Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 49)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1999

"Should be read by anyone curious about what goes into their daily cup of Java—too often, good coffee isn't good for the people who produce it. (60 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
An exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 6, 1999

"Even dieters will be unable to resist this gourmet repast on American culture."
A witty and sumptuous pantry-level look at the struggle to create an American cuisine. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1999

"This is quite beautiful music, the sound of a family's life that keeps ringing in a daughter's ears."
A lovely and melancholy history of her family and its farm, a holdout in the soil-poor Northeast, from Brox (Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family, 1995). Read full book review >
DRINK by Andrew Barr
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 1, 1999

An exploration of American drinking habits through time from a British scholar of booze. Read full book review >
SEASONING by David Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An elegant pot-au-feu of days, sensual and heart-gladdening."
A soulful and sage calendar of monthly associations—"things of place seen in time"—from poet Young. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 2, 1998

"Such is the unadorned pleasure of Edmunds's book, its rare scholarly intimacy, that there can be little doubt that he delighted in his fieldwork very much. (illustrations, not seen)"
Few drinks achieve such complex and ambiguous symbolism as the martini, and likely few writers could decode it as well as the polished Edmunds (Classics/Rutgers Univ.). Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"A fascinating portrait of an invisible class and an evocative mandate for social change. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
You'll never again take the produce on your supermarket shelf for granted after reading this illuminating account. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Values wrapped in a warm fuzzy."
Homilies delivered in a gently humorous voice but with a serious undertone by a Presbyterian preacher not afraid to reveal his own humanity. Read full book review >
HARVEST SON by David Mas Masumoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But ill-arranged slices of life do not a memoir make. (Author tour)"
The richness of Masumoto's earlier memoir (Epitaph for a Peach, 1995) about life as a Japanese-American farmer in California is generally lacking here. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 1, 1998

"Among a sprawl of books incessantly issued and hyped, this small, wise volume quietly calls us to read and be renewed. (50 color photos)"
Lyrical tale of the survival and triumph of a small farm amid the suburban sprawl of southern California, with writing as rich and satisfying as the taste of a ripe melon. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 1998

"As always, Miss Manners provides what one 'gentle reader' calls her 'polite, succinct and effective rejoinders.'"
In the second entry in her "Basic Training" series, Miss Manners, with her usual wit and graciousness, instructs us in how to respond to awkward, embarrassing, or just downright rude comments from others. Read full book review >
NOBODY KNOWS THE TRUFFLES I'VE SEEN by George Lang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 1998

"Lang's wartime experiences were horrifying, but his book is mainly a lighthearted celebration of good friends, good food, and the good life he's found in the culinary world. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
International restaurateur Lang takes stock of his life's path from small-town Hungary to the summits of world dining—and has fun along the way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >