Kindle Cookbook Deals

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 post. I will be continuing to update this post throughout the week if you see a great deal please email me at and… read more

Another famed restaurant closes permanently

The headlines about top restaurants that are closing permanently continue to pile up. Even long-standing establishments that have weathered recessions and natural disasters are not immune to the financial pressures created by lockdowns and the public's reluctance to resume in-person dining when it is available again. This time it is K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, a staple of the New Orleans dining… read more

Recipes of Youngstown – Community Cookbooks & Giveaway

We have written about community cookbooks a few times for our members: Community cookbooks make a comeback and A not-so-guilty pleasure: Community cookbooks. Today, I would like to share a little about a community that banded together to create cookbooks to help their town and its residents. Recipes of Youngstown's first book was first released in 2014 to help replace… read more

Food news antipasto

Two world-famous NYC-based culinary schools announced their merger earlier in the week. The International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) is closing its doors after over thirty years and will be absorbed by The Institute for Culinary Education. We don't know the plans for the ICC's legendary instructors )Jacques Pépin, Jacques Torres, André Soltner and Alain Sailhac) although ICE… read more

Beautiful to grow and wonderful to eat

Gardening has long been a hobby for me. I inherited the gardening bug from my parents, who grew an assortment of vegetables, fruits, and flowers in gardens scattered across our small suburban lot. While it's obvious when you are growing vegetables that you plan to eat them, the same cannot be said about gardens that showcase beautiful blooms. There are… read more

This week: Tomato, tomahto – let’s find recipes to use them up, cookbook previews, giveaways and more!

Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit? The correct response is that tomatoes are a fruit since they grow on a vine. But in Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893) the Supreme Court of the United States decided that under U.S. customs regulations, the tomato should be classified as a vegetable. This case came before the Court as… read more

Let’s call the whole thing off

Back in February (which personally seems like a decade ago), I shared my thoughts on the demands and judgment of the internet reader in Order up: one recipe, hold the narrative. Recently, one of our most-loved cookbook authors, Dorie Greenspan wrote about Joanne Chang's Maple Blueberry Scones for the New York Times. The comments on that article are enough to… read more

Sur La Table to close nearly half of its stores

I have always appreciated dedicated kitchen stores. The tempting displays of cookware, gadgets, serving platters, niche foods, and tableware provide inspiration, even if some items are a bit too precious (does anyone really need to brand their initials on a steak?) or priced out of reach for us working class folk. I will never forget the sense of awe I… 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

Falastin – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley with one additional copy being offered worldwide by Eat Your Books. Falastin is our July main cookbook option in the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club (published 3/26/2020 in the UK; the US release 6/16/2020) With just as much anticipation as that afforded to… read more

Lockdown bakers get creative

Whether it's a seasoned baker making an impressive tart or a newbie tipping his toes into the bread-baking waters, the pandemic has spawned an obsession with baking. Part of it has to do with the 'comfort-food' factor, while shortages and disrupted shopping schedules also play roles. As an avid baker who has long attempted (mostly unsuccessfully) to drag my friends… read more

Bitter Honey – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from the Island of Sardinia by Letitia Clark. In Bitter Honey, seasoned chef Letitia Clark invites us into her home on the beautiful island of Sardinia. Cooking on this Mediterranean sea paradise reflects life: it is a slow and relaxed affair and the most… read more

Celebrate World Chocolate Day

Today is World Chocolate Day, fêted on 7 July because that is ostensibly the date that chocolate was introduced to Europe in 1550. We will help you celebrate by listing several revered chocolate recipes from the EYB Library. But first, let’s learn some interesting facts about this delicious subject. Express (UK) lists ten things you probably never knew about chocolate, while… read more

When in doubt, throw it out

One of the most memorable people I ever met was my friend's elderly grandmother. At age 98 she traveled to Hawaii for the first time. At 99, she worked a garden larger than any I have ever tended, filled with corn, beans, and her favorite vegetable, sweet potatoes. She canned many of the vegetables and fruits she grew in her… read more

Cookbook Tidbits #2

Last month, I shared my first Cookbook Tidbits and have more for you today. These blurbs are about notable books that perhaps were not given adequate representation in my monthly review or inform our members about new to me books that just came to my attention. How to Dress an Egg: Surprising and Simple Ways to Cook Dinner by Ned… read more

Current Cookbook Giveaway Summary

Update 7/6/2020 - Unfortunately, the ability to reach publishers is still stalled. Even warehouses that are not in the NYC area are stretched with limited personnel. Those who have won books in February or March - we have the same issue (so please be patient). Accordingly, I have extended the end dates on promotions - so that emails, etc. do… read more

Quick Bites – Denise Vivaldo

A seasoned food professional with over 30 years of experience, Denise Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and has cooked for such guests as George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles, Bette Midler, Suzanne Somers, Merv Griffin, Cher, Aaron Spelling, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Shriver. She began her culinary training at the Ritz Escoffier and La Varenne… read more

Food news antipasto

Earlier this week we learned some news from one of our favorite cookbook authors, the talented Nik Sharma. Nik informed us that he will be contributing a regular food science column to Serious Eats. In the tweet, he also shared that Daniela Galarza will be leaving Serious Eats and moving to The Washington Post. Congrats to Nik and Daniela -… read more

The interesting history of the Popsicle

As we celebrate Independence Day in the US, the temperature in much of the country is sizzling hot. When the weather gets hot, people turn to the freezer for refreshment, and one frozen treat is perfect to beat the heat: Popsicles. The brightly-colored, fruit-flavored frozen concoctions are a natural foil to a sticky summer afternoon. Popsicles are adored by children… read more

Fear of an empty pantry

Two days ago I did something I haven't done in four years: I plugged in the chest freezer in the basement. I inherited this freezer from the previous home's owner, and to say that it is an eyesore is an understatement. The handle is broken, rust spots speckle the exterior, and duct tape covers a crack in the plastic underside… read more

Peter Meehan out at LA Times

It wasn't that long ago that the Los Angeles Times announced that Peter Meehan would head its revamped and expanded food section. Just a little more than one year since he assumed his duties, Meehan has resigned his post as editor after claims that he created a toxic work environment. The departure comes after freelance writer Tammie Teclemariam alleged that… read more

This week: Ice cream and cool dessert recipes, a preview of Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss and more

On July 7th Rose Levy Beranbaum's new cookbook Rose's Ice Cream Bliss will be released. As with everything that sweet Rose does, you can expect nothing short of greatness! The pineapple caramel recipe is alone worth the cost of admission. You will be tempted to take the jar and have some one-on-one special time - just you, the caramel, and… read more

Lost in translation

How many cookbooks do you have that are written in another language? How many others that began life in another language but were translated to English? If you have a large enough cookbook collection, you might have a handful of books that aren't in your native tongue, but most of us only have cookbooks in one language, and for most… 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

The Chicago Cookbook

Today I ordered a print copy of The Chicago Cookbook: 50 Must-try Recipes from Our Favorite Restaurants by Editors of Chicago Magazine. I had to check the book out immediately so caved and bought the pdf version as well. I love Chicago and I love restaurant cookbooks. It is the closest thing I'll come to dining out regularly - even… read more
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