Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS by Langdon Cook
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An unfocused backwoods ramble among people who forage for a living."
The author of Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager (2009) finds a rich subculture in mushroom hunters. Read full book review >
WEEDS by Evelyn I.  Funda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"At times slowed by passages brooding over the landscape, this careful, accretive work is worthy for its testing of loyalty in memory's kiln."
An only daughter's eloquent lament for her family's farm, seasoned with dashes of feminism and naturalism. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"An engaging, tradition-rich look at an often overlooked American cuisine—certainly to be of interest to foodies from all walks of life."
Delving deep into the culinary (and social) history of one of America's oldest cuisines: soul food. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >
BETTING ON FAMINE by Jean Ziegler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A powerfully written argument for a change of course and priorities."
Ziegler (co-author: The Fight for the Right to Food, 2011, etc.), the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (2000-2008), points to the principles of the Atlantic Charter and Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms as possible solutions to world hunger, malnutrition and starvation. Read full book review >
SOIL AND SACRAMENT by Fred Bahnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A profound, moving treatise on finding God in gardening."
A soul-searching memoir and travelogue about finding God in the food produced by community agriculture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013

"Enriched by Paterniti's singular art of storytelling, this is a deeply satisfying voyage across a remarkable landscape into the mysteries and joys of the human heart."
A beguiling, multifaceted narrative larded with delightful culinary, historical, political, psychological and literary layers, set in the kingdom of Castile with a piece of cheese in the starring role. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2013

"An appealing success story and a wide-eyed homage to Burgundy."
A family man recounts the improbable journey that made him a critically acclaimed winemaker in France. Read full book review >
BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Kate Christensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >