Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 50)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 2006

"Satisfying to information seekers, but disappointing to those in search of a good read."
A detailed history of a group of Protestant German pioneers in the Holy Land. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2006

"Brightly rendered and sophisticated, as befits a New Yorker writer, but very uneven."
New Yorker staff writer and obsessed foodie Buford (Among the Thugs, 1992) infiltrates a top chef's kitchen to plumb Italian food as haute cuisine. Read full book review >

THE REACH OF A CHEF by Michael Ruhlman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2006

"True tales of the kitchen à la Anthony Bourdain: a pleasure for foodies, and an education of the palate and pocketbook."
A Plimptonesque writer finds further adventures, and misadventures, over an open range. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2006

"A vibrant discourse on satisfying hungers of every kind."
The globetrotting, guerrilla TV chef of ill repute serves up some journalistic odds and ends. Read full book review >
THE SHORT LIFE AND LONG TIMES OF MRS. BEETON by Kathryn Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2006

"A rich portrait of Beeton's home life and the world of publishing in Victorian England."
Thoroughly researched, sympathetic and highly readable biography of the Victorian housewife who wrote the iconic Book of Household Management. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2006

"Tasty, feather-light entertainment."
A mildly diverting memoir by New York Times food columnist O'Neill. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >