James Beard Foundation 2024 Media Award Nominees

The James Beard Foundation has announced the nominees for its 2024 Media Awards, which includes cookbooks. The Book Awards are open to cookbooks and other non-fiction food or beverage-related books that were published in the United States in 2023. In a press release, Erica Skolnik, Chair of the James Beard Foundation’s Book Awards program, said "Food is more than sustenance—it's also… read more

Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaway

Mother's Day is rapidly approaching and I wanted to provide you with a gift guide as well as a special giveaway! Let's get started. Emile Henry creates beautiful cookware, bakeware and tabletop accessories that make any kitchen just a little more special. Over the last few months, EH has released exciting new items and I have highlighted a few of… read more

Food news antipasto

Are you Team Hydrox or Team Oreo? If you are the former, here is some news from Leaf Brands, maker of the chocolate sandwich cookie: it is planning an antitrust lawsuit against Mondelēz, the parent company of Oreo. Leaf Brands accuses the Oreo manufacturer of intimidating retailers and telling workers in stores to "hide, misplace or move Hydrox to less… read more

How to use beer in the kitchen

Have you ever hosted a gathering and found yourself with leftover cans or bottles of beer that you don't plan on drinking? Instead of letting in languish in your refrigerator (it doesn't keep forever), Food & Wine's Merlyn Miller offers a bevy of ideas on how you can use it in your cooking and baking. The first suggestion is to… read more

Food Gifts Cookbook and Gift Box Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Food Gifts: 150+ Irresistible Recipes for Crafting Personalized Presents by Elle Simone Scott and America's Test Kitchen, along with a box of lovely items to level up your food gifting. Please be sure to check out the author's events. Food Gifts: 150+ Irresistible Recipes for Crafting Personalized Presents by America’s Test Kitchen… read more

Can copycat recipes be trusted?

There are many foods I enjoy out or that are commercially made that I would love to recreate at home, either because I don't live near a store or restaurant that offers the item, or because the restaurant or food no longer exists. Over the years, I've tried copycat recipes for things ranging from Oreos to Krispy Kreme doughnuts to… read more

Essential cookbooks

What makes a cookbook essential? Is it one that covers broad swaths of territory, like Joy of Cooking, or one that keenly focuses on a smaller subject like Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables? Maybe it's a cookbook that changes the way an entire country cooks, like Mastering the Art of French Cooking did. Perhaps this whole line of… read more

What Padma Lakshmi’s been up to since leaving Top Chef

As Top Chef began season 21, long-time host Padma Lakshmi was nowhere to be seen. She had announced her departure from the show last year, noting that she planned to spend more time on her show Taste the Nation and other projects she had in the works. If you follow her on Instagram, you have probably seen a lot of… read more

April 2024 New Cookbook Review

Welcome to April! You can keep track of what is coming this year with our 2024 Cookbook Preview and don’t forget that you can create a wishlist and share it with your loved ones. Our April 2024 EYB Cookbook Club Summary and May 2024 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary can be found at the links provided. Last May we announced that we have connected the EYB database to ckbk’s library… read more

Food news antipasto

A group of people who are squatting in an unoccupied London building formerly occupied by a Gordon Ramsey restaurant have announced that they will remain in place despite a court order telling them to leave. The squatters, who identified themselves as the Anarchist Association London Branch, locked themselves in the York & Albany hotel and gastropub, situated just outside Regent's… read more

My Life in Recipes – Joan Nathan Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of My Life in Recipes: Food, Family, and Memories by Joan Nathan. Please check out the author's events which we have shared on our Calendar. In November, Joan's next book A Sweet Year: Jewish Feasts, Celebrations, and Recipes for Kids and Their Families will be released. My Life in Recipes,… read more

April 2024 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: Flavour or Flavor by Sabrina Ghayour or any recipe from any of Sabrina’s titles or any Smitten Kitchen recipeOnline: Any Sabrina Ghayour online recipe or any Smitten Kitchen online recipeBaking: Any Joanne Chang recipe (online recipes)Veg Focused: Any vegetarian or… read more

Rayner’s take on the latest food craze

Last month I wrote about the latest TikTok food craze, the crookie, which a lot of you (understandably) didn't think looked very appetizing. The Guardian's food critic, Jay Rayner, gives us his take on this craze and the others that preceded it, noting that this type of super-hyped food has a long history. In the 17th century, fresh garden peas… read more

Food52 Ask Me Anything; recipes, EYBD Previews and more

Last week, our friends at Food52 asked Jane and I to participate in an Ask Me Anything hour in the Food52 Cookbook Club on Facebook. There were some great questions and I thought Members here might like to scroll through that post. Jane provided some helpful tips on using Eat Your Books and I shared a few of my favorite… read more

Why I love Top Chef 21 seasons later

I have always enjoyed Top Chef since it first aired. I find I learn something new each episode and enjoy the camaraderie amongst the chefs. This season, as Darcie reported last year, Kristin Kish replaced Padma Lakshmi as the host and I am loving her in that role. She has been in the same shoes as the chefs and I… read more

Is preheating the oven necessary?

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Almost every baking recipe begins with the words "Preheat the oven to NNN degrees," but is it really necessary to go through that step? Wouldn't it be more energy efficient to just put your food items in while the oven is heating? The answers to those questions depend on what you are making, says cookbook author Alice Zaslavsky. She explains… read more

It’s rhubarb season already?!

My rhubarb plants are nearly ready to harvest, marking the earliest maturation since we moved to this location in late 2008. Glancing back at the posts about rhubarb's return as a harbinger of spring, the date when the post appeared has moved backward several weeks since 2014 when I started writing for the EYB blog. That year, the rhubarb post… read more

May 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

Following a storm of negative social media posts, Momofuku has said that it won't enforce the trademark for 'chili crunch' or 'chile crunch'. “Over the past week, we have heard the feedback from our community and now understand that the term ‘chili crunch’ carries broader meaning for many,” the company said in a statement. Small business owners who had been… read more

The life-changing magic of…nothing

Hyperbole in advertising and news reporting is almost as old as print itself, so it should not be surprising that hyperbole is common on the internet. The extent of it is breathtaking, however, as seemingly every other article or post touts "the life-changing magic" of a given technique, product, or method. Given the slant of my news feeds, most of… read more

Who wins in this kitchen appliance showdown?

One of the best ways to start an argument is to make a claim that X is better than Y. It doesn't really matter what X or Y is, just stating that one is superior to another will set off passionate debate that often devolves into insults. This scenario popped into my head when I saw an article at Eater… read more

Flavorama Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Flavorama: The Unbridled Science of Flavor and How to Get It to Work for You by Arielle Johnson. In November of last year, I shared an excerpt and a bit about this amazing book and author in this article so I will not repeat that information here. Also, the… read more

Hot Sheet – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations by Olga Massov and Sanaë Lemoine. Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations by Olga Massov and Sanaë Lemoine teaches us how to transform everyday meals into extraordinary ones, with more… read more

Let them eat snake

We've heard a lot of buzz about how bugs might be the next big thing in environmentally-friendly protein and now we're apparently moving up the food chain to snakes. An article in Salon reports that some scientists believe snake could be a good solution for sustainable protein. These researchers claim that commercial snake farming (in particular pythons) could provide a… read more

Every Last Bite Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of three copies of Every Last Bite: Save Money, Time and Waste with 100 Recipes that Make the Most of Mealtimes by Rosie Sykes. Every Last Bite: Save Money, Time and Waste with 100 Recipes that Make the Most of Mealtimes by Rosie Sykes offers recipes, tips and practical advice for preparing fantastic food… read more
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