Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 55)

Released: May 1, 2002

"The tenacity and availability of life, amply admired and admirably evoked."
From newcomer Foster, a keen and wholly lovely catalogue of seasons growing spuds in the midst of swells. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2002

"Extremely broad, frustratingly shallow."
A stroll through the history of some food taboos that have caught the author's fancy, loosely organized around the seven deadly sins. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Profound, and profoundly moving."
A memoir of growing up a cattleman's daughter in northeastern Montana in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Ultimately, then, it's not about the food, it's about the chef and author: a high-maintenance gent, brash, insightful, a jokester, and certainly someone you wouldn't want by your side at a touchy border crossing."
Over-the-top and highly diverting international culinary adventures, always to be taken with a generous grain of salt—and make it Fleur de Sel—and best consumed a bite at a time. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Of interest only to food activists and organic-gardening buffs—who are probably already converts to the cause."
The pleasures are few, the politics plenty, in this preachy treatise on the politically correct production and consumption of food. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Delightful in small doses, but too intense to be consumed in a single sitting."
Novelist Harrison (The Beast God Forgot to Invent, 2000, etc.), a man of firm opinions and titanic appetites, here collects his previously published essays on food. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A laudably compact and versed telling of wine's story."
A limpid overview nestles wine—that most charged and symbolic of foods—within its historical and cultural contexts. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Nicely balancing recent encyclopedic treatments such as the Cambridge World History of Food, Rebora's slender volume should be of interest to foodies, cookbook collectors, and historians alike."
A lively stroll through (mostly southern) European culinary history. Read full book review >
STANDING UP TO THE ROCK by T. Louise Freeman-Toole
Released: Oct. 17, 2001

"Freeman-Toole's voice is easy on the ear, and her stories have that clear, sere quality that marks the land she came to love. (16 photographs)"
Warm yet unsentimental engagements with a cattle ranch on the Palouse. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Informative, comprehensive—but burdened by gee-whiz insights into the ways of the world."
An American writer details her infatuation with French bread, in a part-reportage and part-earnest attempt to understand national differences and obsessions. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

A corrective to Frankenfood alarmists: Genetic engineering of plants and animals has been going on for millennia, thanks to humankind's tinkering. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"And would she ever make them proud in these pages. Emotionally luxurious and heart-gladdening. (22 photos)"
Novelist/essayist Volk (White Light, not reviewed) pens a stylishly written memoir that's really a series of portraits of the memorable characters who make up her extended family. 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 >