Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 12)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2013

"A shocking, galvanizing manifesto against the corporations manipulating nutrition to fatten their bottom line—one of the most important books of the year."
A revelatory look at America's increasing consumption of unhealthy products and at how the biggest food manufacturers ignore health risks, and employ savvy advertising campaigns, to keep us hooked on the ingredients that ensure big profit. Read full book review >
FRESH OFF THE BOAT by Eddie Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A unique voice with a provocative point of view."
Up-and-coming celebrity chef Huang serves up a raw memoir recounting his life as an angry young man chafing under generations of stifling Chinese tradition and all-encompassing American "whiteness." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine."
Noted American oenophile Lukacs (English/Loyola Univ. Maryland; The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages, 2005, etc.) tells the story of wine over eight millenniums and around the globe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"An interesting read and a must-have for Hemingway lovers and craft bartenders."
The co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans breathes new life into some of Ernest Hemingway's favorite libations and adds new depth to many of the author's characters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A breathtaking, informative tour of faraway lands."
From the tides of the South Pacific to the impossible peaks of jungle islands, one zoologist sets out to find the living riches of the planet. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A wonderfully rich dip into American cheese, which, contrary to what many may think, 'has more styles than the pope has gilded white robes in his Vatican armoire.'"
A varied exploration of some of America's most delightful artisan cheeses. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2012

"A specialized look at the small-farming movement, written with appealing self-knowledge, diligent research and occasional flair."
A meander, with hoe, through organic vegetable patches, lost orchards, seed catalogs and produce markets with a dedicated gardener in search of a small farm. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A singular, engrossing take on a region that until now has been mostly documented from a scientific angle or romanticized by adventurers."
Anthony's debut—named after the "meat stew of the ravenous"—traces hardships during Antarctic expeditions and the sometimes disconcerting fare borne of isolation. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >