Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ESSENTIAL OYSTER by Rowan Jacobsen
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Jacobsen may leave noncoastal readers drooling with jealousy, but vicarious oyster slurping is better than none."
This verbally and visually succulent book covers 99 types of oysters, most from the shores of North America. Read full book review >
THE FRENCH CHEF IN AMERICA by Alex Prud’homme
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Like Child and her recipes, Prud'homme focuses on theme and variation, eschewing a straight chronology for an affectionate but journalistically scrupulous backstage account of Child's influential second act."
Prud'homme (Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2013, etc.) explores the life of his great aunt, Julia Child (1912-2004), America's first celebrity chef and an enduring cultural icon. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"An insightful book that should be of interest to anyone who eats food, animal or not."
Unsentimental study of the dangers in how meat is produced and distributed around the world, particularly in the United States. Read full book review >
MODIFIED by Caitlin Shetterly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The message that our planet is saturated with chemical toxins comes through clearly, but the health case against GMOs is not persuasive."
A journalist on a mission to expose the dangers of genetically modified organisms tells nearly as much about her personal life as about the issue bothering her. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"On the B-list, as showbiz memoirs go, but entertaining enough."
Longtime agent/manager Gordon, whose clients and confidants have ranged from Teddy Pendergrass to Roger Vergé, tells all. Read full book review >

TEN RESTAURANTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Paul Freedman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Culinary historians, those besotted with food culture, and curious general readers will all find something of value in this well-researched, entertaining social and cultural history."
A robust historical trek through America's restaurant cuisine over three centuries. Read full book review >
GENERATION CHEF by Karen Stabiner
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A thoughtfully observed study of what it takes to open a successful restaurant in the most competitive marketplace in the world."
Journalist and narrative nonfiction author Stabiner (Getting In, 2010, etc.) closely tracks a talented, ambitious chef as he opens his first restaurant in New York. Read full book review >
PANCAKES IN PARIS by Craig Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business."
How the author created the ultimate American diner experience in Paris. Read full book review >
SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS by Michael Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While some readers may wish for deeper explorations of some of Booth's subjects, he covers the current state of Japanese cuisine with humor and intelligence."
A British food and travel writer takes his wife, two young sons, and a bubbly brand of humor to Japan in hopes of examining the food culture and losing a few of the pounds he has picked up living and cooking in Paris. Read full book review >
TRUFFLE BOY by Ian Purkayastha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An informative and charming food and travel memoir."
A 20-something's account of how he became a leading importer of truffles and other exotic specialty foods for some of America's most elite restaurants. Read full book review >
A SQUARE MEAL by Andrew Coe
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A highly readable, illuminating look at the many ramifications of feeding the hungry in hard times."
A history of the struggle to put food on American tables during the Great Depression. Read full book review >
THE FERMENTED MAN by Derek Dellinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"The author hopes his intriguing experiments will open eyes and palates to the culinary and health benefits of fermented foods."
A quest to live for a year on "100 percent…fermented meals and fermented drinks." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >