Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 9)

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Kate Christensen
Released: July 9, 2013

"A Rabelaisian celebration of appetite, complete with savory recipes, that genuinely satisfies."
A novelist's deliciously engrossing exploration of her life through the two major passions that have defined it: food and writing. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2013

"Enriched with historical references ranging from Pasteur to de Tocqueville, this is an accessible, if at times exhaustively detailed, work valuable for its reportage of incidents that have remained largely unknown to the average citizen."
A blogger and advocate journalist stacks the deck against the government's over-regulation of food, employing salient stories of individuals "entangled in the enforcement crackdown" amid their efforts to provide nutrient-dense products, including raw milk and fermented foods. Read full book review >

Released: June 25, 2013

"Whether Lison is ruminating on the short lactation cycle of sheep, the origins of rennet, or the grassy, lemony taste of a spring goat cheese, readers will have all their senses engaged."
Her curiosity piqued by the multitude of French cheeses, essayist and self-proclaimed cheesehead Lison chronicles her tasty culinary journey exploring the art and science of French cheese making. Read full book review >
Eat Well and Feel Fabulous by Maria T Resele
Released: June 24, 2013

"Well-seasoned recipes served up with prose that readers need to take with a pinch of salt."
In her debut cookbook, the author offers recipes and tips on preparing international dishes for family meals. Read full book review >
Giuseppe's Recipes by Joseph Colistro
Released: June 21, 2013

"An eclectic mix of recipes that may tempt food lovers to experiment."
Traditional dishes and more exotic fare using grocery store items. Read full book review >

TO EAT by Joe Eck
Released: June 11, 2013

"Full and fragrant, this book will satisfy the appetite of anyone with a taste for simple pleasures."
The encyclopedic work of two masterful gardeners presents an idyllic picture of Vermont country life. Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 2013

"A moving account of how one woman's willpower saved her home and her family."
A woman's journey of survival against many odds. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 2013

"Brown's wit and extensive research make this a solid book of history, sociology and literature, as well as a great travel guide."
The centuries-long story of the George Inn, which may not have been Shakespeare's local, but proves fascinating nonetheless. Read full book review >
STEAL THE MENU by Raymond Sokolov
Released: May 14, 2013

"Perhaps a bit too acidic for some tastes, but most foodies will find the book refreshingly different."
A knowledgeable look at the transformation of fine dining over the past half-century, viewed through the prism of the author's personal history. Read full book review >
OBSESSED by Mika Brzezinski
Released: May 7, 2013

"A motivational, inspirational addition to the ever-expanding library of total-health guidebooks."
The co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe parlays her lifelong preoccupation with food into re-educating an increasingly corpulent nation about smarter eating practices. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2013

"Really an overblown magazine article, lightly and pleasantly enough written, though without the depth of like-minded projects by Bill Bryson, Jim Harrison and others."
In which an inside-the-Beltway type goes all Euell Gibbons on us—and doesn't starve to death and even finds true love in the bargain. Read full book review >
COOKED by Michael Pollan
Released: April 23, 2013

"A delightful chronicle of the education of a cook who steps back frequently to extol the scientific and philosophical basis of this deeply satisfying human activity."
Having described what's wrong with American food in his best-selling The Omnivore's Dilemma (2006), New York Times contributor Pollan (Journalism/Univ. of California; Food Rules, 2012, etc.) delivers a more optimistic but equally fascinating account of how to do it right. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >