Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 8)

BEST FOOD WRITING 2013 by Holly Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A literary trek across the culinary landscape pairing bountiful delights with plenty of substantive tidbits."
Longtime editor Hughes once again compiles a tasty collection of culinary essays for those who love to eat, cook and read about food. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Warmly written, balanced but unsparing in its portraits, and culminating in a touching coda, Barr's persuasive book overcomes the occasional longueur to offer an enhanced appreciation of some groundbreaking cooks and their acolytes."
In his debut, Travel & Leisure editor Barr revisits a pivotal moment in culinary history with a brio and attention to detail that rivals that of his subjects. Read full book review >

CHICKENS IN THE ROAD by Suzanne McMinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"The book provides back story for McMinn's blog, allowing a deeper, humorous look into the rewards and challenges of her rural life."
Romance writer McMinn's story of how she moved her family to a slanted little house in backwoods West Virginia following her divorce. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Not just sportswriting, but also graceful and gripping cultural history."
A veteran writer for Sports Illustrated takes us through baseball's odd attic, pointing out and narrating the history of the quotidian and the curious. Read full book review >
CANDY by Samira Kawash
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Though the subject matter may be fluffy, the treatment is substantive and significant, representing an important contribution to the literature about what, and how, we eat in 21st-century America."
A history of the creation and consumption of candy in America. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"A quick, light book to keep around as a pick-me-up."
In her debut, former bookseller Stimson recounts relocating her family from St. Louis to the bucolic beauty of Vermont. Read full book review >
Timer™DIET by Sherri Sue Fisher
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Readers looking to improve overall health might look elsewhere for more scientific advice, but this guide offers a commendable introduction to navigating the pitfalls of dieting."
A relatively sensible—if not entirely original—diet book suggesting that the secret to long-term weight loss is in timing meals so as to never go hungry. Read full book review >
FROM SCRATCH by Allen Salkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Obsessively detailed, but often too exhaustive for its own good."
Fact-packed insider dish on the unlikely rise to prominence of the Food Network. Read full book review >
JULIA CHILD RULES by Karen Karbo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A lighthearted trek through a food icon's life, studded with satisfying tips for modern living."
Karbo's (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman, 2011, etc.) delightful foray into Julia Child's life blends entertaining facts with Child-inspired lessons for living the good life. Read full book review >
MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING by Ann Mah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2013

"A bighearted, multisensory tour of France."
An American diplomat's wife finds sweet solace in Parisian culture and cuisine. Read full book review >
MASTERING THE ART OF SOVIET COOKING by Anya von Bremzen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"With a wink and a grimace, von Bremzen vividly characterizes the 'Homo sovieticus.'"
Travel + Leisure contributing editor and three-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author von Bremzen's (The New Spanish Table, 2005, etc.) nostalgia for a prickly Soviet childhood brings memories of food both delectable and biting. Read full book review >
ONE SOUFFLÉ AT A TIME by Anne Willan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A charming, if not revelatory, portrait of a woman determined to bring French cuisine to a wider audience, with emphasis on traditional, accessible recipes that respect the intellectual side of cookery. Recommended for Francophiles and culinary enthusiasts."
British founder of the bilingual La Varenne cooking school in Paris, veteran cookbook author and world traveler Willan traces her experiences through piquant anecdotes, including favorite recipes that mark salient memories and friendships. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >