How one editor sparked a cookbook revolution

Judith Jones never set out to be a cookbook editor. “The idea of working on cookbooks never even occurred to me,” Jones wrote in her 2008 memoir, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food. But even though it wasn't a career she sought, she ended up introducing the world to many culinary greats like Julia Child, Madhur Jaffrey, Lidia Bastianich, and… read more

Guild of Food Writers 2024 winners announced

The Guild of Food Writers announced the winners of its 2024 awards at a ceremony in London at the Royal Institution. At the event, Dame Prue Leith was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, a truly deserved honor. Now on to the winning books, which are a treasure trove of excellence. The First Book Award went to Painting the Plate: 52 Recipes… read more

James Beard Cookbook and Media Award winners

In a ceremony earlier this evening in Chicago, the James Beard Foundation has announced the winners of its media awards in Chicago. You may watch the awards which were live-streamed on YouTube here. Michelle Miller, co-host of CBS This Morning, served as emcee for the event. Highlights of the cookbook awards include Sohla El-Waylly taking home top honors in the… read more

Great News! Nagi’s second book is slated for October release!

Nagi Maehashi, the author of the popular blog RecipeTin Eats (be sure to add the blog to your Bookshelf for 1,390 additional recipes) and debut cookbook, RecipeTin Eats: Dinner: 150+ Recipes from Australia's Favourite Cook, has written a second cookbook slated for release in October! Delicious Tonight: Foolproof Recipes for 150+ Easy Dinners shares 150 plus foolproof recipes for 150… read more

Taste Canada Awards longlist released

Now in its 27th year, Taste Canada / Saveurs du Canada has announced the longlist of 73 cookbooks vying for its coveted culinary writing awards. The Awards are presented to outstanding Canadian cookbooks in both English and French languages. The shortlist will be announced online on June 12, 2024 and the winners will be announced in autumn of this year (for reference,… read more

UK Guild of Food Writers announces 2024 shortlist

The UK Guild of Food Writers announced the shortlist for its annual Awards in food writing and broadcasting. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Royal Institution in London on Wednesday, 12 June. The awards highlight emerging voices as well as the industry's best-known food writers and broadcasters. Without further ado, the First Book Award nominees include:… read more

James Beard Foundation 2024 Media Award Nominees

The James Beard Foundation has announced the nominees for its 2024 Media Awards, which includes cookbooks. The Book Awards are open to cookbooks and other non-fiction food or beverage-related books that were published in the United States in 2023. In a press release, Erica Skolnik, Chair of the James Beard Foundation’s Book Awards program, said "Food is more than sustenance—it's also… read more

Fortnum & Mason Food Awards shortlist announced

Fortnum & Mason has long been a resource for English cookery, providing quality ingredients to generations of cooks since its founding in 1707. The company’s annual food and drink awards celebrate the best publications and broadcasts in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The shortlist for the 2024 award dropped earlier today, and it includes a broad variety of subjects:… read more

New Nach Waxman Award announced

Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore in NYC and the Waxman family have announced a shortlist of nominations for the inaugural Nach Waxman Prize for Food and Beverage Scholarship. You may remember that Waxman, who founded Kitchen Arts & Letters in 1983, passed away suddenly in 2021. The prize will recognize a "US-published book which invites the general public to seriously… read more

A few words about amazing baking cookbooks

Every month, I try to deliver to our Members a comprehensive listing of all new cookbook releases but sometimes I miss a few - either as they are self-published or published in another region where I am unable to search adequately. Today, I want to tell you about a few cookbooks that I love that were not covered in those… read more

The top cookbooks out this spring according to Epicurious

Although Jenny does yeoman's work in keeping us abreast of all the new releases every month, we still like to check in with other food sites about what they are excited by in the world of cookbooks. Sometimes they focus on different books or bring a fresh perspective that might benefit our Members. This time around we're turning to Epicurious,… read more

Dorie Greenspan says a new cake book is in the works

Dorie Greenspan delighted her fans with an announcement sent earlier today to subscribers of her xoxoDorie Newsletter on Substack. It's time to make some space on your bookshelf, and she confessed that she had been sitting on a secret: she is working on a new baking book. With a working title of Kitchen Bakes, it focuses on simple cakes for… read more

Preview of Hardie Grant/Quadrille Spring 2024 Titles

There are so many fantastic books scheduled for release this year and today I want to highlight the Spring 2024 Hardie Grant and Quadrille Publishing titles. Books are listed in the month they are being published for the first time anywhere. For example - Ho Jiak was published in January in Australia and will be released in the US in… read more

Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook – Comfort and events

Exciting news! As I mentioned in our January cookbook review, Yotam Ottolenghi has a new book scheduled to be released this fall written with Helen Goh, Tara Wigley and Verena Lochmuller. UK cover on left; North American cover on right (see below for US update) Ottolenghi Comfort will be released in the UK in September and in the US and CA in October. UPDATE: Just added to… read more

Best selling cookbooks 2023

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2023 which we then included in our Best of the Best of 2023. Now we asked them for their top sellers of 2023 (published any year). It would be interesting to compare these charts to non-specialist store/online retailer book sales but it is very… read more

Best of the best 2023

We have assembled 382 lists from around the world to create our 15th annual Best of the Best. The top book of 2023 is.....drum roll......Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook by Sohla El-Waylly. As well as the top 10 books of the year plus six runners up, we have charts showing the votes from the UK/Ireland, Canada and Australia/New… read more

Gastro Obscura’s favorite cookbook stories of 2023

Good cookbooks have well-tested recipes that work. Great cookbooks also tell stories about the food, either personal stories about love, grief, triumph, and despair, or broader stories about the culture and people where the recipe originates. The editors at Gastro Obscura agree, and they regularly feature vignettes about cookbooks - both recent releases and historical volumes. They selected eight of… read more

The best books of 2023 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

2023 Taste Canada Award winners

The Taste Canada Awards were announced last evening at a soiree held at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Awards are presented to outstanding Canadian cookbooks in both English and French languages. This is the biggest night of the year for Canadian cookbook authors. Unlike other cookbook awards, Taste Canada presents both gold and silver awards in… read more

2024 James Beard Book Awards Call for Entries are Now Open!

The James Beard Foundation® announced today that the entry and recommendation period for the 2024 James Beard Awards® is officially open until November 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2024 Awards ceremonies will be held in Chicago on the following dates:● Media Awards: Saturday, June 8, 2024● Leadership Awards: Sunday, June 9, 2024● Restaurant and Chef Awards: Monday, June 10,… read more

IACP Cookbook Award winners

The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of its 2023 Cookbook Awards (along with other food media and writing awards) this evening at its 2023 Summit held in rain-soaked Brooklyn, NY. In addition to this year's winners, the IACP inducted three cookbooks into its Culinary Classics, which is a like a Hall of Fame for cookbooks. IACP also… read more

2024 Cookbook Preview

Every September (this year I'm running a little behind!), I begin cataloging the following year’s cookbook releases. I do this for several reasons: 1) so our members know what is waiting down the pipeline and 2) it makes the monthly new cookbook reviews a little easier for me as I keep the original post updated when changes occur. As I… read more

Guild of Food Writers announces 2023 winners

The Guild of Food Writers announced the winners of its prestigious awards at a banquet this evening at the Royal Institution’s world-famous theater. The Guild awards recognize emerging talent as well as the best-known food writers and broadcasters in the UK. The 16 categories range from books and podcasts to recipe and restaurant writing. There was a new category this… read more

Taste Canada releases shortlist for 2023 awards

Now in its 26th year, Taste Canada Awards / Les Lauréats des Saveurs du Canada has announced its shortlist of cookbooks vying for a coveted culinary writing award. Seventy-six cookbooks entered the competition, written by authors from across Canada. The shortlist narrowed the competition to 41 entries, featuring authors from six provinces. The winners will be announced at the Taste… read more

Debunking the myth of a ‘national’ dish

Occasionally we post an article about the (often dubious) origin stories that go hand-in-hand with a particular region or country. One example is the story of pavlova, in which two countries - Australia and New Zealand - both claim ownership of the dish. James Beard award winner Anya von Bremzen looks at origin stories like this in her latest book, National… read more
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