Winners of the 2021 Gourmand Awards

The winners of Gourmand's Best in the World 2021 awards were feted today at a ceremony at Les Cordeliers, Paris. According to Gourmand's President Edouard Cointreau, Les Cordeliers is the most historic setting used by the Gourmand Awards as Les Cordeliers is a gorgeous Medieval monastery/convent turned into the French Revolution Club led by Danton. The ceremony was originally planned… read more

Food news antipasto

We wanted to start this week's roundup by wishing our members who celebrate a Happy Hanukkah. A few years ago I wrote about the history of Hanukkah latkes, including the tidbit that originally latkes were not made with potatoes (which are indigenous to the Americas) but rather with cheese. If you are looking for recipes to help you celebrate, head… read more

How to make the best use of holiday leftovers

Yesterday I learned that the average American eats 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, an astonishing amount of food. Even after stuffing ourselves many of us have plenty of leftovers, and while turkey sandwiches are great you can only eat so many before you tire of them. It pays to look beyond the sandwich to find tasty options for those Thanksgiving leftovers.… read more

“Queen of Cakes” Sylvia Weinstock has died

Known as a luxury cake baker who created wedding cakes for the rich and famous, Sylvia Weinstock has died aged 91 according to People Magazine. Weinstock did not begin baking professionally until she was 50 years old, following a successful battle against breast cancer. She started with a small business that blossomed into a world famous venture. Unlike many wedding… read more

A new baking show just in time for the holidays

What happens when you mix a reality baking show with two veterans of Saturday Night Live? A really good time, according to The Kitchn. They bring us news that SNL alums Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg have teamed up to host Baking It, a new reality show that premieres on Peacock in just over a week. The show not only… read more

Food news antipasto

Kitchens and cooking have evolved over the centuries: the methods and equipment used by our grandparents and ancestors have transformed into modern-day appliances and techniques. It's fascinating to observe these changes, and thanks to the Smithsonian, you can easily do just that by viewing an 1868 catalog of cook stoves. I am thankful I do not have to make holiday… read more

A legendary pastry chef returns to the Big Apple

Pastry chef Claudia Fleming is an icon in the baking world. Her 2001 cookbook The Last Course became such a sought-after item that it was reissued in 2019. Now the vaunted chef has returned to the limelight with a role in restaurateur Danny Meyer's empire, serving as Executive Pastry Director for Union Square Hospitality Group, a position she assumed at… read more

Cookbooks just for kicks

What do you look for when you are shopping for a cookbook? For some of us it's one that introduces us to a cuisine with stories and recipes. Others might want something with a lot of step-by-step photos, especially in a baking book. What about just buying one for chuckles and grins? There are some books that we likely will… read more

What happened to NPR’s The Salt?

For several years The Salt was the face of NPR's food reporting, with subsections including Eating and Health, Foodways, Food for Thought, plus others. We linked to many stories from this NPR source that resonated with EYB Members. However, The Salt hasn't had any new posts since October, 2020, when it announced the passing of Cecelia Chang. So where did… read more

Food news antipasto

As the holiday season approaches, some of us are a bit out of shape for large meal planning due to the pandemic, so we appreciate getting tips on how to create a successful celebration. One tip that crossed my news feed this week involves turkey roasting. If you are keen on getting that perfectly golden bird, head over to Taste,… read more

Mary Berry says she is never too old to learn

Dame Mary Berry has earned the right to retire from public life if she wants to, but the octogenarian is still going strong, hosting a new series 'Love to Cook' that premiered yesterday on BBC Two. In the first episode, Mary shows us that in addition to cooking, she loves to get in the garden and grow her own produce.… read more

To cook or not to cook? The cranberry question

US Thanksgiving in less than three weeks away, and given the hype about possible supply shortages, many cooks are busy gathering the ingredients to grace the holiday table. One item that makes an appearance at this meal - the biggest food holiday in the USA - is cranberry sauce or relish. Some people insist on the canned, jellied version, with… read more

Kicking off fruitcake season

Fruitcake has gotten a bad rap here in the US, becoming the butt of jokes and something to dread rather than celebrate. One big reason so many people say they hate fruitcake is because they have never tasted one that has been properly made. As Eater's Dayna Evans explains, if you make fruitcake for yourself, you may come to appreciate… read more

Food news antipasto

We love that our members are adding loads of photos to recipes in the EYB Library. Taking great food photos can be a bit tricky, which is why we are featuring two articles with tips for improving your food photos, whether you use a smartphone or a camera. The first comes from Australian Gourmet Traveller, and the second article is… read more

The foods of Diwali

Today marks the beginning of Diwali - known as Deepavali in south India - a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world that celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali celebrations frequently include fireworks, candles, and other forms of light displays. As with many holidays around the… read more

IVFF announces the winners of its first-ever vegan cookbook awards

The fourth annual International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF) recently announced its 2021 award winners including the first-ever vegan cookbook contest presented by Wicked Kitchen. The IVFF is taking place virtually this year from October 30th - November 14th.  According to the IVFF, their vegan cookbook competition is the only one of its kind in the world. Submissions to the festival were sent… read more

Día de Muertos celebrations

Today marks the Mexican celebration Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, celebrated November 1-2 each year. Day of the Dead celebrations date back to the ancient Aztecs, who felt that instead of mourning the deceased, people should celebrate their lives and welcome their spirits back to the land of the living once a year. Spanish conquistadors brought Catholic missionaries who… read more

Food news antipasto

Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes a book that makes you realize that there are new things under the sun. That describes the newly indexed book Slippurinn, the debut cookbook from Icelandic chef Gísli Matt. It required 44 new ingredients to be added to the ingredients database. This does fall short of the record set… read more

Impractical cookbook storage

Scrolling through Twitter yesterday, a post from The Kitchn caught my eye. It promised an article with six ideas for cookbook storage from professional organizers. As my bookshelves are constantly overflowing, I am always game to learn new ways to display and store my books. This article was...not that. It isn't that the storage ideas the organizers mentioned are bad… read more

New food words added to the dictionary

Language is alive and ever-changing. New words continuously enter the lexicon, although not all of them catch on. Some do get staying power, and every year, Merriam-Webster evaluates new words circulating through the English-speaking world and decides which ones merit inclusion in the official dictionary. Food words are among those newly recognized names. You will likely be familiar with all… read more

Good Food Kitchen is the cooking show you didn’t know you needed

Who needs another cooking program? If that is your first thought on hearing of a new show debuting, you might want to reserve judgment until after you watch Good Food Kitchen, hosted by Danielle Alvarez and Adam Liaw, a new "chop-and-chat show that takes viewers behind the scenes as Good Food's recipes come to life." The program debuted earlier this… read more

IACP Cookbook Awards 2021 winners

We are foregoing our usual antipasto post to bring you cookbook awards! In a ceremony last evening, the IACP announced the winners of its 2021 Cookbook Awards. America's Test Kitchen had a very good evening, with three of their books claiming top honors: Meat Illustrated: A Foolproof Guide to Understanding and Cooking with Cuts of All Kinds in the General category,… read more

The Gathering Basket reclaims narratives of Indigenous foodways

When European colonists settled into areas on the East Coast in the 1600s, they encountered a land that was not always compatible with the crops the settlers brought over on their voyages. Luckily for the colonists, native inhabitants taught them about New World crops that would grow well and sustain them. Indigenous foods played a vital role in the growth… read more

Meet Dame Mary Berry

In a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, cookbook author and television host Mary Berry was made a Dame Commander, receiving the honor "for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity work." Prince Charles presented Mary with the award. Not only is Mary Berry beloved around the world by fans of her cookbooks and cookery shows, she is also a… read more

Early birds get the turkey

Photos of bare supermarket shelves in the UK have been flooding social media feeds. Some folks have gone online to mock stores that have filled their bare spots with an odd assortment of items. On the other side of the globe, images of cargo ships dotting the seascape outside of the US's busiest port have also been making the rounds.… read more
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