two US restaurants - Le Bernardin and Atomix, both in New York City - landed in the top 50. Many chefs on the list… read more

The intersection of food and disability

Disability advocates have long sought to bring visibility to the challenges faced by people who have physical or mental disabilities, highlighting these difficulties while simultaneously amplifying the accomplishments and contributions of disabled people. Culinary culture is catching up in this space, with increasing numbers of bloggers and food writers publishing cooking advice for people who face physical or mental limitations.… read more

July 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

Food news antipasto

Every chef has their own 'secret' ingredient, the one that they turn to time and again to add pizzazz to their dishes. For Mauritian chef Chaya Maya, that ingredient is tamarind. She adds it to soups and stews near the end of cooking, as a marinade for meats, and in desserts. Like other Maruritians, she even eats it straight out… read more

Forget farm to table – Netflix offers film to table

Watching cooking shows is both entertaining and frustrating because there is no way to taste the creation of the chefs or contestants. We are forced to use our imaginations or recreate the dish at home if a recipe is provided. Fans of cooking shows in Los Angeles, however, will get a little something extra at the end of the month,… read more

Father’s Day recipe ideas

Tomorrow is Father's Day in the US, UK, and Canada, part of a three-day weekend in the US with the Juneteenth holiday falling on Monday. For many families that means the perfect excuse to do outdoor cooking, meat on the grill, and picnic fare. If you plan on making something special but are out of ideas, head over to Delish to… read more

Cookie tins from Diaspora, recipes, EYBD Previews and more

A few months back our friends at Diaspora Co. had a special event in New York featuring a gorgeous tin filled with tempting cookies. Those tins sold out quickly. This week you can preorder one of these tins for delivery in March 2024 by clicking here. (The preorder for this holiday season has sold out). Not only is the hand-painted… read more

Vietnamese Vegetarian Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Vietnamese Vegetarian: Simple Vegetarian Recipes From a Vietnamese Home Kitchen by Uyen Luu. Uyen Luu is the author of My Vietnamese Kitchen: Recipes and Stories to Bring Vietnamese Food to Life on Your Plate and Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese Food to Cook at Home. Her latest title Vietnamese Vegetarian showcases… read more

Tandoori Home Cooking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Tandoori Home Cooking: Over 70 Classic Indian Tandoori Recipes to Cook at Home by Maunika Gowardhan. Maunika is the author of Thali: A Joyful Celebration of Indian Home Cooking and Indian Kitchen: Secrets of Indian Home Cooking. In this her third title Tandoori Home Cooking she delivers an approachable,… read more

Ideas for your Juneteenth menu

Monday marks the third year of Juneteenth being an official federal holiday in the United States. It was first celebrated in Texas in June of 1866, one year after Major General Gordon Granger signed the order proclaiming that slaves in Texas were now free - two full years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. In the beginning it was called… read more

Instant Pot’s parent company files for bankruptcy

Instant Brands, the manufacturer of Instant Pot, CorningWare, and Pyrex, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and Canada this week. (Hat tip to EYB Member sir_ken_g for alerting us to this event.) In a statement, the Illinois-based company announced that it "initiated a voluntary court-supervised Chapter 11 process," blaming rising interest rates on its debt load. "Tightening of credit terms… read more

Kitchen trends that are falling out of favor

Remodeling a kitchen is something that most of us do infrequently, if at all. I've been fortunate enough to have done two full-on remodels, both DIY projects and both wildly different from one another. One house was a 1960s ranch-style home and the other a 1920s Craftsman-style bungalow, so the design choices were influenced by each home's respective era. Even… read more

Food news antipasto

Olivia Potts has judged food awards, including World’s Original Marmalade Awards and the Great Taste Awards, the "big kahuna of UK produce awards." While she thinks that there is merit highlighting small producers, Potts wonders if overall these food awards are worthwhile. "Taste doesn’t necessarily defy analysis, but that analysis is almost retrospective, a breaking down of why something is… read more

A spoonful of vinegar, recipes, EYBD Previews and more

This week while cruising through my recommended articles - thank you Google - I came across one entitled The Unexpected Condiment That Adds Color and Flavor to Chocolate Cake. "Just a tablespoon in the batter can transform a dense, heavy dessert into something lighter, fluffier, and even more delectable. Vinegar not only affects the texture of a cake, but its… read more

Finally some good news about food prices

As shoppers faced escalating prices for everything from butter to vegetables in the past couple of years, it felt like there was no end to the rising cost of groceries. It seems as though we may have turned a corner recently. Food prices have inched down in the last couple of months for many categories including dairy, fruits and vegetables,… read more

Changing old ways in the kitchen

I've been cooking for a long time, and many of the kitchen practices I employed at the beginning of my culinary journey have gone by the wayside. I no longer cook pork chops to well done, I stopped putting oil in my pasta boiling water, I don't use glass cutting boards anymore, the list goes on. In all cases, I… read more
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