Food & Cooking Book Reviews

LIFE FROM SCRATCH by Sasha Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Poignant, heartwarming and generously filled with delicious recipes."
An award-winning blogger and MFK Fisher scholar's account of how food not only came to define a difficult childhood, but also became the way she was able to heal her past. Read full book review >
BON APPÉTEMPT by Amelia Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Whether Morris is deconstructing her failed attempts at finding satisfying work, struggling with rocky family relationships or experiencing a culinary failure, she adroitly blends the ingredients of humor and self-reflection."
A refreshing take on growing up and coming to terms with the joys and travails of family, career and navigating the kitchen. Read full book review >

LENTIL UNDERGROUND by Liz Carlisle
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A nimble story about how one man's revolutionary ideas changed the way we eat."
Former country music singer/songwriter and newly minted geography doctorate student Carlisle unearths the secret history of a rogue posse of organic farmers operating deep in rural Montana. Read full book review >
DIRTY CHICK by Antonia Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Warm, funny and touching."
An "artsy San Francisco dilettante" tells the story of how she traded her urban existence for a life of "chasing cows…and executing chickens" in rural New Zealand. Read full book review >
TASTY by John McQuaid
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"McQuaid is an enthusiastic writer undisturbed by dead ends, and he provides an entertaining exploration of 'the mystery at the heart of flavor,' which 'has never truly been cracked.'"
"Pleasure is never very far from aversion; this is a feature of our anatomy and behavior. In the brain, the two closely overlap." So writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist McQuaid (Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, 2006, etc.) in this provocative investigatory foray into the nature of taste.Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Worth a look for those who enjoy self-help books focused on healthy lifestyles."
Holistic health counselor and co-star of the award-winning documentary Super Size Me, Jamieson (Vegan Cooking for Dummies, 2010, etc.) tackles the age-old question of what women really want.Read full book review >
THE MODERN SAVAGE by James E. McWilliams
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While McWilliams offers convincing arguments for animal rights, they are undermined by the extensive quotes, which become tiresome and offer little useful context."
McWilliams (History/Texas State Univ.; The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut, 2013, etc.) takes issue with the locavore movement, which preaches compassionate care of farm animals on nonindustrial farms but slaughters those animals in the end.Read full book review >
THEY EAT HORSES, DON'T THEY? by Piu Marie Eatwell
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Entertaining mini-essays that debunk common idealized conceptions of the French."
In this debut, Eatwell pulls back the veil on France and French culture, exposing the truth behind 45 myths that have swirled around the French for ages. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN PLATE by Libby H. O'Connell
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"O'Connell is a perky companion for this buffet of historical snacks."
History Channel and A&E Networks chief historian O'Connell uses food to chronicle the history of the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Quietly uplifting reading."
A socially conscious Episcopalian priest's account of how and why she started the Thistle Stop Café, a Nashville teahouse that employs females recovering from violence and drug abuse. Read full book review >
MEET PARIS OYSTER by Mireille Guiliano
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A somewhat fluffy and affected introduction to mostly French oyster consumption."
Another instructive fantasy of French luxury lifestyles from former Veuve Clicquot CEO and best-selling author Guiliano (French Women Don't Get Facelifts, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >