The great holiday meal debates

In a recent Epicurious article, the writer opines that it doesn't matter what you put in your stuffing. Rather, she instructs that whatever flavoring agents you choose, you should put in more than you think you need to avoid a bland dish. That being said, the author notes that friendships are formed and "families torn asunder by painful debates over what ingredients belong in… read more

In a word: Chefs

You know the cookbook season is in full swing when the coffee-table books start arriving (ker-THUNK on the porch!). The spines are the first thing you notice, stark and black, with a single word emblazoned across darkness. MALLMANN, they say.  BROCK.  And DABBOUS. This is only a little different from books of a few years ago, which typically featured restaurants… read more

You can find them in the club

New varieties of apples hit the market with dizzying frequency. Which varieties you see in your grocery store may be heavily influenced by a new push to manage cultivars, as NPR's The Salt discusses. In the past, new apples came on the market from breeding programs led by universities or grower groups. These apples, bred for different characteristics like crunch,… read more

Redzepi bounces back after a rough year

For three years, René Redzepi's Noma topped the rankings of the world's best restaurants. But 2013 was "an avalanche of disaster," according to Redzepi. Sixty Noma diners contracted norovirus from tainted mussels, Noma lost its number one spot to Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, and the restaurant's investment structure was changed. But instead of being discouraged by these challenges,… read more

Get better bread when you make it ahead

Donna Currie is an author and food writer for Serious Eats, Whisk Magazine, and the Left Hand Valley Courier, and other food publications. She also has a blog,, where she writes about a variety of subjects from bread to corned beef to cocktails. She has just published her first cookbook, Make Ahead Bread. (Enter our contest for your chance… read more

Cookbook giveaway – Make Ahead Bread

Donna Currie always knew she would write a book. At first she thought it would be a fantasy novel, but luckily for us she turned to writing about food. Her cookbook Make Ahead Bread provides time-stressed bakers with an easier method for making fresh bread, rolls, and baked goods. You can learn more about how making bread ahead is not… read more

The surprising history of culinary trends

  Did you know that maple syrup was promoted as an alternative sweetener decades before high-fructose corn syrup was even invented? Or that "Meatless Mondays" date back 100 years? A new video series out Tuesday from American Food Roots explores these and more fascinating culinary insights. The series focuses on "profiling the food of World War I and the lasting… read more

Cal Peternell’s guide to the kitchen

Cal Peternell might not yet be a celebrity, but the restaurant where he's a chef is certainly well-known: the legendary Chez Panisse. Chef Peternell has just released a cookbook, Twelve Recipes, inspired not by the restaurant but by his oldest son leaving for college. Peternell realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he'd never taught them the… read more

Cookbook giveaway – Twelve Recipes

Cal Peternell, chef of legendary San Francisco restaurant Chez Panisse, has always cooked for his family. However, when his oldest son was leaving for college, Peternell realized that while he prepared delicious meals for his family, he never taught them how to do it for themselves. This inspired him to not only teach his son how to cook, but also… read more

Featured Cookbooks & Recipes

Did you know adding online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf is a really great way to build your personal recipe collection? You can now do this even if you have a free membership! Try it out now and see how easy it is. Browse the recipes below, choose one that appeals, click on the link, and add it to your… read more

Gabrielle Hamilton bucks the cookbook trend

Gabrielle Hamilton is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her NYC restaurant Prune. Coinciding with this milestone is a cookbook named after the eatery. Prune goes against the trend of lavishly photographed, semi-autobiographical chef cookbooks aimed at home cooks, as The Washington Post notes in its discussion of Hamilton and the book. When Hamilton began working on the cookbook, she attempted… read more

The resurgence of dinner parties

In the last few years, news articles have repeated a theme that the dinner party is dead. Various explanations have been offered for the dinner party's demise, from frenetic schedules to the trend toward casualness to social media. However, recent encouraging articles and interesting new websites lead me to believe that the dinner party is making a comeback. A frequently… read more

Jacques Pépin begins filming his last series

In an age where nearly every cooking show focuses on conflict and outsized personality, Jacques Pépin stands out. For nearly 25 years, Pépin has starred in low-key, straightforward cooking shows through the public broadcasting station KQED in San Francisco. He says that his latest series, Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul, will be his last. While Pépin doesn't rule out doing… read more

The Font That Ate 2014

I don't usually make a big deal about typefaces in cookbooks, except to complain when they are too small.  But every once in a while the jackets all suddenly start to look eerily similar, and once you figure out why you can't help but say something.  Have a look:     See something funny?  Other than that they're mostly baking books?… read more

Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s favorite cookbooks

Popular blogger Cathy Barrow created Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen in 2009, focusing on food preservation and maintaining her "practical pantry." The blog really took off in 2011 when she co-created Charcutepalooza, a celebration of the art of charcuterie. Since then, Barrow has been busy blogging and writing her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, in bookstores now. (Enter our contest for your chance to… read more

Cookbook giveaway – Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry

Blogger Cathy Barrow focuses on food preservation which naturally leads to maintaining a "practical pantry." She's just released her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry. You can learn more about Cathy's favorite cookbooks in our author interview. We're delighted to offer four copies of Cathy's book to EYB Members. Click on the contest below to view all of the entry… read more

An answer to the question “How much do I serve?”

Holidays meals are wonderful occasions when family and friends come together to share festive foods and celebrate. Since U.S. Thanksgiving is less than a month away, with the other major holidays not far behind, it's time to start contemplating those delicious meals. One of the major components to planning is knowing how much food to make for your crowd. Whether… read more

The foods of Día de Muertos

On the heels of Halloween is the Mexican celebration Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, celebrated November 1-2 each year. Day of the Dead celebrations date back to the ancient Aztecs, who felt that instead of mourning the deceased, people should celebrate their lives and welcome their spirits back to the land of the living once a year.… read more
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