Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 9)

SOUS CHEF by Michael Gibney
Released: March 25, 2014

"Sumptuously entertaining fare."
An experienced sous chef and first-time author skillfully deconstructs a 24-hour work cycle of a sous chef in a New York kitchen. Read full book review >
HARVEST by Max Watman
Released: March 24, 2014

"With an essayist's flair for careful description, this is an entertaining, if not eye-opening, look at one man's passion for the pleasures of the table. Recommended as a congenial overview of homespun ideals."
Hudson Valley writer Watman (Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine, 2010) charts his adventures in sourcing or producing whole foods in more direct ways, without the polemical emphasis on locavore movements, environmental politics, corporate agriculture or related issues. Read full book review >

MY USUAL TABLE by Colman Andrews
Released: March 18, 2014

"'My problem, of course, was that I was a decade or so ahead of the times.' That's not the only one."
A stroll down Memory Lane, with stops at the eateries that have shaped him, from food writer Andrews (The Taste of America, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
EARTH ESSENCE by Helmut Norbert Taferner
Released: March 7, 2014

"A hearty and savory collection, with a few sweet delights thrown in."
A collection of healthy alternatives to traditional comfort food. Read full book review >
Released: March 4, 2014

"Thorough research provides fascinating insight into the sweet business of maple syrup."
An inside look at the maple syrup industry. Read full book review >

THE MEAT RACKET by Christopher Leonard
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An authoritative look at a ruthlessly efficient system."
An engrossing report on the industrialized American meat business. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A lively, informative look at the transformative potential of a mission-driven niche industry."
Marketer, management scholar and journalist Dobrow chronicles how natural and organic foods were transformed from the pursuit of a few idealists to a thriving, multibillion-dollar industry. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Regardless of readers' culinary proclivities, Martin's lively book poses timely questions while offering tasty solutions."
Digging into the latest culinary trend, "entomophagist," or bug-eating expert, Martin expounds upon the "ecological, nutritional, economic, global and culinary" benefits of consuming insects. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"A look at traditional Chinese medicine's ability to protect against food allergies that could generate considerable buzz in the medical community."
This detailed scientific analysis puts traditional Chinese medicine forward as a strong contender for treating food allergies. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"A new, colorful angle on eating food from the earth."
In this spiritually minded cookbook, Dennis and food writer Lyons (The New EBONY Cookbook, 1999)argue that the colors of the foods we eat can balance our moods, improve our deficiencies and enhance our overall well-being. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Marshall's clear, direct book ably captures the frustrations of trying to find the healthiest path and inspiring kids to do the same."
Teaching kids "to learn the simple pleasures of the table and to appreciate the taste of real food." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Good eats from a grilling expert."
A grilling guide from a man who has your interests—food that is delicious, nutritious and safe—at heart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >