Best of the Best 2021

Despite the continued 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 323 lists from around the world to create our 13th annual Best of the Best. Each time Ottolenghi has a new cookbook… read more

Cookbooks continue to be bright spot for publishers

After Amazon and other online merchants pulled the rug out from under brick-and-mortar booksellers both by selling physical books more cheaply and by introducing e-books, pundits claimed that the end of print books was nigh. It's true that the publishing industry faced some hard times, with mergers becoming the norm and some publishers folding entirely, but 2021 has proved to… read more

Best cookbooks of 2021 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

Jenny’s Best Cookbooks of 2021 & Worldwide Giveaway

It is that time of year again for best lists. Jane is working on tabulating the best lists from around the world and we'll have more on that soon. Today, I am going to provide a brief listing of the books (I find myself laughing as I really tried to keep this brief) that I have loved this year along… read more

Winners of the 2021 Gourmand Awards

The winners of Gourmand's Best in the World 2021 awards were feted today at a ceremony at Les Cordeliers, Paris. According to Gourmand's President Edouard Cointreau, Les Cordeliers is the most historic setting used by the Gourmand Awards as Les Cordeliers is a gorgeous Medieval monastery/convent turned into the French Revolution Club led by Danton. The ceremony was originally planned… read more

Mary Berry says she is never too old to learn

Dame Mary Berry has earned the right to retire from public life if she wants to, but the octogenarian is still going strong, hosting a new series 'Love to Cook' that premiered yesterday on BBC Two. In the first episode, Mary shows us that in addition to cooking, she loves to get in the garden and grow her own produce.… read more

IVFF announces the winners of its first-ever vegan cookbook awards

The fourth annual International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF) recently announced its 2021 award winners including the first-ever vegan cookbook contest presented by Wicked Kitchen. The IVFF is taking place virtually this year from October 30th - November 14th.  According to the IVFF, their vegan cookbook competition is the only one of its kind in the world. Submissions to the festival were sent… read more

IACP Cookbook Awards 2021 winners

We are foregoing our usual antipasto post to bring you cookbook awards! In a ceremony last evening, the IACP announced the winners of its 2021 Cookbook Awards. America's Test Kitchen had a very good evening, with three of their books claiming top honors: Meat Illustrated: A Foolproof Guide to Understanding and Cooking with Cuts of All Kinds in the General category,… read more

The Gathering Basket reclaims narratives of Indigenous foodways

When European colonists settled into areas on the East Coast in the 1600s, they encountered a land that was not always compatible with the crops the settlers brought over on their voyages. Luckily for the colonists, native inhabitants taught them about New World crops that would grow well and sustain them. Indigenous foods played a vital role in the growth… read more

Makan by Elizabeth Haigh withdrawn from publication after controversy

In May's New Cookbook Review, I wrote the following: "Makan: Recipes from the Heart of Singapore by Elizabeth Haigh: The author is a Singaporean-born chef who competed on MasterChef in 2011 and went on to win a Michelin star at the Hackney-based restaurant Pidgin. She has since launched Kaizen House a creative space where chefs and eaters can gather through residencies and other… read more

Food and Wine editors on the top cookbooks of the season

If you would like to practice using the new EYB Wishlist feature, I have another enabling post for your consideration. This time it is the picks for top cookbooks of fall 2021 from the editors at Food and Wine. Get ready to click the Wishlist icon frequently - F&W has listed twenty-three essential books. I have a few of these… read more

Changes to the James Beard Awards

A little over a year ago, the James Beard Foundation announced that it would be foregoing its 2021 James Beard Awards and instead would conduct an audit of its policies and processes. The goals of this audit "were to remove systemic bias, increase the diversity of the pool of candidates, maintain relevance, and align the Awards more outwardly with the… read more

Fortnum & Mason Food Awards winners 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. Yesterday, Fortnum & Mason announced its winners for the 2021 awards, given in an assortment of categories and… read more

My Cookbook Passion and Quick Bites with Pamela Grogan, the author

My Cookbook Passion: Culinary History and Adventure in Exploring My Collection by Pamela Kure Grogan is slated for publication in November and our members will definitely want to own this title. A cookbook with a historic recipe anthology does not easily define the wonder of tracking the evolution of the cookbook and the modernization of the kitchen. Pamela Kure Grogan's… read more

Cookbook preview for the second half of 2021

We're approaching August at warp speed. August begins the soft opening of Cookbooktober, those magical months through November where cookbooks are released in a frenzy. In February, I shared my preview for January through July and now that seems like years ago! (Full listings of this year's titles can be found on the Cookbook Preview). Please note that I have… read more

Lioroooosh: Baking from my Tel Aviv Kitchen

Sometimes Amazon's "you might be interested in" choices are the equivalent of getting a lump of coal in your stocking at Christmas. But then every once in a while those same algorithms hand you a diamond of a recommendation. Lioroooosh: Baking from my Tel Aviv Kitchen by Lior Mashiach was the diamond this week and one look at the cover… read more

Cookbook store spotlight: Brooklyn’s Archestratus

We value the independent cookbook stores that we feature on our Cookbook Stores Around the World page, and do our best to promote these small shops. The owners are always enthusiastic and knowledgeable about our favorite subject. One of the newer entrants in the space is Brooklyn's Archestratus, owned by Paige Lipari. Recently, Taste interviewed the 34-year-old, getting the low-down… read more

IACP Cookbook Award finalists announced

With the JBF Awards being cancelled this year and other awards already announced, there is only one major cookbook award program left: The IACP Cookbook Awards. Earlier today the IACP announced the finalists for its 2021 awards, with the winners to be revealed at the IACP Conference on October 23, in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to the cookbook awards, the… read more

Guild of Food Writers Award Winners 2021

The Guild of Food Writers named the winners of its prestigious annual awards. We earlier reported on the list of finalists where you can see everyone who made the shortlist. So, let's get to it - following are highlights of the winners. You can see a full list of all categories and winners on the Guild of Food Writers website.… read more

Cooking with Marilyn Monroe (or at least her cookbooks)

If you have a spare $50,000 to $75,000 lying around, you can own a piece of history. Two cookbooks owned by Marilyn Monroe are going up for auction on June 22nd. The cookbooks are: The New Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cook Book and The New Joy of Cooking were both published in the early 1950s and said to be… read more

Modernist Pizza – October 2021

Modernist Pizza, the next book in the award-winning Modernist Cuisine series, will explore the science, history, equipment, techniques, and people that have made pizza so beloved and will be published on October 5th of this year and can be preordered on Amazon or directly from Modernist Cuisine Shop with special pre-order bonuses for the first 100 buyers! You may also… read more

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
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