Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"While not a game-changer, this book repackages familiar diet advice in a friendly, inspiring and practical format."
Cheese, chocolate and wine do have a place in a healthy lifestyle—that's what this debut author and registered dietitian says we can learn from Europe's longest-lived populations. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 7, 2013

"A lively romp into the frenetic life of a significant American chef."
One man's journey from short-order cook to acclaimed chef. Read full book review >

THE WINE SAVANT by Michael Steinberger
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Educational, entertaining information on navigating the world of wines."
Informative, easily digested how-to guide to enjoying modern wines. Read full book review >
A FORK IN THE ROAD by James Oseland
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Delicious reading for the discerning foodie."
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Read full book review >
Beating Arthritis: Alternative Cooking by Baker Dan
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A colorful, thorough cookbook that introduces a variety of recipes for those suffering from arthritis."
This alternative cookbook offers a variety of foods that aid in the alleviation of arthritis in the form of creative recipes that veer away from the conventional. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"Goodyear's exploration of this engrossing and morally complex topic provides a solid footing for hearty conversations."
Venturing deep into the underground foodie culture, New Yorker contributor Goodyear (The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard: Poems, 2013, etc.) plunges into the world of dedicated individuals who routinely skirt the boundaries imposed by common culinary practices and tastes. Read full book review >
IN MEAT WE TRUST by Maureen Ogle
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An informative and entertaining narrative of the complexities of a massive industry, in which the author lays bare Americans' sense of entitlement and insistence on cheap and abundant meat and questions what that voracious appetite has wrought on our bodies and the environment."
Historian Ogle (Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer, 2006, etc.) explores the historical foundations and inaccuracies surrounding the story of the industry that supplies the beef, chicken and pork to America's carnivorous multitudes. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A gentle education in the fine art of wine and a treat through and through for the bibulous biblio/Francophile."
Wine entrepreneur Lynch (Inspiring Thirst: Vintage Selections from the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure, 2004) updates his 1988 original, winner of the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year Award. Read full book review >
L.A. SON by Roy Choi
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A bold account of how a professionally trained chef found his calling in the return to simpler, homestyle cooking that bridges cultures and appeals to everyday customers."
Street-wise, honest in its admission of trials and punctuated with vernacular swagger, Choi's debut pays tribute to family and his enduring fascination with the melting pot of Los Angeles. Read full book review >
50 FOODS by Edward Behr
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A treasure trove of culinary history, sound advice and easy enlightenment—though consuming the narrative in one sitting is not advised; try spreading the enjoyment by dipping in often for tasty bites."
A delicious compendium of food facts and practical advice showcasing 50 foods that everyday cooks, gardeners, foodies and the modern gourmet should include in their culinary repertoire. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Warmly written, balanced but unsparing in its portraits, and culminating in a touching coda, Barr's persuasive book overcomes the occasional longueur to offer an enhanced appreciation of some groundbreaking cooks and their acolytes."
In his debut, Travel & Leisure editor Barr revisits a pivotal moment in culinary history with a brio and attention to detail that rivals that of his subjects. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Not just sportswriting, but also graceful and gripping cultural history."
A veteran writer for Sports Illustrated takes us through baseball's odd attic, pointing out and narrating the history of the quotidian and the curious. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >