Ready, set, organize!

A couple of weeks ago I said that one of my goals for the new year was to organize my (still not finished) new kitchen and pantry. Epicurious must have been paying attention, because they recently published a comprehensive guide on how to organize your kitchen. This feature has segments for creating cooking stations, tips from experts, the best way… read more

Cookbook (E-book) Deals

We will update this post throughout the week – new additions are always at the top of each bulleted list below. As an Amazon Associate Eat Your Books earns from qualifying purchases when using our links: USACanadaUK If you are new to this post, please be sure to click on the “long term deals” page for some great sales! This post explains the… read more

Getting credit for the recipe

The origins of recipes are often murky at best - think pasta carbonara and the $250 Neiman Marcus cookie - and eerily similar recipes pop up from cookbook to cookbook with little or no explanation of the recipe's history. The issue of recipe plagiarism aside, the concept of who should get credit for a decades-old recipe that has been shared… read more

Tips on food photography

We like to encourage our Members to submit photographs of the food they make to accompany the recipes in the EYB Library, but we understand that some people might be hesitant to add photos because they feel like they aren't good enough. We want you to banish those thoughts, because even imperfect shots can add a lot of context to… read more

Food news antipasto

Reading Jay Rayner's recent Observer column uncovered a sweet surprise: news of a free cookbook. Tucked away toward the end of the article, under News Bites, was a tidbit about The Marine Stewardship Council publishing a free online cookbook. The free tome includes recipes from famous chefs from around the world and focuses, as you might imagine coming from a… read more

Tips for a great ‘dry January’

Despite the fact that cities such as New York are once again allowing to-go cocktails, more and more people are choosing to forego alcohol during the month of January. Some folks combine it with New Year's healthy eating and exercising resolutions while others want to take a break from the excesses of the holiday season. If you are avoiding drinks… read more

January resolution: cook what you like

As the calendar rolls over from one year to the next, my social media fills with posts about healthy eating, which foods I must or must not consume, invitations to workout apps, and so on. Even though I do make New Year's food-related resolutions, I avoid any that have to do with "creating a new you!" The old me, while… read more

The enduring appeal of the Bundt pan

It's no secret that Jenny and I adore our Bundt pans - Jenny has written an entire cookbook dedicated to them, and I am lucky to work where they are made so can traipse over to the factory store any day I please and add to my collection. Therefore when I spied an Atlas Obscura article about how the Nordic… read more

Food news antipasto

We will start out the new year with several cooking tips in case your New Year's resolution was to learn more about or level up your cooking. First up is King Arthur Baking Company, which provides a beginner's guide to baking with miso. Tatiana Bautista explains how using miso can add more complexity and richness to your baked goods and… read more

Comfort foods for the new year

Since the world is still in various stages of angst over the Covid-19 pandemic, wildfires and other natural disasters, and in some cases political upheaval, it is no wonder people turn to comfort food to, well, provide comfort. Nigella Lawson is no exception, and she has provided us with the favorite comfort foods that she turns to again and again.… read more

New Year’s food resolutions

Looking back at the post I wrote in 2019 about New Year's food-related resolutions, I am amazed at how positive it sounded. Just a few months later the world would be turned upside down by the coronavirus and lockdowns. Because 2020 was such a messed up year, I didn't even bother with resolutions for 2021. That's a good thing, because… read more

Kitchen tool countdown

You can never have too much storage space in a kitchen, because the more space you have the more kitchen stuff you can buy. However, not all kitchen tools are created equal - there are many single-purpose items that aren't strictly necessary, and low-quality gadgets are often not worth the price. Quality kitchen tools will withstand the test of time,… read more

Food news antipasto

All of us at EYB hope our Members enjoyed a delicious holiday meal this weekend. If you made a large feast, you might be eyeing a lot of leftovers - there is a ham bone in my refrigerator getting ready for a long bath in broth to become a calico bean soup. Over at The Happy Foodie, you can find… read more

Best recipes of 2021, part deux

Earlier in the month I posted about several 'best of 2021' or 'most popular' recipe lists from various websites and magazines. Since then I have spied a few more countdowns to share with you, because you can never have too many delicious recipes (or too many excellent cookbooks)! In the earlier article, Epicurious weighed in with their 103 best soups… read more

Food news antipasto

A Texas woman's viral obituary recently made people chuckle, but it was a Washington Post article about the number of obituaries that mention casseroles caught my attention this week. In the past two years, the number of obituaries that referenced casseroles climbed by 43 percent (no doubt another measure of the pandemic's toll). More important than the numbers is the… read more

How to give a cookbook

During the holidays, some of us cookbook lovers evangelize our hobby by giving cookbooks as gifts. Unlike similarly-priced tchotchke that litter stores this time of year, cookbooks are practical, beautiful, and eminently useful. Choosing the right book to suit the person is an art, and 'cookbook-obsessive' Max Brearley is here to explain the finer points of how to match gift… read more

Food news antipasto

How much do you love gnocchi - enough to steal an entire truck full of the pasta? In Australia last week, some thieves stole a delivery truck from Brisbane's Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers while its precious cargo was being unloaded. The unknown perpetrators made off with 340 kilograms (750 pounds) of gnocchi - enough to make over 2,000 servings. The truck… read more

Which comes first: the equipment or the recipe?

Usually when I discover a new-to-me recipe it comes from a cookbook, magazine, or website and only after reading the recipe do I search for any equipment I need to make it. Today, however, the process worked in reverse. Browsing through a cooking store/tourist trap beside the interstate that serves as a leg-stretch point during the seven hour drive back… read more

Most Googled recipes of 2021

Although we try to make sure everyone knows that the best place to find great recipes is by searching the EYB Library, people still use Google to search for things to cook. Since Google keeps statistics on everything, we can find out what people were looking for this year. They even break down the searches by country, so we can… read more

Food news antipasto

Having GBBO withdrawals? Head over to The Guardian to read an interview with Jürgen Krauss, who was eliminated in the semi-finals. He has made peace with not making it through to the end, and he offers insight into what happens in the tent. In particular, I was interested in his take on hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding, who he… read more

Spice support: tarragon

When I was a fledgling cook, one of the first "gourmet" recipes I tried was a chicken dish that featured a tarragon cream sauce. For someone who grew up in a household where herbs and spices came as ground items in a dusty tin that was probably older than me, using this fresh herb was a revelation. I put tarragon… read more

Can you really own a recipe?

In October we reported on the alleged cookbook plagiarism by Elizabeth Haigh that resulted in the publisher pulling Haigh's book from distribution. (We also shared how to support Sharon Wee, one of the authors whose work was copied.) What is most surprising about this episode isn't the plagiarism itself - it has happened many times in cookbook publishing - but… read more

Food news antipasto

We wanted to start this week's roundup by wishing our members who celebrate a Happy Hanukkah. A few years ago I wrote about the history of Hanukkah latkes, including the tidbit that originally latkes were not made with potatoes (which are indigenous to the Americas) but rather with cheese. If you are looking for recipes to help you celebrate, head… read more

The Great British Bake Off / Baking Show Recap Episode 10 – The Final

Jane, Darcie, and I are back for another recap of what happened under the tent during the finals. Just a note that on Dec 3rd Netflix will be streaming two special holiday episodes (most likely those that were seen in the UK last year.) More baking!! The final always tugs at my heart and this was no exception, especially when… read more

Food news antipasto

Kitchens and cooking have evolved over the centuries: the methods and equipment used by our grandparents and ancestors have transformed into modern-day appliances and techniques. It's fascinating to observe these changes, and thanks to the Smithsonian, you can easily do just that by viewing an 1868 catalog of cook stoves. I am thankful I do not have to make holiday… read more
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