This week: Skillet bread, recipes, cookbook giveaways, previews and more

The team has been very busy at Eat Your Books: indexing titles, getting through the March - May rush of new cookbooks and providing you with daily culinary news. The place in my heart for librarian love grew three sizes in the last few weeks. There is a lot of double and triple checking numbers and dates until eventually you… read more

The best cookbooks for newlyweds

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for weddings, as many people who put off tying the knot due to pandemic are preparing to do it now. Florists, wedding venues, caterers, and bridal stores are gearing up for the rush, and it seems like the first large gathering many of us will be attending could be a… 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

Herb – Mark Diacono Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win a copy of Herb: A Cook's Companion, from Plot to Plate by Mark Diacono. Diacono's latest title is a plot-to-plate exploration of herbs that majors on the kitchen, with just enough of the simple art of growing to allow the reader to welcome a wealth of home-grown flavours into their kitchen. Author Mark Diacono… read more

Who gets to decide which foods are disgusting?

If you ever watched Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations, you probably saw the erstwhile chef eating foods that to most Western palates would be deemed 'disgusting', items such as warthog anus and fermented shark fin. However, to the peoples where these foods originated, they are thought of as delicacies, or at least national symbols to be proud of. This notion… read more

Slow Victories – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Slow Victories: A Food Lover’s Guide to Slow Cooker Glory by Katrina Meynink. Slow Victories removes the angst from the dinner rut with creative ways to use slow cookers for surprising results. It throws off the idea that cookbooks directed by convenience are necessarily virtuous or bland, instead delivering… read more

News from Australia and New Zealand

Yoko Dining (Brisbane) - Seafood Ramen
In Brisbane, delicious magazine’s month out continues throughout May with Otto Osteria offering a $65 2-course sharing menu of char-grilled tiger prawns and a classic pasta (cacio e pepe, ravioli, or rigatoni amatriciana) plus a glass of wine, all with views over Brisbane River. If you’re after that view but with a Japanese bent, pop into Tokyo-izakaya-style Yoko Dining between… read more

Don’t try to use these food scraps

Cookbooks like Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay Jean-Hard, Scraps, Wilt & Weeds by Mads Refslund and Tama Matsuoka Wong, and the forthcoming Cook More, Waste Less by Christine Tizzard all address the issue of combatting food waste by making use of things you would normally discard. These items include carrot and other vegetable tops, fruit and vegetable peels, and aquafaba, to name just… read more

Food news antipasto

We start this week off with two lists. The first comes to us from Eater, which presented its inaugural Eater New Guard Awards, which honors persons in the food world who have "risen to the challenges of the current moment, prioritizing the well-being of others and making a meaningful change in their community." The second list hails from 50 Next… read more

The many facets of tofu

Tofu has been a staple food in the East for centuries and had been available in the US off and on since the 1700s when Benjamin Franklin first brought it to these shores, but it never reached a wide audience here until the 1960s and 70s. Its popularity was limited, however, as it was mainly viewed as a politically conscious… read more

The last two weeks: Keeping produce fresh longer, Bryant Terry’s new publishing imprint, recipes, cookbook previews and giveaways

About a month ago, I ordered a set of Stasher silicone reusable bags (as well as a few extra mid-sized bags). I had watched a few videos where cooks were using them and I wanted to try them myself. I received them and put them into the "I'll get to" pile - that pile is ridiculously high. As you may… 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

An online archive lets you cook your way through India

Cookbooks are wonderful repositories of a culture's foodways, along with recipes handed down from generation to generation via oral tradition or passed along through recipe cards. As groups of people move in response to political or cultural issues and as tastes change, community recipes that have not been codified in cookbooks can be lost. A trio of students at Flame… read more

Bryant Terry To Launch 4 Color Books Imprint With Ten Speed Press

Bryant Terry's presence in the vegan/vegetarian cookbook genre is well established. His popular and critically acclaimed cookbooks, including last year's, Vegetable Kingdom are EYB member favorites. He is a James Beard award-winning author, educator, chef, and activist. Now he can add publisher to his impressive resume. Photo Credit: PRH Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House, has announced the launch… read more

It might be time to listen to your cookbooks

Audiobooks make wonderful road trip companions and are also a wonderful way to wind down at the end of the day. Fiction and autobiographies are the top sellers in this category, and you might not think that a cookbook would do well an audiobook. However, some of them translate exceptionally well to the genre as The New York Times' Jennifer… read more

Even Better Brownies Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US (2 copies) and worldwide giveaway (1 copy provided by EYB) to win a copy of Even Better Brownies: 50 Standout Bar Recipes for Every Occasion by Mike Johnson. If you follow Mike Bakes NYC on Instagram, you will understand why I was so excited for this book to be released. Mike's feed is a dessert lover's dream… read more

News from Australia and New Zealand

Matt Moran with Jane and Jimmy Barnes - KItchen Tales
Season 2 of Matt Moran’s Kitchen Tales has just launched, and this week Matt catches up with Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes and wife Jane, who are releasing their own cookbook later this year. Broadcast on YouTube and IGTV, the series shows Matt cooking for friends and inspirational guests in his home kitchen. He makes each meal extra special by uncovering… read more

Eleven Madison Park goes meat free

Daniel Humm's award-winning NYC restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, was shuttered for months due to COVID-19 restrictions. The chef and his staff pivoted to feeding the hungry through a partnership with a nonprofit organization. This morning Humm announced that the fine dining establishment would soon return, but with a huge change in the menu: it will no longer serve any meat… read more

Food news antipasto

If you enjoy beer and history, listen up: a county in the UK is hiring someone to visit pubs for a year. The Lincolnshire County Council has recently posted a job listing for a Heritage Project Officer. The job, which pays $40,000 USD for a one-year stint, will involve "researching and recording the architectural and social history of public houses along… read more

Damn Good Dumplings – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/worldwide giveaway to win a copy of Damn Good Dumplings: 60 Innovative Favorites for Every Occasion by Stratis Morfogen. In Damn Good Dumplings, successful restaurateur Stratis Morfogen shows you just how easy it is to merge American flavors with the classic dim sum favorite. This book is great for beginner home cooks, because the dumplings are easy to… read more

Making the most of rhubarb season

One of the first signs of spring is when I see the deeply ruffled leaves of my rhubarb plants poke their way through the remnants of last fall's leaves. The green leaves are followed by crimson red stalks of the tart vegetable (it’s not a fruit, despite its usual treatment as a dessert) and I am excited for the tarts… read more

Thanks for everything, Deborah

Our longest serving staff member, Deborah, has now retired. Deborah has been with Eat Your Books as our Data Manager since before we launched in 2009. She has now retired though since she is planning a complete restoration of her antique home in western Massachusetts I don't think it is going to be a rest. At Eat Your Books Deborah… read more

20th Century Cafe shutters its doors

Scores of EYB Members have praised the magnificent Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine. The stunning honey cake depicted on the cover is a mainstay of the book's namesake restaurant, and is only the tip of the iceberg of great recipes found inside. Yesterday we learned the sad news that Polzine is permanently closing her Hayes Valley… read more

Art of Eating prize winner announced

Just over a month ago, The Art of Eating published its longlist of the best food books of 2020. Last week they announced the shortlist of finalists, which included the following volumes: Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India by Maneet Chauhan and Jody EddyDirt: Adventures in… read more

EYB Milestone: 1000 EYBDigital Previews

Today we uploaded our 1000th EYBDigital Preview! The EYBD Preview shares a selection of full sample pages from cookbooks so that our members may get an overall idea of the book. You can learn more about EYBDigital Previews here. Below is a screenshot of the EYB Library page where we have filtered the EYBD Previews by book publication date: One of… read more
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