Food & Cooking Book Reviews

A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
LETTER TO A YOUNG FARMER by Gene Logsdon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2017

"From raising cattle to organizing markets, there's much value here for every aspiring farmer, whose work requires brains along with brawn."
An elegant, modern georgic in prose by "contrary farmer" Logsdon (Gene Everlasting, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 14, 2017

"An alarming account but one suggesting that, armed with knowledge, we can reverse this way of treating the plants that feed us and find a way toward a more sustainable diet."
A convincing argument that the agricultural revolution that has made food more readily available around the world contains the seeds of its own destruction. Read full book review >
THE MEZCAL RUSH by Granville Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A rich, inclusive portrait of one of the world's great drinks."
A longtime journalist takes a cultural deep dive into the history and contemporary re-emergence of Mexico's second-most-famous elixir. Read full book review >
DUCK SEASON by David McAninch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Warm recollections to please fellow Francophiles."
A debut memoir about eight months of French culinary delights. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO A YOUNG FARMER by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though the book may scare off almost as many prospective farmers as it encourages, the contributors argue their cases with an effective polemical tenor."
Longtime advocates of sustainable agriculture join with new voices for a comradely take on the challenging future of farming. Read full book review >
FAST-FOOD KIDS by Amy L. Best
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The book may be useful for sociology teachers and students, but general readers and policymakers will find this tough to digest."
A cultural analysis of what kids eat and why. Read full book review >
CRAVINGS by Judy Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A compelling read for fans of Collins and/or those confronting their own addictive behavior."
The famed recording artist recalls her past struggles with overeating and alcoholism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"For food history and presidential history buffs alike, both entertaining and illuminating."
"The White House kitchen is a workplace, just like any other professional kitchen"—except, of course, that it's much more than that, a subject that food historian Miller (Soul Food, 2013) explores with gusto. Read full book review >
THE TEMPORARY BRIDE by Jennifer Klinec
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An unexpectedly moving memoir."
A Canadian-born entrepreneur recounts how she went to Iran in search of culinary adventure and fell in love. Read full book review >
PURE HEART by Bret Witter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A heart-stirring life story."
The first woman ever licensed to distill hard liquor in North Carolina uncorks an emotionally charged memoir about traversing family heartache to become the "moonshine mama" of the South. Read full book review >
IS GOAT BEEF? by Jeffery M. Camp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"An enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly moving hybrid of anecdotal military memoir and cookbook."
A decorated, retired Army veteran shares stories and recipes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >