Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 51)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"Others will find it indigestible."
Pedestrian mini-biographies of three women who are household names among members of the Cuisinart set. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"A multicultural mess."
Children's book author Medear°s has bitten off more than she can chew in trying to cover Africa and the Caribbean as well as early and modern African-American cooking. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >