Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 49)

THE APPRENTICE by Jacques Pepin
Released: April 10, 2003

"Prose as joyful and rich as the author's food. (Photos, not seen)"
From chef, author, and cooking-show veteran Pépin (The Short-Cut Cook, 1990, etc.), an easygoing but proud memoir of his journey through the stations of the kitchen and the food world. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2003

"Readable, but shallow and too neat."
A skimming visit to the cultural-political dichotomy incarnated by the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Read full book review >

FRIED BUTTER by Abe Opincar
Released: April 1, 2003

"Elemental acuity and burlesque combine here to delicious effect."
Food as memory, memory as food, experienced with the unexpectedness of déjà vu, knocked between melancholy and humor, as summoned by newcomer Opincar. Read full book review >
DELIA SMITH by Alison Bowyer
Released: Feb. 15, 2003

"Dutifully assembles all the ingredients, but the result is a literary pudding without theme."
Earnestly admiring biography of the British cooking icon. Read full book review >
WIFE OF THE CHEF by Courtney Febbroriello
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"A light snack for readers brought up on Julia Child and James Beard, but a tasty one for all that."
A revealing look at the strange things that go on behind a kitchen's swinging doors amid the crashing of pans and the bubbling of egos. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"Savvy and scary."
Why worry about bioterrorism? We're poisoning ourselves with calories, says freelance journalist and former fatty Crister. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Intense, sensuous, lyrical, shaped by the sensibility of a poet and the eye of a farmer."
California farmer/memoirist Masumoto (Harvest Son, 1998, etc.) meanders through his fields and memories by way of the five senses. Read full book review >
PASTA by Silvano Serventi
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Sometimes endlessly informative (for instance, on pasta-making machinery) as it offers more in the way of pasta history than most readers have even begun to imagine."
Scholarly investigation of the quintessentially Italian carbohydrate. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"A good and leathery year abroad, an honest and deeply enjoyed experience that avoids skimming off only the fruity bonbons while neglecting the ruck of daily life."
A French village, a good restaurant, and a year's worth of time to spend in both add stock to the lives of Sanders and his family. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"Steingarten sings of his supper, grand cuisine, or Thanksgiving turkey with panache and canny wit."
The vaunted food writer for Vogue, a former lawyer who now practices the equally underappreciated vocation of gastronomy, discusses the world's first (or at least second) most overwhelming preoccupation: eats. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Energetic and certainly lively, but the jokey personal comments soon wear thin."
Perky, contrived account of visits to the great bread-making cultures of the world—recipes included. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, readers will salivate as they glimpse tables set with roasts and game birds, sauces and soups, fruits and ices, extravaganzas of pastry—and plenty of wine. (b&w illustrations)"
An extravagant paean to the import of dining, cast as historical reports of memorable meals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >