An autobiographical reflection that’s more consistently inspiring than informative.

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UNSTOPPABLE

A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

A CEO distills 10 spiritual principles that she says paved the way for her success. 

Before founding a successful menu-labeling company called MenuTrinfo, debut author Craig weathered daunting personal challenges: She was raised by an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother, she says, and in her 20s, she struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol. In 2005, at the age of 41, she was diagnosed with scleroderma, a debilitating autoimmune condition, and was given no more than 18 months to live. However, Craig persevered and began a successful business that developed a nutritional database for the food industry. This book—a combination of genuinely inspiring memoir and business-minded self-help manual—is largely focused on the 10 principles that guided Craig’s life and which she believes accounts for her accomplishments. For example, she discusses both the indispensability and limitations of passion, the importance of requesting help, and the chief virtues of courage, honesty, and persistence. An abiding theme is the notion that financial prosperity requires moral responsibility. The book’s instructional aspect seems intended for those who wish start a new business with limited experience; Craig is particularly informative when discussing low-cost alternatives to getting an MBA. Each chapter ends with a series of questions meant to provoke further contemplation, offering synoptic homework assignments of sorts. The author writes in charmingly informal prose style that’s consistently clear and accessible. The advice she offers is unfailingly sensible, but it’s also generally anodyne, with nothing that’s controversial or provocative; for example, here’s how she answers the question of why companies should act ethically: “just because it is the right thing.” No one would object to such a stance, of course, but it doesn’t make for a stirring read. 

An autobiographical reflection that’s more consistently inspiring than informative.

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-09524-9

Page Count: 226

Publisher: BCGA, LLC

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2018

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    

 

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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