Last chance to download Fine Cooking recipes

Back in 2020, we wrote about DotDash Meredith's acquisition of Fine Cooking, which was marred by the disappearance (and subsequent re-emergence) of the FC website. Earlier this year, we learned that Fine Cooking was ceasing publication, and surmised that the website would eventually be taken down. Now, that day has come, with the Fine Cooking website set to shutter for… read more

This week: Cookie season is nearly upon us; recipes; EYBD Previews; giveaways and more

Brian Hart Hoffman recently shared his schedule at Williams-Sonoma for this autumn which we have added to our Calendar. He has planned a number of special guests with loads of baked goodness planned. We have also added book tours for the following authors: Deb Perelman for Smitten Kitchen Keepers; Michael Twitty for KosherSoul; and Laurel Kratochvila for New European Baking… read more

Cookbook author Sheila Brass of The Brass Sisters has died

Today is a day of mourning as the world copes with the loss of one of its most iconic individuals, Queen Elizabeth II, England's longest-ruling monarch. Food & Wine published a feature earlier this year about how the Queen affected dining habits the world over. The term 'end of an era' is often overused, but it certainly applies here. Whether… read more

Simply Chinese – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win a copy of Simply Chinese: Recipes from a Chinese Home Kitchen by Suzie Lee. Simply Chinese: Recipes from a Chinese Home Kitchen by Suzie Lee is a sumptuous collection of classic and modern Chinese home-style recipes that can be made, with ease, in our own home kitchens. With traditional dishes prepared in non-traditional ways, and… read more

New food words added to the dictionary

Every year, Merriam-Webster adds new words and definitions to its official dictionary, and 2022 is no exception. The dictionary publisher recently added over 370 words and phrases, and of course several food terms were included in the list. Most of these words will be familiar to EYB Members, who probably have larger-than-average food vocabularies, but I will admit that I… read more

Mooncakes with a twist

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which this year falls on 10 September, is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. The holiday is also celebrated by many other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. While originally conceived as a harvest celebration, the focus these days is on family reunions, so the festival often draws comparisons to US… read more

Meet this season’s new GBBO contestants

The Great British Bake Off is scheduled to be back on UK screens on September 13th! Netflix has also confirmed that season 13 (labeled as collection 10) will be airing in North America on the Friday after each new UK episode as they have done the last two years. To prepare for its return, we'd like to take a few… read more

Food news antipasto

Edd Kimber, the first winner of the long running Great British Bake Off (which as Jenny noted on Friday returns September 13), recently released another fantastic cookbook, Small Batch Bakes. The book was inspired by the time Kimber and his partner spent in lockdown, when there wasn't a crowd to bake for. Kimber shares this information and more in an… read more

Tomato products may be in short supply next year

Another day, another dismal food forecast, this time involving California tomatoes. Growers in the state, which produces the bulk of the tomato crop used for processing in the US, are facing year four of a prolonged drought. Yields are down again, with farmers unable to plant as much land and the plants themselves producing less due to the water shortage.… read more

The last two weeks: GBBO start date; Dorie’s new free baking group; Cedric Grolet; EYBD previews and more

The Great British Bake Off is scheduled to be back on UK screens on September 13th! Netflix has also confirmed that season 13 (labeled as collection 10) will be airing in North America on the Friday after each new UK episode as they have done the last two years. Credit: Channel 4 Speaking of baking, Rick Rodgers has announced his… read more

Is the Scoville scale antiquated?

red, yellow, and green peppers with char marks from being roasted, sitting on a white plate which rests on a blue table
Peter Piper may have picked a peck of pickled peppers, but he never weighed in on how hot they are. Different varieties pack varying levels of heat, and it can fluctuate between one pepper and another of the same type (shishito peppers often come with a warning on the label explaining that about 1 in 10 might be much hotter… read more

Science proves you eat with your eyes first

 A well-known adage among chefs and food lovers is, “You eat with your eyes first.” This truism has scientific backing, the most recent of which is a brain study conducted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, scientists discovered that food images appear to trigger a specific set of neurons. This is similar to earlier findings that certain areas of the brain are associated… read more

Is it PSL season already?

In much the same way as the holiday shopping season keeps getting enlarged - at some stores, Christmas decorations go up before the Halloween candy is sold out - food seasons seem to be expanding as well. What I call “pumpkin spice creep” contributes to the flavor appearing ever earlier in the year (as well as being added to an… read more

2023 Cookbook Preview Listing

Right before each 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. This year I have organized the monthly… read more

Food news antipasto

If you tried to mail order any Bob's Red Mill products in the last couple of weeks, you already know that the company has ceased its online ordering operation. According to a spokesperson, “Due to our excellent distribution network and the wide availability of Bob’s Red Mill products in stores and online, Bob’s Red Mill will no longer sell our… read more

The big chill

Conventional wisdom posits that there are some foods meant to be eaten hot, some foods that should be served chilled, and other foods that are best at room temperature. However, it can pay to throw out the rulebook and mix it up a little, for example chilling foods that you might not think would benefit from a stay in the… 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 New Cookbook Review

Once again there has been changes on the release dates of many cookbooks. I have updated our Library records but it's like trying to keep track of hundreds of moving targets. Recently, I shared my fall/autumn preview Part I for the baking titles and Part II for non-baking titles - great titles await us. If you would like to order any of… read more

Andrea Nguyen discusses the cookbook business

Adam Roberts, one of the first breakout food bloggers, launched a new podcast earlier this year called The Amateur Gourmet Podcast (named after his blog and taking a bit of a turn from his previous podcast called Lunch Therapy). Several episodes feature the topic Eat Your Books Members love best: cookbooks, including the most recent episode, in which Roberts interviews… 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

An ode to ‘the recipe’

Recipes are the raison d'etre of Eat Your Books; the entire website revolves around the subject. We have indexed over 2.3 million recipes, from the simple to the wildly extravagant, recipes that have appeared in cookbooks and websites and magazines the world over. Through the years in which I have been writing for EYB, I have read thousands and thousands… read more

Food news antipasto

This is cause for celebration - Le Creuset is having another Factory to Table Sale, with discounts of up to 40% off. The sale features everything from Dutch ovens to grill pans to tagines to nonstick skillets to dinnerware and more. Even better: they are offering free shipping on all orders, with no minimum purchase required. Be sure to check… read more

Must-have appliances according to kitchen experts

The number of kitchen appliances available to consumers these days is staggering. From Instant Pots to air fryers to steam ovens to convertible refrigerators, appliances large and small can fulfill your cooking needs as well as your kitchen fantasies. Opinions vary on which appliances are the most useful, so Australian Gourmet Traveller recently polled several experts - chefs, kitchen stylists… read more

Sometimes it’s the little things

Maybe it began when I received a miniature whisk ornament as a holiday gift one year, or perhaps it started even with the Matchbox cars I played with as a child, but whatever the impetus, I've long had a fascination for all things Lilliputian. The comments on our recent post that featured the teensy-weensy measuring spoons reminded me that not… read more

This week: GBBO news; free app with lifestyle programming to launch soon; recipes; previews and more

Great American Media will be launching a new free app, Great American Community, on September 26th, 2022. The app will introduce viewers to 15 original short-form series, each headlined by well-known lifestyle experts and TV stars. The 15 exclusive shows will feature “fresh advice and inspirational stories from each host,” including fan-favorite actors Danica McKellar, Cameron Mathison, Trevor Donovan, Jill… read more
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