Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 12)

Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Excellent recipes for all skill levels."
Vongerichten spices up the kitchen with this colorfully photographed companion piece to the new PBS series in which the author shares her Korean roots and easy-to-prepare culinary delights. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Lovers of pepper will rejoice over this combination cookbook and history lesson."
A complete guide to this complex, mysterious and often overlooked kitchen staple. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Painstakingly researched and detailed blueprint for building a better school lunchroom today."
Two Angry Moms filmmaker Kalafa arms health-conscious parents with the know-how to take back their school cafeterias. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2011

"Eating well is subject to interpretation and shifting values, but Gartenstein provides a thorough treatment of its history."
Cookbook author Gartenstein (The Accidental Vegan, 2009, etc.) serves as guide on an entertaining and informative culinary romp through the ages. Read full book review >

Released: July 5, 2011

"Brings a depth of historical and linguistic relevance to the table."
Lipkowitz (English/MIT) cuts through the flesh to expose the culinary history of five foods and how the five senses assisted their evolution in the English language. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2011

"Haute cuisine from Isle au Haut."
Tiny Isle au Haut—winter population 60—off the coast of Maine makes a big splash when a stellar mother-daughter cooking duo team up to bring readers blue-ribbon formulas for great summer eating. Read full book review >
Released: June 28, 2011

"Transforms a much-maligned annoyance into a topic worthy of fascination."
British nature writer and popular BBC personality Mabey (Unofficial Countryside, 2010, etc.) cultivates an intriguing mix of natural history, botany and anecdotes from the frontlines of his own weed-infested garden. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2011

"Discover a new culinary tradition that evokes a fascinating time and place."
Sensual recipes designed to inspire a passion for Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2011

"An innovative guide that tickles the taste buds and proves that you don't have to travel abroad to experience international gastronomy."
A culinary journey around the world in 288 pages. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 2011

"Deserves a space on the brave new bookshelf of conscious eating."
A compelling call-to-arms on the sins of the commercial food industry combined with a how-to guide on dieting without deprivation. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2011

"A deliciously grand romp for any oenophile."
Geography, history and viticulture lessons abound in this buoyant tale of brotherhood and Bordeaux. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >