Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 55)

FEAST HERE AWHILE by Jo Brans
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >

FOOD & COOKING
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >

TO BEGIN AGAIN by M.F.K. Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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
FOOD & COOKING
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
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
FAYE LEVY'S INTERNATIONAL CHICKEN COOKBOOK by Faye Levy
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"Like so many recent cookbooks, this exercise in recycling and streamlining can serve a utilitarian function but doesn't expand our cooking horizons. (Eight pages of color photographs—not seen.)"
There's no shortage of chicken recipes, or even chicken cookbooks, among the output of the last few years. Read full book review >
THE SUPPER BOOK by Marion Cunningham
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 11, 1992

"If you know the latest Fannie Farmer, you'll recognize the unoffending sensibility; here, in small format with some autobiographical chat, it can have a comfortable appeal."
Cunningham, who was in charge of the latest revision of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (1990), offers a companion to her Breakfast Book (1987—not reviewed)—this one a modest collection of undemanding but not boring dishes for the everyday evening meal or informal company occasion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >