Guild of Food Writers announces finalists for 2021 awards

The Guild of Food Writers today announced the finalists for its prestigious annual Awards. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 June at 6pm UK time (GMT +1) via Instagram (@thegfw). The online announcement event will be introduced by Stefan Gates. Without further delay, here are the finalists for selected categories: Food Writing Award Fuchsia Dunlop for work published… read more

Art of Eating prize winner announced

Just over a month ago, The Art of Eating published its longlist of the best food books of 2020. Last week they announced the shortlist of finalists, which included the following volumes: Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India by Maneet Chauhan and Jody EddyDirt: Adventures in… read more

Free cookbook for those who have COVID-related smell and taste issues

Millions of people around the world have reported that losing their sense of smell and taste was the first sign they noticed of a COVID-19 infection. For a large percentage of those people, the damage to their gustatory system was persistent, lasting for weeks or even months. Some have yet to recover their sense of taste. This loss can be… read more

Art of Eating announces 2020 longlist

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, advertising-free magazine with subscribers and contributors around the world. The magazine is about the best food and wine – what they are, how they are produced, where to find them (the… read more

Sahten – The Skatepal Cookbook

'Sah-ten' translates roughly from Arabic to 'two healths'. It's a phrase frequently used in Palestine when food is placed on the table, akin to bon appetit. Recently, we learned of a cookbook that benefits an unusual recipient: the skateboarding scene in Palestine entitled Sahten: The Skatepal Cookbook. This book paints a picture of the Palestine skateboarding scene told in the… read more

New UK cookbook provides chefs’ favorite lockdown dishes

Gordon Ramsey, Tom Kerridge, Jamie Oliver, and 51 more of the UK's top chefs have collaborated on a new cookbook to be released next month in support of Hospitality Action, the charity that supports struggling hospitality workers. Available on March 18, which marks the anniversary of the first lockdown, Chefs at Home includes 54 recipes from culinary stars including the two mentioned… read more

The best selling books of 2020

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2020 which we then included in our Best of the Best of 2020. Now we asked them for their top sellers of 2020. In past years we have compared the lists from specialist stores in the USA to that for all US sales from… read more

All Things Baking: 2021 Baking Titles; Online Baking Classes

This week Brian Hart Hoffman from Bake from Scratch announced his new series of baking classes at Williams Sonoma. Brian's classes are great fun and I have attended several in the past and I have registered for the entire upcoming series. The classes have been set up on our calendar. Below I have created an outline showing the topic and… read more

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love – New Cookbook 2021

As I was updating the 2021 cookbook preview, I learned that Ottolenghi will have another cookbook coming out this autumn/fall: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love (UK 9/30/2021; US 10/19/2021 and CA 10/19/2021). You can preorder the book now and it is something to look forward to for Ottolenghi fans! From Amazon: For the first time, Yotam Ottolenghi teams up with… read more

Food in fiction

While I enjoy little else more than cracking open a cookbook and devouring it like a novel - especially books that immerse themselves in a particular culture - it's fun to read other types of books where food is a prominent feature. Some books skillfully weave both recipes and prose, such as In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley, which I… read more

Best of the Best of 2020

Despite the stresses of the worldwide pandemic, there has been no shortage of wonderful new cookbooks this year. And no shortage of best food and drink book lists celebrating the cream of the crop. We have assembled 285 lists from around the world to create our 12th annual Best of the Best. It will be no surprise to anyone who… read more

The best cookbooks of 2020 by the experts

Who knows cookbooks better than the owners of specialist cookbook stores? They stock and sell thousands of cookbooks and because their stores are focused on food and drink books, they are true experts. They read the books, cook from them and then share their knowledge with their customers. When shopping for cookbook gifts this holiday season, please think about supporting… read more

David Chang on how to save the restaurant industry

David Chang is a small-business-turned-empire success story. His recent book Eat a Peach: A Memoir did not start out as a memoir. Chang had planned to write a book about business strategy, but events over the last few years - including Anthony Bourdain's suicide - compelled him to move the book in a different direction. Chang recently sat down with… read more

2020 Taste Canada Cookbook Awards

A champion of Canadian cookbook authors, Taste Canada is a national not-for-profit that aims to inspire readers to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective. Over the past two decades, Taste Canada Awards has honored hundreds of Canadian-authored books and blogs on an array of topics related to food. The awards cover both of Canada's… read more

IACP Cookbook Award winners announced

With the IACP going digital like so many other conferences (and the fact that one Blursday runs into another), I almost missed the IACP Cookbook Award winners announcements, livestreamed on Twitter. But luckily my cookbook radar alerted me at the last moment, averting tragedy. It is hard to believe that we learned who the nominees were back in February, and… read more

Is making pasta the new yoga?

With a pandemic raging in many areas of the world, fires burning in several US states, no-deal Brexit looming, and a hotly-contested US Presidential election only weeks away, it is safe to say that people everywhere are stressed out (except maybe in New Zealand, lucky dogs). Self-care has never been more important, and what better way to soothe and nourish… read more

Jenny’s best cookbooks of Fall/Autumn 2020

Usually, somewhere between September 15th and October 15th, all the best cookbook lists hit the social media feeds. Earlier this year, I published Jenny’s Best Cookbooks of Spring 2020, and today I'll highlight my favorite books for Fall/Autumn 2020. As it seems with every year, the cookbooks just keep getting better and it was hard to pare down my list.… read more

A Taste of Home from The Passage

The Passage is an agency that has been supporting the homeless in transforming their lives in London for 40 years. In celebration of this anniversary, The Passage has compiled a special cookbook A Taste of Home: 120 Delicious Recipes from Leading Chefs and Celebrities. The Passage states: To commemorate 40 years of our charitable work and the homeless people that… read more

Cookbook preorder perks and cookbook subscription boxes for Fall and Winter.

Often authors offer special perks for preordering their books and this post will cover a few of those. Also, I wanted to let you know about Hardcover Cook's Fall and Winter cookbook boxes - they are exciting! Peabody Johanson of Sweet Recipeas' first cookbook will be released November 17, 2020. You can check out a preview here . Peabody is… read more

Living Lively by Haile Thomas

Haile Thomas is 19 years old and has accomplished more in her years than most twice her age. At the age of 12, she founded the non-profit HAPPY (Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth) to redefine youth empowerment through holistic education and address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and wellness education in underserved/at-risk communities. At age 16, she was the… read more

Cook’s Country names new editor

Cook's Country magazine, part of the America's Test Kitchen franchise, has announced a new editor-in-chief. Toni Tipton-Martin, whose books The Jemima Code and Jubilee have won both awards and our members' hearts, will become the new editor in chief of Cook’s Country. The change comes as publishers grapple with the issues of cultural appropriation and alleged discrimination against people of… read more

Looking to 2021 cookbooks

2021 is looking like another stellar year for cookbook lovers. This year we have books coming from Julia Turshen, Dorie Greenspan, Eric Ripert, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Zoë François, Mark Bittman (two books), Pepper Teigen (Chrissy’s mom), Carla Lalli Music, Joshua McFadden, Giada De Laurentis, Sybil Kapoor, Rosie Birket, Mary Berg, Emma Galloway, Ross Joseph Dobson, Tom Parker Bowles, Michael Smith,… read more

Cookbook Tidbits #3

Previous Cookbook Tidbits can be located at the link provided. These blurbs are about notable books that perhaps were not given adequate representation in my monthly review or inform our members about new to me books that just came to my attention. Melting Pot: Stories and Recipes from a Chinese American Daydreamer by Samantha Mui was released independently in August. I… read more

Fairytale Baking

Today, I posted on my social media about a cookbook that I was drawn to again: Fairytale Baking: 75 Enchanting Recipes Inspired by Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, and Other Classic Stories by Christin Geweke. This book is so dreamy that a post for our members is warranted. When I first received this book last year, I was impressed by… read more

The Chicago Cookbook

Today I ordered a print copy of The Chicago Cookbook: 50 Must-try Recipes from Our Favorite Restaurants by Editors of Chicago Magazine. I had to check the book out immediately so caved and bought the pdf version as well. I love Chicago and I love restaurant cookbooks. It is the closest thing I'll come to dining out regularly - even… read more
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