Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 7)

BEYOND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET by Layne Lieberman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"While not a game-changer, this book repackages familiar diet advice in a friendly, inspiring and practical format."
Cheese, chocolate and wine do have a place in a healthy lifestyle—that's what this debut author and registered dietitian says we can learn from Europe's longest-lived populations. Read full book review >
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY by Norman Van Aken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2013

"A lively romp into the frenetic life of a significant American chef."
One man's journey from short-order cook to acclaimed chef. Read full book review >

TO THE BONE by Paul Liebrandt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"For those addicted to following the rise, fall and eventual resurrection of celebrity chefs, Liebrandt's story will be an essential ingredient on their reading menu."
Acclaimed chef Liebrandt and Friedman (Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Bocuse d'Or, the World's Most Prestigious Cooking Competition, 2009) collaborate in a "literary tasting menu," chronicling the chef's bumpy yet supersonic rise in the culinary world and the prestigious chefs who influenced his career. Read full book review >
THE WINE SAVANT by Michael Steinberger
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Educational, entertaining information on navigating the world of wines."
Informative, easily digested how-to guide to enjoying modern wines. Read full book review >
A FORK IN THE ROAD by James Oseland
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Delicious reading for the discerning foodie."
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Read full book review >

Beating Arthritis: Alternative Cooking by Baker Dan
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A colorful, thorough cookbook that introduces a variety of recipes for those suffering from arthritis."
This alternative cookbook offers a variety of foods that aid in the alleviation of arthritis in the form of creative recipes that veer away from the conventional. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"Goodyear's exploration of this engrossing and morally complex topic provides a solid footing for hearty conversations."
Venturing deep into the underground foodie culture, New Yorker contributor Goodyear (The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard: Poems, 2013, etc.) plunges into the world of dedicated individuals who routinely skirt the boundaries imposed by common culinary practices and tastes. Read full book review >
IN MEAT WE TRUST by Maureen Ogle
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An informative and entertaining narrative of the complexities of a massive industry, in which the author lays bare Americans' sense of entitlement and insistence on cheap and abundant meat and questions what that voracious appetite has wrought on our bodies and the environment."
Historian Ogle (Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer, 2006, etc.) explores the historical foundations and inaccuracies surrounding the story of the industry that supplies the beef, chicken and pork to America's carnivorous multitudes. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A gentle education in the fine art of wine and a treat through and through for the bibulous biblio/Francophile."
Wine entrepreneur Lynch (Inspiring Thirst: Vintage Selections from the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure, 2004) updates his 1988 original, winner of the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year Award. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-rounded, absorbing narrative of entrepreneurship, wine and the extraordinary man who made it all happen."
How a midrange California chardonnay captured the market and transformed the wine industry. Read full book review >
L.A. SON by Roy Choi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A bold account of how a professionally trained chef found his calling in the return to simpler, homestyle cooking that bridges cultures and appeals to everyday customers."
Street-wise, honest in its admission of trials and punctuated with vernacular swagger, Choi's debut pays tribute to family and his enduring fascination with the melting pot of Los Angeles. Read full book review >
50 FOODS by Edward Behr
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A treasure trove of culinary history, sound advice and easy enlightenment—though consuming the narrative in one sitting is not advised; try spreading the enjoyment by dipping in often for tasty bites."
A delicious compendium of food facts and practical advice showcasing 50 foods that everyday cooks, gardeners, foodies and the modern gourmet should include in their culinary repertoire. 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 >