Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 12)

Released: March 22, 2011

"A slow-motion gastronomical feast and a rare chance for gourmet enthusiasts to witness the creative process behind some of the world's most innovative cuisine."
Granted unprecedented access to the inner workings of perhaps the world's most renowned restaurant, Time magazine Spain correspondent Abend follows 35 apprentices through the rigors of kitchen life and culinary invention under the tutelage of the "most famous chef in the world." Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 2011

"After initially disdaining a career in food as one devoid of 'meaning and purpose,' she finds both here."
In this provocative debut, a renowned chef finds her fulfillment as a writer. Read full book review >

Released: March 3, 2011

"Revelatory and inspiring."
One of America's most decorated chefs relates the triumphal story of his culinary genesis and epic battle with tongue cancer. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An app that sets the standard for usefulness and versatility."
The iPhone, it turns out, is an ideal medium for cooking from recipes—or, perhaps, Culinate, the creators of this app, found an ideal source for iPhone cookery in New York Times food columnist Bittman's 1,046-page original. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"A horrifically eye-opening work of a dark period of Chinese history that desperately cries out for further examination."
A direct, hard-hitting study of China's Great Leap Forward in light of newly opened archival material. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Refreshingly, Bloom offers solutions as well as jeremiads, and not a minute too soon—an urgent, necessary book."
An eye-opening account of what used to be considered a sin—the willful waste of perfectly edible food. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >