Food & Cooking Book Reviews

AMERICAN WINE by Tom Acitelli
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A tasty combination of commercial and culinary history reflecting the maturations of the wine business and Americans' taste buds."
In an appropriate follow-up to The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution (2013), Curbed Boston founding editor Acitelli wades into the colorful history of American fine wine, showing how, in 2014, the United States surpassed France to become the largest wine market in the world.Read full book review >
VORACIOUS by Cara Nicoletti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"All in all, a pleasure for hungry readers."
An exploration of "the profound connection between eating and reading." Read full book review >

Recipes for Redemption by Carole Bumpus
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"An interesting survey of traditional regional French cooking for intermediate to advanced cooks and fans of Bumpus' novel."
This companion cookbook to Bumpus' novel, A Cup of Redemption (2014), provides recipes for traditional, rural French cooking, region by region. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A well-researched effort that will undoubtedly add to general readers' knowledge about the food they consume on a daily basis."
Veteran food journalist Marx de Salcedo delves into a previously obscure organization in the Boston suburbs that influences perhaps half the items for sale in supermarkets. Read full book review >
DRIVING HUNGRY by Layne Mosler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Mosler's lively and accessible writing style joyfully captures the satisfaction gained by trusting your instincts and seeking out new places, food, and people."
Building on the success of her blog, Taxi Gourmet, Mosler recounts the story of her transcontinental search for a vocation, which propelled the author into dancing in tango clubs in Buenos Aires, becoming a cab driver in New York City, and falling in love with the city of Berlin. Read full book review >

STIR by Jessica Fechtor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"The recipes are simple and uncomplicated; many of them have a handful of ingredients but are prepared in a way that might surprise you. Fechtor's book could be described the same way."
Dealing with the aftereffects of an aneurysm through a love of cooking. Read full book review >
IN A FRENCH KITCHEN by Susan Herrmann Loomis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A tempting and helpful guide to delectable food."
A warm invitation to the French table. Read full book review >
ANOTHER PERSON'S POISON by Matthew Smith
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 2, 2015

"While Smith's text sometimes reads like a doctoral dissertation, all that meticulousness adds weight and authority to the evidence of the serious shortcomings of a medical specialty."
A scholarly history of food allergy. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ON A PLATE by Mina Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A culinary adventure that delights on many levels and leaves readers hungering for more."
In her first book, Guardian Cook editor Holland salutes classic dishes from a few dozen different countries. Read full book review >
DARJEELING by Jeff Koehler
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"A thorough account that tracks the growing and processing of this fine tea against the wider changes in today's India."
From seed to auction, a detailed look at the growing, selling and drinking of India's "champagne of tea." Read full book review >
GRAIN OF TRUTH by Stephen Yafa
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"An appealingly complex narrative of a successful quest, with recipes for the home baker."
Playwright and screenwriter Yafa (Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber, 2004) debunks the claim by "the anti-gluten medical contingent" that wheat is unhealthy because it contains gluten, a protein that supposedly contributes to "obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more."Read full book review >
BOURBON EMPIRE by Reid Mitenbuler
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"An illuminating, well-paced narrative that will interest students and imbibers of the wee drap, American-style."
"America was astonishingly drunk." So concluded just about every visitor to these shores in the early days of the republic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >