Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 53)

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"A multicultural mess."
Children's book author Medear°s has bitten off more than she can chew in trying to cover Africa and the Caribbean as well as early and modern African-American cooking. Read full book review >
JANE BRODY'S GOOD SEAFOOD BOOK by Jane Brody
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Health and nutrition writer Brody (Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet, 1990, etc.) and frequent cookbook coauthor Flaste sticks with her credo of ``low in fat, high in flavor''—this time casting a line for succulent, nutrient-dense, low-calorie seafood. Read full book review >

THE VEGETARIAN TABLE by Julia della Croce
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Nothing new under the sun."
This initial entry in an international vegetarian series disproves the myth that vegetarian cooking is always light and healthy. Read full book review >
CHOCOLATE AND THE ART OF LOW-FAT DESSERTS by Alice Medrich
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A toothsome revolution. (First serial to Food & Wine)"
Medrich's Cocolat (not reviewed) was a lavish collection of heart-stopping (in both senses) desserts. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"There are no more excuses for cooking phobia."
Former Sacramento Bee food editor Corn (Gooey Desserts) wrote a series for noncooks that led to this snazzy book. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 22, 1994

"Spiritual (not preachy) and sweet (not saccharine)."
Reinhart (Brother Juniper's Bread Book, not reviewed) is back with philosophical musings and recipes from the California restaurant he and his wife began as members of a Christian order. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"The tedious, discontinuous text includes a ridiculous foreword from Henry Kissinger and a wealth of photos, most of which fall in the handout category."
If Candide had written corporate histories, he would have produced the same sort of Panglossian piffle as Dienstag (Whither Thou Goest, 1976) in her sunny-side-up appreciation of H.J. Heinz Co. on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"Makes one grateful not to be a country boy."
This unappealing, disorganized, catastrophe of a cookbook paints an unhealthy picture of country fare. Read full book review >
THE INDIAN VEGETARIAN by Neelam Batra
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A mystique breaker."
Indian cuisine still sounds exotic to many people and has yet to work its way into American kitchens. Read full book review >
ELVIS IN HOLLYWOOD by Elizabeth McKeon
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Still, a perfect gag gift."
Elvis's infamous fondness for down-home southern cooking (breakfasts of sausage, bacon, and eggs; lunches of mashed potatoes with gravy, sauerkraut, bacon, and biscuits; dinners of fried chicken; fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches for snacks) makes this less a cookbook than a campy tribute to white-trash cuisine and a ``memory book'' (as freelance writer McKeon likes to call it) of the King's days in Hollywood. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 14, 1994

"In all, provocative and accomplished."
Stacey, a magazine journalist, contends that Americans have become paranoid about food, especially about fat, and that our fears have taken the pleasure out of eating. Read full book review >
HARD TO SWALLOW by Richard W. Lacey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 1994

"British by birth but quite adaptable to American readers."
Charming, delightful, often richly depressing survey about what we eat, by Lacey (Medical Microbiology/Leeds;Unsafe for Human Consumption—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >