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

If it were not for cooking, cookbooks and family, 2020 would be one do-over year for sure. While preparing for all the cookbook pub date changes this year, I took some time to start prepping my 2021 preview post. I wanted to share this 2021 preview earlier than usual as the months of September through December will be extremely busy… 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

Guild of Food Writers announces 2020 winners

Last month we reported on the finalists for the 2020 UK Guild of Food Writers Awards. Today the Guild has announced the winners in the various categories. Highlighted winners are listed below, and you can visit our 2020 Guild of Food Writers awards page to see the complete list. The big winner for 2020 is The Vinegar Cupboard by Angela Clutton,… read more

Cookbook Tidbits

Today's post is all about notable books that may have arrived after their particular month of publication and were not given adequate representation in my monthly review. A few of these titles are self-published or crowd-funded and a few come from publishers, but all are worthy of a cookbook lover's attention. CHamoru Cuisine: A Marianas Cultural Legacy by Gerard and… read more

This comfort-food cookbook delivers more than recipes

What is better than a new cookbook? A cookbook that directs its profits to people in need! The very first electronic cookbook from Food Writers New Zealand not only offers over 40 recipes for delicious, hearty fare, it also raises money for charity. Titled 'Cosy', the book is a collaboration featuring the best New Zealand food writers and is designed… read more

James Beard Cookbook Award Winners 2020

Today the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual Media Awards (which includes cookbooks) for 2020. The announcement came via Twitter in lieu of the usual gala. JBF plans to hold a live virtual event at 1:30 pm today US Eastern Time. The event is free and open to the public. Now on to the news you've been… read more

Guild of Food Writers announces 2020 finalists

The Guild of Food Writers is the UK’s professional association of food writers and broadcasters, and is the longest-established and largest of its kind. Established in 1984, the Guild’s goals include bringing  together professional food journalists, broadcasters and authors; arranging discussions, forums, and workshops; encouraging new writers; and contributing to the growth of public interest in, and knowledge of, the subject of… read more

Preview of Autumn/Fall 2020 Cookbooks

This year has been like no other, it has been topsy turvy, to say the least. It makes sense that my preview posts follow that course. I began with dessert first: pies and then cake, now it's time to get to the main course. While I have an entire yearly compilation of cookbook releases outlined in my looking forward to… read more

Ina Garten – new Barefoot Contessa episodes and a cookbook

Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Returns to the Food Network with New Season May 16th. Set your DVRs. As I shared months ago in our 2020 Preview post, the cooking maven has a new cookbook coming this fall Modern Comfort Food which can be preordered now. In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest… read more

2020 James Beard Cookbook Award Nominees announced

Originally slated to be announced in March, the nominees for the 2020 James Beard Awards for cookbooks were revealed today via Twitter. This comes on what would have been the 30th Anniversary James Beard Awards in Chicago. The JBF chose to put the nomination announcement on hold and focus on supporting relief efforts for the restaurant industry. To date, the… read more

Let Them Eat Cake!

A short while back I wrote, Were you a pie baker, when pie baking wasn’t cool?. I was excited and overwhelmed by the sheer number of pie cookbooks slated for publication this year. Move over pie cookbooks, cake cookbooks are heading into Dodge. Personally, I am a cake over pie dessert person and this year's crop of cookbooks covering cakes… read more

Isolation Baking by Jamie Schler

Jamie Schler, the author of Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet (review), owns the Hôtel Diderot in France where she churns out delicious dishes for her family and guests. As with many in the travel and other non-essential businesses, things have been rough during this time but that hasn't stopped her from cooking and baking and sharing those dishes on her social media… read more

Barnes & Noble to quit selling magazines

Barnes & Noble, the last standing brick-and-mortar large chain bookstore, recently closed over 500 of its 600 retail stores. Now they have announced that they won't be buying any new magazines and will stop carrying them altogether. This move will undoubtedly hit small publishers and niche publications the hardest. Retailers like Target and Walmart that have been allowed to stay… read more

Family Meal – Digital Cookbook to Benefit Restaurant Workers

On May 5, Penguin Random House will publish Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community, a digital-only collection featuring more than 40 recipes from our roster of chefs and home cooks. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which supports on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community during this challenging time. From Ligurian Focaccia to Shrimp… read more
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