Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 52)

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 15, 1995

"Upscale advertising. (Illustrations, not seen)"
This collection of seasonal menus from restaurants located in New York City's TriBeCa neighborhood has a distinctly '80s feel. Read full book review >
SAVORY STEWS by Jacques Burdick
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Sumptuous antidotes to winter, but you'll crave them year- round. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Burdick adds to his homey oeuvre (French Cooking en Famille, not reviewed) with this collection of warm, filling meals. Read full book review >

ENOLA PRUDHOMME'S LOW-FAT FAVORITES by Enola Prudhomme
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 20, 1994

"It may be low-fat, but it ain't healthy."
Prudhomme (Enola Prudhomme's Low-Calorie Cajun Cooking, 1991) has flooded this volume with enough processed foods to turn the Louisiana bayou into a chemical bath. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"An intriguing idea ruined by unfortunate oversights."
Kempston, a self-taught cook and former manager of a country hotel, has dissected the eating and cooking processes; he believes that a scientific understanding can free cooks from recipe slavery. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE PASTA MACHINE COOKBOOK by Tom Lacalamita
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 5, 1994

"Although purists may scoff at these gadgets, this book is comprehensive enough to impress all kinds of noodleheads. (8 pages color photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Homestyle Club alternate selection)"
As he did in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook (not reviewed), Lacalamita takes a newfangled appliance and shows how multifaceted it can be. Read full book review >

SPAGO DESSERTS by Mary Bergin
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A treat that's sure to become a classic. (Author tour)"
A collection of scrumptious sweets that maintains the long- standing tradition of delicious Spago cooking. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Messy presentation of mostly marvelous food. (Map; 2-color art, line drawings, not seen)"
Quintana (The Tastes of Mexico, not reviewed, etc.) and food writer Bishop throw readers off the deep end in this guide to the regional cuisine of coastal Mexico: It is inaccessibly organized according to 16 coastal states, contains local characters of the author's creation who introduce each chapter with personal histories, and calls for difficult-to-find ingredients without offering substitutions or a resource guide. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >