Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 52)

THE KITCHEN CONGREGATION by Nora Seton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >

FOOD & COOKING
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
DRINK by Andrew Barr
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 1, 1999

An exploration of American drinking habits through time from a British scholar of booze. Read full book review >
SEASONING by David Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An elegant pot-au-feu of days, sensual and heart-gladdening."
A soulful and sage calendar of monthly associations—"things of place seen in time"—from poet Young. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 2, 1998

"Such is the unadorned pleasure of Edmunds's book, its rare scholarly intimacy, that there can be little doubt that he delighted in his fieldwork very much. (illustrations, not seen)"
Few drinks achieve such complex and ambiguous symbolism as the martini, and likely few writers could decode it as well as the polished Edmunds (Classics/Rutgers Univ.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >