It’s not too late to celebrate National Pie Day!

Once again, National Pie Day has snuck up on me. This 'official' national food holiday allows me to celebrate Pie Day twice each year, because I will always believe the logical choice for the day is 3.14. Although the day is touted as a 'national' event in the US, I have noticed that people from around the world have joined in… read more

This week: Dumplings, dumplings, and more dumplings recipes, baking previews and online classes, EYBD previews and giveaways

My mother's version of a dumpling was a canned biscuit tossed on top of a simmering stew. Those same canned biscuits would be fried in hot oil, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and called homemade donuts for a treat on Friday night. And, of course, those versatile machine pressed rounds of dough were turned out as biscuits to go with… read more

Kindle Cookbook Deals

Please remember Eat Your Books when you shop on Amazon, click our affiliate link before you begin your cart filling. Amazon USAAmazon CanadaAmazon UK Check out this week’s cookbook deals! Please note these deals may expire at any time. If a seemingly high price comes up the sale is over and I will delete the entry when I update the… read more

All Things Baking: 2021 Baking Titles; Online Baking Classes

This week Brian Hart Hoffman from Bake from Scratch announced his new series of baking classes at Williams Sonoma. Brian's classes are great fun and I have attended several in the past and I have registered for the entire upcoming series. The classes have been set up on our calendar. Below I have created an outline showing the topic and… read more

The ‘moist’ controversy

If you have an aversion to the word 'moist' as a food descriptor (or just in general), you are far from alone. It comes with negative connotations that once learned are difficult to remove from one's mind. But have you considered the alternatives? Emily Heil has, and she says that we should all learn to love moist because the words… read more

January 2021 New Cookbook Review

Welcome to the first month of this new year that we all have hopes will be a great one. There certainly are a number of impressive cookbooks slated for 2021. My 2021 preview post breaks down the releases by month and is continually updated. If you would like to order any of these titles, using our affiliate links below or… read more

What’s your favorite spice?

Normal people do not have two drawers chock full of herbs and spices - at least that is what my friends tell me. In this respect, if not several others, I am happily abnormal. Baking and cooking are my main hobbies and passions, things I do when I have time and think about doing when I don't have time. This… read more

Cook with Me & How to Cook Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of Cook with Me: More Than 150 Recipes for the Home Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli and a copy of How to Cook: Building Blocks and 100 Simple Recipes for a Lifetime of Meals by Hugh Acheson. In Cook with Me Alex delivers 150 recipes complimented by insightful and heartfelt reflections. She shares… read more

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love – New Cookbook 2021

As I was updating the 2021 cookbook preview, I learned that Ottolenghi will have another cookbook coming out this autumn/fall: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love (US publication date 10/19/2021; UK release date isn't available as of this posting but should be slated for September). You can preorder the book in the US and it is something to look forward to… read more

Great British Chefs Hacks Electronic Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide contest to win one of five electronic copies of Great British Chefs: Hacks: How Chefs Make Dishes Go from Good to Great. In my prior promotions on Great British Chef titles, I shared the following information regarding the Great British Chefs (GBC) website: Search by recipe name or recipe type or find all the recipes of your favorite chef. Our EYB Library has… read more

The difference between raisins, sultanas, and currants

When it comes to dried fruit, raisins are king. Although humble in appearance, they are found in a variety of savory and sweet recipes in almost every food culture in the world. Have you ever wondered about the difference between raisins and sultanas (aka golden raisins)? And did you know there is another dried grape product that goes by another… read more

January 2021 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we’ve been cooking from the following titles: Main Selection: Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten or The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained: More Than 100 Essential Recipes by Nik SharmaBaking Selection: Pie month: The Book on Pie by Erin McDowell, Pie Camp by Kate McDermott, Pie for Everyone by Petra… read more

Food news antipasto

Over a year ago, we received news that a new scripted series about the life of Julia Child would be coming to HBO Max. At the time of the last announcement, Joan Cusack was slated to be in the starring role. We've finally received an update on this project. Filming has begun, but two-time BAFTA (British Academy of Film &… read more

When AI makes recipes

Artificial intelligence has been used to solve intractable mathematical problems, create eerie deep-fake videos, and make dancing robots. Now we can add recipe developer to the long list of AI achievements, thanks to Google. Researchers at Google Cloud, inspired by the surge in baking searches during the pandemic, "decided to dive a little deeper into the trend and try to… read more

This week: 2021 cookbooks, recipes, giveaways, previews and more

2021 is looking like another stellar year for cookbook lovers. This year we have books coming from Julia Turshen, Dorie Greenspan, Eric Ripert, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Zoë François, Pepper Teigen (Chrissy’s mom), Carla Lalli Music, Joshua McFadden, Giada De Laurentis, Sybil Kapoor, Rosie Birkett, Mary Berg, Emma Galloway, Ross Joseph Dobson, Tom Parker Bowles, Michael Smith, Chetna Makan, Bobby Flay,… read more

Google’s top recipe searches of 2020

After cooking morning, noon, and night, who among us wasn't desperate to find new recipes last year? Most readers here likely opted to use the EYB Library to search for what to cook for the next meal, but of course worldwide, Google is the top English-language search engine. Naturally they have kept track of what people searched for in 2020,… read more

Why is 350 degrees such a common oven temperature?

Arguably the most common oven temperature for baked goods like cookies, cakes, and enriched breads is 350°F (~180°C). For most of us, it's the default setting on our oven's control panel. How did bakers land on this as the 'magic number' for so many items? Speaking with Vox, award-wining Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis provides the answers. The key criteria for… read more

Croatian Desserts – Worldwide Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win a copy of Croatian Desserts: 50 Authentic Recipes To Make At Home by Andrea Pisac. On January 1st, I wrote about a new-to-me dessert cookbook that I found myself enamored with - Croatian Desserts: 50 Authentic Recipes To Make At Home. Over the last two weeks, I have spent a great deal of time… read more

February 2021 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices. Please note the addition of Kitchen Arts & Letters, The Sunday… read more

Sticking to a ‘dry January’ has never been easier

Following the indulgence and excess that can happen during the end-of-year holiday season, people frequently cut back on both food and drink when the new year rolls around. Some take a 'dry January' pledge, opting not to drink any alcoholic beverages during the entire month. In the past this meant a rather boring drink selection, but not these days. Increasing… read more

The Roads to Rome and Old World Italian Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of each of the following titles: The Roads to Rome by Jarrett Wrisley and Paolo Vitaletti and Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy by Mimi Thorisson. Take a culinary journey to Italy with these two beautiful cookbooks as your tour guides. We will begin on the road to… 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

Food new antipasto

Tales of kitchen disasters never fail to entertain me, perhaps because I have had so many of them in my own kitchen. From charcoal caramel to accidentally pouring out long-simmering stock, messes and mix-ups are part of everyone's culinary journey. For your amusement, here's a small gallery of kitchen disasters to make you feel better about your own mishaps. Le… read more

Ovenly – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Ovenly, Updated Edition: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery by Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin. The recent publication of an updated edition of Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery reminded me just how amazing this title is. I volunteered to… read more

The case for following the recipe exactly

Normally when the calendar turns over to January I write a post about New Year's food resolutions. I think all of us have enough pressure on us this year without adding to it, so I skipped the resolution post. However, some of you might have made one anyway, like the The New York Times' Genevieve Ko did. Her resolution is… read more
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