Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 12)

Released: June 15, 2010

"Spanning the whole of human civilization, this is a compelling read for foodies, environmentalists and social and economic historians."
A panoramic overview of the vulnerability of global food networks to climate change. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

"A tasty, satisfying stew of history, sociology, cultural anthropology and spicy prose."
The director of the forthcoming Culinary Center at New York City's Tenement Museum embarks on a cultural and culinary tour of the building at 97 Orchard St., which serves as the museum's principal display. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Edge-of-your-seat food writing of the highest caliber."
A vibrant portrait of the world's most significant cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or, in Lyon, France. Read full book review >
EATING ANIMALS by Jonathan Safran Foer
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"A blend of solid—and discomforting—reportage with fierce advocacy that will make committed carnivores squeal."
Celebrated novelist Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2005, etc.) examines the ethics and practical realities of eating things with faces. Read full book review >
IMPERIAL by William T. Vollmann
Released: Aug. 3, 2009

"Magnificent, impressive and utterly unique. A word to anyone seeking to follow Vollmann's path, however: Get your gamma globulin shots, and write shorter."
Vollmann (Riding Toward Everywhere, 2008, etc.) has yet to meet a subject he cannot convert into a tome to rival the Manhattan phone book. So it is with this long, strange trip through California's Imperial County. Read full book review >

FARM CITY by Novella Carpenter
Released: June 15, 2009

"A fascinating, vividly written story about city and community that will change perceptions about the local farmers market."
Urban eccentricity meets rural thrift and tradition in a charming debut memoir about the author's farm in downtown Oakland. Read full book review >
COOP by Michael Perry
Released: April 21, 2009

"Dryly humorous, mildly neurotic and just plain soulful—a book that might even make you want to buy a few chickens."
The author takes up farming and gathers memories after moving to a Wisconsin homestead with his wife and daughter. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Histories of ideas are rarely page-turners, but Werth has done the trick."
A rich, entertaining slab of Victorian American history, focused on the debate over evolution. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2007

"Superior literary journalism."
Enterprising Philadelphia Magazine contributor Issenberg pursues the blue-fin tuna around the world—from sea to ship to freezer to airplane to restaurant to plate to palate—and returns with a superb fish story. Read full book review >
JULIA CHILD by Laura Shapiro
Released: April 9, 2007

"Shapiro has, in a brief book, made her subject truly come alive."
Shapiro (Something from the Oven, 2004) offers a vivid biography of the 20th century's leading gourmand. Read full book review >
Released: March 26, 2007

"A great pleasure for foodies, chronicling an unlikely revolution."
It was hard to get a decent meal in America before 1971. Alice Waters helped change all that. Read full book review >
Healthy Meat and Potatoes by Charles Knight
Released: Feb. 28, 2007

"Underserved by its title, this cookbook will be a game-changer for cooks hungry for quick, easy ways to create practical, healthful and inspired fare."
According to cooking-show host Knight and his son, there's no need to give up old favorites in pursuit of healthy eating if cooks use these simple, healthful recipes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >