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

Observer Food Monthly 2022 Award winners

Cookbook cover image for Nistisima by Georgina Hayden
At a gala event on October 13, Observer Food Monthly magazine announced the winners of its 2022 awards. The bulk of the honors were given to restaurants and bars, but cookbooks and food writers were also fêted at the event. Awards of interest to our Members include: The Observer Food Monthly icon award - Delia SmithBest new cookbook - Nistisima: The Secret… read more

2023 Cookbook Preview Listing

Right before each September, I begin cataloging the following year’s cookbook releases. I do this for several reasons: 1) so our members know what is waiting down the pipeline and 2) it makes the monthly new cookbook reviews a little easier for me as I keep the original post updated when changes occur. This year I have organized the monthly… read more

‘Meal Prep King’ author loses publisher after online rant

Penguin UK recently dropped John Clark, the self-proclaimed 'Meal Prep King', from its roster following the author's misogynistic rants during a live stream on Twitter. Clark rose to fame with his partner Charlotte Deniz, after they began sharing their diet and meal prep planning on TikTok and Instagram. The duo amassed over 1.5 million followers on TikTok and about 400,000… read more

Fall/autumn preview: Part II – Non-baking titles

Last month, I shared Part I of my fall/autumn preview which highlighted baking cookbooks. I recently updated that post to include a few books which have come in. Here in Part II I will tell you a bit about the non-baking books that I’ve been fortunate to review either by galley, pdf or copy of the book and as these… read more

IACP 2022 Cookbook Award Nominees

cropped images of six cookbook covers: Zoe Bakes Cakes by Zoe Francois, Ripe Figs by Yasmin Khan, Pasta by Missy Robbins, Black Smoke by Adrian Miller, Flavors of the Sun by Christine Sahadi Whelan, and Treasures of the Mexican Table by Pati Jinich
Each year when I see the lists of nominees for the various cookbook awards I am always impressed that authors are able to keep innovating and achieving great heights in writing, research, and recipe development. The nominees for the 2022 IACP Cookbook and Media Awards prove that there remain deep reservoirs of culinary knowledge, cultural heritage, and cooking, baking, and… read more

Fall/Autumn 2022 Cookbook Preview: Part I: The Baking Titles

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are in the midst of summer but fall/autumn is fast approaching. This year we have an exorbitant amount of tempting releases - many of which have been moved from either last year or from earlier this year. (Let's hope they don't get further delayed because of COVID issues.) In this preview - Part I… read more

UK Guild of Food Writers Awards announces 2022 winners

In May we shared a list of nominees for the UK Guild of Food Writers 2022 Awards - the 25th anniversary of these prestigious honors - and following last evening's ceremony held at London's Royal Institution, we now know the winners in each category. The evening's honorees included Dan Saladino, who received two awards for Eating to Extinction: The World’s… read more

James Beard Cookbook Award winners

The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its 2022 Cookbook Awards tonight in a ceremony held in Chicago which Jane and Darcie attended (Jenny had to cancel at the last minute and is here working on this post that Darcie set up for her). EYB is proud to say that Jenny was selected to be on the James Beard… read more

2022 Gourmand Cookbook Awards

This year marks the 27th Anniversary of the Gourmand Cookbook Awards. The awards are split into Food Culture Awards and Drink Culture Awards. Each category contains four 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, including Food Books Fighting Covid 19,… read more

Jane and I talk cookbooks with TASTE

Recently, Jane and I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Rodbard of TASTE to discuss our favorite topic - cookbooks - on the TASTE podcast. The first portion of this podcast features Ji Hye Kim, one of Food & Wine's new best chefs of 2021 and we bring up the rear of the podcast. We discussed spring titles, cookbook… read more

Guild of Food Writers announces 25th Anniversary Awards finalists

The UK Guild of Food Writers has published the list of finalists for its 25th anniversary annual Awards. The winners will be announced at an in-person event at London's Royal Institution on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. Below is a selection of the finalist categories and nominees. There is a fair amount of overlap between this list and the Fortnum and… read more

Fortnum & Mason Food Awards 2022

The Fortnum & Mason Food Awards celebrate their tenth anniversary highlighting the best in food and drink writing and broadcasting in the UK. In a blurb on the awards home page, F&M CEO Tom Athron's noted the milestone by saying "In 2022 we celebrate ten years of discovering and championing the achievements of the UK’s writers, editors, publishers, photographers and… read more

The Art of Eating Prize for 2022

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-only, advertising-free magazine with subscribers and contributors around the world. The magazine is about the best food and wine – what it is, how it is produced, and where to find it… read more

The James Beard Cookbook Awards are back – here are the nominees

After a one-year hiatus - due in part to the pandemic but also to controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in its awards programs - the James Beard Foundation has announced the nominees for its 2022 Media Awards, which includes cookbooks. This list covers 2021 and 2022, so only the best of the best books have made the cut. JBF… read more

Another print domino falls

Since DotDash purchased Des Moines-based Meredith publishing late last year, they have shaken up the magazine behemoth with a slew of changes, not the least of which was shuttering the print editions of six magazines so far this year. We can add a seventh to the list, as DotDash Meredith just announced that it would end print publication of Martha… read more

RUSA publishes a list of essential cookbooks for 2022

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is a division of the American Library Association. RUSA serves all types of libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory and collection development The organization publishes an annual list of what it deems as "essential cookbooks," and while it skipped 2021 due to Covid, it has announced its list for 2022. Called… read more

EatingWell Magazine to end print publication

Another longstanding culinary magazine is moving to digital-only. Dotdash Meredith, which publishes EatingWell, announced that effective immediately, that magazine along with Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Health, Parents and People en Español, would cease print publications. The April issues will be the last print magazines to hit newsstands. According to Dotdash Meredith CEO Neil Vogel, this announcement should not come as a shock.… read more

André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2021 Shortlist

And just like that, it's cookbook award season, with the announcement of the shortlist of the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2021. Simon was the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the grand old man of literate connoisseurship for a further 20 years. In 66 years… read more

Save on an e-book bundle and support a charity

I just discovered a great deal on a bundle of amazing e-books that has the bonus of raising money for two deserving charities. The Humble Book Bundle features 30 great books from Chronicle, including Season by Nik Sharma, American Sfoglino by Evan Funke (winner of a James Beard Award for photography), Flour by Joanne Chang, Ruhlman's Twenty by Michael Ruhlman,… read more

Spring 2022 Cookbook Preview

It's time for a Spring preview post which will cover all titles from February to May. Please note EYB's Spring preview is much larger than most as we feature books from around the world. While preparing this preview a few of the Spring titles were moved so if you are looking for a book, check the 2022 preview post for updates. Speaking… read more

Top fifty 2021 books added to EYB Members Bookshelves

A member posted an interesting question after reading Jane's top selling books of 2021: She wanted to know which books from 2021 were added to the most members' bookshelves. (This was a great question and we'll add this report to our yearly summaries in the future.) I took an hour and went through the listing of 2021 books in our… read more

Buried treasure: cookbooks lost at sea

Things have not been easy with cookbook production since COVID hit and the hits keep coming. As I have stated many times, delays in shipping and shortages of all types have wreaked havoc with cookbook releases. Last year, a publicist told me that an entire shipment of their books had caught fire at sea and now we learn of another… read more

The best selling books of 2021

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2021 which we then included in our Best of the Best of 2021. Now we asked them for their top sellers of 2021. It would be interesting to compare these charts to non-specialist store/online retailer book sales but it is very hard to get… read more

Best of the Best 2021

Despite the continued 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 323 lists from around the world to create our 13th annual Best of the Best. Each time Ottolenghi has a new cookbook… read more
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