Have you Phoodled yet?

If you have been living on a remote island isolated from all social media you may not have encountered Wordle, the word game recently purchased by The New York Times (and still free - so far). The simple game has amassed a huge following and has spawned many knockoffs including Heardle (featuring sounds), Quordle (play four Wordles at once with… read more

Keep your edge in the kitchen

Keeping your knives sharp is one of the best things a home cook can do to make their cooking tasks faster and more precise. For instance, a sharp blade will allow you cut thinner slices of onion and help keep you from crying (because fewer cells that release the pungent aroma are crushed). With all of the gadgets available and… read more

The history of to-go container art

Over the last two years, it seems as though I have eaten more takeout orders than I did in all pre-COVID years combined. So many of us were eating to-go orders that restaurants ran out of containers and had to scramble to find something in which to put their food. One Mexican restaurant near me went through four different types… read more

Guild of Food Writers announces 25th Anniversary Awards finalists

The UK Guild of Food Writers has published the list of finalists for its 25th anniversary annual Awards. The winners will be announced at an in-person event at London's Royal Institution on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. Below is a selection of the finalist categories and nominees. There is a fair amount of overlap between this list and the Fortnum and… read more

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Mario Batali's trial for sexual misconduct wrapped up this week in Boston, with a jury issuing a not guilty verdict. The charges stemmed after a woman accused Batali of forcibly kissing and groping her at a Boston bar in 2017. Batali still faces a civil trial in the matter, but he will not face any jail time. Will the former… read more

Fortnum & Mason Food Awards 2022

The Fortnum & Mason Food Awards celebrate their tenth anniversary highlighting the best in food and drink writing and broadcasting in the UK. In a blurb on the awards home page, F&M CEO Tom Athron's noted the milestone by saying "In 2022 we celebrate ten years of discovering and championing the achievements of the UK’s writers, editors, publishers, photographers and… read more

The Art of Eating Prize for 2022

The Art of Eating magazine first appeared in 1986 in the form of an eight-page black-and-white newsletter written by Edward Behr. After three decades in print, it transformed into a digital-only, advertising-free magazine with subscribers and contributors around the world. The magazine is about the best food and wine – what it is, how it is produced, and where to find it… read more

Explore the sweet-sour punch of tamarind

I first discovered tamarind while searching for pad Thai recipes years ago. Once I had purchased a brick of it, I explored other recipes that used this tropical fruit, finding that it was used in a host of cultures in both sweet and savory applications. When I saw that Food and Wine's Lara Lee recently posted a comprehensive guide to… read more

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For those worried that we are living in a dystopian future straight out of a sci-fi novel, here is something to add to your concern: a team of scientists has created a robot that can taste. The device, which is "trained to taste a dish’s saltiness and the myriad of ingredients at different stages of chewing," aims to help chefs… read more

When you lose a favorite recipe

Have you ever had a terrific recipe that you absolutely adored but that you somehow managed to lose? That is the scenario I found myself in this evening. I was tasked with making a salad for a potluck and my thoughts immediately turned to a raspberry walnut salad dressing I discovered over twenty years ago and which I have made… read more

An evening with Yotam Ottolenghi

During his US tour Yotam Ottolenghi came to Minneapolis, and since it was so close to me and I am a huge fan of his cookbooks, I booked a ticket to listen to his talk. Although I had hoped to go in person, a sore throat (that is probably just allergies although I played it safe) made me switch to… read more

Fine Cooking’s last issue

Even though I knew the end was coming (I wrote about Meredith Corp.'s acquisition of Fine Cooking in October 2020), it was still a sad day when I received a postcard in the mail a couple of weeks ago announcing that Fine Cooking Magazine was no longer going to be published. As the magazine continued to hit my mailbox for… read more

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Before I begin extolling the virtues of celebrating Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo, I want to make sure that everyone knows that this holiday is NOT Mexican Independence Day. What Cinco de Mayo does commemorate is the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the first Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. Regardless of its actual historical significance,… read more

Sweets for Eid al-Fitr

Muslims around the world are celebrating the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Food is at the forefront to celebrate the end of Ramadan fasting. The foods eaten vary depending on the culture of the local celebrants, but sweets are an important aspect no matter where Eid feasts happen. BBC's Good Food provides us with a list of eleven… read more

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Have you been watching the HBO special about Julia Child? Reviews have been mixed, with some people enjoying the behind-the-scenes drama and others who take issue with some of the bending of the truth for purposes of better storytelling. One of those expressing dismay is Sara Franklin, who is writing a book about legendary editor Judith Jones, who is a… read more

Jazz up your juleps

Few celebrations have a cocktail that is as strongly associated with the day as the Kentucky Derby is with the mint julep. In one week (May 7), the 148th edition of "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" will be run, and there is no telling how many mint juleps have been sipped since the inaugural event in 1875. Southerners love their… read more

The James Beard Cookbook Awards are back – here are the nominees

After a one-year hiatus - due in part to the pandemic but also to controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in its awards programs - the James Beard Foundation has announced the nominees for its 2022 Media Awards, which includes cookbooks. This list covers 2021 and 2022, so only the best of the best books have made the cut. JBF… read more

Le Creuset’s advice to consumers: don’t use olive oil

Like many EYB members, I cherish my Le Creuset and Staub cookware. The durable, colorful, and downright gorgeous vessels are workhorses in my kitchen, helping me create stews, roasts, braises, soups, and more. That is why Jenny and I were somewhat perplexed by the recent advice Le Creuset offered to some customers who complained about damage to their pricey pans.… read more

Anzac Day is a food tradition worth celebrating

While many “holidays” about food are completely fabricated events to promote a product, some foods are associated with real holidays that have a more noble purpose. This is the case with the Anzac biscuit, made to commemorate Anzac Day on 25 April (I know, it's already 26 April in Australia but the rest of us can still celebrate it). Seed-studded Anzac biscuits from… read more

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Adventurous cooks have a drawer or cupboard filled with a variety of spices. Although some folks have a large selection from which to choose, most of us have a few favorites that get used in a multitude of dishes. If you had to pare down your spice collection to just 11 essential spices, what would you choose? Compare your list… read more

Tips on cleaning, storing, and organizing your cookbook collection

Many of our members have outsized cookbook collections. Mine is modest compared to some but I do have hundreds of books which means I have a lot of storage needs. While I aspire to an impeccably organized, highly logical, and beautiful system for housing my cookbooks, instead I have a mismatched bookshelves lining the walls of a spare bedroom, stacks… read more

The Washington Post temporarily drops paywall

Voraciously, the culinary section of The Washington Post, is one of the best food sections in the US. WaPo's talented food writers including G. Daniela Galarza, Becky Krystal, Tom Sietsema, Joe Yonan, and Matt Brooks, share excellent and varied recipes, tips and tricks, general kitchen wisdom, and entertaining food news. In honor of Earth Day, WaPo is lifting its paywall… read more

Getting ready for rhubarb

As the years roll on, I appreciate more and more the rhythm of the seasons and the act of eating within them. Even though supermarkets have all manner of produce available year round, things like December asparagus and January watermelon seem out of place here in the north land, with a flavor that only faintly echoes what the fruit or… read more

Is this the mother of all puddings?

Custard style puddings are common across a number of cultures, and California chef Reem Assil believes that most of them can be traced to a single source: the Arab pudding mahalabiya. “I feel like every culture has some version of the mahalabiya. That was the tip-off point for me,” Assil told food writer Genevieve Yam. “It’s usually some form of… read more

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When Nigella Lawson tells you to read something, you read it, and you are not disappointed. A few days ago she posted a link to an article in The Paris Review where writer Valerie Stivers offers a story that involves the intersection of food and the stories from Soviet dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov. Stivers attempts to recreate the foods in… read more
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