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Roasted mushrooms on toast is an easy to make but elegant to serve appetizer for any dinner party!

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

I’m late to the party but things have been hectic in the Eat the Love household what with my book promotions and the holidays. But one of the cookbooks that I’ve been obsessing over (other than my own Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, and the numerous ones I listed in my favorite cookbook lists part 1 and part 2) is Small Victories by Julia Turshen. Not only is it beautifully photographed by the amazing team of Gentl + Hyers (do you know them? They are one of my absolute favorite food photographers) but it is filled with interesting and accessible recipes that I actually want to make and eat at home.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

But more than that, Small Victories focuses on the tiny shortcuts and hints and tips that everyone needs in the kitchen. The name of the book really focuses on how you can make fresh meals from scratch, and adapt it to your own personal tastes easily. I adore the idea of adapting and shifting recipes in a casual way. I also hate the phrase “kitchen hack” or “life hack” when it comes to tips and trips. For me, the term “small victories” is perfect. Tips and easy recipes ideas that get your excellent dishes are definitely a small victory for everyone, so it makes sense that author Julia Turshen would name her book after the joy of finding little things that make folks happy in the kitchen.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

The recipes are interesting and sophisticated without being complicated (most recipes only call for 5 to 10 ingredients). And even though the book is geared toward beginners or folks who are just starting out in the kitchen there’s enough in the book for seasoned cooks to learn from as well as stretch a little bit out of their comfort zone. Small Victories show that it doesn’t take much skill or experience in the kitchen to create memorable and fantastic meals.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

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Happy New Year, 2017!

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Merry Christmas!

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Favorite Cookbooks of 2016 (part 2)

by Irvin on December 23, 2016 · 0 comments

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Favorite Cookbooks of 2016, part 2

I mentioned in my previous blog post that this was an ridiculously good year for cookbooks. I’ve fought tooth and nail to get my own cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered noticed by folks. And I’ve been thrilled with the press it’s gotten, especially with SO many cookbooks released this year that are just stunning. Here’s part 2 of my favorite cookbooks of 2016.

Far Afield

Far Afield by Shane Mitchell is one of those gorgeous cookbooks that functions as a beautiful photography coffee table book. With photos of cultures around the world, along with recipes that reflect those cultures, this is the book for anyone who suffers from wanderlust!

The British Table

I love learning more about cultures, even if they are ones I’m familiar with and The British Table by Coleman Andrews is a welcome addition to my library. With historical stories and references to classic British dishes (full English Breakfast anyone?) this book would be an awesome gift for those Anglophiles that want to learn more about the history and food culture of England.


Though I adore traveling and learning about different foreign cultures through their food, I often forget that the United States is a big country with their own pockets of culture and food. Victuals, by Ronni Lundy is a perfect example, as a cookbook that focuses on the Appalachian traditions and rich food culture. This isn’t necessarily a collection of recipes (though they are included) but rather a book filled with stories, history and photographs of the Southern Appalachia region which spans Kentucky and Tennessee to West Virginia, North Carolina and northern Georgia.

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Favorite Cookbooks of 2016 (part 1)

by Irvin on December 21, 2016 · 2 comments

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Favorite Cookbooks 2016 (part 1)

I’ve been obsessed with cookbooks for YEARS, even before I started my blog and so obviously writing my own cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered has been a dream come true. But the blessing and curse of having a cookbook come out this particular year was made apparent when I started looking at all the other fantastic cookbooks released in 2016. This year was a banner year for amazing cookbooks. Here, in no particular order, is part 1 of my favorite cookbooks of 2016.


Soframiz by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick is gorgeous and full of flavorful Middle Eastern dishes. Though occasionally the ingredients list calls for difficult to find items, I love discovering new dishes, ingredients and flavors that I am not familiar with. I can’t wait to dive into this book.

The London Cookbook

London and British food has come a long way since when I last visited England, back in 2004. The London Cookbook by Aleksandra Crapanzano has over 100 recipes showcasing the variety and breadth of one of the most exciting food cities right now. I’m also slightly bias, but my friend Sang An shot the photographs for the book and they are gorgeous!

Molly on the Range

I adore Molly Yeh of My Name is Yeh and so it was a given that I would love her book Molly on the Range. I just didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! With stories from her incredibly rich life to her beautiful photography and her brilliant recipes, this book deserves to be in the kitchen with you as well as in the living room or bedroom, as you curl up and read it like a novel.

Eat in my Kitchen

Eat in my Kitchen by Meike Peters is one of those unpretentious cookbook books that I just want to bring into the kitchen and cook from cover to cover. With warm and inviting photographs and approachable but interesting recipes, this is the perfect gift for a friend who loves to cook but isn’t quite ready to attempt any of the aspirational high-end restaurant chef cookbooks out there.

Cook Korean

Cook Korean by Robin Ha is adorable and informative at the same time. A comic book cookbook, each page is bursting with colorful illustrations showing you how to make Korean food. Perfect as a whimsical present for friends that love Korean food, or love comics or love both!

Butter and Scotch
Butter and Scotch by Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth combines two of my favorite things, cocktails and baked goods. The perfect hipster cookbook gift for your favorite Brooklynite (or one that just wishes they lived in Brooklyn) I love how they also provide instructions and photos on how to make the more intricate desserts.

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Marbled, Swirled, and Layered is EVERYWHERE!

December 19, 2016

If you’ve visited this blog at all you or follow me on my social media channels like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat, you know that I wrote a cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, that was released on November 1st, 2016. I haven’t had a chance to share any recipes from the book on this blog […]

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Eggnog Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust [Sponsored Post]

December 15, 2016

This eggnog cheesecake recipe with gingersnap crust will make even the ardent eggnog hater fall in love with the classic holiday drink. This post was sponsored by Clover Stornetta Farms. “So did you grow up with eggnog?” I asked AJ right before I bought a carton of Clover’s organic anniversary eggnog. He kind of shrugged […]

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The 2016 Gift Guide (and a giveaway!)

December 12, 2016

“NO MORE GIFT GUIDES”, shouted my friend Shauna on Facebook, who apparently was channeling the spirit of the Grinch. I cringed, because I had yet to publish my annual gift guide here on Eat the Love. But in the end, I decided she’s not the boss of me. Plus my gift guide is awesome. Because […]

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Pumpkin Sage Drop Biscuits from The Gourmet Kitchen

December 5, 2016

These easy-to-make pumpkin sage drop biscuits are packed with Autumnal flavor and are perfect to accompany a hearty soup or stew in the wintertime. This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive […]

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Cranberry Pie from Art of the Pie

November 28, 2016

A new, easy-to-make classic, the cranberry pie, will make every holiday season bright and cheery when it’s served up! This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive this cookbook for free as […]

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Ginger, Vanilla and Quince Upside Down Cake from the book Alternative Baker

November 21, 2016

A recipe for a warm and inviting ginger, vanilla and quince upside down cake from the cookbook Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive this cookbook […]

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Marbled, Swirled, and Layered Launch Party (and more upcoming book signing events!)

November 14, 2016

A book signing event at Omnivore Books made me realize that we are collectively better when we gather together and share with each other. I hadn’t really thought about the election results when I had scheduled my launch party. Omnivore Books, a cookbook bookstore here in San Francisco, was crazy busy with Fall book releases […]

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Marble Rum Cake

November 7, 2016

This Marble Rum Cake is easy to make and packed full of rum flavor because it uses 3 types of rum in it making sure it every bite is moist and tender. Every year I think about what sort of dessert I can make for AJ’s birthday and every year I end up circling back […]

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October 31, 2016

I’ve been working on my first cookbook Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, for the past three years. Here’s a sneak peak of the book that will be released November 1st, 2016! There is something slightly surreal about physically holding in my hand a copy of the first cookbook I’ve been working on for the past three […]

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Not Bolognese Sauce

October 24, 2016

This savory sauce is one of my go to recipes for when I am craving pasta. Just don’t call it Bolognese sauce. Everyone will get upset with you! There are something things I try not to talk about on the internet. Abortion. Religion. Politics (definitely no politics, especially in a presidential election year…though if you […]

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Sponsored Post: Spicy Apple and Berry Cobbler

October 17, 2016

This zippy spicy apple and berry cobbler is an updated twist on a classic comfort dessert. “Whoa. Is this recipe on your blog?” asked my new friend Kellie of The Suburban Soapbox. We were in Chicago for a short whirlwind 24 hours for the #OrganicForAll event hosted by Safeway. The day was flying by fast, […]

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Marbled Pumpkin Chocolate Bread

October 10, 2016

This beautiful and easy to make marbled pumpkin chocolate bread is bursting with Autumn flavor! “Wait, you’re taking off? What about the after party?” exclaimed my friend Yvonne of Tried and Tasty as I hugged her goodbye on the way to the airport. I was in Austin for the BlogHer Food conference where I had […]

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