Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 49)

Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Informative, comprehensive—but burdened by gee-whiz insights into the ways of the world."
An American writer details her infatuation with French bread, in a part-reportage and part-earnest attempt to understand national differences and obsessions. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

A corrective to Frankenfood alarmists: Genetic engineering of plants and animals has been going on for millennia, thanks to humankind's tinkering. Read full book review >

STUFFED by Patricia Volk
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"And would she ever make them proud in these pages. Emotionally luxurious and heart-gladdening. (22 photos)"
Novelist/essayist Volk (White Light, not reviewed) pens a stylishly written memoir that's really a series of portraits of the memorable characters who make up her extended family. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An original and impressive presentation that does much to illuminate the current racial situation."
Lasch-Quinn (History/Syracuse Univ.) contends that the civil-rights movement has been hurt by its advocacy of diversity training, multicultural education, and other therapeutic programs that have failed to tackle the intractable problems of poverty and violence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Like a good newspaperman, Prial deploys his nose for the story before taking in the bouquet."
Unlike Rod Phillips (see above), New York Times wine critic Prial can be both stiff and fawning, but he brings to his reporting two invaluable qualities: he's been on the beat for 30 years, and he keeps an eye skinned for the beat less beaten. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 2001

"All in all, a pleasure for foodies, and a satisfying read for students of world history as well."
Historian Fernández-Armesto sinks his teeth into the role of food in human history. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fine treat for food buffs, less snotty than Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential but just as revealing on how a fancy meal makes it way to the table."
Fine dining, politics, and a host of strange characters meet in this engaging, behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's hippest restaurants. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2001

"An engrossing addition to the popular literature of WWII—and a treat for oenophiles as well."
Vin ordinaire goes to war—and lives to tell the tale. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"A charming little gift for an inquisitive cook."
An admiring account of an exotic spice with a long and varied history, by a food writer whose imagination keeps the story light and lively. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Bon appetit to readers who agree with that rather sweeping statement; even those who don't will enjoy the cheerful anecdotes and the memorable dishes. (photos, not seen)"
A restaurant critic and food writer's engaging recollections: part memoir, part cookbook. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2001

"Reichl (who 'raced through electric streets' in Thailand) likes it in the fast track—but she has a tendency to hog the lane to herself."
More memoirs from Gourmet editor Reichl (Tender at the Bone, 1998, etc.), highly focused (on the food world of Berkeley, New York, and Los Angeles in the 1970s and '80s) and grindingly self-absorbed. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Vividly told, full of striking detail, and utterly fascinating."
The shift from hunting to farming is a major watershed in human history. Here, an anthropologist describes the worldview of surviving hunting cultures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >