One-on-One With 'Grandbaby Cakes' Author Jocelyn Delk Adams

Jocelyn Delk Adams, Chicago author of “Grandbaby Cakes,” which we named one of the Best New Cookbooks of 2015, and the upcoming “Grandbaby Celebrations,” makes food that honors her family history. Make It Better: Why do you think it is important to honor family cooking and baking traditions? Jocelyn Delk Adams: Before I started my […]

2016’s Best New Cookbooks for Holiday Giving

Another year, another 3,458 cookbooks (approximately) published. While many books are just peachy on a tablet or e-reader, there’s something about the hands-on approach with cookbooks, and they’re a gift that everyone loves to get. Personally, I read ‘em like novels, and I particularly connect with the authors who really share a part of themselves; […]

Chicago Culinary Bookstore Serves Up a Menu of Holiday Gifts

With world-class restaurants on virtually every corner, it’s no surprise that Chicagoans like to dish up top-notch nosh at home too. Now there’s a new foodie bookstore to cater to their discerning palates. Located on the hip Halsted Street shopping corridor in Lincoln Park, Read It & Eat carries everything from well-known encyclopedic reference cookbooks to […]

The Best New Cookbooks of 2015

Every year, when it comes time to compile my annual list of favorite cookbooks, I ask myself the same questions: What makes a cookbook compulsively readable? Why do some cookbooks – even those without the Food Network imprimatur – become bestsellers, while others languish on the shelves? Most importantly, which new cookbooks can I not […]

Cookbooks Make Delicious Gifts

Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks are released. Are they all worthwhile? Of course not! But hidden among the throng are always a few great books, ones that you will refer to again and again… or at least gaze longingly at and drool upon. Here are some of my favorites from this year’s crop.   […]

Thanksgiving Cookbooks

Need some fresh culinary inspiration this Thanksgiving?   This booklist from The Book Stall at Chestnut Court will make finding the perfect recipes, well, gravy. 1. “Katie Brown Celebrates” by Katie Brown ($30.00) Thanksgiving Dinner is on pp. 159-173. 2. “The Silver Palate Good Times” by Lukens and Rosso. ($15.95) America Gives Thanks –  pp. […]

Localvore Lit: 3 Books That Will Help You Eat Healthier

The farmers markets have just opened, and we finally have fresh, local vegetables. It’s time to eat in a new, seasonal way-and the bookshelves are filled with works by experts who want to influence how and what we eat. So, if you’re on a quest to eat well, here are three books you should devour […]