Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers has passed away

Dave Myers, one half of TV cooking duo The Hairy Bikers, has died at the age of 66, two years after revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer. Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, and while traveling the world with hit TV series he picked up recipes with Si King, who became… read more

Writing about food is all about the spin

Last night I placed seasoned and very lightly breaded chicken drumsticks in the oven to bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes along with a side dish of loaded mashed potatoes (think cheesy mashed). At 45 minutes, I went to check them and they looked great - I flipped them over and turned off the heat to the oven -… read more

Customers decry wonky Wonka experience

The easy access to AI image generators have made it almost absurdly easy to get lifelike renditions of scenes that have not and will not ever exist. I've seen dreamy "libraries" and even entire "houses" rendered by AI tools like Midjourney and others that were - at first glance - convincingly real. All you need is a prompt and the… read more

EYB and ckbk livestream Q & A

Last 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 800 great cookbooks, the majority of which are indexed here on EYB (and more will be indexed every week). For all the details, this earlier post. On March 20th at 3… read more

Leap Day food deals

We have an extra day this month, courtesy of the Gregorian calendar that doesn't quite keep up with the Earth's orbit. Whether you enjoy having another day in the year or wish February would be over sooner, you can take advantage of Leap Day by enjoying one of the food deals and discounts offered by companies on February 29. Donut… read more

5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies provided by Flatiron Books open to US only and one additional copy provided by EYB open worldwide for 5 Ingredients Mediterranean: Simple Incredible Food by Jamie Oliver. 5 Ingredients Mediterranean: Simple Incredible Food by Jamie Oliver is everything people loved about 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food, but with the… read more

February EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we cooked from our favorite recipe from any cookbook, magazine, blog or online option: Cooking: 5 Ingredients Mediterranean: Simple Incredible Food by Jamie Oliver or any recipe from any of his titles.Online: Jamie Oliver onlineBaking: Snacking Bakes or Snacking Cakes or Sweeter off the Vine by Yossy ArefiVeg Focus: Any vegetarian or vegan… read more

February 2024 New Cookbook Review

We need to pump the brakes on how fast the months keep flying by. One minute I'm working on the preview post for the year and the next thing I know the year is whirling past me at wicked speed. Are we ready for 2025? No! Remember you can keep track of what is coming this year with our 2024 Cookbook… read more

Food news antipasto

When Ina Garten announced in 2019 that she was working on a memoir, she said that the book would be published by Celadon Books, a subsidiary of Macmillan, which was no doubt excited to be the home of a surefire bestseller. A few days ago Ina dropped the release date - October 2024 - but we also learned that Celadon… read more

Why are there so many food recalls?

If our US Members feel like they are seeing far more food recall notices than they have seen before, that's because the number of recalls has mushroomed in the last few years. Since 2018, the amount of food recalls issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have increased by more than 115… read more

An unconventional cooking method can save time and water

When cooking dried pasta, the standard practice is to bring a large amount of water to a rolling boil before adding the pasta. This can take considerable time, especially if your stove is not powerful. However, by using a method that turns the traditional technique on its head, you can shave almost half off the pasta cooking time and nearly… read more

On losing a favorite food

Growing up in a landlocked state in the middle of the continent (smack dab in the middle; the geographic center of North America is just north of my hometown), I did not encounter much seafood other than the occasional frozen shrimp. However, when I moved much closer to the coast following my college graduation, I quickly made up for the… read more

Upgrade of Bookmarks feature

One of the most common requests from members has been to allow the addition of bookmarks to multiple recipes at once. I'm pleased to announce that feature has today gone live. At the top of your Bookshelf Recipes page you will see a new link Add multiple bookmarks. When you click that a check/tick box appears next to each recipe… read more

Catching up with Carla Hall

Carla Hall burst onto the scene with her run to the finale on season 5 of Bravo's Top Chef. Since then, Hall has kept busy with a variety of projects, on television and off, including a stint on The Chew. Next up for the busy chef? A new show on Max: Chasing Flavor, which the NYT's Kim Severson says is… read more

March 2024 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

Since the 1960s, Pop-Tarts have been a favorite kids' breakfast treat. The creator of the popular toaster pastry, William ‘Bill’ Post, died this week at age 96. Post once said that to create the iconic treat he had to "break every rule" and also offered advice for aspiring creators: “Just try anything. There is no idea that’s too crazy...If somebody… read more

The Secret of Cooking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one copy of US version of The Secret of Cooking: Recipes for an Easier Life in the Kitchen by Bee Wilson which contains measurements in both weight and volume. Bee Wilson is a cook, food writer and journalist. Her books include Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, First Bite:… read more

UK braces for possible tea shortage

Even though coffee has become increasingly popular in the UK, the nation still drinks much more tea than coffee, but tea lovers need to prepare themselves for a potential shortage. Recent Houthi attacks on ships has caused merchants to reroute their vessels around the African cape, adding a delay of up to two weeks per ship. One of the items… read more

Help with buying ingredients

We know it can be frustrating to come across unusual ingredients in a recipe and have no idea where to find them. With online shopping it is much easier now than it used to be - but how do you know that the supplier is reliable and the products are good quality? EYB to the rescue - we are adding… read more

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day

Today is Shrove Tuesday aka National Pancake Day. The Tuesday before Lent begins is a traditional day for eating pancakes, hearkening back to a time when any remaining rich foods (usually foods with a lot of fat or eggs) were eaten prior to the Lenten fasting. Because pancakes factor so heavily into this tradition, this food ‘holiday’ is a perfect excuse… read more

Food news antipasto

Michelin recently announced which restaurants would receive its coveted stars in the UK. One of those is London's Chishuru, whose founder and chef Adejoké Bakare is the first black female chef to receive a star in the country. Bakare started Chishuru, which focuses on West African cuisine, first as a pop-up after winning a competition in Brixton. The chef said… read more

Welcome the Year of the Dragon

Today marks the beginning of a very special time for the Chinese and several other cultures, as it is the beginning of the lunar new year, which is called Tet in Vietnam, Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia, Losar in Tibet, and Seollal in Korea. This holiday, celebrated by 20% of the world’s population, is honored differently in various countries, but food features prominently in all celebrations. Each of the foods… read more

Modernist Bread at Home, Ottolenghi’s new book and tour, Ina Garten memoir, 2024 book news, and 1,800 EYBD Previews

I have been updating our 2024 Cookbook Preview and am excited to point out a few upcoming books recently added: Milk Street Bakes by Christopher Kimball; Zahav Home by Michael Solomonov; Sunlight and Breadcrumbs by Renee Erickson; Salty, Cheesy, Herby, Crispy Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan; Chinese Enough by Kristina Cho; Easy Wins by Anna Jones; The Big Book of Bread by James… read more

All about salt

When I first learned how to cook, I was aware of only one kind of salt, the stuff that came in the cardboard can that featured the iconic girl with an umbrella. It was Morton's iodized table salt, and it's all I used for years. As I learned more about cooking, I became aware of different types of salt: first… read more

How much should little annoyances matter?

One thing I love about cookbooks is that every author lends their own voice to the recipe through the instructions and notes. This gives every book its own vibe and personality, and I will sometimes pull a book off the shelf as much for its tone as for a specific recipe. Authors also develop their own quirky phrases for recipe… read more
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