Food & Cooking Book Reviews

GASTROPHYSICS by Charles  Spence
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, engaging education for food consumers and a font of ideas for restaurateurs and chefs as well."
A spry book of cutting-edge food science. Read full book review >
UPSTREAM by Langdon Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Blurring boundaries and complicating the oversimplified, Cook provides a moving, artfully layered story of strength and vulnerability, offering glimpses of hope for growing humility and reverence and for shifting human-nature relationships."
A tale of a species on life support and the ramifications for people, nature, and place. Read full book review >

THE POTLIKKER PAPERS by John T. Edge
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Without question, this is a book for foodies, but it is also for readers who may be indifferent to the food they consume yet care deeply about regionalism, individual health, and race relations, among other themes."
The director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi recounts the past 60 years of Southern food traditions, their effects on the South's culture, and vice versa. Read full book review >
EATING PROMISCUOUSLY by James McWilliams
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"McWilliams presents a solid argument, though it is not as radical or inspiring as he may have hoped, and the book could use more focused attention on creating the ideal world the author envisions.
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A food writer and historian argues that humans would be healthier with a more diverse diet. Read full book review >
GROCERY by Michael Ruhlman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An illuminating journey through and behind the grocery store, which, 'perhaps more than any other mechanism of change…has the power to shape how we raise and produce food in America.'"
Cookbook author and food writer Ruhlman (In Short Measures: Three Novellas, 2015, etc.) explores the evolution of the American grocery store and how it has affected what we eat in this country. Read full book review >

GIVE A GIRL A KNIFE by Amy Thielen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A warm, mildly immersive memoir documenting how Thielen found her calling by embracing her down-home influences."
A Saveur contributing editor and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author reflects on her Midwestern upbringing as inspiration for her culinary pursuits. Read full book review >
GROWING A REVOLUTION by David R. Montgomery
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Montgomery's fascinating exposé of how our food is grown will convince readers that soil health should not remain an under-the-radar issue and that we all benefit from embracing a new philosophy of farming."
An optimistic look at how regenerative farming can revive the world's soil, increasing food production, boosting cost effectiveness, and slowing climate change. Read full book review >
MASTERS OF CRAFT by Richard E. Ocejo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"A close-up and often entertaining look at new service jobs in an urban economy."
How formerly low-status jobs have become cool, creative careers. Read full book review >
TWO AND TWO by Rafe Bartholomew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Bartholomew does both his father and McSorley's proud with this touching, redolent memoir."
A boy comes of age in one of New York's most storied watering holes. Read full book review >
MY SOUL LOOKS BACK by Jessica B. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply felt and lovingly remembered memoir."
An African-American culinary scholar remembers the years she spent among an "extraordinary circle of friends" that included James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Nina Simone. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"Encouraging, honest information and real-life cases that show the role food can play in healing the body."
Can eating the right food play a major role in healing medical problems? Read full book review >
FLAVOR by Bob Holmes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"An uneven work, but some of the chapters could have lives of their own as entertaining magazine pieces."
An introduction to what flavor is and how we experience it. 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 >