This week: How to make EYB work better for you, member indexing, recipes, cookbook EYBD previews and giveaways

This week's roundup will cover a few Eat Your Book topics. First we hope our members are enjoying the site and reaping delicious benefits from using your cookbooks more. Last year we published a post with some suggestions and recently I updated it with more links toward the bottom of the article. We have been super busy indexing books -… read more

Why I quit being a gadget pusher

"You don't have an Instant Pot?" my friend asked me, incredulous. She assumed that because I love to cook I had all of the latest and greatest gadgets. "You have to get one," she implored, explaining all of the wonderful meals she had cooked in hers. I was skeptical of cheesecake made in a multi-cooker. I still am, even though… read more

Kindle Cookbook Deals

The Kindle deals page is now listed on our home page under Essentials for Cooks - the last entry. Please note that EYB earns a commission from any sales made when you use our links. I update this post throughout the week - new additions are always at the top of each bulleted list below. If you see a great… read more

Kid-friendly Father’s Day recipes

strawberries in a colander
Sunday is Father’s Day in many countries and for a lot of families that means outdoor cooking, meat on the grill, and picnic fare. No doubt millions of burgers and steaks will find their way onto plates, but kids might want to make their dad a special dish themselves, and that's where America's Test Kitchen steps in. They have a… read more

Foolproof BBQ – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Foolproof BBQ: Create a Sizzle with the Perfect Barbecue, with 60 Recipes by Genevieve Taylor. Genevieve Taylor is the author of a library of cookbooks with a specialization in live fire cookery. Charred is a beautiful book and if you are a fan of grilling vegetables, it is definitely… read more

July 2021 The Great Big Cookbook Club Roundup

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.  We want to get this information out to you so you… read more

Traditional foods of Juneteenth

The upcoming celebration of Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the bloody U.S. Civil War, slaves were declared free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. One year after the announcement, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what became an annual celebration, known then as Jubilee Day. By the 1890s, the holiday… read more

Food news antipasto

If you are like me and cannot have too much Jacques Pépin in your life, head over to to YouTube to see a charming interview with the iconic chef that aired last week on CBS This Morning. Jeff Glor sat down with Pépin at his home in Connecticut, where at age 85 he shows no signs of slowing down. The… read more

The secret’s in the sauce

If you ask two people what the best barbecue sauce is, you are likely to get three (or more) answers, and/or start a fistfight. Barbecue sauces are as individualistic as fingerprints, with people hewing to certain types based on their regional cultures and their own tastebuds, and preferring different sauces for different meats as well. I am a South Carolina… read more

This week: Japanese cuisine, recipes, cookbook giveaways, EYBD previews and more!

As I have mentioned before, I have been finding joy in watching YouTube videos that involve cooking. One channel that I love is Nami, a single female Japanese office worker documenting her lifestyle via vlog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC9sZxHV_oo A majority of her videos demonstrate what she cooks in her small Tokyo apartment. She creates multi-coursed meals that look incredible. I would kill… read more

A man on a mission to save apples

Every year in early October I usually post an article about apples that highlights the various ways you can use the fruit in cooking and baking. This year apple season (for the blog, anyway) comes much earlier, because I just read a fascinating article about Tom Brown, a man on a quest to rescue 'lost' varieties of apples. Even if… read more

Don’t sweat your lack of knife skills

Step into almost any restaurant kitchen and you will see chefs and cooks wielding knives in an impressive display of finesse and skill. I witnessed this firsthand years ago when I staged at a high-end restaurant in a small city. I was tasked with finely chopping parsley to be used as a sprinkled garnish (don't laugh, everyone was doing that… read more

Home Farm Cooking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/CA giveaway to win a copy of Home Farm Cooking by John and Catherine Pawson. Acclaimed British architect and designer John Pawson teamed up with Annie Bell for his first cookbook Living and Eating. Pawson applied his minimalist simplicity to the recipes in that title which became a coveted cult classic and demands three figures in price. Now… read more

Australia Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/CA giveaway to win a copy of Australia: The Cookbook by Ross Dobson. From our April 27th post on Australian news Roberta wrote: "Is there such a thing as Australian cuisine? It’s been a question we’ve grappled with for a long time. As an ancient land with a recent modern history that combines a cultural melting pot from… read more

Chefs share their family kitchen secrets

Ayubi Family at Parwana (photo by Alicia Taylor)
Many, if not most, of the world's chefs started out their culinary career in their home kitchens, learning the ins and outs of their regional cuisine from their parents or grandparents (most often women). Just like the rest of us, they still keep their family kitchen tips close, sometimes even bringing them into their restaurants. Gourmet Traveller recently polled nine… read more

Sumac – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU giveaway to win one of four copies of Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria by Anas Atassi. Sumac includes over 90 recipes inspired by Atassi’s family recipes and travels, as well as the stories, celebrations and memories of loved ones in Syria that inspired the recipes. It includes the wonderful Friday breakfasts he’d eat in his grandmother’s garden, his… read more

Food news antipasto

The croissant is one of France's most easily identifiable pastries. The flaky crescents are adored and emulated around the globe. Many chefs have made mashups of the butter-laden treats and other well known pastries, resulting in the Cronut and the Cruffin. The Ritz Paris' renowned pastry chef François Perret has a new way to put a spin on the beloved… read more

Learn what Alice Waters eats in a week

Whenever I browse through a great cookbook, I wonder if the delicious dishes in its pages are what the author actually eats on a day-to-day basis. Try as I might to always make a delicious meal and to eat seasonally and locally, I often resort to pizza or something quick from the pantry that is less than stellar because I… 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

Cooking with Marilyn Monroe (or at least her cookbooks)

If you have a spare $50,000 to $75,000 lying around, you can own a piece of history. Two cookbooks owned by Marilyn Monroe are going up for auction on June 22nd. The cookbooks are: The New Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cook Book and The New Joy of Cooking were both published in the early 1950s and said to be… read more

The last two weeks: The dangers or benefits of working on the Library, cookbook giveaways and EYBD Previews, recipes and more!

Some of you may recall My Big Fat Cookbook Purge of 2021 initiative that I began when I was younger and full of hope (in March). Some recent issues have hindered my ability to lift or do manual labor which has slowed down the progress of my efforts. My goal is to still knock down some of the mountains of… read more

Quick Bites: Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob coaches food writers and bloggers on how to get a cookbook published and how to improve the quality and effectiveness of their writing. She specializes in book proposals, which have a 1 percent acceptance rate. Dianne is the author of a multiple award-winning book on food writing, Will Write for Food: Pursue Your Passion and Bring Home the Dough Writing… read more

Pastry Arts offers free virtual summit

Pastry Arts magazine is a multimedia platform that aims to inspire, educate and connect the pastry community an informational conduit spotlighting the trade and giving a voice to hardworking pastry and baking professionals. In addition to its website, Pastry Arts has an active Facebook group featuring posts from industry professionals and hobbyists alike. Last year, Pastry Arts offered a free… read more

Toni Tipton-Martin wins Julia Child Award

Award-winning food writer and cookbook author Toni Tipton-Martin can add another feather to her cap, as the Julia Child Foundation announced that Tipton-Martin is the winner of its 7th annual Julia Child Award. She joins a star-studded roster of winners that includes Jacques Pépin, José Andrés, Susan Feniger, and Mary Sue Milliken. In 1991, Tipton-Martin became the first African American… read more

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes Cookbook and The Knotty Dane Rolling Pin and Egg Holder Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of The Farmer's Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm by Kelsey Siemens with one grand prize winner receiving a beautiful 6 egg holder and pastry rolling pin from The Knotty Dane. Kelsey Siemens is the author of the blog The Farmer's Daughter where… read more
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