Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 52)

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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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
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
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >