Giving up on “the one”

If offered a tray of bars and cookies with one choice being a brownie, it's a safe bet to assume that is what I will choose to eat. My preference is for a fudgy brownie as opposed to a cakey one, but I am not a snob and will eat whichever is available. For years I have tried brownie recipes… read more

Kindle Cookbook Deals

The Kindle deals page is now listed on our home page under Essentials for Cooks - the last entry. I update this post throughout the week - new additions are always at the top of each bulleted list below. If you see a great deal please email me at jenny@eatyourbooks.com and I will add the deal to this page. Also… read more

This week: New online baking classes, a peek inside Dorie’s upcoming cookbook, EYBD Preview, cookbook giveaways and more!

This week Williams-Sonoma announced their lineup for the next series of Baking School with Brian Hart Hoffman of Bake From Scratch. I have added these dates and particulars to our calendar. I want to take a moment to highlight cookbooks (and upcoming cookbooks) from some of the bakers joining Brian in Baking School. The Cupcake Diaries was written by the… 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

Asian Green – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Asian Green: Everyday Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang. EYB is providing one additional copy worldwide. Asian Green: Everyday Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang is full of inspiring, quick and simple recipes, perfect for vegetarians, vegans and people looking to reduce the amount… read more

Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen: Easy & Exciting Dishes to Liven Up Your Recipe Repertoire by Clodagh McKenna. EYB is providing one additional copy worldwide. Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen was published in the UK last October and released in the US this February. With 100 interesting, simple recipes from meat-free meals to… read more

Are we primed for a return of the automat?

You might expect that the intersection of contactless delivery, cutting-edge technology, and food occurred in the age of COVID-19, but instead this combination dates all the way back to 1895 when the automat concept was invented in Berlin. Automats quickly made their way to North America thanks to Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart, who opened their first such outlet in… read more

Root Stem Leaf Flower: How to Cook with Vegetables and Other Plants – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Root Stem Leaf Flower: How to Cook with Vegetables and Other Plants by Gill Meller. Gill is a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher and has been part of the River Cottage team for 11 years. In 2017, he answered some questions for our members to… read more

News from Australia and New Zealand

The evening market at Melbourne’s beloved Queen Vic Market is back this month on Wednesdays 5-10pm from 7 to 28 April! The tongue-in-cheek, COVID-inspired theme is Spaced Out and the offerings are delicious with food trucks and regular stall holders dishing up everything from lobster rolls and traditional paella to truffle fries and crisp, creamy cannoli. There are space-themed cocktails… read more

Older generations view cooking with a different perspective

While late Boomers, GenX, and Millenials have picked up cooking as a passionate hobby, for many people in earlier generations cooking is viewed as a chore or a duty, or as a way to give pleasure to others and not necessarily to oneself. When lockdowns began over a year ago, millions of elderly people - many of them living alone… read more

Food news antipasto

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Are you the type of person who eats their chocolate Easter bunny ears first or tail first? Whichever way you do it, you are participating in the biggest US chocolate holiday by far: Easter dwarfs Valentine's Day and Christmas in terms of chocolates sold. To keep you in the chocolate mood without adding any calories, The Guardian's Annalisa Barbieri investigates… read more

Small cakes make a big impression

I'm known as the office baker, and pre-pandemic I would bring in a cake, cookies, and other treats on a weekly basis. Having dozens of eager recipients helped me maintain my waistline while still indulging in my favorite hobby. For the past year, however, visits to the office have been few and far between as we have been fortunate enough… read more

Tips for a spring (or fall) pantry cleaning

Most of us have been cooking more at home for the better part of a year now, and as a result our pantry might be looking a little rough. The change of season beckons us to do a thorough cleaning, but what's the best way to go about it? The Guardian's Felicity Cloake and others answer the question with tips… read more

Printing out your Bookshelf

We have added a new feature today to EYB - you can now print out your Bookshelf books list or recipe searches. You can also download those to a CSV file (comma-separated values). The print option is also available in the Library though not the CSV download. For Books it works like this: 1. Select the minimal View option.2. Sort… read more

The last two weeks: Cookbook libraries, new print feature at EYB, cookbook giveaways, EYBD previews and more!

Since my last roundup, we've been busy! There have been many cookbooks indexed and a new member added to our team. But before we cover those things, I thought it would be nice to talk a bit about cookbook libraries or libraries with a heavy cookbook collection for today's topic. April 4th begins National Library Week so this is a… read more

Current Cookbook Giveaway Summary

All of our current giveaways are now on one convenient roundup which will be continually updated! If you are having any difficulties with entering our giveaways, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Giveaways are tagged by the countries the contests are open to. Bookmark the searches below for easy reference! To enter our contests click on the blue link… read more

‘Fooling’ around with food

Normally we would feature a blog post for April Fools' Day that shared the funniest or most clever pranks that food websites or celebrities pulled on their fans. It seems that there are far fewer of these in 2021, perhaps because it seems wrong to try to fool us after everything we have been through in the past year. Instead,… read more

The Kitchen Without Borders – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of two copies of The Kitchen Without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs by Eat Offbeat Chefs. This special book began as a Kickstarter campaign which then found a publisher: Workman. As an early backer of this project, I was fortunate to receive the book in June of 2020 instead of on publication… read more

In defense of chocolate chips

Chocolate chunks have been replacing chocolate chips in cookie recipes over the past few years. There are several reasons for this, but chief among them is that chocolate chunks allow the cookies to become flatter and therefore more Instagram-able. In defense of this theory, I submit as Exhibit No. 1 Sarah Kieffer's infamous (and fantastic) pan-banging Chocolate chip cookies, which set… read more

Torta della Nonna: A Collection of the Best Homemade Italian Desserts

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Torta della Nonna: A Collection of the Best Homemade Italian Desserts by Emiko Davies. Torta della Nonna: The Best Italian Sweet Recipes is a collection of Emiko Davies' desserts culled from her beautiful books Florentine (review), Acquacotta (one of my best books of 2017) and Tortellini at Midnight (review), plus five brand… read more

News from Australia and New Zealand

Ben Shewry from iconic Melbourne fine-diner Attica, is taking his food to the people with Attica Summer Camp which, despite the name, is an autumn (fall) pop-up in the Yarra Valley about an hour outside Melbourne. Its casual, charcoal-rotisserie menu is available until the end of May and includes chicken, lamb, King George whiting and vegies, with gorgeous dressings and… read more

Free cookbook for those who have COVID-related smell and taste issues

Millions of people around the world have reported that losing their sense of smell and taste was the first sign they noticed of a COVID-19 infection. For a large percentage of those people, the damage to their gustatory system was persistent, lasting for weeks or even months. Some have yet to recover their sense of taste. This loss can be… 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

Food news antipasto

Jenny does a masterful job of keeping us all up to date on the newest cookbook releases, offering her unique takes on the cookbooks and diligently tracking publication dates, which are in a state of flux due to coronavirus-related issues. That said, we do like to provide additional perspective, so today we're linking to a recent Eater article on what… read more

Women who shaped how we cook

For centuries, women have been the primary cooks in households worldwide. Despite this, until fairly recently most fine dining restaurant chefs were men, and the implication being that while women could cook well enough for their families, only a man could be an exceptional chef. Of course we know better now and women are finally gaining ground in top restaurant… read more
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