Food & Cooking Book Reviews

FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 24, 2015

"A fine addition to the single-issue science genre."
"From tropical rain forests to alpine meadows and arctic tundra, seed plants dominate landscapes and define ecosystems." In fact, they make up more than 90 percent of land flora. Read full book review >
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 >

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 CHAIN by Ted Genoways
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The author tells a sad, horrifying story, a severe indictment of both corporate greed and consumer complacency."
A scathing report on the consequences of factory farming. Read full book review >
COME HERE OFTEN? by Sean Manning
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A delightful collection that will surely inspire many bar-hopping tours."
Writers share anecdotes and reminiscences about their favorite bars from around the world. Read full book review >

EAT MORE BETTER by Dan Pashman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 4, 2014

"A good-natured, clever and informative romp through the modern culinary landscape."
The creator and host of WNYC's podcast The Sporkful develops a humorous, witty narrative delivered in the form of a pseudo-textbook. Read full book review >
THE EDIBLE SOUTH by Marcie Cohen Ferris
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"In this colorful and well-researched history, the author shows persuasively how food has shaped and nourished Southern identity."
Food serves as a useful lens for examining race, economics, gender and class in the South, from plantation days to the present. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF FOOD by Dan Jurafsky
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A highly informative and entertaining compendium of food and word facts sure to appeal to foodies and etymologists alike."
The evolution of the names and ingredients in popular foods. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT LOAF by Samuel Fromartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Richly detailed history and lively anecdotes make this book a consummate celebration of the deceptively simple loaf of bread."
Botany, culinary history and recipes from a bread lover. Read full book review >
THE HILLS OF CHIANTI by Piero Antinori
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A delightful celebration of an extraordinary Italian family's enduring love affair with wine."
The Antinori family has been producing wine in Tuscany since 1385. Gracefully capitalizing on his family's story, winemaker Antinori chronicles the unique business and personal relationships of this remarkable family enterprise. Read full book review >
MY DRUNK KITCHEN by Hannah Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek guidebook to discovering one's own route through life."
Transplanted New Yorker Hart's idea of creating a fake cooking show began as a joke for a friend in California. At last count, her YouTube channel, "My Drunk Kitchen," had tallied more than 66 million views. Hart's "cookbook" will surely enlarge her audience and please her fans. Read full book review >
THE CULINARY IMAGINATION by Sandra M. Gilbert
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 28, 2014

"Gilbert wears her scholarship lightly in this warm, lively inquiry into the social, political, ethical and aesthetic meanings of 'food, glorious food!'"
A literary scholar investigates the cultural meaning of food. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >