Food & Cooking Book Reviews

THE FERMENTED MAN by Derek Dellinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"The author hopes his intriguing experiments will open eyes and palates to the culinary and health benefits of fermented foods."
A quest to live for a year on "100 percent…fermented meals and fermented drinks." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 12, 2016

"A provocative yet grounded look at the U.S. food industry. Though the prospect of finding quality food products may prove increasingly challenging for most consumers, Olmsted provides encouraging tips to help navigate the many obstacles."
An investigation of the American food industry, providing examples of authentic and fraudulent products and how best to differentiate between the two. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 21, 2016

"A thoughtful, informative journey into the transforming—and transformative—world of food."
A food writer considers what artisanship really means. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >
THE FOOD AND WINE OF FRANCE by Edward Behr
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 14, 2016

"French cuisine once was unassailable, the West's finest, but while its influence has diminished even in France—as have many of the dishes that established its reputation—French food still commands a certain fascination, and Behr explores it with appetizing ardor."
The Art of Eating magazine founder Behr (50 Foods, 2013, etc.) serves as an admirable traveling companion through the world of French cuisine, offering high sailing on gustatory seas as well as grounding in history and broader cultural concerns. Read full book review >

IN MEMORY OF BREAD by Paul Graham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An enjoyable memoir for wheat-free foodies and others limited in their gastronomical choices."
Faced at age 36 with the sudden onset of celiac disease, a professor realizes that his days of brewing beer and eating his wife's homemade bread are over. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CUP LOVE by Eddie Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2016

"A challenging author continues to bravely bare his soul along with his best dishes."
BaoHaus celebrity chef Huang (Fresh Off the Boat, 2012) returns with a fresh mélange of hip-hop patter, Chengdu street cuisine, and Asian-American identity politics.Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2016

"A wide-ranging, toothsome smorgasbord of Gotham's good eats and the tireless men and women behind each plate."
Exuberant New York chefs and restaurateurs share their culinary histories. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF WOE by John Hickenlooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"Hickenlooper draws an analogy between brewing and politics (the activist as yeast, the political leader as brewer), but however apt that metaphor, it's difficult to imagine a more unusual preparation for public life than the one ably recounted here."
Colorado's high-profile governor submits an unconventional autobiography. Read full book review >
32 YOLKS by Eric Ripert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"It doesn't take a refined palate to savor Ripert's culinary adventures."
The acclaimed French chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin delivers a breezy account of his life in France and Andorra before he moved to the United States in his early 20s. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING FISH by Samanth Subramanian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."
A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture. Read full book review >
THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fertel is well-aware that the ground he covers isn't entirely new, but food fans and lovers of Americana alike will go whole hog for this loving paean to a distinct tradition."
Fertel (Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, 2014, etc.) mines the small towns of Tennessee and the Carolinas in search of the pinnacle of Southern cuisine: whole hog barbecue. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >