November 2022 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking from: Cookbook: Simple Pasta: Pasta Made Easy. Life Made Better. by Odette Williams  or Milk Street: Cook What You Have: Make a Meal Out of Almost Anything by Christopher Kimball or any of Milk Street’s online recipes.Baking: The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum or… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 10 – Finals

This year the finale episode had a theme: to raise awareness of our planet, so the bakers had to use sustainable, British ingredients as much as possible. Signature: Six mini cakes, six vegetarian pies and six finger sandwiches - the sandwiches from a loaf of white bread they had to bake as well. That is 18 individual bakes and 1… read more

December 2022 Great Big Cookbook Club

As our members know, each month we offer several cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you can prepare… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 9 – Patisserie Week

Is it me or was the fastest nine weeks in the history of weeks? The semi-finals are here meaning one more episode next week after the final four battle it out with patisserie. Signature: 6 identical mini charlottes with a set filling (mousse or bavarois) and a sponge of the baker's choice in 2 1/2 hours. As GBBO isn't sharing… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 7 – Custard

This week was all about custard: pouring, frozen and set custards to be exact. Signature: 8 ile flottantes - poached meringues floating in crème Anglaise in 1 1/2 hours I was surprised how many bakers had not heard of floating islands. I, myself, am not a fan of meringues, floating or otherwise. I like some texture in my food and… read more

October 2022 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking the following options: Cookbook: Persiana Everyday: All New Recipes from the Best Selling Author of Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour or any of Sabrina’s titles or any of Sabrina’s online recipes.Baking: Snackable Bakes: 100 Easy-Peasy Recipes for Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets and Treats by Jessie Sheehan or any of… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 6 – Halloween

Were there tricks or treats for the bakers this week? It was a Halloween themed bake off which I couldn't help but think of past contestant Helena Garcia being an ideal baker for this particular week. Garcia wrote The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For in 2020. The contestants dressed up a bit for the Halloween special with… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 5 – Desserts Week

It's dessert week - or pud week - in the tent. Signature: 8 individual steamed puddings in 2 hours served with an accompaniment of their choice. Carole spent a great deal of time saying "flipping hell" before burning her plums, after burning her plums, after adding lukewarm water and not hot enough water....it was just a flipping hell. This error… read more

November Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer several cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you can prepare… read more

Deviled eggs go upscale

One of the biggest restaurant food trends this year involves an ever-popular potluck and party staple, the humble deviled egg. Of course restaurants aren't going to serve just a plain deviled egg, as good as it may be. They are adding all kinds of bling and flair to zhush them up, as Epicurious explains. Chefs aren't just playing around with… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 4 – Mexican Week

We're back in the tent with all the bakers for Mexican week. You will recall last week, bread week, that no one was sent home due to Rebs and Abdul both being ill. This episode was a missed opportunity to teach viewers about Mexican desserts/bakes but instead an hour riddled with insensitive comments/props which demonstrated a clear lack of knowledge… read more

Apple season is the sweetest

In much of the Northern Hemisphere, fall is in the air with crisp morning air and blazing color on the trees. As the days shorten and we march inexorably toward the dark days of winter, there are a few respites along the way, chief among them the flavors of autumn, especially apples. If you live anywhere near an apple growing… read more

September 2022 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking from indexed blogs on EYB. Blog month – any recipe from the following indexed blogs on EYB: Nigella.comHalf Baked HarvestSmitten KitchenMaggie BeerEat the Love For past EYB Cookbook Club summaries, #EYBCookbookClub will pull up an archive of our club’s activities. Please… read more

Have you tried butter boards?

Watch out charcuteries boards, the hottest TikTok/Instagram food trend is coming for you. I'm talking about butter boards, which are all the rage right now. If you haven't seen one, it really is what the name suggests - boards "smeared with softened butter and topped with all manner of savory and sweet accoutrements," and they are multiplying like rabbits on… read more

October 2022 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer several cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you can prepare… read more

Making the most of tomato season

I just received an email from a local market announcing that it's peak tomato season. Farmers’ market stands and home gardens alike are brimming with tomatoes in all sizes and colors. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find ways to use all of this delicious harvest without turning to the same recipes over and over again - I love BLTs… read more

August 2022 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking from: Throwback month – free to cover anything we have covered in 2022. Please be sure to share book title in your posts for easier approval. For past EYB Cookbook Club summaries, #EYBCookbookClub will pull up an archive of our club’s… read more

September 2022 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer several cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you can prepare… read more

Lock your doors: it’s zucchini season

The warnings are dire: double-check to make sure all of your doors are locked, from your cars to your garage to your house. These precautions are not due to an increase in the crime rate, but rather because your neighbors are getting desperate to find homes for all of the zucchini (courgettes) that are now ripening in their garden. I… read more

July 2022 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking from: Cookbook: Milk Street: The World in a Skillet by Christopher Kimball or any of Kimball’s Milk Street titlesBaking: Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang and Christie MathesonOnline: Any Christopher Kimball online recipe or Joanne Chang For past EYB Cookbook Club summaries, #EYBCookbookClub will… read more

August 2022 Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer several cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you can prepare… read more

Panna cotta is having a moment

Once found almost exclusively on Italian restaurant menus, panna cotta seems to be bursting out everywhere, says Bon Appetit's Genevieve Yam. She feels we are currently "living in panna cotta’s golden age—one where all sorts of restaurants are spinning the dessert into their own form." What's not to love? Panna cotta is infinitely variable, with opportunities to infuse loads of… read more

June 2022 EYB Cookbook Club Summary

Each month we offer at least four cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. This month we have been cooking from: Cookbooks: I Dream of Dinner (So You Don’t Have To): Low-Effort, High-Reward Recipes by Ali Slagle – online recipes – or – any recipe from Emiko Davies – cookbooks or online recipes.Baking: Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries by Kristina Cho… read more

Exploring the softer side of celery

Most of us experience celery as a garnish to wings or a Bloody Mary, or perhaps as an afternoon snack loaded with peanut butter or squeeze cheese. But this fibrous vegetable offers a lot more than crunch (and strings in your teeth), explains Michael Harlan Turkell. He provides ideas for showcasing the rich and earthy flavors that cooked celery offers.… read more

July Great Big Cookbook Club Summary

As our members know, each month we offer several cooking options in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. There are other fun cookbook clubs around the interwebs and we’d like to highlight those for those members who might want to cook or bake something other than our choices.  We want to get this information out to you so you can prepare… read more
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