Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 52)

FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 1, 1996

"With civility as the foundation of civilization, Miss Manners evokes a kinder, gentler lifestyle that still packs a (ladylike) punch. (20 b&w line drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here is Dear Miss Manners once again, scolding and shaking her finger at Gentle Readers who fall short in the task of lubricating the increasing, squeaky hinges of social interaction. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 29, 1996

"Kramer is knowledgeable and he writes well, and it is not his fault, though it is Russia's tragedy, that his account tails off into something close to despair. (An excerpt from this book was included in Best American Essays 1994.)"
A vivid personal journey into the question of how Communism ruined farming in the Soviet Union, and an indication that we should not look for improvement any time soon. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 1, 1996

"So today does Wendell Berry, alongside whose agrarian essays this intriguing book should be shelved."
An unusually literate work, at once paean and dirge, on the decline of family farming, which also happens to mark ``the end of a historical cycle in America.'' Hanson (The Western Way of War, 1989) is both a professor of Greek and a farmer in the Central Valley of California. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"This testimonial to the capacity of the human spirit to resist, to endure, and eventually to overcome oppression may well prove to be a key document of South African history. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sprawling biography of one of the people whom history usually forgets: an illiterate black South African sharecropper who lived out his days under apartheid. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

Portrait of the actor as a young gourmand. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Like a drunken spree: not without its pleasures, but sloppy and apt to lead to misunderstandings. (15 b&w photos, not seen)"
The meaning of mixed drinks, served by pop culture historian Lanza with a twist when it might better have been offered neat. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"The Stork and the Plow is a good place to start."
The Ehrlichs, older and less doctrinaire than in their Population Explosion (1990) days, are guardedly hopeful that resources (the plow) can sustain population gains (the stork) in the century ahead. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"In the end, the reader learns more here about the spirit of Arthur Waskow than of authentic Jewish beliefs."
A sincere but overly idiosyncratic guide for those who are disenchanted with more traditional Judaism. Read full book review >
DREAM REAPER by Craig Canine
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"While Canine sometimes dwells too lovingly on the nuts and bolts, this is less a story of a machine and far more an insightful look at the creative mind. (35 illustrations, not seen)"
Canine, a magazine writer and descendant of Iowa farmers, writes a surprisingly lively and suspenseful account of two Kansans who invent and attempt to successfully market an innovative farm combine. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 19, 1995

"Full of good sense and good reportage, Mather's book deserves wide attention. (author tour)"
If the thought of a farm straight out of Woody Allen's Sleeper, overrun with mammoth chickens and gargantuan vegetables, scares you, then this book will fuel a thousand nightmares. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 1995

"Mas Masumoto has a nice touch and charming perspective."
In this lovingly rendered account, the author describes his efforts to maintain his unique organic farm and to find a market for his juicy but unpopular fruit. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1995

"A delectable tale artfully told."
The vastly entertaining account of a Burgundian chef's rise to Guide Michelin three-stardom. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >