Food & Cooking Book Reviews

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
THE CHAIN by Ted Genoways
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The author tells a sad, horrifying story, a severe indictment of both corporate greed and consumer complacency."
A scathing report on the consequences of factory farming. Read full book review >

COME HERE OFTEN? by Sean Manning
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A delightful collection that will surely inspire many bar-hopping tours."
Writers share anecdotes and reminiscences about their favorite bars from around the world. Read full book review >
EAT MORE BETTER by Dan Pashman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 4, 2014

"A good-natured, clever and informative romp through the modern culinary landscape."
The creator and host of WNYC's podcast The Sporkful develops a humorous, witty narrative delivered in the form of a pseudo-textbook. Read full book review >
THE EDIBLE SOUTH by Marcie Cohen Ferris
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"In this colorful and well-researched history, the author shows persuasively how food has shaped and nourished Southern identity."
Food serves as a useful lens for examining race, economics, gender and class in the South, from plantation days to the present. Read full book review >

THE LANGUAGE OF FOOD by Dan Jurafsky
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A highly informative and entertaining compendium of food and word facts sure to appeal to foodies and etymologists alike."
The evolution of the names and ingredients in popular foods. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT LOAF by Samuel Fromartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Richly detailed history and lively anecdotes make this book a consummate celebration of the deceptively simple loaf of bread."
Botany, culinary history and recipes from a bread lover. Read full book review >
THE HILLS OF CHIANTI by Piero Antinori
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A delightful celebration of an extraordinary Italian family's enduring love affair with wine."
The Antinori family has been producing wine in Tuscany since 1385. Gracefully capitalizing on his family's story, winemaker Antinori chronicles the unique business and personal relationships of this remarkable family enterprise. Read full book review >
MY DRUNK KITCHEN by Hannah Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek guidebook to discovering one's own route through life."
Transplanted New Yorker Hart's idea of creating a fake cooking show began as a joke for a friend in California. At last count, her YouTube channel, "My Drunk Kitchen," had tallied more than 66 million views. Hart's "cookbook" will surely enlarge her audience and please her fans. Read full book review >
THE CULINARY IMAGINATION by Sandra M. Gilbert
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 28, 2014

"Gilbert wears her scholarship lightly in this warm, lively inquiry into the social, political, ethical and aesthetic meanings of 'food, glorious food!'"
A literary scholar investigates the cultural meaning of food. Read full book review >
Nepali Home Cooking for Healthy Living by Sharada Jnawali
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 17, 2014

"A worthwhile choice for focused amateur chefs or holistic-minded readers."
Jnawali and Da Mata's cheerful debut cookbook highlights the health benefits of Nepal's plants, spices and herbs in accessible vegetarian recipes. Read full book review >
ORGANIC by Peter Laufer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"A lively, highly informative exposé capped by trips to Kazakhstan and Bolivia, where Laufer settles his questions about the walnuts and black beans he purchased. Now, how to fix the situation so that not all foods labeled organic are 'suspect'?"
Former NBC News correspondent Laufer (Journalism/Oregon Univ.; The Elusive State of Jefferson: A Journey through the 51st State, 2013, etc.) investigates the "need to know what we're eating and how it came to our dinner plates." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >