Food & Cooking Book Reviews

Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A solid work of labor history that offers valuable lessons for other activists and organizers."
A scholarly study of an effort by Florida farmworkers to improve working conditions by building partnerships along the supply chain. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2017

"An accessible read with a title designed to catch the attention of worried mothers and a message that will be vigorously challenged by a host of agribusiness and pharmaceutical industry spokespeople and segments of the medical profession."
Medical professionals join the debate over the safety of our food supply with the claim that toxic foods are causing hard-to-diagnose chronic health problems in children. Read full book review >

THE REPORTER'S KITCHEN by Jane Kramer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A joyous feast of food, travel, and human relationships."
The longtime New Yorker European correspondent gathers a selection of her finest food-and-travel essays. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Both an informative work for general readers and a page-turning seminar for would-be writers of narrative nonfiction."
A bracing natural history of coffee. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Fellow members of the author's choir will find some useful nuggets, but readers seeking to learn more about microbial soil health and its implications for farm practices and climate change should look elsewhere. Regarding microbes and our bodies, a good start is Alanna Collen's 10% Human (2015)."
A journalist, activist, and filmmaker examines how soil-conscious farming practices may affect climate change and aims to move consumer sentiment to support them. Read full book review >

THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER by Anne Fadiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Reading this daughter's graceful, often melodious billet-doux to her father is not unlike imbibing several equally felicitous glasses of wine, their salutary effects leaving one pleasantly sated."
Fadiman (At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist, 2008, etc.) decants a harmonious blend of biography, wine lore, and memoir in this account of a literary daughter's relationship with her celebrated literary father. Read full book review >
L'APPART by David  Lebovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Lebovitz tells us much more than we really need to know, but this is still an engaging, entertaining, and delicious divertissement."
The tale of an acclaimed chef who decided he wanted to live in Paris—at any cost. Read full book review >
NOBU by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A simple, straightforward memoir sure to please both Nobu fans and Japanese cuisine lovers."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur tells the story behind his global success. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOADING BRUSH by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers."
Further cultural and agricultural writings from the dean of modern literary agrarians. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >
DINNER WITH DARWIN by Jonathan  Silvertown
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Nothing world-shaking but a tasty nibble for the bookish, science-inclined foodie."
A science-informed tour of the table, showing how our fare comes to us courtesy of natural selection—and, of course, survival of the fittest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >