Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 8)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"A warm, quietly poignant treat."
An award-winning nonfiction writer and journalist's recipe-packed memoir of her Midwestern childhood and how she came "to [her] love of the kitchen." Read full book review >
MY DRUNK KITCHEN by Hannah Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek guidebook to discovering one's own route through life."
Transplanted New Yorker Hart's idea of creating a fake cooking show began as a joke for a friend in California. At last count, her YouTube channel, "My Drunk Kitchen," had tallied more than 66 million views. Hart's "cookbook" will surely enlarge her audience and please her fans. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 29, 2014

"The countryside backdrop is much more interesting that the supposedly hideous criminal plot, but the book may be useful as a guide to the wines of the Côte D'Or."
True crime meets rare, expensive French wine. Read full book review >
THE CULINARY IMAGINATION by Sandra M. Gilbert
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 28, 2014

"Gilbert wears her scholarship lightly in this warm, lively inquiry into the social, political, ethical and aesthetic meanings of 'food, glorious food!'"
A literary scholar investigates the cultural meaning of food. Read full book review >
Nepali Home Cooking for Healthy Living by Sharada Jnawali
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 17, 2014

"A worthwhile choice for focused amateur chefs or holistic-minded readers."
Jnawali and Da Mata's cheerful debut cookbook highlights the health benefits of Nepal's plants, spices and herbs in accessible vegetarian recipes. Read full book review >

ORGANIC by Peter Laufer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"A lively, highly informative exposé capped by trips to Kazakhstan and Bolivia, where Laufer settles his questions about the walnuts and black beans he purchased. Now, how to fix the situation so that not all foods labeled organic are 'suspect'?"
Former NBC News correspondent Laufer (Journalism/Oregon Univ.; The Elusive State of Jefferson: A Journey through the 51st State, 2013, etc.) investigates the "need to know what we're eating and how it came to our dinner plates." Read full book review >
AMERICAN CATCH by Paul Greenberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 30, 2014

"A fascinating discussion of a multifaceted issue and a passionate call to action."
Blue Ocean Institute fellow Greenberg (Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, 2010, etc.) offers an optimistic perspective on the connection between preserving our salt marshes and restoring America's offshore seafood production. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2014

"A delicious buffet of family recipes with too generous a helping of memoir."
Among long-winded bouts of personal history, Cortellini's culinary memoir peppers a lifetime of mouth-watering recipes from across two continents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2014

"A story steeped in passion for tea lovers, dreamers and seekers of a meaningful life."
Muzyka's journey from tea cart operator to owner of a multimillion-dollar tea business. Read full book review >
PRECIOUS CARGO by David DeWitt
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 10, 2014

"An amazing journey, though the organization is meandering and digressive—frequently scattershot but ultimately satisfying."
New Mexico-based food researcher and author DeWitt (The Essential Hot Spice Guide, 2013, etc.) traces the Earth-changing ramifications of the "Columbian Exchange," which brought indigenous American foods like chili peppers, maize and turkey back to the Old World and transformed the world's diet. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 10, 2014

"A passionate call for 'responsible meat-eating' and what that means, as well as an explanation of the small steps required for accomplishing it."
A loosely organized, lively and challenging collection of observations, ideas, philosophical meanderings and ethical concerns related to the meat we put on our plates. Read full book review >
PROOF by Adam Rogers
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 3, 2014

"Rogers gives booze a thorough going over, complete with good cheer, highbrow humor and smarts."
From the action of the yeast to the blear of the hangover, via the witchery of fermentation, distillation and aging, Wired articles editor Rogers takes readers on a splendid tour of the booze-making process. 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 >