Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 55)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A smart, engaging history of the uses of, attitudes toward, and wars over the world's most mysterious plant. (Illustrations throughout)"
From ancient, South American, meter-long cigars (and you thought Cheech and Chong rolled big) to modern Chinese teenagers lighting up because it "looks cool," a fast-paced, comprehensive look at tobacco and its consumers. Read full book review >
BEST FOOD WRITING 2000 by Holly Hughes
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Plenty of satisfying entrees here, but next year the editor should try to provide some more adventurous fare as well."
The debut of a planned annual collection, this stellar selection of mostly American food writing has everything but the unexpected. Read full book review >

AMERICAN VINTAGE by Paul Lukacs
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2000

"There is currently a debate in wine circles about whether all bottles of wine need to breathe. But there is little debate that American winemaking history has had sufficient aeration—with the result that the subject is getting flat."
The history of American winemaking, by now pretty well-turned ground, gets a further spading from Washington Times wine columnist Lukacs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Highly satisfying."
A clear-eyed, affectionate exploration of traditional cuisine's place in the culture and politics of an ever-changing France. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"More meditative than fiery, Manning provides a revealing, heedful 'window into what the world is doing about agriculture, and what urgently needs to be done.'"
Manning (Grassland, 1996, etc.), a shrewd and passionate environmentalist, strikes a reserved, cerebral chord here as he discusses how some third-world countries are facing the looming food shortage. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2000

"Unfortunately, Cooper has bitten off more than she can chew, and the effectiveness of her many food-related messages is weakened by a lack of focus."
A concerned chef puts the food supply under scrutiny and comes up with some bad news about what's wrong with the way we're growing our food and eating it too. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 2000

"A slow-to-boil (if impeccably researched) history and reference source for the cooking student and scholar."
Trubek's slim overview of the French influence on culinary history suffers from the dry rhetoric of academese. Read full book review >
CITIZEN COORS by Dan Baum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Although the narrative is occasionally plodding, Baum's history is incendiary, providing fuel for many a political fire."
An anecdotal history tracing the fortunes of the American brewing family known as much for its right-wing politics as for its suds, written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Baum (Smoke and Mirrors, 1996). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2000

"Entertaining, thoughtful, and educational."
From a familiar, reputable—if sometimes offbeat—source, a worthwhile discussion of how to formulate a healthy approach to eating. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Tisdale caters to our insatiable, 'secret' appetite for the bonding and sacrament of food, a lonely and famished nostalgia that exposes our millennial cupboards as bare."
An appetizing critique of modern food culture, spiced with gourmet phrasing, that questions America's continuing affair with Happy Meal cuisine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"No surprises; the usual conservative diet fare, spiced by the Duchess's starry presence."
That old reliable—the standard, well-based Weight Watchers' weight-control plan—is enlivened by vignettes from the organization's spokeswoman, the Duchess of York (Dining With the Duchess, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE KITCHEN CONGREGATION by Nora Seton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A basic stew (recipe provided) of family connections—garnished with love, longing, pain, loss, happiness, and satisfaction—that many women will respond to. (Author tour)"
In kitchens crowded with warm and sometimes painful memories, a pantheon of ghosts resurfaces to pass along consolation, confidences, words of wisdom, and recipes. 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 >