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

Bourdain’s belongings fetch high prices at auction

A few months ago we reported that many of Anthony Bourdain's belongings were headed to auction as a fundraiser to benefit his daughter. The auction ended in late October, and bids on most of the items far exceeded their initial estimates. You can see how much each item sold for on the iGavel website. The most expensive item was Bourdain's… read more

Russ Parsons gives away even more cookbooks

A little over three years ago, we reported that food writer Russ Parsons planned to donate his extensive cookbook collection to the Long Beach Public Library. As you might expect, Parsons collected a lot of cookbooks over his 30 year career. “Getting rid of some of those cookbooks seemed like a good start to my transition. Like shedding an old… read more

Cookbook Love podcast celebrates new fall books

We have written about the Cookbook Love podcast before. Author and cookbook writing coach Maggie Green started the podcast in late 2018, and our own Jenny Hartin has appeared on the podcast before. The most recent episode also features Jenny. She and Maggie talk about a number of subjects, including Jenny's cookbook 101 Things to Do with a Bundt® Pan,… read more

Rocco Dispirito’s rollercoaster career takes another turn

A couple of years ago I wrote about Rocco Dispirito's rise to fame and then sudden disappearance. In the ensuing couple of years, the made-for-TV chef had returned to the kitchen, this time at The Standard Grill in New York. By all accounts, his time there was successful, but he recently announced that he was leaving The Standard after just… read more

Ex-MasterChef stars will host a new Australian cooking show

Following on the recent news about the new hosts of MasterChef Australia, we have learned about the plans of two of the former hosts. Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan are set to appear in a new cooking show that will air on Channel 7 in 2020. The program, titled 'Plate of Origin', is a culinary competition that features "flavours from all corners… read more

A new Julia Child documentary is in the works

Last month we reported that a new Julia Child HBO series was getting close to production. Now we have learned that another Julia Child film project is underway, this time from the team that brought us RBG. In the upcoming biopic, Betsy West and Julie Cohen, co-directors of the documentary about US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, “will examine Child’s unconventional life,… read more

Anthony Bourdain’s possessions going to auction

Over a year after Anthony Bourdain's untimely death, fans are still mourning the late chef, author, and television host. Those fans who would like a tangible reminder will now have a chance to bid on many of his personal effects, as they are going up for auction next month. More than 200 items, including paintings, clothing, and a custom-made Bob… read more

A new Julia Child series + news from the NYT

Normally I would save this type of news for the weekly 'antipasto' post, but these two items are too good to wait! The first comes to us from the website Women and Hollywood, which reports that a new Julia Child series may be forthcoming from HBO Max. It will reportedly star Emmy Award-winning actor Joan Cusack. The show will be… read more

Samin Nosrat’s new gig

It's been a busy year for Samin Nosrat. In the spring she announced that she was writing a follow-up book to Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat; she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! program and she released a series of watercolor illustrations from her smash cookbook. Recently she announced another gig: editing The Best American Food Writing 2019. Last year's edition… read more

Chef and author Biba Caggiano has died

California chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Biba Caggiano died last Thursday. Caggiano, who emigrated to the US in the late 1970s, and her husband opened an Italian restaurant simply named 'Biba' in Sacramento in late 1986, which quickly set the standard for fine dining and exemplary service in the state capital. Caggiano had no formal culinary training, almost no experience… read more

Marcella Hazan’s lasting legacy

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There are a handful of people whose pioneering work in codifying the cooking of a region has created a body of work that is used generation after generation. Paula Wolfert, Julia Child, and Marcella Hazan are three women who fit this description. Recently food writer Melissa Clark talked with Francis Lam on The Splendid Table about how Hazan's work has… read more

Jamie Oliver’s humbling interview

When Jamie Oliver burst onto the scene in the late 1990s, his star ascended with astonishing speed. The young chef quickly established a media empire through television programs and a string of successful cookbooks. Not content to limit himself to being a TV host, he tackled childhood obesity and worked to improve school lunches. It seemed as though Oliver was… read more

ATK and Christopher Kimball settle lawsuit

The feud between America's Test Kitchen and Christopher Kimball appears to be over. Today the parties announced a settlement in the three-year legal battle that began when Kimball was forced out (or resigned, depending on your point of view) of ATK and started his own (very similar) company. The details of the agreement were not disclosed, but we do know… read more

Young writers to watch

After you've been collecting cookbooks and other food-related books, you tend to develop a fondness for certain writers and seek out their books. While favorite authors are awesome, it is nice to find new voices to add to your list and The Art of Eating Magazine can help with this task. They asked several established, well-loved food writers to name… read more

Iconic cookbook authors open their first restaurant together

You may be familiar with Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer from their many Canal House cookbooks. After over a decade of writing gorgeous, seasonally-inspired and highly-regarded books, the paid has decided to embark on a new venture, opening a restaurant called Canal House Station earlier this summer.  While the award-winning authors have both been involved in restaurants in their long culinary… read more

Stella Parks’ Reddit AMA

EYB Members went wild over Stella Parks' cookbook BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts, which ranks in the top 10 dessert books in the EYB Library by popularity. It's no wonder; her precise methodology and warm, funny writing style help take the intimidation out of baking while offering standout desserts. Today Parks hosted an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit. Hundreds of… read more

Restaurateurs Daniel Humm and Will Guidara call it quits

After over a decade of working together, restaurateurs Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have decided to part ways, according to Eater. The pair met in 2006 when Humm was the chef and Guidara the manager of Danny Meyer's Eleven Madison Park. They eventually partnered with investors to buy out Meyer and went on to open several other successful restaurants.  While… read more

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi getting her own Hulu series

Make room on your queue for yet another food-themed program on Hulu. The streaming service has just announced that it has signed Top Chef host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi to a ten-episode series that will debut in 2020.  The program will feature Lakshmi traveling around the U.S., highlighting foods "from the first Americans to the latest arrivals." The dishes will… read more

Cookery writer Margaret Fulton dies at 94

We have sad news to announce. Margaret Fulton, Australia's best known and most loved cookery writer, has died at the age of 94. Through her magazine columns, cookbooks, and later, television appearances, Fulton exerted an extraordinary influence over Australia's culinary landscape. She introduced the nation to the "exotic" flavors of Italian, French, Greek, Spanish, and Chinese cuisine. Beginning with her 1968… read more

All three Masterchef Australia judges quit in pay dispute

Masterchef Australia will be getting an extreme makeover in 2020, as all three of its current judges have quit amidst a pay dispute. Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, all walked away from the program after Australia's Network 10 refused to increase their pay by 40 percent.  This is not the first time Calombaris has made the news regarding a row… read more

David Chang has yet another show in the works

David Chang is one busy chef. In addition to overseeing his Momofuku restaurant empire, starring in the Netflix series 'Ugly Delicious,' and working with Chrissy Teigen on a Hulu talk show, he is working on a new television program as well. Called 'Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner,' the new series features Chang joining celebrity guests to celebrate the cuisine and culture… read more

How people are celebrating ‘Anthony Bourdain Day’

Last year the food world was devastated when irreverent-yet-beloved chef, author, and television host Anthony Bourdain took his life at age 61.  The photo below was taken by Jenny's friend Rona in New York the week after Tony's death. One year later, people are still grieving. On the anniversary of his death, the outpouring of love and respect for this culinary… read more

Did the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list change its method to appease chefs’ egos?

Next week the listing of the World's 50 Best Restaurants will be announced (restaurants ranked 51-120 were announced a few days ago). Early this year we reported on changes to the selection process of the World's 50 Best rankings of restaurants. The new method was ostensibly a response to criticism that the rankings heavily favored European or European-inspired establishments that… read more
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