Food & Cooking Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A concise, engaging tour of the world's winemaking regions for casual aficionados."
A geographical guide to wine by a traveling sommelier. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An expert life of an undeservedly obscure American."
A fascinating—and disturbing—history of the late-19th-century crusade for food safety, led by a pioneering scientist who fought hard against "chemically enhanced and deceptive food manufacturing practices," some of which we still see today. Read full book review >

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A shallow, worn exploration of diverse experiences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl describes the idyllic scene outside her window and wonders, "What's outside your window?" Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A passionate and courageous story that should be required reading for anyone involved in disaster response."
After Hurricane Maria's destruction of Puerto Rico, a renowned chef and an army of volunteers raced to feed the islanders when others could not. Read full book review >
50 WAYS TO LOVE WINE MORE by Jim Laughren
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"This book's heft may intimidate novices, but these pieces of advice will be useful for anyone who's ever wanted to know more about wine."
Laughren (The Beer Drinker's Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine, 2012) offers a guide to getting more out of your wine-drinking experience.Read full book review >

DRINK BEER, THINK BEER by John Holl
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Will appeal to neophyte beer drinkers and foodies generally."
Informative overview of the economic and cultural transformations surrounding the world of beer. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lively model of modern folklore and a must for fans of the original series."
A welcome rekindling of the Foxfire franchise of books on Southern folkways. Read full book review >
CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A well-rendered narrative about how one specific island's fate stands as a warning for all coastal regions."
Land and culture erode on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >
Released: July 28, 2018

"A straightforward, easy-to-use reference for home bakers."
A handbook of common (and not-so-common) baking substitutions. Read full book review >
JELL-O GIRLS by Allie Rowbottom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A book brimming with intelligence and compassion."
Rowbottom chronicles her relationship to a legendary American food brand and the dark underside of its history. Read full book review >
KILLING IT by Camas Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"The making of a young female entrepreneur rendered in unvarnished detail."
Finding beauty and moral high ground in the abattoir. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A genial journey through history that will leave readers both satiated and ravenous."
A husband and wife—he is French; she, American—move briskly through the history of France with a picnic basket full of information about the connections between history and gastronomy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >