Cookbook (E-book) Deals – Holiday Specials

We will update this post throughout the week – new additions are always at the top of each bulleted list below. As an Amazon Associate Eat Your Books earns from qualifying purchases when using our links: USACanadaUK If you are new to this post, please be sure to click on the “long term deals” page for some great sales! This post explains the… read more

Can you really own a recipe?

In October we reported on the alleged cookbook plagiarism by Elizabeth Haigh that resulted in the publisher pulling Haigh's book from distribution. (We also shared how to support Sharon Wee, one of the authors whose work was copied.) What is most surprising about this episode isn't the plagiarism itself - it has happened many times in cookbook publishing - but… 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

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap Episode 10 – The Final

Jane, Darcie, and I are back for another recap of what happened under the tent during the finals. Just a note that on Dec 3rd Netflix will be streaming two special holiday episodes (most likely those that were seen in the UK last year.) More baking!! The final always tugs at my heart and this was no exception, especially when… read more

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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

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

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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

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap Episode 8 – Free-From Week

Jane, Darcie, and I are back for another recap of what happened under the tent during "free-from" week. The bakers had to create dairy-free ice cream sandwiches, vegan sausage rolls and a gluten-free celebration cake. I thought the bakers did really well especially given this week's theme. I am too sad to write much more as Lizzie was sent home.… 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

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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 Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap Episode 7 – Caramel Week

Jane, Darcie, and I are back for another recap of what happened under the tent during sticky week, otherwise known as caramel week. Is it me or do the GBBO weeks fly by? Lizzie is the absolute best. "I can't be trusted with molten sugar. It's a terrifying week." First fryers now molten sugar. Her list of terrors has no end… read more

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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

“Sprinklegate” rocks UK bakery

Sprinkles can bring a sense of cheer and whimsy - as well as a welcome splash of color - to baked goods. But a British baker recently discovered that not all sprinkles are allowed to spark joy. Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, UK authorities recently told Rich Myers, owner of the Get Baked bakery in Leeds, that… read more

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Ina Garten is one of the most beloved authors among our members. Her 1999 debut, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, ranks at #11 for number of bookshelves in the EYB Library. If you are among those who do not have this book, you might want to head to Costco, where you will find an exclusive new edition of this book that… read more

Recipe discoveries never end

I have been cooking for decades, eagerly seeking out new food experiences through cookbooks as well as via travel. One of the best things about having food as a hobby is that no matter how many dishes I try there is always something new waiting around the corner, so I never become blasé. Discoveries frequently happen when I explore a… read more

Making lemonade out of lemons by supporting Sharon Wee

On Sunday morning, Eat Your Books reported on the alleged plagiarism by Elizabeth Haigh of Sharon Wee's work. It has come to light there are many other allegations that work was lifted from online sources and blogs. Since our post went up - other outlets have unearthed more information. The most current and comprehensive is London Eater's article. I have… read more

Making the case for pumpkin spice

Wait, wait - don't turn away! Even if you are not someone who lines up for the first day of pumpkin spice lattes at a big chain coffee shop, please listen to Becky Krystal on why you shouldn't discount the ubiquitous flavor of autumn. Over the years the label on this spice blend was foreshortened from 'pumpkin pie spice' to… read more

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Bobby Flay has been part of Food Network for almost as long as it has been broadcasting, joining the fledgling cable network during its first year on air in 1994. He has been part of some of Food Network's most popular programs, including Iron Chef America, Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and others. After 27 years together, however, the celebrity chef… read more

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap – Episode 3 – Bread Week

Darcie, Jane and I are back again for another recap. A reminder that narrative not labeled as Darcie or Jane was written or compiled by Jenny. I don't think I have laughed as much during an episode as I did this week. My only regret is that I wish I had thought of taking a shot each time a baker… read more

Things to do when Facebook and Instagram are down

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp (along with other sites) went down for several hours today, throwing people into a tizzy. My Twitter feed was filled with people either happy or vexed about the outage. Reading that was no fun, so I thought of a few things to do when social media programs are down: Go through your cookbooks and 'I want… read more

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As the holidays creep closer, people who love to bake are gearing up for their favorite time of the year. Trays of cookies, celebratory cakes like bûche de Noël, and Thanksgiving and Christmas pies all beckon. If you are living in the United States and are looking forward to holiday baking season, you might want to buy your flour now,… read more

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap – Episode 2 – Biscuit Week

Before we begin our recap of this week's episode, I have a few notes: a member mentioned it took her a long time to find last week's recap. To locate the recaps quickly, I have tagged all 2021 GBBO related posts with #gbbo2021 - so bookmark that link. You can also use "Search this Blog" from the blog page -… read more
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