Food & Cooking Book Reviews

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS OF BORSCHT by Leda Schubert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Appetizing and heartwarming. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Too many cooks can make wonderful borscht. Read full book review >

MOUSENET by Prudence Breitrose
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Genuine goodwill, humor and impressive believability will have readers longing for mice as friends—not to mention political allies. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
What if computer mice meant something more exciting than tech accessories—something that could change the world? Read full book review >
ONE WORLD KIDS COOKBOOK by Sean Mendez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A deliciously engaging fusion of cookbook and cultural lesson. (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
International recipes for families interested in cooking a variety of world cuisines together. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"The dual message of nutrition and diversity will probably find its place in today's curriculum and can certainly augment units on food, language and culture. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the first day of her new school, Adelita learns that vegetables can have similarities and differences, as can new friends. Read full book review >

STREGA NONA'S GIFT by Tomie dePaola
FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The information conveyed about the feast days is interesting, but Strega Nona and Big Anthony aren't at their top form in this effort, with little of the rich magical humor they are known for. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
DePaola's latest holiday contribution describes the eight traditional feast days of the Christmas season in Calabria, home of the consummate cook, Strega Nona, and her ever-hungry sidekick, Big Anthony. Read full book review >
GINGERBREAD GIRL GOES ANIMAL CRACKERS by Lisa Campbell Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"The girl heroine, large trim size, catchy rhymes and repeating refrain make this one sure to be a popular choice for group readings…just don't forget the animal-cracker snack. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The plucky Gingerbread Girl is back in her second outing, this time trying to save an animal-cracker menagerie from the wily fox (The Gingerbread Girl, 2006). Read full book review >
SIZZLE by Lee McClain
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A charming heroine and a happy, if slightly unrealistic, ending make this stand out above the usual fare. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
An unexpected family illness forces a 14-year-old Latina foodie to leave her Arizona home for a large Pennsylvania household. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY GHOST OF RUE ORLEANS by Mary Quattlebaum
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Pair with Cambria Evans' Bone Soup (2008) or Kazuno Kahora's Ghosts in the House! (2008) for some fantastic, not-so-scary ghostly fun. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An enjoyable New Orleans tale featuring a most un-frightening ghost. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO WANTED TO COOK by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2011

"Needs more spice. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A riveting tale of French life? Read full book review >
STAY WITH ME by Paul Griffin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"An outstanding love story peopled by a wealth of memorable characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Their relationship is doomed from the start. Read full book review >
THE PICKY LITTLE WITCH by Elizabeth Brokamp
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Offer this up to the most discriminating eaters or readers; most likely they will dig right in. (soup recipe) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Most picky eaters would happily choose spinach or broccoli or even Brussels sprouts over the scary stew Mama Witch cooks up for Halloween. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >