The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 1 – Cake Recap

We are back in the tent and hopeful about the show's new direction this year. (That's a great name for a band.) To prepare for the new season I have updated the Which Great British Bake Off Contestants have written books post so it is current. Many GBBO bakers are coming out with books next year! The contestants from the… read more

IACP Cookbook Award winners

The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of its 2023 Cookbook Awards (along with other food media and writing awards) this evening at its 2023 Summit held in rain-soaked Brooklyn, NY. In addition to this year's winners, the IACP inducted three cookbooks into its Culinary Classics, which is a like a Hall of Fame for cookbooks. IACP also… read more

Coming soon to a recipe near you: shrinkflation

A recent article in The Guardian explained how Galaxy chocolate bars are now 10% smaller but priced the same as before, a strategy pundits have dubbed "shrinkflation" because in the end the result is the same as raising prices: less purchasing power for the consumer. The article reminded me of an issue that came up with a recipe I was… read more

Thinking inside the box

As I cracked open a box of organic, low-sodium broth earlier today I recalled Michael Ruhlman saying that one should never use canned or boxed chicken broth, that homemade was the only way to go, and that even water would be better than commercial broth. Despite his admonition, I glugged the box straight into the sausage and potato soup with… read more

September 2023 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we cooked: Cookbook: Asada: The Art of Mexican-Style Grilling or Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Bricia Lopez and Javier CabralOnline: Any online recipes from Bricia Lopez and Javier CabralBaking: 100 Morning Treats by Sarah Kieffer or any online recipes… read more

September 2023 New Cookbook Review

Here we are in September and well into Cookbooktober. Last week, I published the preliminary 2024 Cookbook Preview and don't forget that you can create a wishlist here and share it with your loved ones. 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… read more

Food news antipasto

Gordon Ramsay plans to open 14 restaurants in Thailand after signing a deal with Tanachira Group, the lifestyle company behind jewelry brand Pandora. It is part of an international expansion push for the chef’s group, which runs 37 UK restaurants and 35 additional eateries worldwide. Granola for fellow "granolas" from Food52 If you describe someone as being very "granola", most people… read more

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook – Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope by José Andrés and World Central Kitchen. The author has a few events scheduled to promote this title and the team at WCK has another tour which can be found on their website. In their first cookbook, World Central Kitchen… read more

Fish Butchery – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Fish Butchery: Mastering The Catch, Cut, and Craft by Josh Niland. James Beard award-winning author and culinary game-changer Josh Niland returns with the ultimate guide to the art of fish butchery, with expert techniques and ground-breaking recipes that are an urgent call for action on culinary sustainability. Josh’s multi… read more

Inside the Le Creuset Factory to Table sale

As promised, I am reporting on the Le Creuset Factory to Table (FTT) sale held in Minneapolis this weekend. The event sold out so fast that I was unable to get the coveted VIP tickets for Thursday evening that included an opportunity to buy a 'mystery box' of items for $50. I was relegated to a regular admittance ticket that… read more

2024 cookbooks, recipes, EYBD Previews and more

I finally completed the 2024 Cookbook Preview this week. There will be many changes and additions so be sure to check back frequently. All new titles will always be on the top of the month/country. Next week will be the monthly newsletter so I will keep this short. I wish to point out new author tours below: Hillary Dixler Canavan… read more

Gohan: Everyday Japanese Cooking Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of five copies of Gohan: Everyday Japanese Cooking: Memories and Stories from My Family's Kitchen by Emiko Davies. Emiko Davies' cookbooks are some of my favorite titles. She is an award-winning Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer and cookbook author who grew up in a diplomatic family. She spent most of her life in countries… read more

Olive oil prices surge to all time highs amid drought

Prepare yourself for sticker shock when buying your next bottle of extra virgin olive oil. Due to drastically reduced yields, olive oil supplies are rapidly being depleted, leading to dramatic price hikes. Spain, the world's largest olive oil producer, saw record high temperatures (the third hottest summer on record) coupled with an intense drought. In turn, this diminished the olive… read more

October 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

Bake it Better – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK giveaway to win one of two copies of Bake It Better: 70 Show-stopping Recipes to Level-Up Your Baking Skills by Matt Adlard. Matt Adlard’s debut cookbook Bake It Better: 70 Show-stopping Recipes to Level-Up Your Baking Skills is impressive. Matt is a self-taught baker and pastry chef from Norwich, England with a large social media following. Bake it Better… read more

GBBO returns on 26 September, names contestants

The Great British Bake Off has announced the contestants for the upcoming season of the show, which premieres at 8:00 p.m. on 26 September in the UK. The contestants, as always, are a fascinating slice of the population, ranging from deli manager Amos to database administrator Dana to science teacher Matty. It's fun to imagine what kind of bakes each… read more

2024 Cookbook Preview

Every September (this year I'm running a little behind!), I begin cataloging the following year’s cookbook releases. I do this for several reasons: 1) so our members know what is waiting down the pipeline and 2) it makes the monthly new cookbook reviews a little easier for me as I keep the original post updated when changes occur. As I… read more

Food news antipasto

Food critic Jay Rayner had the honor of interviewing Madhur Jaffrey for the September issues of Observer Food Monthly. On the eve of the 40th anniversary edition of her book Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery, the 90-year-old author talks about how she became "an accidental cook" due to acute homesickness when she was in London studying drama. An acclaimed actress, Jaffrey started… read more

The foods of Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, meaning "head of the year" in Hebrew, is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. The holiday includes several food-related customs including eating apples dipped in honey, as well as eating other symbolic foods such as pomegranates, dates, string beans, beets, pumpkins, leeks, and fish heads. Each of these symbolizes a wish or blessing for prosperity and health in the… read more

History of the BLT

I'm not alone in searching for the background of a particular dish; historians and food writers have been doing this for ages. Chef Farideh Sadeghin likewise enjoys digging into food history, in this case the history of the BLT sandwich. As a huge fan of BLTs myself (but only when I can get my hands on fresh garden tomatoes), this… read more

Tracing a recipe’s path

In the small North Dakota farming community where I grew up, most residents belong to a group known as "Germans from Russia" (GFR), which describes a "a unique group of Germans who lived in Russia after the 1760s and began their immigration onto the Great Plains in the 1870s" according to The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. My ancestors fit this description,… read more

Sometimes you have to stray to remember how good you have it

Because I was having issues with my internet service today I needed to test response times and decided to use some recipe search engines to gauge how well the ISP's fix was working (yes, I know I could do an Oookla speed test but where's the fun in that?). After navigating several websites, I was reminded of just how good… read more

Pasta et Al Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Pasta et Al: The Many Shapes Of A Family Tradition by Alec Morris. Pasta et Al: The Many Shapes Of A Family Tradition by Alec Morris is a gorgeous book filled with inspirational recipes and photographs to level up your pasta game. The author was taught how to cook fresh… read more

Food news antipasto

Even though I love to cook and bake, sometimes nothing will satisfy a craving like junk food: cheese puffs with an orange coating that resembles no real cheese but is so good I'll lick it off my fingers , a too-sweet cake with a best-by date that is months into the future, or cookies with an ingredient list of things… read more

Le Creuset supercollectors – and Gen Z loves LC too

Jenny and I have written about our fondness for Le Creuset and its ever expanding range of gorgeous colors, designs, and shapes. Both of us have collected many pieces over the years, and while Jenny's collection puts mine to shame, both of us look like rank amateurs when compared to the Le Creuset "supercollectors" profiled in a recent article in… read more
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