Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 53)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"An attractive mise en place, but one that lacks the simple artistry of that long-remembered potato."
A writer enters the Culinary Institute of America, the Ivy League of cooking schools. Read full book review >
THE PARTY by Sally Quinn
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 5, 1997

"Go to Miss Manners for a useful guide to party giving or to almost any celebrity bio for better anecdotes about parties-I- have-known. (b&w illustrations)"
Trite, trivial, and tasteless describe this unrewarding effort of a society reporter, novelist, and ``sometime Washington hostess.'' That latter label horrified Quinn (Happy Endings, 1991) when she heard it aplied to her on Good Morning America. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Despite its moments, this autobiography is clunky, desperately self-promoting, and, at best, premature."
In case you were interested, here's everything you could ever possibly want to know about Robinson's (Oxford Companion to Wine) career trajectory. Read full book review >
APPETITE FOR LIFE by Noel Riley Fitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An exhaustively researched, charming story of a life well lived, and an admiring portrait of a good marriage."
Riley (Anaãs: The Erotic Life of Anaãs Nin, 1993, etc.) offers a loving, overstuffed biography of the cook from Pasadena who introduced French cooking to the American kitchen. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM THE ROUND BARN by Jacqueline Dougan Jackson
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Jackson finds little gems in the muck and toil of farming life. (photos, not seen)"
Delicately filigreed vignettes of a Wisconsin farm life from children's-book author Jackson. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >