Words that capture a culinary experience

If you don't grow up speaking English, it can be an extremely difficult language to learn. It has appropriated words and structure from so many different languages that making sense of grammar and spelling rules often requires reciting a poem (i before e except after c, or when sounded like a as in neighbor and weigh - and of course… read more

In praise of garlic powder

Watch a few videos of chefs and food writers and most of them will probably tell you that it's best to cook with fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to garlic. You'll see differing advice on how best to chop or mince the allium, but by and large most everyone will be saying that fresh garlic is much better than… read more

Savory Baking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything in Between by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Please be sure to check our Calendar for Erin Jeanne's events. Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything in Between by Erin Jeanne McDowell offers a collection of savory bakes from French onion muffins to perfect crepes. Along with the base recipes… read more

Spice: A Cook’s Companion Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Spice: A Cook's Companion by Mark Diacono. Spice: A Cook’s Companion by Mark Diacono is a vibrant exploration of flavour, fragrance and heat with a celebration of over 50 spices that will fill your kitchen with a wealth of heady aromas and tastes. Packed with ideas for enjoying and using… read more

Food news antipasto

We begin this week with another passing to report. Former New York Magazine Restaurant critic Gael Greene died this week at age 88. Greene revolutionized restaurant criticism. According to the NYT obit, "she put a premium on lively prose and colorful detail, throwing overboard the pompousness of the professional gourmets who dominated the profession." People noted the sensuality that came… read more

The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show – Week 8 – Pastry

We are down to five bakers for the quarter finals and this week was all about pastry. Signature: 12 individual Vol-au-vents made with a rough puff pastry and a sweet filling. Sandro forgot to turn on his oven - maybe his leather pants were too tight. (Forgetting to turn on the oven happens to contestants on the regular, a few… read more

How much do you cook from your cookbooks?

By and large, EYB Members own a lot of cookbooks. The numbers vary, with some people having just a handful and others thousands, but it is safe to say that if you are a member who does not like or possess multiple cookbooks, you would be an outlier. How much each of us actually cook from all of the books… read more

The last two weeks: 12,000 books indexed; Knead Peace; events; recipes and more

This weekend Eat Your Books celebrated another milestone. Due to the incredible work of our professional and member indexers, we have exceeded 12,000 indexed books! As of this date that number is 12,024! Thank you to all our indexers for their hard work and dedication. Our Calendar has been updated with events for André Darlington (Bar Menu), Borough Market Cookbook… read more

Gateau Cookbook and Burlap & Barrel Spices & Tea Towel Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of five copies of Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes by Aleksandra Crapanzano along with five sets of Burlap & Barrel spices and tea towels. Be sure to check out Aleksandra's events on our Calendar. Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes by Aleksandra Crapanzano is a work of art filled with lovely… read more

The foods of Día de Muertos

On the heels of Halloween is the Mexican celebration Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, celebrated November 1-2 each year. Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced to the ancient Aztecs, who felt that instead of mourning the deceased, people should celebrate their lives and welcome their spirits back to the land of the living once a year. Spanish… read more

Julie Powell, of Julie & Julia fame, dies at 49

We have just learned that Julie Powell, whose blog about her quest to make all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year, died on October 26 at age 49. Powell's blog attracted the attention of NYT reporter and Food52 founder Amanda Hesser, who wrote about Powell's efforts. Powell wrote a book about her experience,… read more

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

What’s your food risk tolerance?

Pathogens lurk everywhere: doorknobs, countertops, shopping carts, refrigerator handles, basically every surface you touch contains bacteria, some of it harmful. Your food can harbor nasty bugs too - salmonella, campylobacter, listeria, and E. coli are frequently found in grocery items ranging from salad greens to chicken. As someone who was once hospitalized (at Christmas, no less) for food poisoning, I… read more

Pasta Grannies Comfort Cooking – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Pasta Grannies Comfort Cooking: Traditional Family Recipes From Italy's Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison. Please be sure to check out Vicky's events on our Calendar. Pasta Grannies: Comfort Cooking: Traditional Family Recipes From Italy’s Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison, the author of the bestselling cookbook, Pasta Grannies review, brings… read more

Bigger Bolder Baking Every Day – Quick Bites & Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of Bigger Bolder Baking: Every Day: Easy Recipes to Bake Through a Busy Week by Gemma Stafford. The pastry chef, cookbook author, and creator of the hit online show BIGGER BOLDER BAKING presents her follow-up to her first book Bigger Bolder Baking with Bigger Bolder Baking: Every Day. Her new title… read more

Food news antipasto

We begin this week's review with some sad news:  venerated restaurateur and chef Joyce Molyneux passed away on October 28 at the age of 91. For decades, Molyneux helmed the Carved Angel, Dartmouth. One of the first female chefs to be awarded a Michelin star, in 1978, she never exhibited the unseemly behavior espoused by many chefs of the era,… read more

Trap Kitchen Mac N All Over the World: Quick Bites – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of two copies of Trap Kitchen: Mac N' All Over The World: Bangin' Mac N' Cheese Recipes from Around the World by Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith. Trap Kitchen: Mac N’ All Over The World: Bangin’ Mac N’ Cheese Recipes from Around the World by Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith: Three years after the… read more

The Modern Hippie Table – Cookbook Prize Package

Enter our US giveaway to win one of four prize packages containing a copy of The Modern Hippie Table: More Than 60 Recipes for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully by Lauren Thomas, Burlap & Barrel dishtowel and bottles of their Royal Cinnamon and Smoked Pimenton Paprika, and a Cheese Board and set of 4 cheese knives from Zwilling. Please check… 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

A treasured family cookbook gets a new life

Top view of a vintage open cookbook surrounded by some spices and herbs like thyme, rosemary, laurel, pepper, garlic and chervil, and some kitchen utensils. The cookbook is at the center of the image and its pages are empty so you can use it as a useful copy space. Objects are on a rustic dark brown wooden table.
If your house were on fire, what would you grab on the way out the door? For some people it might be a treasured photo album, but for me it would be the handwritten cookbook my grandmother gave me when I got married because it is a tangible and irreplaceable part of my family's history. For Holocaust survivor Steven Fenves,… read more

New Feature: EYBD Preview indexes

In March 2018, EYB launched our EYBDigital Preview and EYBDigital Recipe feature. An EYBD Preview is where a selection of full pages are available with many including a sampling of recipes. Please see this article for a full explanation of EYBD Previews and Recipes. To date we have 1,445 EYBD Previews in our Library. Of those Previews 890 are attached… read more

Autumn pantry essentials

Although autumn has been playing coy in many locations (it was in the upper 70s here two days ago, 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal), cooler temperatures will be here soon for many of our Members. With the change in the season, thoughts turn to warming spices and holiday traditions. BBC's Good food is here to help us make sure our… read more

October 2022 New Cookbook Review

Cookbook lovers call the period between August and the end of November Cookbooktober and we are in full swing with many new and exciting titles to read about, buy and/or add to your Wishlist. We are nearing the end of 2022 and have another big year planned for 2023. I will continue to update my 2023 preview listing to keep… read more

Food news antipasto

Fans of Anthony Bourdain might be excited to read the unauthorized biography titled Down and Out in Paradise. Author Charles Leerhsen could have dived into the many facets of Bourdain's work but instead focuses on the drama and the book, according to the late chef's friends and family, gets many facts and details wrong. In a review in The Guardian,… 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
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