Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 50)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch."
A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Initially solid case study of American business degenerates into a vanity publication."
A fawning biography of the restaurateur who brought glitzy haute cuisine to New York. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A smart, engaging history of the uses of, attitudes toward, and wars over the world's most mysterious plant. (Illustrations throughout)"
From ancient, South American, meter-long cigars (and you thought Cheech and Chong rolled big) to modern Chinese teenagers lighting up because it "looks cool," a fast-paced, comprehensive look at tobacco and its consumers. Read full book review >
BEST FOOD WRITING 2000 by Holly Hughes
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Plenty of satisfying entrees here, but next year the editor should try to provide some more adventurous fare as well."
The debut of a planned annual collection, this stellar selection of mostly American food writing has everything but the unexpected. Read full book review >
AMERICAN VINTAGE by Paul Lukacs
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 16, 2000

"There is currently a debate in wine circles about whether all bottles of wine need to breathe. But there is little debate that American winemaking history has had sufficient aeration—with the result that the subject is getting flat."
The history of American winemaking, by now pretty well-turned ground, gets a further spading from Washington Times wine columnist Lukacs. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Highly satisfying."
A clear-eyed, affectionate exploration of traditional cuisine's place in the culture and politics of an ever-changing France. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"More meditative than fiery, Manning provides a revealing, heedful 'window into what the world is doing about agriculture, and what urgently needs to be done.'"
Manning (Grassland, 1996, etc.), a shrewd and passionate environmentalist, strikes a reserved, cerebral chord here as he discusses how some third-world countries are facing the looming food shortage. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 24, 2000

"Unfortunately, Cooper has bitten off more than she can chew, and the effectiveness of her many food-related messages is weakened by a lack of focus."
A concerned chef puts the food supply under scrutiny and comes up with some bad news about what's wrong with the way we're growing our food and eating it too. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 15, 2000

"A slow-to-boil (if impeccably researched) history and reference source for the cooking student and scholar."
Trubek's slim overview of the French influence on culinary history suffers from the dry rhetoric of academese. Read full book review >
CITIZEN COORS by Dan Baum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Although the narrative is occasionally plodding, Baum's history is incendiary, providing fuel for many a political fire."
An anecdotal history tracing the fortunes of the American brewing family known as much for its right-wing politics as for its suds, written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Baum (Smoke and Mirrors, 1996). Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 15, 2000

"Entertaining, thoughtful, and educational."
From a familiar, reputable—if sometimes offbeat—source, a worthwhile discussion of how to formulate a healthy approach to eating. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Tisdale caters to our insatiable, 'secret' appetite for the bonding and sacrament of food, a lonely and famished nostalgia that exposes our millennial cupboards as bare."
An appetizing critique of modern food culture, spiced with gourmet phrasing, that questions America's continuing affair with Happy Meal cuisine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >