New Netflix show based on a book by Jessica B. Harris

Educator and culinary historian Jessica B. Harris is the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora, including 2011's groundbreaking High on the Hog. Now the James Beard Award-winning writer has another feather to put in her cap: a new Netflix original show named after her seminal cookbook. High on the Hog: How African American… read more

Nigella on privacy, performance, and cooking for one

The list of food celebrities who are commonly referred to by a single name is relatively short: think Ottolenghi, Ina, Jamie, and Nigella. All of these are beloved authors as their numbers in the EYB Library can attest. Recently The New Yorker's Helen Rosner sat down with perhaps the most widely-known of these cookbook authors, Nigella Lawson. In a wide-ranging… read more

An unsung culinary influencer

Craig Claiborne's legacy will not soon be forgotten: he has earned a spot in the food writer hall of fame. The long-time NYT food editor is perhaps best known for 1961's The New York Times Cook Book. No one writes a book like that alone, and as the old saying goes, 'behind every successful man there is a strong woman.'… 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

Baking maven Beth Hensperger has died

We learned through cookbook author Rick Rodgers that acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area-based food writer, cooking instructor, and bread baking maven Beth Hensperger has died after years of declining health. An editor who worked with Hensperger confirmed her passing although there has not yet been an official announcement. Hensperger's long and varied writing career started in March 1985, when she… read more

Mark Bittman’s new project

After leaving his post at The New York Times, Mark Bittman has tried a couple of new things. The first was working for the food startup Purple Carrot, after which he took over the reins of Heated on Medium. Now the restless Bittman has a new endeavor, simply titled The Bittman Project, a food publication published on Substack. In… read more

Cookbook editor extraordinaire Maria Guarnaschelli has died

Legendary editor Maria Guarnaschelli, whose canon includes influential cookbooks, nonfiction titles, and works of literature, died on Saturday, February 6, from complications of heart disease, according to her daughter, chef and Food Network television personality Alex Guarnaschelli. She was 79 years old. You may find one of your favorite cookbooks among the many Guarnaschelli edited during her 40+ year career:… read more

Nathalie Dupree’s downsizing auction boasts many treasures

Beloved Southern cookbook author Nathalie Dupree and her husband Jack Bass have retired and moved from Charleston, South Carolina to be closer to family. As part of the downsizing for their new home, they are having an estate sale, and the treasures to be found there are amazing. Nathalie not only wrote cookbooks, but was a featured culinary writer for the… 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

Two women, 8000 cookbooks

Cookbooks continue to buck the trend of faltering sales in the publishing industry. Last year, London's fastest selling nonfiction book since records began was a cookbook. For cookbook lovers, few things bring us as much joy as cracking open a new volume to explore the world within its pages, or thumbing through a well-worn copy of a favorite book. That… read more

News from the Jacques Pépin Foundation

In 2016, iconic chef Jacques Pépin, along with his daughter Claudine Pépin and son-in-law Rollie Wesen, created The Jacques Pépin Foundation. The JPF supports community kitchens that offer free life skills and culinary training to adults with high barriers to employment, including previous incarceration, homelessness, substance abuse issues, low skill and education attainment and lack of work history. A couple… read more

Move over Julie & Julia, here comes Trent & Ina

Cookbook lovers no doubt remember the movie Julie & Julia, an adaptation of the book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. The smash hit revolved around a blogger who set out to cook every recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. Following in these footstep, another blogger is doing something… read more

David Chang on how to save the restaurant industry

David Chang is a small-business-turned-empire success story. His recent book Eat a Peach: A Memoir did not start out as a memoir. Chang had planned to write a book about business strategy, but events over the last few years - including Anthony Bourdain's suicide - compelled him to move the book in a different direction. Chang recently sat down with… read more

Great British Bake Off – Recap – Week 6 – Japanese

For the first time ever, it was Japanese week in the white tent. I enjoyed the feeling of the tent this week but wondered why they didn't elaborate more on the exquisite pastry culture of Japan. Tim Anderson, author of several books on Japanese cuisine stated on Instagram: "So, #GBBO did a ‘Japan week’ and apparently it was a parade of orientalism… read more

Smithsonian Food History Weekend goes virtual – and it’s free to attend

Last evening, Washington's Smithsonian Institute opened its sixth annual - and first virtual - Food History Weekend with a live gala announcing the recipient of the Julia Child Award, Danielle Nierenberg, Co-Founder and President of Food Tank. The theme of the weekend, hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, is Food Futures: Striving for Justice. The event brings… read more

Maggie Beer isn’t afraid of hard work

Maggie Beer is one of Australia's best-known food personalities. A master of media, she has appeared on several television programs and has written a string of successful cookbooks, and this spring she even started an Instagram video series. This is in addition to being a successful restaurateur. When not pursuing those varied activities, Maggie spends her time working on her… read more

Legendary Napa chef loses cookbook collection in fire

In our weekly roundup of food news we have covered the effects that fires in California and Oregon have had on restaurants and wine-producing regions in those states, and today we learned of another loss in the culinary community. Napa chef Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustard's Grill and other influential California restaurants lost her entire 3,800-volume cookbook library in the devastating Glass… read more

Genevieve Ko joins NYT Cooking

The New York Times announced today that Genevieve Ko would be joining its food section and NYT Cooking as a senior editor. Ko is making a cross-country move from The Los Angeles Times where she currently serves as cooking editor. In addition to her work at the LA Times, Ko has coauthored several cookbooks, working with culinary legends such as… 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

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

Cook’s Country names new editor

Cook's Country magazine, part of the America's Test Kitchen franchise, has announced a new editor-in-chief. Toni Tipton-Martin, whose books The Jemima Code and Jubilee have won both awards and our members' hearts, will become the new editor in chief of Cook’s Country. The change comes as publishers grapple with the issues of cultural appropriation and alleged discrimination against people of… read more

Nadiya Hussain’s baking tips

We love all of the Great British Bake Off contestants, many of whom have gone on to write fantastic cookbooks and even star in other television shows. Nadiya Hussain, who won Bake Off five years ago, has done both with aplomb. She recently spoke to the BBC prior to the premiere of her BBC Two series Nadiya Bakes, and in… 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

Bon Appétit names new editor-in-chief

Bon Appétit magazine, still reeling from racial discrimination accusations against its former editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport and against the magazine itself, just named its new editor-in-chief. Parent company Condé Nast selected book-publishing veteran Dawn Davis for the EIC role. She will preside over the glossy magazine and its online and video outlets, plus the content of Epicurious, Healthyish and Basically. Prior… read more

Moldy jam causes a stir at Sqirl

Earlier this month I wrote about how there is no clean part of moldy bread. Perhaps I was sensing mold in the air because recent events have brought the subject to the forefront. Jessica Koslow, owner of the highly regarded Los Angeles cafe Sqirl, has come under fire for reportedly scraping the mold off containers of Sqirl’s house-made jam and… read more
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