Food & Cooking Book Reviews

KITCHEN YARNS by Ann Hood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A full plate of heart and hearty eats."
In this culinary confessional from the acclaimed author, it's less about the kitchen and more about the yarns. Read full book review >
HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A sharp, entertaining foray into one of civilization's most ancient and agonizing quandaries."
An investigation of one of the primary downsides of alcohol that has forever plagued and puzzled the world's drinkers: the common hangover. Read full book review >

CRAVE by Christine O'Brien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A book that makes the topic of hunger entirely satisfying."
Hunger takes on new meaning in O'Brien's memoir about love, longing, and an ever growling stomach. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A well-informed and only occasionally overreaching consideration of a broad, complicated topic; a worthwhile read for anyone with anxieties about food."
An exploration of eating issues in relation to our body image-obsessed culture. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Cautiously optimistic and more analytical and philosophical than downright practical, Reese's work shows his deep concern for animals and makes clear why others should share it."
Moral arguments for ending animal farming, including an instruction guide for those who want to take part in the movement. Read full book review >

WINE READS by Jay McInerney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"For wine enthusiasts and newcomers alike, a sharp gathering of writing about wine's multidimensional, occasionally subversive pleasures."
Novelist, screenwriter, and wine connoisseur McInerney (Bright, Precious Days, 2016, etc.) lovingly curates a collection of pieces about the making, selling, and drinking of fine wine. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Nestle proves yet again that she is a unique, valuable voice for engaged food consumers."
A leading nutritionist asks whether consumers can trust highly publicized research into whether food and beverages are healthy and safely produced. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >