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

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

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

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

This week: Pound cakes, recipes, giveaways and previews

This week I had planned to feature recipes for a healthy start to the new year. After having a personally difficult week compounded by the happenings in the US in regards to the attack on the Capitol and with COVID still running rampant worldwide, I went for comfort again. Black & white pound cake from Food52 While I love baking… read more

Nathalie Dupree’s downsizing auction boasts many treasures

Beloved Southern cookbook author Nathalie Dupree and her husband Jack Bass have retired and moved from Charleston, South Carolina to be closer to family. As part of the downsizing for their new home, they are having an estate sale, and the treasures to be found there are amazing. Nathalie not only wrote cookbooks, but was a featured culinary writer for the… read more

Pioneering chef Albert Roux has died

We have sad news to report: Albert Roux, a chef who helped revolutionize fine dining in London, has died at the age of 85. Along with his brother Michel, Albert founded Britain's first Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche. That pioneering restaurant helped launch the careers of many of the UK's best known chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. Food… read more

Africola – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA/UK/AU giveaway to win a copy of Africola: Slow Food Fast Words Cult Chef by Duncan Welgemoed. Duncan Welgemoed's approach to food is fearless, take-no-prisoners, bold and exciting, inspired by his South African heritage. His multi-awarded, South Australian-based restaurant Africola serves food that is cooked on fire, in embers or ashes, in ovens, or cast iron pots -… 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

The grocery shopping blues

I enter the supermarket like an MI6 agent on a mission: furtive glances to identify maskless patrons, determined movements as I methodically toss items into the cart, and brisk steps to the next aisle because time is of the essence. This is not the way I shopped in January 2020. In those halcyon days, my shopping trips were leisurely and… read more

Australian Food – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/CA/UK/AU giveaway to win a copy of Australian Food by Bill Granger. In the 20 years since Bill Granger published his first book of recipes, Sydney Food, the world has fallen in love with the joyfully casual Australian way of eating. As a self-taught cook, straight out of art school, Bill furnished his first street-corner eatery in minimalist… read more

Food news antipasto

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can take a look back at the year and find the few bright spots. For many people, those happy moments involved food. The Guardian asked its readers to tell them which new ingredient discoveries they made in 2020, and the results are fascinating, ranging from the comforting to the exotic. Croissant dough keeps… read more

Two women, 8000 cookbooks

Cookbooks continue to buck the trend of faltering sales in the publishing industry. Last year, London's fastest selling nonfiction book since records began was a cookbook. For cookbook lovers, few things bring us as much joy as cracking open a new volume to explore the world within its pages, or thumbing through a well-worn copy of a favorite book. That… read more

The last two weeks: Global dessert cookbooks, EYBD Previews, giveaways, best books of 2020 and more

How the rest of the world "desserts" is totally fascinating to me. You can bet your last dollar if there is a dessert book for a certain ethnicity I have it or I am on my way to finding it because I have a cookbook addiction which is even worse when it comes to baking titles. As I was strolling… read more

Lucky foods for the new year

Eating traditional foods that are thought to bring good luck seems more necessary than ever today as the world rings in 2021. Which foods are considered lucky varies from country to country and even from region to region. Grapes play an important role in Spain, where revelers consume 12 grapes just as the clock strikes midnight, each grape representing a… read more

Mastering Bread – Shun Bread Knife Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one copy of Mastering Bread: The Art and Practice of Handmade Sourdough, Yeast Bread, and Pastry by Marc Vetri along with a Shun bread knife. The Vetri Cucina Bread Program began over ten years ago in an effort to reclaim high-quality bread as a cornerstone to our food culture. In his latest book, Vetri and… read more

Food in fiction

While I enjoy little else more than cracking open a cookbook and devouring it like a novel - especially books that immerse themselves in a particular culture - it's fun to read other types of books where food is a prominent feature. Some books skillfully weave both recipes and prose, such as In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley, which I… read more

Red Sands by Caroline Eden Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes Through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland by Caroline Eden. Wanderlust: noun a strong desire to travel For most of my life, Ive tried to be a glass is half full kind of person with spatterings of why is this glass half empty for… read more

The bucatini shortage of 2020

Among the items that were in short supply this year, pasta ranked near the top of the list. In March, I was shocked to see a huge swath of completely bare shelves where once sat myriad boxes of Barilla, Colavita, Rummo, and bevy of store brands. The only items that remained were a couple of sad whole wheat pasta products… read more
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