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

Neil Perry announces his retirement

In news that came as a surprise to the industry, Australian superstar chef Neil Perry announced that he is hanging up his chef's whites this year. After a nearly 40-year career that saw the launch of a successful restaurant empire, Perry is "stepping away from the role of culinary director and ambassador within the Rockpool Dining Group but will remain a… read more

Padma Lakshmi’s new television program

Former model and Top Chef co-host Padma Lakshmi is no stranger to the camera, but on her new Hulu show Taste the Nation, she is front and center in a different way. We first learned about the show last year, and recently Soleil Ho and Justin Phillips interviewed Lakshmi about the the program (subscription required to read the article), which… read more

Bourdain Day remembrances

Today would be Anthony Bourdain's 64th birthday, and the culinary world still mourns his loss. His friends Eric Ripert and José Andrés started #BourdainDay in 2018 as a day to honor the chef, author, and television star. Today remembrances have been streaming through social media. Ripert tweeted "Celebrating My Dear Friend Anthony Bourdain. THX for your unconditional Friendship & loyalty,… read more

In the midst of a crisis, Ferran Adrià looks ahead

Although the groundbreaking restaurant El Bulli has been shuttered for nearly a decade, its most recognized chef, Ferran Adrià, has not been idle. After closing the restaurant for several reasons (including the fact that it was not profitable), he focused his attention on the elBulli Foundation which has two branches, an archive museum and elBulli1846. The latter is described as… read more

Chefs show their personal sides in videos and podcasts

It seems that all of our favorite chefs and food personalities are doing at-home cooking shows these days. From Alton Brown's Quarantine Quitchen, to Samin Nosrat's recently-launched podcast titled Home Cooking, to José Andrés presenting cooking videos on Instagram with the hashtag #recipesforthepeople, and Ina Garten's soothing Instagram feed, there is no shortage to quality cooking information with a side… read more

Steve Sando is busy, but still cooking

Fans of Rancho Gordo know that Steve Sando, the bean evangelist who started the company, knows a thing or two about those humble legumes. Even though the pandemic means that he's working long hours six days a week, he shared a week's worth of his cooking at home for Grub Street. While it is no surprise that beans feature prominently,… read more

Jay Rayner’s favorite restaurant meals

During this time of preparing three meals a day, every day, thinking about leisurely dining in a restaurant is a nostalgic trip down memory lane that seems further in the past than it actually is. We shall dine again, although which eateries will remain standing in the next year or two is an unanswerable question. Until we can return to… read more

Paul Hollywood’s new show

Paul Hollywood's steely blue eyes and signature handshake have been fixtures of the GBBO since its inception. Now the baker turned TV host has a new show being broadcast in the UK. Produced by Channel 4, the program is called Paul Hollywood Eats Japan. The going got a little rough for Hollywood in this production, as he made several cultural… read more

Food writers and chefs on their favorite cookbooks

It's always fun to learn which cookbooks famous food writers and top chefs find useful or inspirational. Today our insight into this arena comes via Eater London, where they have polled several food writers and chefs (in addition to Eater staff members) on which cookbooks are their favorites. EYB Member favorites Ruby Tandoh, Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, and Nigella Lawson… read more

In the Kitchen with Joanna Gaines

As I was scrolling through the cable guide, I came across a new show airing tomorrow. In the Kitchen with Joanna Gaines is a one-hour special on the Food Network that will also provide a preview of the HGTV star's cooking show soon to debut on Magnolia Network. Check your local guides to see when the special will air in… read more

Chefs and authors help us cook in quarantine

If you find yourself struggling to find interesting ideas for making meals from your pantry supplies, you are not alone. The cavalry is on the way, however: a handful of well-known chefs, cookbook authors and food writers are here to help. They have started streaming free cooking demonstrations and lessons from their own home kitchens. Maggie Beer's career has already… 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

Renowned chef Michel Roux dies at age 79

Michel Roux, the famed French chef who along with his brother Albert revitalized fine dining in the UK, has died at the age of 79. The Roux brothers restaurants, Le Gavroche and The Waterside Inn, attracted Britain’s upper crust and provided a training ground for many of the country's top chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing. Even though… read more

‘Classic Indian Cooking’ turns 40

We live in what has been described as a golden age for cookbooks. There are thousands of cookbooks published each year, and of those thousands, hundreds are noteworthy. But will they still be discussed after forty years has passed? Only the best and brightest books can claim to be relevant and inspiring decades after their release. Julie Sahni's Classic Indian… read more

Food Network has a new reality baking show

If you enjoy reality baking programs, this news is for you. Food Network recently announced a new reality baking program, hosted by none other than the doyenne of domesticity Martha Stewart. Called Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart, the show puts a new twist on the standard competition format. The show will feature six amateur bakers vying for the prize, which… read more

A new show called ‘Dishing with Julia Child’ coming to PBS

Julia Child has been getting plenty of posthumous love. Last fall we reported on an upcoming documentary featuring the legendary cook and author, and now we have another show to tell you about. This one is coming to public television as a six part series in which chefs and food personalities provide commentary on a different episode of The French… read more

Meet a cookbook power couple

Some people are destined to write cookbooks. At least it seems that way when they are able to write dozens of bestselling books on numerous topics and assemble a huge following. I'm talking about Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, two prolific authors who write about everything from Instant Pots to ham to chocolate cookies. A charming article in The Hartford Courant… read more

St. John celebrates a quarter century

If you utter the phrase 'nose-to-tail eating' these days almost anyone with even a passing interest in food will know what you mean. Back in the mid-1990s, when Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver founded their iconic London restaurant St. John, the concept was definitely not in vogue. The pair's eccentric eatery almost single-handedly forged a path for 'nose to tail'… read more

20 years since the last ‘Two Fat Ladies’ aired

Last week I was describing an event to two young women and they asked me how long ago it occurred. I replied "The late 90s, not that long ago." They chuckled, and I then realized that the late 1990s were, in fact, 20 years ago. That is also how long it's been since the last 'Two Fat Ladies' episode aired.… read more

A new series based on the life of Chef Aarón Sánchez is in the works

ABC (US) is developing a new drama based on the memoir by Chef Aarón Sánchez titled Where I Come From. The new show will follow divorcee and chef Zoila Sanchez, a character based on Sánchez’s mother. Inspired by events from Sánchez's own childhood, the show depicts Zoila moving to New York from Texas along with her twin sons so she… read more

Chef Gary Rhodes has died at 59

We were shocked and saddened to learn that television host and chef Gary Rhodes, one of Britain's best-loved Michelin-starred chefs, died suddenly at the age of 59. Rhodes presented TV shows including MasterChef, MasterChef USA and his own series, Rhodes Around Britain. He was awarded an OBE in 2006. While not the first TV chef, he was undoubtedly one of the… read more

Holiday gifts from your favorite authors

Jenny has already provided her comprehensive lists of holiday gifts for cooks and cookbook lovers. In addition, we have compiled a list featuring holiday hampers and more from popular chefs and cookbook authors around the world. Many of these sites have sales going on now just in time for the holidays.  These gifts would be a delight for any food or… read more

Kylie Kwong writes her next chapter

Earlier this year renowned Australian chef Kylie Kwong saddened diners when she shuttered her Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong after 19 years. At the time Kwong was mum about her next project, but she's finally broken her silence. Australian Gourmet Traveller reports on where Kwong is headed in 2020. The chef has announced that she will open a eatery in South… 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
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