Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 55)

Released: Dec. 12, 1993

"This glimpse behind the lipstick is a fitting wrap-up, then—one that brings depth and dimension to the body of Fisher's work."
Even fans of the late, bright gastronomic memoirist (d. 1992) might be tiring of all the tributes to her that have been gushing forth, as well as of the incidental jottings and recycled reminiscences by her that publishers have been serving forth during the past few years. Read full book review >
JAMES BEARD by Robert Clark
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Clark is also generously appreciative, without fawning, of Beard's real gifts and contributions. (Photos)"
``Born fat to a food-obsessed mother,'' as Clark (former editor of The Journal of Gastronomy) puts it, America's preeminent foodie (1903-85) was an overstuffed child whose acting career was foiled by his enormous bulk—and who eventually turned the catering, cooking lessons, and food-writing he was doing just to get by into a career that made him ``a star in the dwarf constellation'' of the New York food world. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The stuff that dreams are made of—and it's all real. (Sixteen pages of color photos)"
Amazing tale of how Aebi—an N.Y.C.-based artist, loft- renovator, and explorer—breathes new life into a decaying village in the depths of the Sahara Desert. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Great human warmth bathes a wine-lover's delight: one of the best yet about wine."
Celebration of the triumph of Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja, who has raised the once cheap and obscure Barbaresco wines to award-winning world status. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A vivid diary of life on the family farm today. (Sixteen b&w photographs—not seen)"
A woman's journal of days on a central Missouri farm reveals a life of incredibly endless work—and of devotion to the land that amounts to modern-day pantheism. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Touted by the publisher as a successor to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, Sterling's tale merely proves that charm, like wine, often doesn't travel well. (Ten watercolors)"
Rambling, sometimes rankling account of a year spent producing, promoting, and peddling the wines of the noted Iron Horse Vineyards in California's Sonoma Valley. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Sara's knockout photos bring everything to life as Tom's awareness of days gurgling down the drain adds poignancy to each passing page."
The best of the crop of recent French vineyard books, perhaps because the most modest—or because it gets its hands dirty. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"No landmark, then, but the time is ripe for an introductory synthesis, and MacClancy knows, and covers, the territory."
A wide-ranging summary, by an Oxford anthropologist, of existing studies and ideas—as well as historical material—on the meaning we find in food and eating. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >