Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 52)

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 >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"A fascinating portrait of an invisible class and an evocative mandate for social change. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
You'll never again take the produce on your supermarket shelf for granted after reading this illuminating account. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Values wrapped in a warm fuzzy."
Homilies delivered in a gently humorous voice but with a serious undertone by a Presbyterian preacher not afraid to reveal his own humanity. Read full book review >

HARVEST SON by David Mas Masumoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But ill-arranged slices of life do not a memoir make. (Author tour)"
The richness of Masumoto's earlier memoir (Epitaph for a Peach, 1995) about life as a Japanese-American farmer in California is generally lacking here. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 1, 1998

"Among a sprawl of books incessantly issued and hyped, this small, wise volume quietly calls us to read and be renewed. (50 color photos)"
Lyrical tale of the survival and triumph of a small farm amid the suburban sprawl of southern California, with writing as rich and satisfying as the taste of a ripe melon. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 1998

"As always, Miss Manners provides what one 'gentle reader' calls her 'polite, succinct and effective rejoinders.'"
In the second entry in her "Basic Training" series, Miss Manners, with her usual wit and graciousness, instructs us in how to respond to awkward, embarrassing, or just downright rude comments from others. Read full book review >
NOBODY KNOWS THE TRUFFLES I'VE SEEN by George Lang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 1998

"Lang's wartime experiences were horrifying, but his book is mainly a lighthearted celebration of good friends, good food, and the good life he's found in the culinary world. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
International restaurateur Lang takes stock of his life's path from small-town Hungary to the summits of world dining—and has fun along the way. Read full book review >
TENDER AT THE BONE by Ruth Reichl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"A perfectly balanced stew of memories: not too sweet, not too tart. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
The restaurant critic of the New York Times whips up a savory memoir of her apprentice years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"So much to inspire; too much to summarize."
Her cunning as a culinary essayist, memoirist, and fiction writer won't fully prepare Fisher's many fans for her gusto as an informal correspondent. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 15, 1997

"The 20 illustrations include contemporary photos of White Castle outlets and the company's early advertisements."
A scholar's lively account of how White Castle, now a largely overlooked but still profitable also-ran in the domestic restaurant trade, made the once-scorned hamburger a US institution and launched the fast-food industry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >