Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
THE WHOLE FROMAGE by Kathe Lison
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
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 >