Working with this book is something like dealing with a friend who's brilliant but has trouble following through. Shaw (Grilling from the Garden, not reviewed) has hit on a promising idea, but her goal is never clear. Does she mean this as a primer for those who aim to become total vegetarians? Or is it merely a guide to eating less meat? Recipes, particularly those for vegetable dishes, are often quite creative, but there is a distracting amount of information of all sorts bursting out of every nook and cranny. Each recipe has not only a descriptive header, but instructions for which steps can be done in advance, preparation and cooking times, serving suggestions, and complete nutritional information. In the disorganized foreword, Shaw expounds on everything from prune juice to tofu, and then sticks other subjects (how to light a grill, how to clean a leek) in with the recipes when applicable. At times her asides are so basic as to seem silly: ``A vegetarian version of a dish can taste easily as good as (or better than) the version with meat. But it won't taste the same.'' Serving sizes are consistently off; the filling for clever tomato timbales wrapped in spinach yielded three rather than the promised four, and a satisfying lentil salad with salty feta and crunchy bits of red onion and fennel was listed as serving four but could feed twice that many people. Bean-brained. (2-color illustrations, not seen)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-553-88206-X

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1994

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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