Food & Cooking Book Reviews

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 >

BELLA FIGURA by Kamin Mohammadi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A charming, delightful memoir of self-transformation."
An Iranian-born British journalist goes to Italy on an extended work sabbatical and unexpectedly finds the fulfillment that had been absent from her life. Read full book review >
THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"Affectionate, funny, and beautifully written: a book for every fan of real food."
Heartfelt, often hilarious stories from an Alabama kitchen, a place from which issue wondrous remembrances and wondrous foods alike. Read full book review >
BEST BEFORE by Nicola Temple
Released: April 24, 2018

"Despite the book's decidedly British flavor, its subject, food, is universal, and so should be its appeal."
A thoroughly researched, well-written account that attempts to remove the stigma from the term "processed food." Read full book review >
COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER by Jim Tselikis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Pleasant, somewhat perfunctory, but worthwhile, especially for those looking to get into the food truck game."
A snappy memoir/how-to-start-a-business manual. Read full book review >
BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI by Edward Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A heartfelt and forward-thinking book in which Lee's experiences and travel accounts successfully create an eager appetite for adventurous recipes, the stories behind the relationships of the people that inspire them, and a strong appreciation for the cooking traditions they've upheld."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur travels across the country to explore the cultural history behind the evolving American cuisine. Read full book review >
EDNA LEWIS by Sarah B. Franklin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 13, 2018

"A fascinating, prismatic look at the legacy of one of America's most beloved chefs."
A collection of essays on the life and influences of pioneering chef Edna Lewis (1916-2006). 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 >