Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 50)

SPAGO DESSERTS by Mary Bergin
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A treat that's sure to become a classic. (Author tour)"
A collection of scrumptious sweets that maintains the long- standing tradition of delicious Spago cooking. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Messy presentation of mostly marvelous food. (Map; 2-color art, line drawings, not seen)"
Quintana (The Tastes of Mexico, not reviewed, etc.) and food writer Bishop throw readers off the deep end in this guide to the regional cuisine of coastal Mexico: It is inaccessibly organized according to 16 coastal states, contains local characters of the author's creation who introduce each chapter with personal histories, and calls for difficult-to-find ingredients without offering substitutions or a resource guide. Read full book review >

THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT COOK by Perla Meyers
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"A life preserver for dealing with unexpected guests, although purchasing ingredients like candied ginger and garam masala may prove impractical. (50 illustrations, not seen)"
A less able recipe writer than Meyers (Perla Meyers' Art of Seasonal Cooking, 1991) might not have been able to make this wide selection fit together. Read full book review >
PRODUCE PETE'S 'FARMACOPEIA' by Pete Napolitano
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"Corny year-round. (75 illustrations, not seen)"
It is a sign of this book's lackadaisical presentation that even the subtitle (``from apples to zucchini, and everything in between...'') is inaccurate. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not you buy into this version of the Gallo story, it's a family saga with all the makings of a television miniseries: adversity, intrigue, tragedy, manipulation, greed, and a slick presentation. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Though the Gallos' wines might repulse you and their reputation give you the willies, their autobiography is worth a look, if only to get another side of the picture. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Nostalgia food for aging hippies and homesick Yalies."
Criscuolo, owner since 1975 of a vegetarian restaurant in New Haven, Conn., has waited too long to put out this cookbook, and that is both compliment and criticism. Read full book review >
THE NOODLE SHOP COOKBOOK by Jacki Passmore
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Far above Spaghetti-Os but not quite up to Tampopo standards on the noodle achievement scale. (14 illustrations, not seen)"
Passmore (Asia the Beautiful Cookbook, not reviewed) was inspired to put together this group of Asian noodle recipes when she left Hong Kong and experienced ``noodle withdrawal,'' and she has done a bang-up job of collecting and replicating dishes. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"As easy and delicious as a long-simmered stock."
As the author notes, chicken soup makes an appearance in the cuisine of virtually every country in the world as a cure for everything from colds to political unrest. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Too little art, too little science."
This generic cookbook alters old favorites slightly and then tries to pass them off as newfangled. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 24, 1994

"Tea may soothe, but Stoddard will drive you crazy with her self-conscious, precious drivel. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Stoddard (Creating a Beautiful Home, not reviewed) makes some amazing claims about the healing powers of tea in this overwrought little book that focuses less on cooking than on personal memoir, entertaining hints, and egregiously inane aphorisms. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

One of the factors keeping vegetarian eating from going completely mainstream is the amount of time required to cook whole foods. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"A good book to wake up with."
Taking his cue from the age-old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Haedrich (Home for the Holidays, not reviewed, etc.) crafts a mostly basic cookbook—with a few unique recipes—in easy-to-follow prose. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >