Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 2)

DRINKING IN AMERICA by Susan Cheever
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An intelligently argued study of our country's 'passionate connection to drinking.'"
A distinguished biographer and cultural historian offers a fascinating look at the place and function of alcohol throughout American history. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 7, 2015

"A highly scientific, impressively researched map to better health through a plant-based diet."
A diet and lifestyle guide based on evolutionary science that compares humans and gorillas. Read full book review >

PASTRAMI ON RYE by Ted Merwin
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Less comprehensive and more impressionistic than Hasia Diner's Hungering for America (2002), but a nice, tasty nosh all the same."
A pleasing exercise in culinary and cultural history, evoking some favorite New York-centric comfort foods. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An enjoyable read for wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike."
The events and characters behind a 2005 Napa fire that caused the greatest destruction of wine in history: 4.5 million bottles worth more than $250 million. Read full book review >
MY FAT DAD by Dawn Lerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Laced with love, family dramas, recipes, and the pangs of growing up, Lerman's memoir is a satisfying treat."
Nutrition expert and New York TimesWell Blog contributor Lerman pens an intimate memoir about the intersections of intense family relationships and food, dieting, and healthy eating.Read full book review >

CHILLED by Tom Jackson
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"There's much to wonder at in Jackson's captivating book."
The lively history of refrigeration from British science writer Jackson (Mathematics: An Illustrated History of Numbers, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
HOW TO COOK A MOOSE by Kate Christensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A warmly engaging culinary memoir."
An award-winning novelist's account of the unexpected fulfillment she found in New England, living, loving, cooking, and eating "at the end of the world." Read full book review >
Before Sliced Bread by Jeannette Kerr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"Well-written, mouthwatering, and nostalgic—an excellent addition to the literature of North American cooking."
This memoir of a Canadian girlhood affectionately combines recollections with recipes. Read full book review >
YUM by Theresa Nicassio
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A thorough, informative cookbook for healthy meals; ideal for those with food restrictions."
Nicassio's collection of more than 180 recipes that are plant-based and gluten-free offers help to those who suffer from dietary restrictions. Read full book review >
COOKING AS FAST AS I CAN by Cat Cora
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A disarmingly candid look at the highs, lows, and true grit of a culinary star."
From the acclaimed first female Iron Chef, a heartfelt memoir of a loving family, a passion for food, and the challenges of career and personal life. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WINE by Tom Acitelli
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A tasty combination of commercial and culinary history reflecting the maturations of the wine business and Americans' taste buds."
In an appropriate follow-up to The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution (2013), Curbed Boston founding editor Acitelli wades into the colorful history of American fine wine, showing how, in 2014, the United States surpassed France to become the largest wine market in the world.Read full book review >
VORACIOUS by Cara Nicoletti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"All in all, a pleasure for hungry readers."
An exploration of "the profound connection between eating and reading." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >