Food & Cooking Book Reviews

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 3, 2016

"An occasionally humorous, definitely informative look at what Americans eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all those snack times in between and how our eating habits are changing who we are."
How American food habits have changed over time. Read full book review >

RHAPSODY IN SCHMALTZ by Michael Wex
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 19, 2016

"Informative, merrily entertaining culinary and cultural history."
An enticing tour of Judaism's culinary past. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 13, 2016

"A slender book about hunting and gathering that should be useful for those preparing to go out in the field and delightful for those just dreaming about it.

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A husband-and-wife team shares methods and recipes for those who want to catch, grow, and cook their own food. Read full book review >
LOCALLY LAID by Lucie B. Amundsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"Don't let Amundsen's self-deprecating humor fool you into taking this book lightly. In between capers, she makes a nuanced plea to respect local farms and the animals that populate them."
One family's attempt to get out of the rat race and into the poultry race. Read full book review >

MEATHOOKED by Marta Zaraska
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A well-researched, refreshingly optimistic look at a serious issue, free of ideological preconceptions."
With an open mind, a vegetarian journalist examines our "love affair with meat." Read full book review >
100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD by Stephen Le
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The book's conclusions about what to eat and drink are common sense, but the journey Le takes to get us there is worth the cover price."
A biology professor traverses the globe to explore the evolution of food. Read full book review >
Eat Real Food or Else... by Liên Nguyên
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"An easy-to-follow guide to a healthier lifestyle featuring delicious recipes."
Science and food writing combine in this cookbook, which offers a new way to look at the American diet. Read full book review >
RICE, NOODLE, FISH by Matt Goulding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A food connoisseur expertly unravels the intricate dance surrounding food in Japan."
A gourmand's tour through Japan. Read full book review >
EATING WORDS by Sandra M. Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"Useful as a textbook, the volume is a rewarding read for anyone who eats, cooks, or muses about food."
A literary feast for foodies. Read full book review >
DRINKING IN AMERICA by Susan Cheever
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An intelligently argued study of our country's 'passionate connection to drinking.'"
A distinguished biographer and cultural historian offers a fascinating look at the place and function of alcohol throughout American history. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 7, 2015

"A highly scientific, impressively researched map to better health through a plant-based diet."
A diet and lifestyle guide based on evolutionary science that compares humans and gorillas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >