Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 55)

THE SUPPER BOOK by Marion Cunningham
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 >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Isn't there something a little tacky about this kind of recycling job when our shelves are already bulging with bright but ephemeral creations and adaptations?"
The compilers of this collection—a cookbook editor and a restaurant owner—have gathered easy recipes for a contemporary assortment of simple dishes (the publishers call it ``new-style comfort food'') from dozens of other well-known cookbook authors and recipe writers, many of whom are perky interpreters themselves. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Though its impact on the planet may be negligible, this should appeal to novice natural-food fans and browsers, and it might add some dash to the diets of the long committed. (Twenty-five color illustrations—not seen.)"
To the old nursery-song list of oats, peas, beans, and barley, today's ecological cooks add aduki beans, quinoa, seitan (a wheat product that claims to mimic meat), tempeh, udon (Japanese buckwheat noodles), basmati and wild rice, shiitake mushrooms, and a recently imported Asian barley called ``Job's Tears.'' From such as these, plus some currently obligatory ingredients like arborio rice (for risotto), jalape§os, and roasted red peppers, Sass has put together a nicely balanced recipe collection with a global reach, a contemporary edge, and a good feet-on-the-ground respect for real food. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"The concept of a cookbook for market day could bear a substantial treatment, but this is capricious, ephemeral stuff. (Line drawings throughout.)"
Fennel-and-carrot bisque; poached sole with chanterelle sauce; leek, red-pepper, and goat-cheese frittata; spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs—or with olives and sun-dried tomatoes: These are typical of the recipes contrived by Ferrary (Between Friends, 1991) and Fiszer (Season to Taste, coauthored by Ferrary, 1988) and presented here in alphabetically arranged chapters, from artichokes to tomatoes, as suggestions for what to do with the produce you might pick up at greenmarkets. Read full book review >
EATING WELL by Burt Wolf
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"The recipes, though no more of a piece and no more necessary in today's overstuffed market than the notes, at least have more sense and style."
Timed to accompany his new PBS show of the same name, this latest grab bag from TV-chef Wolf (What's Cooking, 1989) starts off in a typically random manner with an unprepossessing Senate bean soup (already represented in who knows how many cookbooks) and then another soup dish composed of fried catfish, bread-and-catfish dumplings, and vegetable matchsticks that comes from a Salzburg hotel whose chef claims it was Mozart's favorite. Read full book review >

Released: July 15, 1992

"Still, get ready for a blitz."
Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, published two decades ago, sold millions of copies but was denounced by medical authorities for its unsound high-calorie, low-carbohydrate regimen. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 1992

The rollicking California-based authors of Hot Links and Country Flavors (1990)—Aidells, a sausage-maker with a Ph.D., and Kelly, who writes and teaches about wine and food—are back with an all-American beer book that combines: a history of beer-making and beer-drinking in America; 175 recipes for pickling onions and smoking fish and preparing other gutsy food that is cooked with beer or goes with beer; and a survey of the new microbreweries, regional breweries, brew pubs, and other small beer companies that constitute, the authors say, a ``genuine beer renaissance'' throughout the land. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1992

"A true pleasure. (Illustrations—125 b&w—not seen.)"
First published in Germany in 1980, this elegantly trim and readable inquiry is the final volume (after The Railway Journey and Disenchanted Night—neither reviewed) of social-historian Schivelbusch's musings on the origin of modern industrial consciousness. Read full book review >
PEPPERS by Amal Naj
Released: June 9, 1992

"Still, an agreeable assemblage of lore and field reportage."
Naj, a Wall Street Journal writer born and raised in Bengal, travels in Central and South America and the US Southwest in pursuit of pepper specialists and special peppers—all of the hot, capsaicin-endowed varieties known to most of us as chiles. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

Culinary historian Hess (coauthor, The Taste of America, 1977- -not reviewed) explores the rice cooking of South Carolina, where that food has been and is a ritual staple. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

TV-chef PÇpin's cookbooks have ranged from the imposing two- volume The Art of Cooking to The Short-Cut Cook (1990), which stooped to unimpressive quickie concoctions using frozen convenience components. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

For fans of the ``Pioneer Lady,'' another nostalgic collection (after The Country Mother's Cookbook, 1991) of country-style recipes (heavy in the sweets department), sentimental verse (by James Whitcomb Riley and the like), memories of simple pleasures and special celebrations from a Thirties childhood (with family anecdotes from further back), and old illustrations to match. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >