Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >