Counting the days to GBBO

There are precious few bits of good news these days. The world's lungs are on fire, stock markets around the world have more ups and downs than an M.C. Escher staircase, and my scale continues to mock me on a daily basis. That is why I am counting down the days to Season 7 of The Great British Bake Off… read more

Everyone wants to be an Italian nonna

In this age of instant gratification with thirty second food videos or turning on lights with a voice command, it is comforting that cooks are drawn to preparing food like our grandmothers and great grandmothers did. There has been a resurgence of cookbooks that deliver such recipes: Heirloom Kitchen, Tortellini at Midnight  and the upcoming release of Pasta Grannies (on the EYB… read more

When politics hit the dinner plate

Tariffs are in the headlines the world over these days. Most of the news emanates from the US, where President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on a number of goods in various countries and regions. While food lovers might want to 'stay out of politics', that position is becoming increasingly untenable. In the most recent volley in the trade dispute… read more

UK Guild of Food Writers announces 2019 award winners

The Guild of Food Writers is the UK's professional association of food writers and broadcasters, and is the longest-established and largest of its kind. Established in 1984, it now has around 480 authors, broadcasters, columnists and journalists among its members. The Guild's goals include bringing  together professional food journalists, broadcasters and authors; arranging discussions, forums, and workshops; encouraging new writers;… read more

Molly O’Neill dies at age 66

We have just learned the sad news that prolific author Molly O'Neill has lost her battle with cancer. She had been combatting the disease for nearly two years; in late 2017 O'Neill started a Go Fund Me campaign to help defray expenses associated with her illness. O'Neill's books reside on hundreds of EYB Members' bookshelves. Molly's work includes writing a food… read more

An open letter to Le Creuset

Dear fine folks at Le Creuset, I am writing to make a half-hearted request: Stop introducing new beautiful colors of cookware. Signed, Addicted to French cookware in Denver Last Sunday, I attended a knife skills class at Williams-Sonoma and began chatting with Keith, an employee. We are both from New York and have a cookware problem. We commiserated that each… read more

Baking legend Maida Heatter has died at 102

We have just learned the sad news that legendary chef and author Maida Heatter has passed away at age 102. Food writers including Helen Rosner, Charlotte Druckman, and George Geary shared stories on Twitter about how Maida significantly influenced their baking and culinary careers.  Maida's influence on baking cannot be overstated. Her award-winning cookbooks inspire legions of devotees, she is a… read more

New Orleans chef Leah Chase dies at 96

Famed New Orleans chef Leah Chase, co-owner of Dooky Chase's restaurant, has died at age 96. Chase was known both for her Creole cuisine and her civil rights activism.  Chase married into the restaurant in the mid-1940s, and transformed a sleepy sandwich shop into a fine dining destination that celebrated Creole cuisine. During the civil rights movement in the 1960s,… read more

Jack Monroe raises money to distribute copies of her new cookbook

It's safe to say that food writer Jack Monroe has never followed convention. Her award-winning blog, A Girl Called Jack (now named Cooking on a Bootstrap), made a tremendous impact, showing the world that you can eat well on a tight budget. To promote her latest cookbook, Monroe has once again eschewed convention, creating a fundraising appeal so she can donate… read more

Take your knife skills to the next level

I don't know about you, but I could always use a little help with my knife skills, especially on how to get them sharp and keep them that way. That is why I immediately clicked on Food52's recent post about a knife sharpening demonstration video from none other than Jacques Pépin.  The video is as much a demonstration of proper… read more

Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant empire collapses

Jamie Oliver became a nearly overnight sensation in the early 2000s, rocketing to fame following the debut of his show The Naked Chef and a slew of cookbooks. He went on to build a restaurant empire, but the glory days of that enterprise are over as twenty-six of his eateries in the UK are now under administration. The change came… read more

James Beard Chef Awards announced

A couple of weeks ago we covered the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Awards, and now it's time for the other half of the JBF: the Chef Awards. As Grub Street points out, there was a lot of diversity in this year's awards, a testament to the commitment made by the JBF to include more people of color and women in… read more

Magnus Nilsson is closing his award-winning restaurant

Last fall Magnus Nilsson published his third cookbook, The Nordic Baking Book, a comprehensive encyclopedia of recipes that includes history and culture in its 600 pages, then embarked on a whirlwind world tour promoting the same. I was fortunate to hear him talk when he visited The Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and was mesmerized by his presentation. The discussion made… read more

James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award winners announced

The winners of the James Beard Cookbook and Media Awards were announced minutes ago at the annual JBF gala event. In addition to announcing the winners of the cookbook awards, the gala honored Jessica B. Harris, who was inducted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame. Harris is an American culinary historian, college professor, cookbook author and journalist. Her primary subjects are… read more

James Beard Nominees 2019

If The Piglet is the appetizer to cookbook awards season, the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards nominee list is a hearty main course,  which was just served this morning. As I perused the list (thanks to Jenny for assembling this during the live tweeting this morning), it looked like the JBF's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is more than just… read more

James Beard Chef & Restaurant Awards semifinalists

Earlier today, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards. This list includes categories both national awards such as Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Baker, Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Restaurateur, and Rising Star Chef of the Year, plus regional categories for chefs.  Not surprisingly, a fair number of the chefs and restaurateurs landing… read more

Hyperlocal eating gains traction in smaller cities

There's no doubt that if you follow food or restaurant trends at all, you've heard about the movement of restaurants to source ingredients locally (and tell you about it on their menus). The latest iteration of this movement is hyperlocal, meaning that the restaurants source virtually every food they sell from within a small radius of the restaurant, including growing… read more

This new strain of wheat could be a game-changer

Millions people suffer from celiac disease or have gluten intolerance. For most of them, this means they cannot enjoy delicious things the rest of us take for granted like bread and pasta. While gluten-free recipes have improved drastically in the last few decades, some items just don't measure up to the real deal. However, that may soon change, as scientists… read more

Food & Wine’s new feature highlights how pros cook at home

America has a fascination with celebrities, and we love to see how they act when the camera is not rolling. One of the most popular features in a supermarket tabloid that shall remain nameless is one called "Celebrities - they're just like us!" It features photos of Hollywood stars shopping at grocery stores, buying bed linens, or walking their dog… read more

A bright spot in culinary print media

The past several years have been rough in the newspaper industry. Mergers, mass layoffs, and shrinking sections have been the order of the day, precipitated by falling revenues. Stand-alone food sections were among the many casualties of this decline, with prominent papers reducing staff or eliminating the food section altogether, especially in the print edition. Today we learned a bit… read more

Denmark wins the 2019 Bocuse d’Or

Earlier today chefs wrapped up the two-day Bocuse d'Or competition in Lyon, France. This year's event resulted in a Scandinavian sweep, as top honors went to the team from Denmark, with Sweden and Norway finishing second and third respectively. Held every other year, the Bocuse d'Or is considered the most prestigious culinary competition in the world. Teams earn their spot… read more

Rachael Ray’s ’30 Minutes Meals’ is coming back to Food Network

Rachael Ray's Food Network program '30 Minute Meals' aired on Food Network for an impressive 11 seasons, from 2001 to 2012. Ray continued to cook on her daytime talk show, which is syndicated worldwide, and has published several cookbooks including a new title coming this October: Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook. In an Instagram… read more

IKEA’s food lab set to release a new cookbook

When you think about food and IKEA, what probably springs to mind are visions of Swedish meatballs and possibly lingonberry jam. However, since 2015 the global housewares giant has been taking a look at food. Space10, IKEA's global research and design lab, has been working diligently at identifying ways to make food more sustainable. This May, Space10 is coming out with a… read more

Big change is coming to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards

Each year we post the listing for the San Pellegrino listing of the 50 best restaurants in the world, highlighting cookbooks from the chefs that helm these fine dining establishments. The list of winners was starting to sound like a broken record - Noma landed at the top five different times, and the top five contained many of the same… read more

Is this the ultimate “Cake-Off”?

If you are a fan of either (or both) Cake Boss Buddy Valastro or Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, you are in for a treat. We just discovered that the two are set to face off against one another in a new six-episode Food Network series. The show premieres Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network.  Simply titled… read more
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