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

When politics hit the dinner plate

Tariffs are in the headlines the world over these days. Most of the news emanates from the US, where President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on a number of goods in various countries and regions. While food lovers might want to 'stay out of politics', that position is becoming increasingly untenable. In the most recent volley in the trade dispute… read more

UK Guild of Food Writers announces 2019 award winners

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, it now has around 480 authors, broadcasters, columnists and journalists among its members. The Guild's goals include bringing  together professional food journalists, broadcasters and authors; arranging discussions, forums, and workshops; encouraging new writers;… read more

Molly O’Neill dies at age 66

We have just learned the sad news that prolific author Molly O'Neill has lost her battle with cancer. She had been combatting the disease for nearly two years; in late 2017 O'Neill started a Go Fund Me campaign to help defray expenses associated with her illness. O'Neill's books reside on hundreds of EYB Members' bookshelves. Molly's work includes writing a food… read more

An open letter to Le Creuset

Dear fine folks at Le Creuset, I am writing to make a half-hearted request: Stop introducing new beautiful colors of cookware. Signed, Addicted to French cookware in Denver Last Sunday, I attended a knife skills class at Williams-Sonoma and began chatting with Keith, an employee. We are both from New York and have a cookware problem. We commiserated that each… read more

Baking legend Maida Heatter has died at 102

We have just learned the sad news that legendary chef and author Maida Heatter has passed away at age 102. Food writers including Helen Rosner, Charlotte Druckman, and George Geary shared stories on Twitter about how Maida significantly influenced their baking and culinary careers.  Maida's influence on baking cannot be overstated. Her award-winning cookbooks inspire legions of devotees, she is a… read more

New Orleans chef Leah Chase dies at 96

Famed New Orleans chef Leah Chase, co-owner of Dooky Chase's restaurant, has died at age 96. Chase was known both for her Creole cuisine and her civil rights activism.  Chase married into the restaurant in the mid-1940s, and transformed a sleepy sandwich shop into a fine dining destination that celebrated Creole cuisine. During the civil rights movement in the 1960s,… read more

Jack Monroe raises money to distribute copies of her new cookbook

It's safe to say that food writer Jack Monroe has never followed convention. Her award-winning blog, A Girl Called Jack (now named Cooking on a Bootstrap), made a tremendous impact, showing the world that you can eat well on a tight budget. To promote her latest cookbook, Monroe has once again eschewed convention, creating a fundraising appeal so she can donate… read more
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