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
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >