Food & Cooking Book Reviews

SEEDS OF SCIENCE by Mark Lynas
Released: June 26, 2018

"In this well-tempered, smoothly written book, Lynas calls for balance. Suspicion of all scientific discoveries will lead to further famine and global warming, while unscrutinized experimentation is prone to folly and corporate profit-gouging."
An environmental science writer takes a deep look at the ramifications of genetically modified organisms over the past four decades. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A genial journey through history that will leave readers both satiated and ravenous."
A husband and wife—he is French; she, American—move briskly through the history of France with a picnic basket full of information about the connections between history and gastronomy. Read full book review >

JELL-O GIRLS by Allie Rowbottom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A book brimming with intelligence and compassion."
Rowbottom chronicles her relationship to a legendary American food brand and the dark underside of its history. Read full book review >
CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A well-rendered narrative about how one specific island's fate stands as a warning for all coastal regions."
Land and culture erode on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lively model of modern folklore and a must for fans of the original series."
A welcome rekindling of the Foxfire franchise of books on Southern folkways. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An expert life of an undeservedly obscure American."
A fascinating—and disturbing—history of the late-19th-century crusade for food safety, led by a pioneering scientist who fought hard against "chemically enhanced and deceptive food manufacturing practices," some of which we still see today. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A concise, engaging tour of the world's winemaking regions for casual aficionados."
A geographical guide to wine by a traveling sommelier. 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 >