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The Gourmand Cookbook Awards winners were recently announced, with a whopping 45-page listing by country. Each category in the awards contains multiple winners, considered the “Best in the World” for their respective topics or regions. The list is sprawling and contains worldwide submissions for various cities, countries, and subjects. While you may not recognize all of the authors or titles,… read more

The luxury of leftovers

Many moons ago, I regarded most leftovers with annoyance. Since I liked cooking so much I did not enjoy revisiting the food from the previous day, preferring to having something completely new for each meal. As I got older I realized the error of my ways, learning that leftovers were a delicious timesaver as well as a sign that I… read more

Words of advice on Thanksgiving Eve

My social media feeds are full of photos of gorgeous pies and beautiful roasted turkeys. This is the first year in over a dozen that I haven't made a huge meal (I even cooked a whole feast for just two of us during Covid lockdowns), instead I'm taking it easy, going to a friend's place, and only make a couple… read more

What’s the best time for the holiday meal?

You've set your Thanksgiving (or other holiday) menu, gathered the ingredients, cleaned the china and linens, and are all set to start your feast. Now the question remains: what time should you serve the meal? The Washington Post's Becky Krystal recently explored this question, and found the time periods that met with the most approval. Accidental turkey from Food Network… read more

Food news antipasto

As we gear up for the biggest food holiday in the US, people are finalizing their big Thanksgiving Day feast. Although everyone wants the meal to be amazing and delicious, sometimes things don't go as planned. We've all had cooking mishaps, and often these turn into memorable events that get discussed for years afterward. My husband still loves to regale… read more

IACP Cookbook Awards 2022 winners

On Friday November 18, 2022, the International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of the prestigious IACP awards from the Middleby Showroom in Dallas and New York. The announcement was made via video and can be viewed online on Vimeo. It was a good 'day' for Member favorite baking books: Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking topped the American… read more

Accessorize your air fryer

Apparently I am the only person in the world who has not discovered the joys of an air fryer. Following a recent office lunch outing, a group of my colleagues discussed the wonderful meals they recently made in their air fryers, and of the dozen people there I was the sole holdout who hadn't yet purchased this marvelous appliance. Since… read more

Have food, will travel

Several years ago I was tasked with making a cake for my brother's wedding. The only problem was the fact that I lived an eight-hour drive away, and I would not have time (or equipment) at my disposal at the wedding venue to make the cake there. I decided to make and freeze the cake and buttercream, and just do… read more

Food news antipasto

Assorted cheeses on a rustic wooden board
Celebrity chef Guy Grossi helms Garum at the Westin Hotel Perth, and his Christmas lunches are among the most sought-after on the day. So what does he eat when he gets home? The revered chef shares some of his family traditions with The Sydney Morning Herald (registration or subscription required), saying “It’s all about the celebration and the feast.” It's… read more

Keeping it basic for the holidays

Adventurous cooks who like to try new foods are often stymied during the holidays. We would appreciate adding new or unusual items to the menu, but the diehard traditionalists want everything to be exactly the same - often leading to hard feelings or at least a classic sitcom situation. Instead of fighting the traditionalists, there is a case to be… read more

Words that capture a culinary experience

If you don't grow up speaking English, it can be an extremely difficult language to learn. It has appropriated words and structure from so many different languages that making sense of grammar and spelling rules often requires reciting a poem (i before e except after c, or when sounded like a as in neighbor and weigh - and of course… read more

In praise of garlic powder

Watch a few videos of chefs and food writers and most of them will probably tell you that it's best to cook with fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to garlic. You'll see differing advice on how best to chop or mince the allium, but by and large most everyone will be saying that fresh garlic is much better than… read more

Food news antipasto

We begin this week with another passing to report. Former New York Magazine Restaurant critic Gael Greene died this week at age 88. Greene revolutionized restaurant criticism. According to the NYT obit, "she put a premium on lively prose and colorful detail, throwing overboard the pompousness of the professional gourmets who dominated the profession." People noted the sensuality that came… read more

How much do you cook from your cookbooks?

By and large, EYB Members own a lot of cookbooks. The numbers vary, with some people having just a handful and others thousands, but it is safe to say that if you are a member who does not like or possess multiple cookbooks, you would be an outlier. How much each of us actually cook from all of the books… 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 can be traced 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. Spanish… read more

Julie Powell, of Julie & Julia fame, dies at 49

We have just learned that Julie Powell, whose blog about her quest to make all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year, died on October 26 at age 49. Powell's blog attracted the attention of NYT reporter and Food52 founder Amanda Hesser, who wrote about Powell's efforts. Powell wrote a book about her experience,… read more

Claudia Fleming’s new role is a homecoming

Celebrated pastry chef Claudia Fleming wrote one of the most treasured dessert books ever, The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern. The 2001 volume was so revered that used copies were selling for hundreds of dollars before the book was reissued in 2019. The Washington Post's Daniela Galarza recently interviewed Fleming, focusing on her newly released book, Delectable: Sweet… read more

What’s your food risk tolerance?

Pathogens lurk everywhere: doorknobs, countertops, shopping carts, refrigerator handles, basically every surface you touch contains bacteria, some of it harmful. Your food can harbor nasty bugs too - salmonella, campylobacter, listeria, and E. coli are frequently found in grocery items ranging from salad greens to chicken. As someone who was once hospitalized (at Christmas, no less) for food poisoning, I… read more

Food news antipasto

We begin this week's review with some sad news:  venerated restaurateur and chef Joyce Molyneux passed away on October 28 at the age of 91. For decades, Molyneux helmed the Carved Angel, Dartmouth. One of the first female chefs to be awarded a Michelin star, in 1978, she never exhibited the unseemly behavior espoused by many chefs of the era,… read more

A treasured family cookbook gets a new life

Top view of a vintage open cookbook surrounded by some spices and herbs like thyme, rosemary, laurel, pepper, garlic and chervil, and some kitchen utensils. The cookbook is at the center of the image and its pages are empty so you can use it as a useful copy space. Objects are on a rustic dark brown wooden table.
If your house were on fire, what would you grab on the way out the door? For some people it might be a treasured photo album, but for me it would be the handwritten cookbook my grandmother gave me when I got married because it is a tangible and irreplaceable part of my family's history. For Holocaust survivor Steven Fenves,… read more

Autumn pantry essentials

Although autumn has been playing coy in many locations (it was in the upper 70s here two days ago, 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal), cooler temperatures will be here soon for many of our Members. With the change in the season, thoughts turn to warming spices and holiday traditions. BBC's Good food is here to help us make sure our… read more

Food news antipasto

Fans of Anthony Bourdain might be excited to read the unauthorized biography titled Down and Out in Paradise. Author Charles Leerhsen could have dived into the many facets of Bourdain's work but instead focuses on the drama and the book, according to the late chef's friends and family, gets many facts and details wrong. In a review in The Guardian,… read more

Are more grocery store woes on the way?

I am beginning to feel a bit like Debbie Downer when I post stories like these, but I also believe they contain information that is pertinent to our Members. Yesterday Jenny clued me in to another report saying that shoppers can expect shortages and even higher prices in grocery stores just as the holiday cooking and baking season begins. This… read more

The 40 rules all GBBO contestants must follow

I admit that I am a GBBO junkie - I follow contestants on Instagram, watch the program religiously, and often bake recipes published when the shows air. So when I saw a link that talked about the 40 rules that all GBBO contestants must follow, I clicked on it almost reflexively. Most of them are obvious, but some were enlightening.… read more

Revisiting an online vintage cookbook archive

Over six years ago, I wrote about the Cookbook and Home Economics Collection at the Internet Archive and its impressive section of cookery books. Previously the catalog drew from works housed by the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA, the Bancroft Library at The University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Library. Today the archive has additional sources including libraries around… read more
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