Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 4)

RAY & JOAN by Lisa Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book characterized by deep research and a seamless weaving together of the details of different lives."
A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Read full book review >
BUTTER by Elaine Khosrova
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A tasty but limited history of butter."
A pastry chef and food writer offers a detailed history of her favorite ingredient. Read full book review >

GRAPE, OLIVE, PIG by Matt Goulding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A set of tantalizing verbal snapshots rather than a culinary map of the region, the book clearly communicates the author's affection for the food, both simple and refined, of his chosen country and makes obvious how much difference a change of just a few dozen miles makes in what ingredients and dishes are favored and seen as representative of the culture."
An enthusiastic journey through some of Spain's culinary hot spots, with emphasis on the work of professional chefs. Read full book review >
FOOD CITY by Joy Santlofer
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Rich, impeccably researched urban history with plenty of fun fodder for foodies."
A comprehensive history of New York City's food industry, from the late chair of New York University's Food Studies Program. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A useful, if not original, statement of the centrality of food production to our way of life that could have benefited from a more concise, organized formulation."
An argument that "modern industrial farming amounts to one of the most destructive enterprises on the planet." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"A smart, informational, and greatly applicable addition to the diabetic guidebook genre."
A healthful, diet-focused program aims at stemming and even reversing the effects of Type 2 diabetes. Read full book review >
THE ESSENTIAL OYSTER by Rowan Jacobsen
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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
NON-FICTION
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
NON-FICTION
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >