Michel Roux Jr’s new travel program showcases French country cooking

The past couple of years have been rough on Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. He lost both his father Albert Roux (early this year) and his uncle Michel (in 2020), in addition to the pandemic wreaking havoc on the restaurant industry. Instead of dwelling on those events, the chef is instead focusing on the positives, such as a new grandson… read more

My Cookbook Passion and Quick Bites with Pamela Grogan, the author

My Cookbook Passion: Culinary History and Adventure in Exploring My Collection by Pamela Kure Grogan is slated for publication in November and our members will definitely want to own this title. A cookbook with a historic recipe anthology does not easily define the wonder of tracking the evolution of the cookbook and the modernization of the kitchen. Pamela Kure Grogan's… read more

A new Oxford Companion is on the way

The Oxford Companion series offers authoritative, highly researched deep dives into subjects like cheese, wine, and beer. Next month we welcome a new volume to these reference works: The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, edited by David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum, hosts of the podcast Life Behind Bars. The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails is the first major… read more

Looking forward to 2022 cookbooks

Every 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. Preview posts for the second half of 2021 -… read more

The New Yorker special culinary archival issue

Run, don't walk, to your local newsstand and buy a copy of this week's The New Yorker (or sign up for a free trial). The current issue is a tantalizing smorgasbord of food and drink writing, culled from the magazine's long and storied history. There are throwback articles from Anthony Bourdain, Nora Ephron, M.F.K. Fisher, Calvin Trillin, Madhur Jaffrey, and… read more

Food news antipasto

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

Emily Dickinson, food writer

Emily Dickinson was never famous in her lifetime, with only a handful of her poems published while she lived, and all of those anonymously. The prolific poet's works were only discovered and published after her death at age 55. Despite authoring over 1,800 poems, Dickinson did not occupy all of her time with writing: she was known for both her… read more

A simple cookie

A chocolate chip cookie, no matter how large, is not going to solve the world's problems. I know that it cannot fix the fact that I missed a meeting with my supervisor earlier today, much less undo the tremendous damage caused by a madman thousands of miles away. It is just a simple confection, composed of flour, butter, sugar, and… read more

Don’t say cheese, say formaggio

Assorted cheeses on a rustic wooden board
I'll never forget the first time I walked in to the Dean & Deluca in Georgetown (Washington, DC). I was at the beginning of my culinary awakening, when I first became aware of the vast world of food beyond what I had experienced in my small Midwestern community. In particular, the array of specialty cheeses floored me: I did not… read more

Baked to Perfection – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK giveaway to win one of three copies of Baked to Perfection: Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes, with a Pinch of Science by Katarina Cermelj. Baked to Perfection: Delicious Gluten-free Recipes, with a Pinch of Science by Katarina Cermelj begins with a thorough look at the gluten-free baking basics: how different gluten-free flours behave, which store-bought blends work best, and how… read more

New wishlist feature

Many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time. We are delighted to announce that the Wishlist is finally here. Next to each book and magazine's indexing status in the EYB Library you will see a red heart outline. When you click it, the heart turns to a solid red - the book or magazine is… read more

A tart and a tale

As I doom-scrolled through Twitter today, a tweet about Mayukh Sen's recent column for The New Yorker caught my eye, and I'm glad I clicked through. In the article, Sen shares a recipe for a late-summer tart by the indomitable Madeleine Kamman, but the piece is much more than just a short blurb and a recipe. Sen has a gift… read more

August 2021 New Cookbook Review

As I mentioned in a recent weekly roundup, publishers are experiencing shipping delays and labor shortages resulting in books being moved further down the pipeline. Typically our August monthly review is far more expansive. However, this does not mean that there aren't some spectacular books to consider this month. If you would like to order any of these titles, using… read more

Even more delicious things I am adding to my list of baking intentions

My list of baking intentions continues to grow. I've been working on the usual end of the month posts, the new cookbook review and our EYB Cookbook Club summary, but needed to take a break last night to do something creative. My reasoning is that if there isn't a due date, it is creative. Plus if I document my baking… read more

Sur la table Online Cookbook Club – Ticket to Event & Dada Eats Cookbook Giveaway

Sur la table (SLT) has offered cooking classes for years and I've been fortunate enough to take two classes one on laminated dough and another on macarons. Since COVID, they have switched up their classes to an online setting. Credit: Julia Gartland Last month, SLT launched their online cookbook club. August's featured author was Hetty McKinnon and September's author will… read more

August 2021 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: Main option: Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus by Yasmin KhanBaking option: Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya HussainOnline option: Jamie Oliver Online Recipes or Yasmin Khan Online RecipesVeg option: Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone by Jamie Oliver For past EYB Cookbook Club… read more

Food news antipasto

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

This week: A look inside Jamie Oliver’s upcoming book, the art of creating canelés, cookbook giveaways, recipes and EYBD Previews

For this week's roundup, I will feature a look at Jamie Oliver's latest book and I plan to detail more titles next week. My preview for the second half of 2021 and other sneak peeks can be found at the links shared. I also wanted to revisit canelés as we were discussing this lovely pastry in The Cookbook Junkies. COVID's… read more

The underground cocktail books that changed the industry

The turn of the century ushered in an era of craft cocktails that completely changed the bartending scene. A handful of cocktail books helped shaped this renaissance, including The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff, The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan, The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall, and Death & Co by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald and Alex… read more

The cookbook that couldn’t find a home

Hundreds of EYB Members own Gina DePalma's 2007 book Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen, which enjoys a five-star rating. What you might not know is that DePalma penned a follow-up travelogue/cookbook that explored the sweets of every Italian region. That's because DePalma died of cancer at age 49, before the book could be published. With a working title… read more

At Home in the Kitchen and Cook This Book – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win a copy of At Home in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes from a Chef's Night Off by David Kinch and Devin Fuller and Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat by Molly Baz. At Home in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes from a Chef's Night Off by David Kinch and Devin Fuller features… read more

An Onion in My Pocket – Deborah Madison Quick Bites – Book Giveaway

Enter our US/worldwide giveaway to win one of three paperback copies of An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables by Deborah Madison. Two copies provided by the publisher to US members and one copy provided by EYB to a member outside the US. Deborah has events scheduled so be sure to check out our calendar including one this… read more

Sheet Cake Cookbook; USA Pan Half Sheet Pan and Ateco Off-Set Spatula Giveaway and Quick Bites with Abby Dodge

Enter our US giveaway to win one of three copies of Sheet Cake: Easy One-Pan Recipes for Every Day and Every Occasion by Abigail Johnson Dodge and one of three USA half sheet pans and one of three Ateco off-set spatulas. Three winners will receive a cookbook, sheet pan and off-set spatula! Today is not only the publication day for Sheet… read more

What’s the shelf life of spices?

If you are like me, your spice cabinet/drawer overfloweth, the natural result of a large cookbook collection and an insatiable appetite to try new and different cuisines. You may have purchased a jar of spice for a particular recipe and the rest sits unused, patiently waiting until you find another recipe that calls for it. In this instance, patience is… read more

Food news antipasto

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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