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

June 2020 New Cookbook Review

Yet again, another month of many titles being shifted about due to the COVID pandemic. The looking forward to 2020 cookbooks post provides an outline by month of when cookbooks are slated to be published. I continue to update this preview weekly. Be sure to follow us on social media (buttons located on right lower sidebar on the home page). If you… 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

Hartwood by Eric Werner & Mya Henry

As I was preparing a promotion for The Outdoor Kitchen: Live-Fire Cooking from the Grill by Eric Werner. I pulled my review written in 2015 for Werner's debut cookbook, Hartwood: Bright, Wild Recipes from the Restaurant at the Edge of the Yucatan and wanted to record it here. Hartwood is such a gorgeous book that its praises warrant repeating. Learn… read more

Eater’s list of the best cookbooks of the season

The lists of new cookbooks to add to your wish list keeps growing. This version, featuring fifteen volumes, comes from Eater. You will see many of the same books that Jenny included on her recent list of the best spring cookbooks such as Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France by Melissa Clark and Falastin: A Cookbook by… read more

The best spring cookbooks according to Epicurious

While Jenny provides us all with great reviews of upcoming books, she is only one person and can't possibly review every new volume that is hitting store shelves. To help fill the gaps, occasionally we report about other sites that also provide us with insight on upcoming releases. Today we'll take a look at what Epicurious thinks are the 55… 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

André Simon Food and Drink book award winners 2019

We have long covered the IACP, JBF, and Writers Guild UK cookbook awards, but one has sailed under our radar for years. This year we are rectifying that oversight, and are reporting on the 2019 André Simon Awards. Simon was the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the… read more

2020 Art of Eating Prize long list announced

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-only, advertising-free magazine with subscribers and contributors around the world. The magazine is about the best food and wine – what it is, how it is produced, and where to find it… 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

Best of the best cookbooks 2019

Whew, that was a marathon! More than 300 best cookbooks lists from around the world have been collected and amalgamated by myself and EYB staff to create the definitive guide to the top rated food and drink books of 2019. With no new books from huge names with international appeal (Ottolenghi, Nigella, Barefoot Contessa, etc) there was a chance for… read more

Tom Parker Bowles on his latest cookbook

Tom Parker Bowles' most recent cookbook, Fortnum & Mason: Christmas and Other Winter Feasts, was released in the UK last fall but only recently made it to US bookstores. Parker Bowles, who writes a weekly column for The Mail on Sunday and is Food Editor for Esquire, recently sat down with Town & Country Magazine to talk about his latest… read more

Joanna Gaines’ second cookbook available for preorder

To say that Magnolia Table, the debut cookbook from HGTV star Joanna Gaines, was a smash is an understatement. The book was #2 on the list of bestselling books following its release - not just on the list of cookery books, but of all books (it was second only to Michelle Obama's memoir). In June, Joanna teased fans with an… read more

Historic menu inspires an artful cookbook

Art inspires life inspires art. This truism is fully in effect in Esther Choi's new cookbook titled Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design, out this month from Germany's Prestel publishing house. The journey to writing a cookbook began as a series of dinner parties that Choi - an artist, architectural historian, and self-taught cook - hosted for friends after she… read more
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