Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 51)

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"No surprises; the usual conservative diet fare, spiced by the Duchess's starry presence."
That old reliable—the standard, well-based Weight Watchers' weight-control plan—is enlivened by vignettes from the organization's spokeswoman, the Duchess of York (Dining With the Duchess, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE KITCHEN CONGREGATION by Nora Seton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A basic stew (recipe provided) of family connections—garnished with love, longing, pain, loss, happiness, and satisfaction—that many women will respond to. (Author tour)"
In kitchens crowded with warm and sometimes painful memories, a pantheon of ghosts resurfaces to pass along consolation, confidences, words of wisdom, and recipes. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A useful reminder of a truth the great religious leaders all knew: You are what you eat."
Former Buddhist monk Altman investigates the spiritual aspects of eating. Read full book review >
THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM by Faith Stewart-Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"With more writing grace and a better sense of timing, the whole volume could have been as good. (16 pages b&w photos)"
On the eve of the Russian Tea Room's reopening, a mildly diverting story of its past. Read full book review >
MY KITCHEN WARS by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Carefully and skillfully written, but curiously unfulfilling, like a rich cassoulet without seasoning. (Author tour)"
A memoir by a woman who measures out her life in kitchen utensils, from her father's orange-juice squeezer to an olive wood spoon used to stir "the stockpot of memories" simmered here. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Miss Manners's readers may find assistance here in establishing those parameters."
Miss Manners, who has never hesitated to man the barricades in defense of courtesy and consideration among friends, acquaintances, and business associates, steps out in her Wellingtons in setting guidelines for civilized behavior at home. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A must for both Java junkies and travel lovers. (Author tour)"
Chef-turned-journalist Allen's debut book is a thoroughly entertaining, absorbing, and often hilarious jaunt through the history and geography of coffee. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >