Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 4)

CANDY by Samira Kawash
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Though the subject matter may be fluffy, the treatment is substantive and significant, representing an important contribution to the literature about what, and how, we eat in 21st-century America."
A history of the creation and consumption of candy in America. Read full book review >

Timer™DIET by Sherri Sue Fisher
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Readers looking to improve overall health might look elsewhere for more scientific advice, but this guide offers a commendable introduction to navigating the pitfalls of dieting."
A relatively sensible—if not entirely original—diet book suggesting that the secret to long-term weight loss is in timing meals so as to never go hungry. Read full book review >
FROM SCRATCH by Allen Salkin
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Obsessively detailed, but often too exhaustive for its own good."
Fact-packed insider dish on the unlikely rise to prominence of the Food Network. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A lighthearted trek through a food icon's life, studded with satisfying tips for modern living."
Karbo's (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman, 2011, etc.) delightful foray into Julia Child's life blends entertaining facts with Child-inspired lessons for living the good life. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 30, 2013

"A bighearted, multisensory tour of France."
An American diplomat's wife finds sweet solace in Parisian culture and cuisine. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"With a wink and a grimace, von Bremzen vividly characterizes the "Homo sovieticus.""
Travel + Leisure contributing editor and three-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author von Bremzen's (The New Spanish Table, 2005, etc.) nostalgia for a prickly Soviet childhood brings memories of food both delectable and biting. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A charming, if not revelatory, portrait of a woman determined to bring French cuisine to a wider audience, with emphasis on traditional, accessible recipes that respect the intellectual side of cookery. Recommended for Francophiles and culinary enthusiasts."
British founder of the bilingual La Varenne cooking school in Paris, veteran cookbook author and world traveler Willan traces her experiences through piquant anecdotes, including favorite recipes that mark salient memories and friendships. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An unfocused backwoods ramble among people who forage for a living."
The author of Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager (2009) finds a rich subculture in mushroom hunters. Read full book review >
WEEDS by Evelyn I.  Funda
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"At times slowed by passages brooding over the landscape, this careful, accretive work is worthy for its testing of loyalty in memory's kiln."
An only daughter's eloquent lament for her family's farm, seasoned with dashes of feminism and naturalism. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"An engaging, tradition-rich look at an often overlooked American cuisine—certainly to be of interest to foodies from all walks of life."
Delving deep into the culinary (and social) history of one of America's oldest cuisines: soul food. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >