Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 3)

EAT MORE BETTER by Dan Pashman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 4, 2014

"A good-natured, clever and informative romp through the modern culinary landscape."
The creator and host of WNYC's podcast The Sporkful develops a humorous, witty narrative delivered in the form of a pseudo-textbook. Read full book review >
BAKE YOURSELF HAPPY by Norma Borelli
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Despite a few flaws, this cookie cookbook is worth a try, though unwary readers may gain 5 pounds just looking."
Baking cookies as therapy? Read full book review >

ALL OR NOTHING by Jesse Schenker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Schenker's candid memoir chronicles the painful journey of a man striving for both culinary perfection and inner peace."
An award-winning chef reveals his addictions. Read full book review >
OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS by Mark Bailey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"If you have a hipster's need to drink your way through film history in the footsteps of Bogey and Bacall or just want to hit all of LA's historic hotspots or perhaps are just taking your liver out for a thorough road test under the swaying palms, then this is your vade mecum. Otherwise, stick to Kenneth Anger or maybe Barton Fink."
A toper's guide to booze and its discontents in the film mecca that is Los Angeles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The book is not a page-turner, as Bilow offers readers a slow-cooked story, with tenderness and intermingled flavors enriched over time."
Bon Appetit writer Bilow chronicles her time on an organic farm, adding to her resume as a food writer and classically trained chef. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Healthy food for thought that might win a few converts."
A deep empathy for animals informs and supports a convert's plea for a meat-free lifestyle. Read full book review >
THE EDIBLE SOUTH by Marcie Cohen Ferris
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"In this colorful and well-researched history, the author shows persuasively how food has shaped and nourished Southern identity."
Food serves as a useful lens for examining race, economics, gender and class in the South, from plantation days to the present. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF FOOD by Dan Jurafsky
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A highly informative and entertaining compendium of food and word facts sure to appeal to foodies and etymologists alike."
The evolution of the names and ingredients in popular foods. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT LOAF by Samuel Fromartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Richly detailed history and lively anecdotes make this book a consummate celebration of the deceptively simple loaf of bread."
Botany, culinary history and recipes from a bread lover. Read full book review >
BOOKS THAT COOK by Jennifer Cognard-Black
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Food lovers and cookbook collectors will savor this literary stew."
A buffet of poems, stories, essays and recipes. Read full book review >
THE HILLS OF CHIANTI by Piero Antinori
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A delightful celebration of an extraordinary Italian family's enduring love affair with wine."
The Antinori family has been producing wine in Tuscany since 1385. Gracefully capitalizing on his family's story, winemaker Antinori chronicles the unique business and personal relationships of this remarkable family enterprise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"A warm, quietly poignant treat."
An award-winning nonfiction writer and journalist's recipe-packed memoir of her Midwestern childhood and how she came "to [her] love of the kitchen." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >