Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 54)

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 >
Released: May 20, 1993

An alum's inept attempt to discredit an unusually inviting target: Adolph Coors Co. Read full book review >

Released: May 7, 1993

"92 special, Brans fails to entertain with any fresh observations on food or foodies or to rise above the generally banal level of the genre."
Brans (Take Two, 1989, etc.) turns here to culinary autobiography but lacks the personality or style to make a unique mark. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 1993

"Lofty but fun, with 34 very fine, personal photographs taken by the author."
Saucy guide to and social history of a wine-making village in France, first published in France in 1988 and then in Britain in 1992. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unlike last year's entertaining and scholarly analysis from German historian Wolfgang Schivelbusch (Tastes of Paradise), 1992, this is a facile, frothy mix that goes down smoothly and proves diverting enough. (Twenty line drawings.)"
New York Times reporter Grimes's preface characterizes the cocktail as a quintessentially American invention that expresses our fluent, nontraditional, fun-centered culture, and that fits our role as the world's supplier of idle amusement and cheap thrills. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1993

"Gallos, a would-be dynasty that, by her account, may be nearing the end of the line. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A fast-paced, gossipy rundown on the House of Gallo, whose octogenarian patriarchs helped make wine a mass-market commodity in the US while concealing a past replete with personal and business scandal. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Still, Levenstein's examples and anecdotes of folly and worse, and his debunking of experts and authorities from Margaret Mead on, make lively reading. (Fifteen halftones.)"
Levenstein's Revolution at the Table (1988), which surveyed the changes in American food habits between 1880 and 1930, is widely deemed a major contribution to our culinary history. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"That phrase as aptly describes Fisher's own approach to life, amply detailed here."
Fisher (who died earlier this year) is best known as a food-writer, but, whatever the subject, almost all her writing has been reminiscence. Read full book review >
OUTLAW COOK by John Thorne
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Both substantive and refreshingly quirky: Thorne's food- writing can feed your head and clear it of the prevailing burble."
Billed here as ``an iconoclastic eater,'' Thorne—author of a food newsletter and a 1987 anthology drawn from its pages, both titled Simple Cooking—is so far from the usual run of gushing food-writers as to make M.F.K. Fisher (reviewed above) look a little precious. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Many cross-cultural cuisines seem arbitrary; Devi's is both well-grounded and inspired."
Devi, who wrote the esteemed and estimable Lord Krishna's Cuisine (1987), now offers a less extensive, less traditional collection of vegetarian recipes that have the same sumptuous appeal. Read full book review >
WINE SNOBBERY by Andrew Barr
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Snob or antisnob, read on and you, too, dear hypocrite lecteur, may squirm yet."
Wine drinkers of America, get ready for a roasting. Read full book review >
WHAT'S FOR DINNER? by Michael Roberts
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

Roberts, executive chef at Trumps restaurant in L.A., presents recipes for the dishes he likes to cook at home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >