Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 12)

BEST FOOD WRITING 2012 by Holly Hughes
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A collection of strong writing on fascinating topics that will appeal to foodies and essay lovers alike."
A delicious anthology of the best American food writing from 2012. Read full book review >
HOW TO LOVE WINE by Eric  Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A friendly, well-written approach to enjoying wine, full of low-stress recommendations to help avoid wine anxiety."
A wine expert who finds fault with tasting notes, wine scores and blind tasting claims that "what's missing in many people's experience of wine is a simple sense of ease." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Rarely has a book with so much information been such an entertaining read."
From British food writer Wilson (Sandwich: A Global History, 2010, etc.), a savory survey of kitchen implements and their impact. Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE RESTAURATEUR by Nicholas Lander
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"The line-drawn illustrations complement the prose in a book that will help diners appreciate the whole restaurant experience."
An incisively written and elegantly designed volume that presents a corrective, or at least a counterargument, to the ascent of the celebrity chef. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"An insider's look at hunting that devotees and nonparticipants alike should find fascinating."
TV host and outdoorsman Rinella (American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, 2008, etc.) contemplates the hunter's place in modern society while reliving his favorite hunting trips. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status."
Published to coincide with what would have been her 100th birthday, this biography of the iconic Julia Child (1912-2004) does full justice to its complex subject. Read full book review >
YES, CHEF by Marcus Samuelsson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2012

"Samuelsson strikes a skillful balance between the personal and the professional—recommended for those interested in pursuing a career as a chef or those curious about the secrets behind high-end dining."
A compelling memoir from an acclaimed chef. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2012

"A humorous and encouraging book for readers who believe in the importance of family dinnertime."
A guide to getting dinner on the table for couples, new parents and families. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"A journey that will delight the palette and nourish the soul."
A gastronomical memoir of French cuisine that combines historical facts and traditions with today's best dishes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2012

"A moving story of one man's success in producing healthy food for those who need it the most."
Urban farming with a passion. Read full book review >
BIRDSEYE by Mark Kurlansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"The author notes that Birdseye knew that curiosity is 'one essential ingredient' in a fulfilling life; it is a quality that grateful readers also discover in each of Kurlansky's books."
Yes, the frozen-food guy really was named Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), and the story of his adventures is another satisfying dish from the remarkable menu of the author of Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and other treats. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >