Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 49)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"In the newspaper world they call it 'reporting from the mahogany ridge,' where so many fine stories, social truths, and bits of political wisdom are revealed."
"America's great middlebrow social elixir, and inseparable companion to the sporting and spectator life, the portal to first intoxication, the workingman's Valium, and a leavening staple to the college experience" finds a worthy explicator of its whys and wherefores. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Seasoned with wit, though, it has legs enough for enthusiasts who may be thrilled to learn that there's actually a Grenache Blanc. (Map and line drawings)"
An Englishman crosses the Channel to spend a year in the vineyards of France. Overcoming the traditional Briton's bewilderment at sunshine, he learns a bit about the quaint locals and an awful lot about oenology. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Caveat: Having pored over this excellent window into a tempting way of life (and cooking), the urge to entertain may be overwhelming."
With Celenza's trusty menu log, you could easily host a year's worth of weekly dinner parties. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"A realistic and lingering picture of evolving Russia."
Moody Russian days from London Times correspondent Bennett. Read full book review >
CLEARING LAND by Jane Brox
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Gauzy, reverie-like prose belies the writer's intense awareness—historical, environmental, and psychological—of her surrounds."
Her family's small farm in eastern Massachusetts, a rarity these days, prompts Brox (Five Thousand Days Like This One, 1999, etc.) to reflect on the ways of the land—old, new, and in transition. Read full book review >

SPICE by Jack Turner
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2004

"A wide-ranging, learned treat for epicures and cultural historians from—let us say it first—a man for all seasonings. (8-page color insert, b&w illustrations in text)"
A convincing case that once upon a time spices were pretty influential in world history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2004

"Pessimistic, protracted lament for the death of food."
In a wistful memoir of her British/American upbringing, a food writer for the Canadian National Post urges us to grab all the flavor we can while we still can. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"An entertaining introduction to Bordeaux, though little of it is new. (23 illustrations, 1 map)"
Wall Street Journal wine columnist Echikson explores the return of quality to Bordeaux over the past 20 years, as well as the economic flat-lining that will put a check on the recovery. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2004

"Those Twinings cans may be decorative, but the history of their contents is not always so pretty, even as it makes for an absorbing read. (14 b&w illustrations)"
Somewhat stiff but unfailingly informative history of tea, from the widow and son of a tea planter. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2004

"Those Twinings cans may be decorative, but the history of their contents is not always so pretty, even as it makes for an absorbing read. (14 b&w illustrations)"
Somewhat stiff but unfailingly informative history of tea, from the widow and son of a tea planter. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2004

"Sweet, never sickly—and quite informative."
Almond, a self-diagnosed "candyfreak," details with mouthwatering descriptions his visits to the minor league of candy makers who continue to churn out their distinctive products. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Entertaining and well researched, but disjointed. Despite common themes, the parts don't cohere into a consistent whole."
Following Perfection Salad (2001), a report on how science, industry, and media changed the American kitchen and women's roles in the first part of the 20th century, Shapiro explores aspects of the same phenomenon in subsequent decades. 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 >