The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap – Episode 3 – Bread Week

Darcie, Jane and I are back again for another recap. A reminder that narrative not labeled as Darcie or Jane was written or compiled by Jenny. I don't think I have laughed as much during an episode as I did this week. My only regret is that I wish I had thought of taking a shot each time a baker… read more

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, World's 50 Best has returned and released its list for 2021. Landing in the top spot was René Redzepi’s Noma. That restaurant will now be placed on the 'Best of the Best' list and will no longer be eligible to be named in the top 50 again. Despite efforts toward inclusivity and a… read more

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap – Episode 2 – Biscuit Week

Before we begin our recap of this week's episode, I have a few notes: a member mentioned it took her a long time to find last week's recap. To locate the recaps quickly, I have tagged all 2021 GBBO related posts with #gbbo2021 - so bookmark that link. You can also use "Search this Blog" from the blog page -… read more

Meet 2021’s Great British Bake Off Bakers

As we shared in last week's roundup (that post shares GBBO related cookbook news and more), Channel 4 has confirmed that The Great British Bake Off will return on 21 September. Netflix will stream the shows in the US three days after the UK airing. Accordingly, the first episode will land in the US on Friday, September 24th. Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas… read more

This week: Ottolenghi YouTube series, Fortnum & Mason Food Award winners, GBBO air date confirmed, upcoming books from GBBO stars and more

Mark your calendars! Channel 4 has confirmed that The Great British Bake Off will return on 21 September. This is the second series to be filmed with strict regulations to reduce the potential spread of COVID on the set. The good news this year is that there appears to be no shortage of flour or yeast.  Netflix will stream the… read more

Bryant Terry To Launch 4 Color Books Imprint With Ten Speed Press

Bryant Terry's presence in the vegan/vegetarian cookbook genre is well established. His popular and critically acclaimed cookbooks, including last year's, Vegetable Kingdom are EYB member favorites. He is a James Beard award-winning author, educator, chef, and activist. Now he can add publisher to his impressive resume. Photo Credit: PRH Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House, has announced the launch… read more

My new obsession – June Xie and accepting that I am less than perfect

I am always on the cutting edge of all culinary news - not. You can ask me about Diana Henry's cookbook that is slated for 2022 and I'm there with the scoop - by the way it is titled North. But when it comes to YouTube, Instagram or other internet sensations well let's put it this way "I am still… read more

Pioneering chef Albert Roux has died

We have sad news to report: Albert Roux, a chef who helped revolutionize fine dining in London, has died at the age of 85. Along with his brother Michel, Albert founded Britain's first Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche. That pioneering restaurant helped launch the careers of many of the UK's best known chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. Food… read more

Great British Bake Off – Recap – Weeks 9 and 10

Because Darcie posted about the hate mail Laura received after making to the final, we decided not to bombard everyone with another GBBO post and combined the final and semi-final recaps into one. Each of us will take turns with our own impression of the last two episodes after the rundown of challenges. Reminder: New shows for those watching on… read more

Great British Bake Off – Recap – Week 8 – Desserts Week – a.k.a. Desserts the judges have resurrected from the dead

Reminder: New shows for those watching on Netflix. On December 4th, Netflix will air season 3 of the holiday shows. Hooray! Christmas in the tent. Season 3 contestants, if I’m correct, will showcase Briony Williams (Series 9), Tom Hetherington (Series 8), Yan Tsou (Series 8), and Terry Hartill (Series 9). Here are our bakers: Dave, 30, Armoured GuardHermine, 39, AccountantLaura,… read more

Great British Bake Off – Recap – Week 7 – The 80’s and the Curse of the Melting Ice Cream Cake

New shows for those watching on Netflix. On December 4th, Netflix will air season 3 of the holiday shows. Hooray! Christmas in the tent. Season 3 contestants, if I'm correct, will showcase Briony Williams (Series 9), Tom Hetherington (Series 8), Yan Tsou (Series 8), and Terry Hartill (Series 9). Back to the recap. It is always this way: the day… read more

Saveur sold to venture equity group

Years ago, Saveur Magazine was at least partly responsible for saving my job. I had a cantankerous boss who defined the terms micromanager and passive aggressive, and he went through assistants at lightning speed. At first I thought I was destined to join the others in the unemployment line because in my first week of work I made a mistake… read more

Good Eats Halloween Special airs next week

October keeps getting better! Not only is it Cookbooktober, the GBBO back on television, and we're getting a special Halloween-themed Good Eats episode next week. Titled "The House That Dripped Chocolate," the episode is filmed entirely in black and white and features creepy camera angles, creaking cupboards, and other effects "meant to evoke classic horror films while telling the tale… read more

Table for one

Once upon a time, sitting at a table for one might have drawn looks of pity from diners or wait staff, but after 2020, no one will give it a second thought for at least a generation. In fact, a few restaurants are actually going out of their way to accommodate solo dining, none more so that Ett, an Atlanta,… read more

An iconic cookbook store needs your help

It's no secret that we love independent cookbook stores - not only because they offer a wide selection of our favorite books, but also because they render so many great services. Whether it is author talks, cooking classes, or just insightful recommendations from knowledgeable staff, cookbook stores provide amazing benefits to food lovers. It is also no secret that cookbook… read more

Praise the baking gods, GBBO is back!

On August 10th I was feeling down and wrote Perspective is everything – an open letter to the Great British Bake Off which reflected my deepest desires for GBBO to bring some light into our crazy, mixed-up lives. My friend Tanya who was on the Great American Baking Show Holiday Edition in 2019 posted the above on Instagram today and… read more

Nigella Lawson’s new series for BBC Two

Nigella Lawson remains one of the most loved authors in the EYB Library. Her books are on thousands of our Members' bookshelves, and now her fans have another reason to celebrate. The BBC just announced that Nigella is returning to television with what is certain to be another inspiring series, Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat that coincides with her upcoming cookbook… read more

Sur La Table to close nearly half of its stores

I have always appreciated dedicated kitchen stores. The tempting displays of cookware, gadgets, serving platters, niche foods, and tableware provide inspiration, even if some items are a bit too precious (does anyone really need to brand their initials on a steak?) or priced out of reach for us working class folk. I will never forget the sense of awe I… read more

Lucky Rice Cook-Along and The Essential Asian Pantry Box

Danielle Chang, the author of Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables and the mastermind behind the LUCKYRICE festival, a multi-city celebration of Asian culture and cuisine, is working to help small merchants who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. Join Danielle Chang for a Cook-Along and live viewing of the new season… 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

Bauer Media ceases New Zealand operation

In a press release last week, Bauer Media Group announced that it was ceasing its publishing business in New Zealand "due to the severe economic impact of COVID-19." This closure will affect many periodicals including Nadia, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, and others, along with their digital counterparts. Subscribers received an email alerting them to the cessation and explaining that any… read more

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies at age 59

We received the sad news today that celebrated Chef Floyd Cardoz, owner of three acclaimed NYC restaurants and the author of two well-regarded cookbooks, has died due to complications of Covid-19. As news of his death spread, people reflected on Cardoz's trailblazing career. The Splendid Table's Francis Lam tweeted: "Utterly stunned and heartbroken by the loss of Floyd Cardoz. A… read more

Food Network launches a new app

Late last month, Food Network announced that it was launching a new app that would provide subscribers access to on-demand cooking classes, including up to 25 live classes a week. The app, which was developed in partnership with Amazon, has now officially launched. SONY DSC Called Food Network Kitchen, the app offers cooking classes featuring Food Network chefs like Bobby… read more

Counting the days to GBBO

There are precious few bits of good news these days. The world's lungs are on fire, stock markets around the world have more ups and downs than an M.C. Escher staircase, and my scale continues to mock me on a daily basis. That is why I am counting down the days to Season 7 of The Great British Bake Off… read more

Everyone wants to be an Italian nonna

In this age of instant gratification with thirty second food videos or turning on lights with a voice command, it is comforting that cooks are drawn to preparing food like our grandmothers and great grandmothers did. There has been a resurgence of cookbooks that deliver such recipes: Heirloom Kitchen, Tortellini at Midnight  and the upcoming release of Pasta Grannies (on the EYB… read more
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