Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 55)

MY KITCHEN WARS by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Carefully and skillfully written, but curiously unfulfilling, like a rich cassoulet without seasoning. (Author tour)"
A memoir by a woman who measures out her life in kitchen utensils, from her father's orange-juice squeezer to an olive wood spoon used to stir "the stockpot of memories" simmered here. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Miss Manners's readers may find assistance here in establishing those parameters."
Miss Manners, who has never hesitated to man the barricades in defense of courtesy and consideration among friends, acquaintances, and business associates, steps out in her Wellingtons in setting guidelines for civilized behavior at home. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A must for both Java junkies and travel lovers. (Author tour)"
Chef-turned-journalist Allen's debut book is a thoroughly entertaining, absorbing, and often hilarious jaunt through the history and geography of coffee. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Should be read by anyone curious about what goes into their daily cup of Java—too often, good coffee isn't good for the people who produce it. (60 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
An exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 1999

"Even dieters will be unable to resist this gourmet repast on American culture."
A witty and sumptuous pantry-level look at the struggle to create an American cuisine. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1999

"This is quite beautiful music, the sound of a family's life that keeps ringing in a daughter's ears."
A lovely and melancholy history of her family and its farm, a holdout in the soil-poor Northeast, from Brox (Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family, 1995). Read full book review >
DRINK by Andrew Barr
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

An exploration of American drinking habits through time from a British scholar of booze. Read full book review >
SEASONING by David Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An elegant pot-au-feu of days, sensual and heart-gladdening."
A soulful and sage calendar of monthly associations—"things of place seen in time"—from poet Young. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1998

"Such is the unadorned pleasure of Edmunds's book, its rare scholarly intimacy, that there can be little doubt that he delighted in his fieldwork very much. (illustrations, not seen)"
Few drinks achieve such complex and ambiguous symbolism as the martini, and likely few writers could decode it as well as the polished Edmunds (Classics/Rutgers Univ.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"A fascinating portrait of an invisible class and an evocative mandate for social change. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
You'll never again take the produce on your supermarket shelf for granted after reading this illuminating account. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Values wrapped in a warm fuzzy."
Homilies delivered in a gently humorous voice but with a serious undertone by a Presbyterian preacher not afraid to reveal his own humanity. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >