Food & Cooking Book Reviews

MODIFIED by Caitlin Shetterly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The message that our planet is saturated with chemical toxins comes through clearly, but the health case against GMOs is not persuasive."
A journalist on a mission to expose the dangers of genetically modified organisms tells nearly as much about her personal life as about the issue bothering her. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"On the B-list, as showbiz memoirs go, but entertaining enough."
Longtime agent/manager Gordon, whose clients and confidants have ranged from Teddy Pendergrass to Roger Vergé, tells all. Read full book review >

TEN RESTAURANTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Paul Freedman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Culinary historians, those besotted with food culture, and curious general readers will all find something of value in this well-researched, entertaining social and cultural history."
A robust historical trek through America's restaurant cuisine over three centuries. Read full book review >
GENERATION CHEF by Karen Stabiner
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A thoughtfully observed study of what it takes to open a successful restaurant in the most competitive marketplace in the world."
Journalist and narrative nonfiction author Stabiner (Getting In, 2010, etc.) closely tracks a talented, ambitious chef as he opens his first restaurant in New York. Read full book review >
PANCAKES IN PARIS by Craig Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business."
How the author created the ultimate American diner experience in Paris. Read full book review >

SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS by Michael Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While some readers may wish for deeper explorations of some of Booth's subjects, he covers the current state of Japanese cuisine with humor and intelligence."
A British food and travel writer takes his wife, two young sons, and a bubbly brand of humor to Japan in hopes of examining the food culture and losing a few of the pounds he has picked up living and cooking in Paris. Read full book review >
TRUFFLE BOY by Ian Purkayastha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An informative and charming food and travel memoir."
A 20-something's account of how he became a leading importer of truffles and other exotic specialty foods for some of America's most elite restaurants. Read full book review >
A SQUARE MEAL by Andrew Coe
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A highly readable, illuminating look at the many ramifications of feeding the hungry in hard times."
A history of the struggle to put food on American tables during the Great Depression. Read full book review >
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 >
HOW TO EAT PALEO by Cynthia Spivey
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 18, 2016

"A brief, useful primer with enough provocative food for thought for newcomers and veterans alike."
An ideology-free outline of the paleo approach to dining, focusing on why certain foods are invited, or snubbed, at the paleo table. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >