Posts tagged with cookbooks

Jul 25 2023



NPR just posted a great interview with food writer Madhur Jaffrey, whose 1973 cookbook An Invitation to Indian Cooking is getting a gorgeous 50th anniversary reprint from Knopf...

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Dec 21 2022

Dry January supplies


If you know anyone who's planning to participate in Dry January—or you're just looking for a festive New Year's Eve libation that won't leave you starting off 2023 with a hangover and regrets—I enthusiastically recommend picking up a copy of Julia Bainbridge's book Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever Reason...

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Jun 17 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea, by Alice Waters


Our latest Book Giveway is Alice Waters's Edible Schoolyard, which, should you be in need of one, would make an awesome coffee table book. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 7/5/19...

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Apr 1 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice: Puffin Plated edition, by Jane Austen


This week's Book Giveaway is the Puffin Plated edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, featuring "recipes for modern teatime treats" by Martha Stewart. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/15/19...

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Jan 30 2019

It claims to be the "easiest ever"


This article is a few months old, but it's about one of my favorite subjects: COOKIES. It is based on an excerpt from bestselling author Anne Byrn's recent book American Cookie, and focuses on the invention of blondies...

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Jan 29 2019

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, by Tamar Adler


As longtime readers know, while Wordcandy usually sticks to reviewing fiction, I make the occasional exception for nonfiction titles about stuff I consider to be of general interest—usually books about food, money, or the environment. Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal is touches on all three of those subjects, so it jumped to the top of my-to-be-read pile...

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Jan 29 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler


Our current Book Giveaway pick is Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal, which feels less like a cookbook than an updated version of one of those Victorian books of domestic management. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19.

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #8


And last but not least, Gift Idea #8, chosen because I'm hungry: my favorite cookbooks of 2018! (prices vary, but they're all in the $25 range)

I'm trying to resist buying too many more cookbooks, because I'm running out of room to actually, y'know, cook, but sometimes a cookbook is just too alluring to resist. This year's evil tempters include...

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Sep 20 2018

Love this idea


Newlywed Meghan Markle recently announced her first solo project as a royal person: a charity cookbook to raise funds for a community kitchen used by the displaced victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The cookbook, Together: Our Community Kitchen, will feature...

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Aug 30 2018

I want one!


I don't know anything about this book, but I LOVE the cover and I'm in awe of how they managed to make the food look plausibly vintage, yet avoided falling into the trap of making it look like...

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Aug 21 2018

Cookbooks to the rescue


If you, like me, find Create TV extremely soothing, you may have noticed that the recent show based on Nigella Lawson's latest cookbook At My Table seems to be always on, even though there's only a handful of episodes...

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Aug 8 2018



Last month, cookbook author and food blogger Molly Yeh posted a recipe for Smoked Butter Shortbread with Violet Buttercream, apparently inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The cookies sound amazing, and I'm definitely tempted to make them, but I want all of my nearest and dearest to know that if I ever manage to pipe a single frosting decoration...

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Aug 2 2018

And those 80s tops were very forgiving


This is not as exciting as yesterday's news, but it's still pretty amazing: someone is making a Golden Girls cookbook, and Babble has already posted its cheesecake recipe. The cheesecake recipe actually sounds great, but I'm hoping the rest of the book is...

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Jun 5 2018

Excellent (if depressing) work


The #MeToo movement has made investigative journalists out of some unexpected sources, Eater NY among them: the culinary news site recently posted an in-depth look at the accusations facing celebrity chef Mario Batali. (It is a follow-up piece to an earlier article on the subject that they posted in December.) Eater should be proud...

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Mar 22 2018



Fellow cookbook nerds take note: there's a fascinating article in The New Yorker about the ongoing battle between the descendants of Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking, and...

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Jan 4 2018

Anglophile foodies


I'm always attracted to yearly round-up posts, and this list of 2017's best food books is intriguing: I like the use of the word "splenetic", the cover art for The Folio Book of Food & Drink, and I definitely want to know more...

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Nov 6 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #2


Gift Idea #2: Any of these amazing cookbooks (prices vary)

It feels like a boatload of beautiful, inspiring cookbooks written by the creators of some of the internet's most popular cooking sites have recently been released, but here are our favorites...

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Oct 31 2017



Bon Appétit magazine recently posted a great review of France Is a Feast, a new book of Paul Child’s personal photographs taken between 1948 and 1954, when he and his wife, the famous Julia Child, were living in Paris and Julia was mastering the art of cooking French food...

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Sep 18 2017

Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard


I have a daily ritual: every morning, when it's still too early for me face the news, I skim glossy cookbooks while I groggily eat my breakfast. Sure, my actual breakfast is totally boring (black tea and an English muffin), but I find looking at pictures of beautiful food to be extremely soothing. That is why I am so fond of the popular website Half Baked Harvest, and why I decided to review author Tieghan Gerard's new cookbook...

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Sep 18 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard


This week's Book Giveaway is a little unusual: we're giving away Tieghan Gerard's new cookbook, Half Baked Harvest. But even if you're not the huge fan of Gerard's pretty, pretty website that we are, might we recommend her cookbook as an excellent coffee table option? There's something so soothing about staring at pictures of beautifully-presented food, and this book has 'em in spades...

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Sep 13 2017



There's a book trailer (so fancy!) celebrating the release of popular blogger Deb Perelman's second cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites. The above link includes information about...

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Apr 27 2017

Not quite satire, but...


There's a loving tribute up on Bon Appétit to Peg Bracken's The I Hate to Cook Book, the best-selling 1960s cookbook that features step-by-step instructions like "let cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare sullenly at the sink"...

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Jan 24 2017

Now on TV


Deb Perelman, creator of the popular cooking website Smitten Kitchen, just made an exciting announcement: Food Network has launched a Smitten Kitchen digital series. You can watch the first episode via the embedded link, and...

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Feb 21 2016

Those suits seem a little impractical for cooking, though.


NPR recently posted an interesting look at the people behind the upcoming The Vatican Cookbook: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes, and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican, which will be published in English in April. While Polish nuns apparently do most of the day-to-day cooking at the Vatican, members...

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Dec 14 2015



And speaking of horror stories, check out this Soviet cuisine cookbook! The recipes in Moscow-based food writers/historians Olga and Pavel Syutkin's The CCCP Cookbook: True Stories of Soviet Cuisine might not...

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Nov 5 2015

Maybe if it came with a really delicious dessert...


According to Fast Company, Eat Vegan Before 6:00 author Mark Bittman has left his longtime gig at The New York Times to join The Purple Carrot, a "plant-based meal-kit startup"...

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May 6 2015

I want these. All of them.


I love both cookbooks and nerdy literary slide shows, so there's no way I wasn't going to be all over this: Paste recently compiled a list of the Saddest Cookbooks Ever, and it is a delight...

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Nov 20 2014

Surrealism, food, and sex: a recipe guide


The Huffington Post recently featured a fascinating description of Les Diners de Gala, Salvador Dali's 1973 "erotic cookbook". I can think of few artists whose vision I find less erotic than Dali's, but maybe food was his one true medium? I sincerely love the cover, although...

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Jul 1 2014

So unhealthy. So delicious.


Okay, I have a sick, self-destructive love for instant ramen, so I was thrilled by this NPR article about Sarah Childs's recently-released book Rah! Rah! Ramen and the blog Dumbed Down Foods...

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Mar 27 2014

Mystery cake


I have an ongoing fascination with heritage recipes, despite being A) deeply lazy, and B) vegetarian, which severely limits the stuff I'm ever going to actually make. (Sorry, 1901 edition of The White House Cookbook; I'm never going to try that recipe for roasted squirrel.) So I was pretty stoked to pick up a copy of America's Best Lost Recipes, written by the editors of Cook's Country magazine, and read with purely academic interest...

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