Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 6)

THE MODERN SAVAGE by James E. McWilliams
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While McWilliams offers convincing arguments for animal rights, they are undermined by the extensive quotes, which become tiresome and offer little useful context."
McWilliams (History/Texas State Univ.; The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut, 2013, etc.) takes issue with the locavore movement, which preaches compassionate care of farm animals on nonindustrial farms but slaughters those animals in the end.Read full book review >
A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean and American Recipes by Rachel Almeleh
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"An inviting collection of Sephardic and Mediterranean recipes."
Almeleh's cookbook offers a cornucopia of recipes from Sephardic and other cuisines. Read full book review >

THEY EAT HORSES, DON'T THEY? by Piu Marie Eatwell
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Entertaining mini-essays that debunk common idealized conceptions of the French."
In this debut, Eatwell pulls back the veil on France and French culture, exposing the truth behind 45 myths that have swirled around the French for ages. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN PLATE by Libby H. O'Connell
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"O'Connell is a perky companion for this buffet of historical snacks."
History Channel and A&E Networks chief historian O'Connell uses food to chronicle the history of the United States. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Quietly uplifting reading."
A socially conscious Episcopalian priest's account of how and why she started the Thistle Stop Café, a Nashville teahouse that employs females recovering from violence and drug abuse. Read full book review >
MEET PARIS OYSTER by Mireille Guiliano
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A somewhat fluffy and affected introduction to mostly French oyster consumption."
Another instructive fantasy of French luxury lifestyles from former Veuve Clicquot CEO and best-selling author Guiliano (French Women Don't Get Facelifts, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
BEST FOOD WRITING 2014 by Holly Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Consistent in quality and enthusiasm, Hughes again delivers a cornucopia of varietal amusements for foodophiles whose palates crave invigorating interpretations and perspectives."
The 14th installment of a series known for dynamic, immersive food writing. Read full book review >
CHOP SUEY, USA by Yong Chen
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A well-researched study of Chinese-American food, the people who brought it to our neighborhoods and how Americans grew to love it."
Chen (History/Univ. of California, Irvine; Chinese San Francisco, 1850-1943: A Trans-Pacific Community, 2000) shows how enterprising immigrants turned Chinese food, reviled by 19th-century Americans, into one of the country's favorite ethnic meals. Read full book review >
THE CHAIN by Ted Genoways
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The author tells a sad, horrifying story, a severe indictment of both corporate greed and consumer complacency."
A scathing report on the consequences of factory farming. Read full book review >
COME HERE OFTEN? by Sean Manning
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A delightful collection that will surely inspire many bar-hopping tours."
Writers share anecdotes and reminiscences about their favorite bars from around the world. Read full book review >
DARE TO PAIR by Julie Pech
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A useful, enjoyable read about the restrained debauchery of consuming chocolate with the fruit of the vine."
A concise guide to the art of pairing chocolate dishes with various types of wines. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >