Quick Bites – Virginia Willis and Special Giveaway

Virginia is sharing a giveaway over on her Instagram - be sure to follow Virginia and enter! A winner will receive a copy of Fresh Start: Cooking with Virginia (ebook or print copy) and a one year subscription to Eat Your Books. Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has made chocolate chip cookies with Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson, foraged for berries… read more

Nigella on privacy, performance, and cooking for one

The list of food celebrities who are commonly referred to by a single name is relatively short: think Ottolenghi, Ina, Jamie, and Nigella. All of these are beloved authors as their numbers in the EYB Library can attest. Recently The New Yorker's Helen Rosner sat down with perhaps the most widely-known of these cookbook authors, Nigella Lawson. In a wide-ranging… read more

Baking maven Beth Hensperger has died

We learned through cookbook author Rick Rodgers that acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area-based food writer, cooking instructor, and bread baking maven Beth Hensperger has died after years of declining health. An editor who worked with Hensperger confirmed her passing although there has not yet been an official announcement. Hensperger's long and varied writing career started in March 1985, when she… read more

Parwana Cookbook Giveaway & Quick Bites

Enter our giveaway to win two copies open to US members provided by Interlink Publishing and two copies open to the UK/AU provided by Murdoch books with one additional copy provided by Eat Your Books worldwide of Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen by Durkhanai, Farida, and with assistance from Fatima Ayubi. Often we are told not to… read more

Aegean Cookbook Giveaway & Quick Bites

Enter to win one of two copies of Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivaditaki. Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivaditaki delivers an authentic approach to Cretan food and culture with contemporary flavor combinations. This book is all about eating natural, fresh food, and taking the time to enjoy it. In… read more

Flavorbomb Cookbook Giveaway – Bob Blumer Quick Bites

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Bob Blumer's Flavorbomb: A Rogue Guide to Making Everything Taste Better. When I received Flavorbomb, I was so excited I posted a photo on Instagram and began a conversation with the author, Bob Blumer. If you are a fan of Food Network - you might remember Bob, his toastermobile,… read more

Quick Bites – Jessie Sheehan

Jessie Sheehan is the author of The Vintage Baker: More Than 50 Recipes from Pecan Butterscotch Curls to Sour Cream Jumbles (one of the Washington Post’s best cookbooks of 2018 and beloved by Oprah and Nigella) and co-author of Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town, She is also a food writer, recipe developer, and baker. She has… read more

Baking with Licker – Worldwide Cookbook Giveaway – Quick Bites

Enter to win one of two copies of Baking with Licker: Home Baking with Asian Accents with Jason Licker in our worldwide giveaway below. Baking with Licker: Home Baking with Asian Accents by Jason Licker is the jet-setting pastry chef’s second cookbook. Lickerland, his first book, was reviewed by me in 2018 and was geared more toward professional high-end creations. In this offering,… read more

Heirloom Kitchen Worldwide Giveaway – Quick Bites

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win an autographed copy of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women by Anna Francese Gass. Last year, I did a review and promotion for one of my favorite books Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women. Please click over to that review… read more

Melting Pot Cookbook Giveaway and Quick Bites Samantha Mui

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win a signed copy of Samantha Mui's Melting Pot: Stories and Recipes from a Chinese American Daydreamer. Samantha Mui is a native of California (Bay Area). A former culinary student and current food blogger, she has worked in and out of the food industry for more than a decade. Her cooking style is inspired by… read more

Quick Bites: Anne Willan

Earlier this month, Anne Willan's latest Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today was published. Anne Willan has more than 50 years of experience as a cooking teacher, author, and culinary historian. The founder of famed French cooking school La Varenne, Anne was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s… read more

Quick Bites – Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott is the queen of pie. Her debut cookbook Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life is beloved by bakers worldwide. This title made most of the best book lists of 2016 as well as being an IACP and James Beard cookbook awards finalist. In 2018 Home Cooking with Kate McDermott brought the… read more

John deBary on the most underrated cocktail

Almost no one has been as steeped in the world of cocktails as John deBary. With law school as his goal, he landed what was supposed to be a temporary job at Jim Meehan's famed NYC bar, PDT, in 2008 during the cocktail revival. He got hooked on mixology, ditched his law school plans, and went on to be the… read more

Quick Bites – Denise Vivaldo

A seasoned food professional with over 30 years of experience, Denise Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and has cooked for such guests as George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles, Bette Midler, Suzanne Somers, Merv Griffin, Cher, Aaron Spelling, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Shriver. She began her culinary training at the Ritz Escoffier and La Varenne… read more

Quick Bites – Cathy Barrow

Cathy Barrow is an award-winning author, knitter, traveler, cook, teacher, and gardener. Published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Serious Eats, Food52, The Local Palate, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, NPR, and National Geographic, Cathy believes in the power of home cooking and the stories that connect us to food, culture, home, friends, and family. Her first cookbook,… read more

Quick Bites: Melissa Clark

While I finish up a special giveaway celebrating Melissa Clark's new title Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France along with a Dutch oven from LeCreuset (see below), I thought it would be the perfect time to share our latest Quite Bites featuring Melissa. Melissa Clark is a food columnist for the New York Times Food Section, where… read more

Jessica B. Harris receives JBF Lifetime Achievement Award

Today the James Beard Foundation announced the recipient of its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowing that honor on Jessica B. Harris. The award is given to those "whose body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and think about food in America". Harris is the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods… read more

Quick Bites: Kat Kinsman

People who love food are the best people. I enjoy learning more about my favorite cookbook authors, food writers, and bloggers and hope you do as well. Every few weeks, I will share a new article under the tag #QuickBites. Upcoming columns will feature: Melissa Clark and Paula Forbes. Two years ago at the IACP conference in New York, I… read more

Meet India’s ‘Pickle Queen’

Most self-published books are vanity projects and their print runs and sales are usually miniscule. Sometimes, however, one will break the mold and become a cult classic or even, in rare cases, a bestseller. That is part of the story behind Usha's Pickle Digest: The Perfect Pickle Recipe Book by Usha R. Prabakaran - but the self-publishing success is only… read more

How the food writing landscape is changing

When Ruth Reichl was a restaurant critic back for The New York Times in the 1990s, she shook up the staid profession by visiting restaurants in disguise and offering rave reviews for eateries that fell outside the traditional upscale French places that were the norm. Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, is also making her mark known.… read more

The Last Course – Giveaway & Interview

In 2001, Claudia Fleming's The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern was published by Random House. It wasn't long before the brilliance of this cookbook was spread far and wide. For at least a decade, book sleuths have searched library sales, thrift stores, and used bookstores in the hopes of coming across a copy for a bargain. The price… read more

Bourdain’s belongings fetch high prices at auction

A few months ago we reported that many of Anthony Bourdain's belongings were headed to auction as a fundraiser to benefit his daughter. The auction ended in late October, and bids on most of the items far exceeded their initial estimates. You can see how much each item sold for on the iGavel website. The most expensive item was Bourdain's… read more

Cookbook writing is not the path to riches

“Nobody wants to talk about how hard it is to get by as a writer.” This is part of what bakery owner and bestselling author Alison Robicelli explains to The New York Times about writing a cookbook. Robicelli and other authors recount tales of publishers approaching them with offers that included no advance, no budget for food, and no funds… read more

How authors got their cookbook deals

The publishing world is a murky and Byzantine industry to outsiders (and frankly, to insiders as well). Learning the ins and outs of the business can take years, which is why it is so difficult for aspiring authors to get published. Recently Eater talked to three different cookbook authors - Molly Yeh, Von Diaz, and Priya Krishna - to ask… read more

Family by Hetty McKinnon & John Boos Fusion Board Promotion

Hetty McKinnon's books are always beautiful, inspiring and approachable. Her latest, Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day, is no exception. Filled with nearly 200 recipes and countless stunning photographs, this is a book to savor and use repeatedly.    The most amazing feature of this book is the "Family Story" essays shared along with recipes from individuals that… read more
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