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We wanted to start this week's roundup by wishing our members who celebrate a Happy Hanukkah. A few years ago I wrote about the history of Hanukkah latkes, including the tidbit that originally latkes were not made with potatoes (which are indigenous to the Americas) but rather with cheese. If you are looking for recipes to help you celebrate, head… read more

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Kitchens and cooking have evolved over the centuries: the methods and equipment used by our grandparents and ancestors have transformed into modern-day appliances and techniques. It's fascinating to observe these changes, and thanks to the Smithsonian, you can easily do just that by viewing an 1868 catalog of cook stoves. I am thankful I do not have to make holiday… read more

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As the holiday season approaches, some of us are a bit out of shape for large meal planning due to the pandemic, so we appreciate getting tips on how to create a successful celebration. One tip that crossed my news feed this week involves turkey roasting. If you are keen on getting that perfectly golden bird, head over to Taste,… read more

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Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes a book that makes you realize that there are new things under the sun. That describes the newly indexed book Slippurinn, the debut cookbook from Icelandic chef Gísli Matt. It required 44 new ingredients to be added to the ingredients database. This does fall short of the record set… read more

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Ina Garten is one of the most beloved authors among our members. Her 1999 debut, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, ranks at #11 for number of bookshelves in the EYB Library. If you are among those who do not have this book, you might want to head to Costco, where you will find an exclusive new edition of this book that… read more

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Bobby Flay has been part of Food Network for almost as long as it has been broadcasting, joining the fledgling cable network during its first year on air in 1994. He has been part of some of Food Network's most popular programs, including Iron Chef America, Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and others. After 27 years together, however, the celebrity chef… read more

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As the holidays creep closer, people who love to bake are gearing up for their favorite time of the year. Trays of cookies, celebratory cakes like bûche de Noël, and Thanksgiving and Christmas pies all beckon. If you are living in the United States and are looking forward to holiday baking season, you might want to buy your flour now,… read more

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Michael Ruhlman's book Ratio opened my eyes to understanding how so many recipes work, ranging from custard to pastry crust. That is why I enjoyed this useful chart of six essential baking ratios from Taste of Home. Print it out and keep it handy when comparing recipes. Can you get too much GBBO? Nah, we don't think so. This week… read more

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After 18 long years, it has finally happened - chef René Redzepi and his restaurant Noma have received a third Michelin star. In an Instagram post, the restaurant said "We want to thank our wonderful guests for their support over the last 18 years and a huge shout of course to all our collaborators—farmers, winemakers, foragers—everyone that’s been a part of… read more

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There are two types of people in the world: those who meticulously follow a recipe's direction to use one clove of garlic, and those who see that and add three (or more) cloves. If you count yourself as part of the latter group, head over to America's Test Kitchen, where they explain how the strength of garlic's flavor depends on… read more

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This week brings us plenty of news about several celebrity chefs/cookbook authors and their restaurant openings and closings. First up is that Gordon Ramsay is at long last opening another restaurant in Scotland, 17 years after his Glasgow eatery Amaryllis closed. The new outpost of Bread Street Kitchen & Bar will take over the former Refinery site at 4-8 St… read more

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From baking to operating a cookery school to writing several bestselling cookbooks, John Whaite is living his best life. He will soon add another accomplishment to his impressive career: the 2012 Great British Bake Off champion is slated to compete in Strictly Come Dancing’s first all-male partnership. Whaite said: “I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly… read more

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Maggie Beer is an Australian national treasure. Her cookbooks have garnered numerous awards, and she has taken up the cause of trying to change the food in aged care through her eponymous foundation. The Sydney Morning Herald's Benjamin Law recently interviewed Beer, asking questions on a number of topics, including her life before her food career. (As a reminder, EYB… read more

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The famous Bonne Maman advent calendar is back - hurry before they are gone. There are 24 delicious flavors in mini jars featured in this year's edition, including new Cherry with Hibiscus Flower, Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit, Peach with Jasmine, Wild Blueberry with Lemon Balm, and Raspberry with Rose. The fresh styles are included along with the classics everyone loves,… read more

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Fans of the UK's Borough Market will like this tidbit - it's been a while since the Market Life magazine was last published. The magazine stalled at issue #49, so very close to a milestone publication. This week, the Market finally announced the release of issue #50. To mark this accomplishment, they have assembled a special bumper edition, which includes… read more

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Even though I have pared down my kitchen tool collection, I still have several different whisks. Each handles a particular task better than others. If you're wondering which whisk performs best for different uses, head over to The Kitchn. They have put together a primer on types of whisks and the differences between them. When I make a Caesar salad… read more

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Millions of people watched famed chef Jacques Pépin's short cooking videos during the pandemic. Although I never much paid attention to the clothing he was wearing, Charlotte Reilly of Inside Hook took notice. She added him to her list of the 50 best dressed men over 50. Reilly says she was impressed by "how simply and timelessly Pépin is dressed"… read more

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The Anthony Bourdain documentary titled 'Roadrunner' was released in theaters on July 15 and is getting mixed reviews from critics. Helen Rosner likes it (but is disquieted by the artificial intelligence used to fabricate Bourdain's voice), while Sean Burns says it is more of a petty tell-all than a true portrait of the revered chef. The film explores Bourdain's life,… read more

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Reduce, reuse, recycle, eat? Scientists have recently developed a novel solution for disposing of waste plastic. They invented a process to convert discarded plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring using bio-engineered bacteria. The research was published in the journal Green Chemistry, and the scientists claim that the process generated no hazardous waste. My mornings always begin with a steaming cup of coffee. If… read more

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The #MeToo movement saw plenty of accusations of harassment in the culinary sphere, especially among back of the house staff. It seems that harassment isn't the only problem in restaurant kitchens; bullying and toxic work environments seems to be commonplace. The latest restaurateur to be put in the hot seat is Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin. Anonymous complaints have labeled his… read more

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We begin this week's recap with sad news: influential chef Mark Peel has died at the age of 66 just days after being diagnosed with cancer. Peel worked at various restaurants including Wolfgang Puck's Spago. Along with his wife at the time Nancy Silverton, Peel opened the famed restaurant Campanile, which won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2001. Campanile… read more

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Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Delia's first job as a cookery writer was for the Daily Mirror in 1969 - numerous phenomenal best sellers and television series followed including Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course in 1978 and Delia's Christmas, Summer & Winter Collections in the 1990s. The indefatigable Smith… read more

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If you are like me and cannot have too much Jacques Pépin in your life, head over to to YouTube to see a charming interview with the iconic chef that aired last week on CBS This Morning. Jeff Glor sat down with Pépin at his home in Connecticut, where at age 85 he shows no signs of slowing down. The… read more

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The croissant is one of France's most easily identifiable pastries. The flaky crescents are adored and emulated around the globe. Many chefs have made mashups of the butter-laden treats and other well known pastries, resulting in the Cronut and the Cruffin. The Ritz Paris' renowned pastry chef François Perret has a new way to put a spin on the beloved… read more

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For over 70 years, The Good Food Guide has reviewed the best restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK. From 1951 until 2020, the guide was completely rewritten and compiled from scratch each year. Last May Waitrose announced that it would not publish the 2021 edition due to the pandemic, but vowed to return in a year's time. However, we… read more
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