Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 53)

SEEDS OF CHANGE by Kenny Ausubel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The writing is overwrought, the tone self-righteous, and much of the content self-serving—yet this offers information too important for readers to let these, and other irritations, stand in their way. (Twelve b&w and 60 color photographs—not seen)"
The critically important—and interesting—story of the threat to earth's biodiversity and how this endangers us all, told by the founder of Seeds of Change, the country's leading organic seed producer. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

From Canadian publisher de Villiers (Down the Volga, 1992, etc.): a fruity, complex story of a California winemaker—a tale much like crushed raspberries on a summer's day, with a heartbreaking, underlying silkiness and a faint hint of fresh farm butter. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Highly detailed—a must for students of Soviet, or social, history."
Scholarly and poignant account of conditions in Russia's collective farms in the 30's. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 1993

"This glimpse behind the lipstick is a fitting wrap-up, then—one that brings depth and dimension to the body of Fisher's work."
Even fans of the late, bright gastronomic memoirist (d. 1992) might be tiring of all the tributes to her that have been gushing forth, as well as of the incidental jottings and recycled reminiscences by her that publishers have been serving forth during the past few years. Read full book review >
JAMES BEARD by Robert Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Clark is also generously appreciative, without fawning, of Beard's real gifts and contributions. (Photos)"
``Born fat to a food-obsessed mother,'' as Clark (former editor of The Journal of Gastronomy) puts it, America's preeminent foodie (1903-85) was an overstuffed child whose acting career was foiled by his enormous bulk—and who eventually turned the catering, cooking lessons, and food-writing he was doing just to get by into a career that made him ``a star in the dwarf constellation'' of the New York food world. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The stuff that dreams are made of—and it's all real. (Sixteen pages of color photos)"
Amazing tale of how Aebi—an N.Y.C.-based artist, loft- renovator, and explorer—breathes new life into a decaying village in the depths of the Sahara Desert. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Great human warmth bathes a wine-lover's delight: one of the best yet about wine."
Celebration of the triumph of Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja, who has raised the once cheap and obscure Barbaresco wines to award-winning world status. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A vivid diary of life on the family farm today. (Sixteen b&w photographs—not seen)"
A woman's journal of days on a central Missouri farm reveals a life of incredibly endless work—and of devotion to the land that amounts to modern-day pantheism. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Touted by the publisher as a successor to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, Sterling's tale merely proves that charm, like wine, often doesn't travel well. (Ten watercolors)"
Rambling, sometimes rankling account of a year spent producing, promoting, and peddling the wines of the noted Iron Horse Vineyards in California's Sonoma Valley. Read full book review >
A VILLAGE IN THE VINEYARDS by Thomas Matthews
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Sara's knockout photos bring everything to life as Tom's awareness of days gurgling down the drain adds poignancy to each passing page."
The best of the crop of recent French vineyard books, perhaps because the most modest—or because it gets its hands dirty. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 1, 1993

"No landmark, then, but the time is ripe for an introductory synthesis, and MacClancy knows, and covers, the territory."
A wide-ranging summary, by an Oxford anthropologist, of existing studies and ideas—as well as historical material—on the meaning we find in food and eating. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 1, 1993

"The West needs a new image, and she's given us many to choose from."
Take the cowboy, please, and send him packing, along with all his mythological baggage—or so argues Russell (Writing/Western New Mexico University) in this provocative and iconoclastic study. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >