Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 49)

INSATIABLE by Gael Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2006

"Name-dropping with relish."
An outrageously fun memoir from novelist and longtime New York magazine dining critic Greene that reads more like Who-I-Slept-With rather than What-I-Ate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2006

"Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance."
The dilemma—what to have for dinner when you are a creature with an open-ended appetite—leads Pollan (Journalism/Berkeley; The Botany of Desire, 2001, etc.) to a fascinating examination of the myriad connections along the principal food chains that lead from earth to dinner table. Read full book review >

MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2006

"Charming, idiosyncratic and much fun—just like its author, who is very much alive in these pages. A blessing for lovers of France, food and fine writing."
"Ooh, those lovely roasted, buttery French chickens, they were so good and chickeny!" Anyone who remembers the iconic, deceased Julia Child (1912-2004)—or perhaps Dan Aykroyd's affectionate imitation of her—will recognize the singular voice. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"A compelling, highly readable treat, whether you partake of Ostreidae or not."
Kurlansky (Boogaloo on Second Avenue, 2005, etc.) takes a fresh look at the tasty, once plentiful mollusk in this stimulating, often fascinating saga. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Crumpacker's zest is boundless, even overwhelming."
A bubbling stew of food lore, presented with panache and a dash of humor. Read full book review >

SACRED COW, MAD COW by Madeleine Ferrières
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A densely written, scholarly work, not especially accessible but filled with choice nuggets of food lore, culinary information and social history."
An impressively researched addition to the Arts and Traditions of the Table series. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Not the definitive history of champagne, but a pleasing contribution, to be read over a mimosa or a magnum."
Champagne is champagne because it comes from Champagne. But there's much more to it than that, as the wine-loving Kladstrups (Wine & War, 2001) document in this sometimes fizzy portrait of the bubbly. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lots of fun for foodies both ardent and casual."
Short tales from celebrated chefs sharing their worst moments. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2005

"Indulge in this memoir of marrow and butter, knowing there is always a bitter green to balance the taste."
A gratifying year spent tackling the art of French cooking. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"An intoxicating indulgence for Sideways fans, and an education for would-be wine sophisticates."
A vigorous account of the dare that made connoisseurs think differently about California wines—and that brought great wealth to Golden State vintners. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Much too deep contemplation of his navel, even for a skilled writer."
British journalist Leith is a fat man talking, and no jolly Falstaff is he in this confessional binge. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"Think becoming a surgeon is tough? Psaltis's apprenticeship makes a medical internship look relaxing."
Debut memoir describing the author's ferocious dedication to great food and the long, grinding road he traveled to become a top-flight chef. 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 >