Changes to the James Beard Awards

A little over a year ago, the James Beard Foundation announced that it would be foregoing its 2021 James Beard Awards and instead would conduct an audit of its policies and processes. The goals of this audit "were to remove systemic bias, increase the diversity of the pool of candidates, maintain relevance, and align the Awards more outwardly with the… read more

Fortnum & Mason Food Awards winners announced

Fortnum & Mason has long been a resource for English cookery, providing quality ingredients to generations of cooks since its founding in 1707. The company’s annual food and drink awards celebrate the best publications and broadcasts in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Yesterday, Fortnum & Mason announced its winners for the 2021 awards, given in an assortment of categories and… read more

My Cookbook Passion and Quick Bites with Pamela Grogan, the author

My Cookbook Passion: Culinary History and Adventure in Exploring My Collection by Pamela Kure Grogan is slated for publication in November and our members will definitely want to own this title. A cookbook with a historic recipe anthology does not easily define the wonder of tracking the evolution of the cookbook and the modernization of the kitchen. Pamela Kure Grogan's… read more

Cookbook preview for the second half of 2021

We're approaching August at warp speed. August begins the soft opening of Cookbooktober, those magical months through November where cookbooks are released in a frenzy. In February, I shared my preview for January through July and now that seems like years ago! (Full listings of this year's titles can be found on the Cookbook Preview). Please note that I have… read more

Lioroooosh: Baking from my Tel Aviv Kitchen

Sometimes Amazon's "you might be interested in" choices are the equivalent of getting a lump of coal in your stocking at Christmas. But then every once in a while those same algorithms hand you a diamond of a recommendation. Lioroooosh: Baking from my Tel Aviv Kitchen by Lior Mashiach was the diamond this week and one look at the cover… read more

Cookbook store spotlight: Brooklyn’s Archestratus

We value the independent cookbook stores that we feature on our Cookbook Stores Around the World page, and do our best to promote these small shops. The owners are always enthusiastic and knowledgeable about our favorite subject. One of the newer entrants in the space is Brooklyn's Archestratus, owned by Paige Lipari. Recently, Taste interviewed the 34-year-old, getting the low-down… read more

IACP Cookbook Award finalists announced

With the JBF Awards being cancelled this year and other awards already announced, there is only one major cookbook award program left: The IACP Cookbook Awards. Earlier today the IACP announced the finalists for its 2021 awards, with the winners to be revealed at the IACP Conference on October 23, in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to the cookbook awards, the… read more

Guild of Food Writers Award Winners 2021

The Guild of Food Writers named the winners of its prestigious annual awards. We earlier reported on the list of finalists where you can see everyone who made the shortlist. So, let's get to it - following are highlights of the winners. You can see a full list of all categories and winners on the Guild of Food Writers website.… 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

Modernist Pizza – October 2021

Modernist Pizza, the next book in the award-winning Modernist Cuisine series, will explore the science, history, equipment, techniques, and people that have made pizza so beloved and will be published on October 5th of this year and can be preordered on Amazon or directly from Modernist Cuisine Shop with special pre-order bonuses for the first 100 buyers! You may also… read more

Guild of Food Writers announces finalists for 2021 awards

The Guild of Food Writers today announced the finalists for its prestigious annual Awards. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 June at 6pm UK time (GMT +1) via Instagram (@thegfw). The online announcement event will be introduced by Stefan Gates. Without further delay, here are the finalists for selected categories: Food Writing Award Fuchsia Dunlop for work published… read more

Art of Eating prize winner announced

Just over a month ago, The Art of Eating published its longlist of the best food books of 2020. Last week they announced the shortlist of finalists, which included the following volumes: Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India by Maneet Chauhan and Jody EddyDirt: Adventures in… read more

Free cookbook for those who have COVID-related smell and taste issues

Millions of people around the world have reported that losing their sense of smell and taste was the first sign they noticed of a COVID-19 infection. For a large percentage of those people, the damage to their gustatory system was persistent, lasting for weeks or even months. Some have yet to recover their sense of taste. This loss can be… read more

Art of Eating announces 2020 longlist

The Art of Eating magazine first appeared in 1986 in the form of an eight-page black-and-white newsletter written by Edward Behr. After three decades in print, it transformed into a digital, advertising-free magazine with subscribers and contributors around the world. The magazine is about the best food and wine – what they are, how they are produced, where to find them (the… read more

Sahten – The Skatepal Cookbook

'Sah-ten' translates roughly from Arabic to 'two healths'. It's a phrase frequently used in Palestine when food is placed on the table, akin to bon appetit. Recently, we learned of a cookbook that benefits an unusual recipient: the skateboarding scene in Palestine entitled Sahten: The Skatepal Cookbook. This book paints a picture of the Palestine skateboarding scene told in the… read more

New UK cookbook provides chefs’ favorite lockdown dishes

Gordon Ramsey, Tom Kerridge, Jamie Oliver, and 51 more of the UK's top chefs have collaborated on a new cookbook to be released next month in support of Hospitality Action, the charity that supports struggling hospitality workers. Available on March 18, which marks the anniversary of the first lockdown, Chefs at Home includes 54 recipes from culinary stars including the two mentioned… read more

The best selling books of 2020

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2020 which we then included in our Best of the Best of 2020. Now we asked them for their top sellers of 2020. In past years we have compared the lists from specialist stores in the USA to that for all US sales from… read more

All Things Baking: 2021 Baking Titles; Online Baking Classes

This week Brian Hart Hoffman from Bake from Scratch announced his new series of baking classes at Williams Sonoma. Brian's classes are great fun and I have attended several in the past and I have registered for the entire upcoming series. The classes have been set up on our calendar. Below I have created an outline showing the topic and… read more

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love – New Cookbook 2021

As I was updating the 2021 cookbook preview, I learned that Ottolenghi will have another cookbook coming out this autumn/fall: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love (UK 9/30/2021; US 10/19/2021 and CA 10/19/2021). You can preorder the book now and it is something to look forward to for Ottolenghi fans! From Amazon: For the first time, Yotam Ottolenghi teams up with… read more

Food in fiction

While I enjoy little else more than cracking open a cookbook and devouring it like a novel - especially books that immerse themselves in a particular culture - it's fun to read other types of books where food is a prominent feature. Some books skillfully weave both recipes and prose, such as In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley, which I… read more

Best of the Best of 2020

Despite the stresses of the worldwide pandemic, there has been no shortage of wonderful new cookbooks this year. And no shortage of best food and drink book lists celebrating the cream of the crop. We have assembled 285 lists from around the world to create our 12th annual Best of the Best. It will be no surprise to anyone who… read more

The best cookbooks of 2020 by the experts

Who knows cookbooks better than the owners of specialist cookbook stores? They stock and sell thousands of cookbooks and because their stores are focused on food and drink books, they are true experts. They read the books, cook from them and then share their knowledge with their customers. When shopping for cookbook gifts this holiday season, please think about supporting… read more

David Chang on how to save the restaurant industry

David Chang is a small-business-turned-empire success story. His recent book Eat a Peach: A Memoir did not start out as a memoir. Chang had planned to write a book about business strategy, but events over the last few years - including Anthony Bourdain's suicide - compelled him to move the book in a different direction. Chang recently sat down with… read more

2020 Taste Canada Cookbook Awards

A champion of Canadian cookbook authors, Taste Canada is a national not-for-profit that aims to inspire readers to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective. Over the past two decades, Taste Canada Awards has honored hundreds of Canadian-authored books and blogs on an array of topics related to food. The awards cover both of Canada's… read more

IACP Cookbook Award winners announced

With the IACP going digital like so many other conferences (and the fact that one Blursday runs into another), I almost missed the IACP Cookbook Award winners announcements, livestreamed on Twitter. But luckily my cookbook radar alerted me at the last moment, averting tragedy. It is hard to believe that we learned who the nominees were back in February, and… read more
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