Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 51)

STUFFED by Patricia Volk
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"And would she ever make them proud in these pages. Emotionally luxurious and heart-gladdening. (22 photos)"
Novelist/essayist Volk (White Light, not reviewed) pens a stylishly written memoir that's really a series of portraits of the memorable characters who make up her extended family. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An original and impressive presentation that does much to illuminate the current racial situation."
Lasch-Quinn (History/Syracuse Univ.) contends that the civil-rights movement has been hurt by its advocacy of diversity training, multicultural education, and other therapeutic programs that have failed to tackle the intractable problems of poverty and violence. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Like a good newspaperman, Prial deploys his nose for the story before taking in the bouquet."
Unlike Rod Phillips (see above), New York Times wine critic Prial can be both stiff and fawning, but he brings to his reporting two invaluable qualities: he's been on the beat for 30 years, and he keeps an eye skinned for the beat less beaten. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 1, 2001

"All in all, a pleasure for foodies, and a satisfying read for students of world history as well."
Historian Fernández-Armesto sinks his teeth into the role of food in human history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fine treat for food buffs, less snotty than Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential but just as revealing on how a fancy meal makes it way to the table."
Fine dining, politics, and a host of strange characters meet in this engaging, behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's hippest restaurants. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 15, 2001

"An engrossing addition to the popular literature of WWII—and a treat for oenophiles as well."
Vin ordinaire goes to war—and lives to tell the tale. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 2001

"A charming little gift for an inquisitive cook."
An admiring account of an exotic spice with a long and varied history, by a food writer whose imagination keeps the story light and lively. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 2001

"Bon appetit to readers who agree with that rather sweeping statement; even those who don't will enjoy the cheerful anecdotes and the memorable dishes. (photos, not seen)"
A restaurant critic and food writer's engaging recollections: part memoir, part cookbook. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2001

"Reichl (who 'raced through electric streets' in Thailand) likes it in the fast track—but she has a tendency to hog the lane to herself."
More memoirs from Gourmet editor Reichl (Tender at the Bone, 1998, etc.), highly focused (on the food world of Berkeley, New York, and Los Angeles in the 1970s and '80s) and grindingly self-absorbed. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Vividly told, full of striking detail, and utterly fascinating."
The shift from hunting to farming is a major watershed in human history. Here, an anthropologist describes the worldview of surviving hunting cultures. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 1, 2001

"Surprisingly thought-provoking and original table talk from the academy."
Perhaps the ultimate refutation to anyone claiming there is a single, simple answer to the question of why France invented and continues to set the world standard for haute cuisine.Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 19, 2001

"Despite an early arc to the narrative, this renders an engaging portrayal through its author's detailed, sensitive writing and apparent affection for his subject."
This moving foray into the world of restaurateuring in modern America proves that cuisine is as crucial to 20th-century history as technology, rock music, and television. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >