Ideas for wrapping edible gifts

From quick breads to savory breads to cookies to candies, edible gifts are a wonderful way to make something from the heart for the holidays (plus they make the perfect hostess present). Most of us have our go-to recipes for this, whether it's a cherished family heirloom or something we spied on the internet. What we may not have are… read more

Gift Guide for the Baker & Giveaway!

Today, I have compiled a list of gift ideas all geared toward the baker. My gift guide for cookbook lovers was posted earlier this week. The tag #giftguide will bring up all past compilations which include classic cookbook suggestions and past years' recommendations. For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be including titles from 2019. Prior gift guides as linked… read more

Changes coming to Chicago’s Read It & Eat

We were delighted to profile Chicago cookbook store Read It & Eat when it opened its doors for business in 2015. Owner Esther Dairiam discussed the many events held at the store, located at 2142 N. Halsted in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Today we learned about new developments at Read It & Eat. In a news release, Dairiam announced that the… read more

This week at Eat Your Books!

Happy National Bundt® Day! Look for a Bundt® bundle giveaway from Nordic Ware in my bakers' gift guide! Along with a great baking package from OXO including a scale, thermocouple thermometer, cookie press and more! To find out more about my book 101 Things to Do with a Bundt® Pan see our earlier promotion post. We have almost 2000 recipes indexed for Bundts! Since… read more

The ultimate Thanksgiving recipe finder

About this time each year I come across several posts for a food site's new and/or improved holiday recipe finder. Each is organized a little differently, but the premise is the same: use your preferences, whether ingredient or nutrition or type of dish, and the magic of the "finder" will return the perfect recipe to you. This year is no… read more

Felidia Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant by Lidia Bastianich Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant by Lidia Bastianich is the beloved Italian chef’s first restaurant cookbook. This title was written with the restaurant’s executive chef Fortunato Nicotra and Lidia’s daughter Tanya and shares dishes from across the restaurant’s forty-year history. Along with gorgeous photos,… read more

Kylie Kwong writes her next chapter

Earlier this year renowned Australian chef Kylie Kwong saddened diners when she shuttered her Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong after 19 years. At the time Kwong was mum about her next project, but she's finally broken her silence. Australian Gourmet Traveller reports on where Kwong is headed in 2020. The chef has announced that she will open a eatery in South… read more

Gift Guide for the Cookbook Lover and Serious Cook

The madness that is the holiday season is upon us. I will be doing at least two gift guides this year. This guide will include cookbook ideas for a wide variety of subjects. There will be a baker's gift guide with cookbooks and baking gift ideas along with a giveaway hopefully by this weekend! The tag #giftguide will bring up… read more

Sweet contemplation

Today was a tough day. An arctic cold front bullied its way into the area with blustery winds, a long commute jangled my nerves, several tedious projects confronted me as soon I as entered the office, and the sky turned dark far too soon. When I finally returned home I decided to treat myself to something indulgent. In defiance of… read more

Pastry School: 100 Step-by-Step Recipes – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Pastry School: 100 Step-by-Step Recipes by Le Cordon Bleu in our giveaway below (open to US/CA/UK/AU/NZ) members. Over the last four years, I have professed my love for all things baking. Learning more about the vast world of pastry is my passion and the book we are featuring today Pastry School: 100 Step-by-Step Recipes… read more

Spice Support: Bell’s Seasoning

With Thanksgiving and other holidays just around the corner, it's fitting that today's Spice Support column focuses on a seasoning that is perfect for poultry. Bell's Seasoning has been a staple of northeastern US cooking for well over 100 years, although it is not well known outside of that area. If you haven't heard of it, Leite's Culinaria dives deep… read more

Wagamama: Feed Your Soul – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Wagamama: Feed Your Soul: Fresh and Nourishing Recipes from the Wagamama Kitchen by Steven Mangleshot The first wagamama restaurant opened in London in 1992. Today, it is a brand that offers a fresh take on great Asian fusion cuisine worldwide. The Wagamama cookbooks are all indexed for our members. Feed Your Soul… read more

Korean Soul Food

Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Korean Soul Food: Authentic Dishes and Modern Twists by Judy Joo Korean Soul Food: Authentic Dishes and Modern Twists by Judy Joo, author of Korean Food Made Simple, is filled with recipes that will appeal to Korean food aficionados and those new to this cuisine. The book is filled with lovely photography and measurements for ingredients… read more

Food news antipasto

Don't you hate it when lemon pips escape into whatever you are cooking or baking? A solution to this age-old problem is around the corner. Food & Wine reports that Wonderful Company (the company behind POM Wonderful Juices & Wonderful Pistachios) has developed a commercial seedless lemon variety, available in US stores starting this month. While seedless lemons themselves are… read more

Gather Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson is the anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Dirty Apron Cookbook (review). Robertson’s latest book celebrates the simple pleasure that is cooking food and features an enticing collection of 80 delicious recipes, designed to be shared. The author has a knack for… read more

How much juice in a lemon?

As a baker, I am accustomed to precise recipe measurements. The difference between one and two teaspoons of baking soda in a cake can have significant impacts on the finished dish. Cooking, on the other hand, is generally more forgiving, although that is only true to a point. Having too much onion or lemon juice can alter the outcome of… read more

Bread on the Table – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Bread on the Table: Recipes for Making and Enjoying Europe's Most Beloved Breads by David Norman Bread on the Table: Recipes for Making and Enjoying Europe's Most Beloved Breads by David Norman, the owner of Austin’s Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, features recipes from the author’s time spent exploring bread traditions throughout… read more

Vegans often face a backlash – but why?

I worked in an office of approximately 150 people where only one person was a vegan. I'm certain he felt excluded when we would gather to celebrate birthdays or have office holiday parties because nearly everything that was served at these get-togethers had dairy (or less often, meat) in it, from the doughnuts to the cakes and cookies to the… read more

This week at Eat Your Books

Since our last roundup, Darcie has written about a number of interesting topics including a piece on decoding cryptic ancient recipes, the closing of Cornersmith Marrickville, putting the magic back in cooking, food writer Russ Parsons gives away even more cookbooks, Joanna Gaines’ second cookbook available for preorder, and look behind the scenes with a GBBO home economist. Darcie’s weekly food… read more

Joanna Gaines’ second cookbook available for preorder

To say that Magnolia Table, the debut cookbook from HGTV star Joanna Gaines, was a smash is an understatement. The book was #2 on the list of bestselling books following its release - not just on the list of cookery books, but of all books (it was second only to Michelle Obama's memoir). In June, Joanna teased fans with an… read more

Bourdain’s belongings fetch high prices at auction

A few months ago we reported that many of Anthony Bourdain's belongings were headed to auction as a fundraiser to benefit his daughter. The auction ended in late October, and bids on most of the items far exceeded their initial estimates. You can see how much each item sold for on the iGavel website. The most expensive item was Bourdain's… read more

Russ Parsons gives away even more cookbooks

A little over three years ago, we reported that food writer Russ Parsons planned to donate his extensive cookbook collection to the Long Beach Public Library. As you might expect, Parsons collected a lot of cookbooks over his 30 year career. “Getting rid of some of those cookbooks seemed like a good start to my transition. Like shedding an old… read more

Modern Sourdough Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Modern Sourdough: Sweet and Savoury Recipes from Margot Bakery by Michelle Eshkeri There is something about a cookbook filled with a treasure trove of recipes from London's Margot Bakery and a stash of flour that brings me comfort. Many folks curse the cooler temperatures and snow-filled days, but not me. Bring on the cold… read more

Decoding cryptic ancient recipes

There are old recipes and then there are OLD recipes. It can be difficult enough to suss out what your grandmother meant when she scribbled something down on a 3x5 index card, much less trying to interpret instructions that are nearly 3,000 years old. How do you even approach a task that daunting? You have to become a sleuth, like… read more

Pasta Grannies & Ruffoni copper cookware – a beautiful pair

Enter to win a copy of Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison with one grand prize winner receiving a 5.25 quart Opus Cupra covered braiser from Ruffoni. Don't forget to leave a blog comment on our October New Cookbook Review to win a surprise package of cookbooks open worldwide. Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy's… read more
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