Food & Cooking Book Reviews

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 >
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 >
Released: July 10, 2018

"The author offers little good news but provides an expert review of the human exploitation of marine life."
The James Beard Award winner and New York Times contributor dives into the world of "an oil that some believed would help us be much better than we are." Read full book review >

SEEDS OF SCIENCE by Mark Lynas
Released: June 26, 2018

"In this well-tempered, smoothly written book, Lynas calls for balance. Suspicion of all scientific discoveries will lead to further famine and global warming, while unscrutinized experimentation is prone to folly and corporate profit-gouging."
An environmental science writer takes a deep look at the ramifications of genetically modified organisms over the past four decades. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF COWS by Rosamund Young
Released: June 12, 2018

"A pleasant book about the joys of close observation."
British farmer Young shows how she has continued her family's farming tradition, a moral, observant, and personal way of farming that predates the "organic" trend or even the use of the term. Read full book review >
TASTING THE PAST by Kevin Begos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"The narrative occasionally drags, but this multidisciplinary master class in the history, science, religion, and literature of wines is as luscious as a full-bodied pinot noir."
You don't need to be an oenophile to enjoy this flavorful adventure about one wine nerd's search for the perfect grape. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING FEAST by Rick Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Dripping with tasty anecdotes, literary tales, and great food, this joyful book is delightful."
Have skillet, will travel; or, one writer's "pilgrimage of gratitude and generosity." Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A solid demonstration of why those who have a taste for lobster rolls better eat up while they can."
An environmental journalist turns in a somber story of vanishing fisheries and ways of life Down East. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"Fans of good beer will enjoy Noel's explorations, which make for a useful cautionary tale as well."
Mass-produced beer? You're soaking in it—and sometimes, as this foamy exposé relates, under the guise of a trendy indie label. Read full book review >
Released: May 11, 2018

"A thoughtfully presented resource for eating well after bariatric surgery."
A veteran of weight-loss surgery offers an empathetic, healthy approach for those recovering from similar procedures and for anyone looking for low-calorie dishes. 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 >