Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 53)

THE APPRENTICE by Jacques Pepin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2003

"Prose as joyful and rich as the author's food. (Photos, not seen)"
From chef, author, and cooking-show veteran Pépin (The Short-Cut Cook, 1990, etc.), an easygoing but proud memoir of his journey through the stations of the kitchen and the food world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2003

"Readable, but shallow and too neat."
A skimming visit to the cultural-political dichotomy incarnated by the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Read full book review >

FRIED BUTTER by Abe Opincar
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Elemental acuity and burlesque combine here to delicious effect."
Food as memory, memory as food, experienced with the unexpectedness of déjà vu, knocked between melancholy and humor, as summoned by newcomer Opincar. Read full book review >
WIFE OF THE CHEF by Courtney Febbroriello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"A light snack for readers brought up on Julia Child and James Beard, but a tasty one for all that."
A revealing look at the strange things that go on behind a kitchen's swinging doors amid the crashing of pans and the bubbling of egos. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"Savvy and scary."
Why worry about bioterrorism? We're poisoning ourselves with calories, says freelance journalist and former fatty Crister. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Intense, sensuous, lyrical, shaped by the sensibility of a poet and the eye of a farmer."
California farmer/memoirist Masumoto (Harvest Son, 1998, etc.) meanders through his fields and memories by way of the five senses. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Sometimes endlessly informative (for instance, on pasta-making machinery) as it offers more in the way of pasta history than most readers have even begun to imagine."
Scholarly investigation of the quintessentially Italian carbohydrate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"A good and leathery year abroad, an honest and deeply enjoyed experience that avoids skimming off only the fruity bonbons while neglecting the ruck of daily life."
A French village, a good restaurant, and a year's worth of time to spend in both add stock to the lives of Sanders and his family. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"Steingarten sings of his supper, grand cuisine, or Thanksgiving turkey with panache and canny wit."
The vaunted food writer for Vogue, a former lawyer who now practices the equally underappreciated vocation of gastronomy, discusses the world's first (or at least second) most overwhelming preoccupation: eats. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Energetic and certainly lively, but the jokey personal comments soon wear thin."
Perky, contrived account of visits to the great bread-making cultures of the world—recipes included. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, readers will salivate as they glimpse tables set with roasts and game birds, sauces and soups, fruits and ices, extravaganzas of pastry—and plenty of wine. (b&w illustrations)"
An extravagant paean to the import of dining, cast as historical reports of memorable meals. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An exhaustive and lively assemblage, best for snacking rather than gorging."
Bestselling food historian Kurlansky (Salt, 2002, etc.) collects writing from two millennia that describes with wit and zest cooks, cooking, and cuisines. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >