FIRST BITE by Bee Wilson
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"With generous measures of grounded wisdom and solid research findings, the book should attract and possibly inspire broad groups of readers struggling with eating-related issues; for others, it may be of less interest."
An exploration of the notion that we can change our early food habits. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An enjoyable read for wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike."
The events and characters behind a 2005 Napa fire that caused the greatest destruction of wine in history: 4.5 million bottles worth more than $250 million. Read full book review >

FALAFEL NATION by Yael Raviv
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Readers wishing for a little more about food and a little less about nationalism may want to look elsewhere, but Raviv delivers an academic yet mostly accessible work of culinary anthropology."
What's in a falafel? By the lights of food-studies and nutrition adjunct professor Raviv, it's not just chickpeas and pita bread, but also identity. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A well-researched look into yet another global market undergoing significant growth due to Chinese businesses and consumers."
Wine Spectator contributing editor Mustacich offers an in-depth account of the cultural and business tensions related to China's growing desire for fine wines. Read full book review >
FED, WHITE, AND BLUE by Simon Majumdar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Filled with loving portraits of quirky characters, Majumdar's series of vignettes is a candid and endearing snapshot of not only American food culture, but America itself."
A food writer's cross-country search for what it means to be an American. Read full book review >

GRAIN OF TRUTH by Stephen Yafa
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"An appealingly complex narrative of a successful quest, with recipes for the home baker."
Playwright and screenwriter Yafa (Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber, 2004) debunks the claim by "the anti-gluten medical contingent" that wheat is unhealthy because it contains gluten, a protein that supposedly contributes to "obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more."Read full book review >
THE MAD FEAST by Matthew Gavin Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Although Frank's riffs occasionally recall Gertrude Stein's dizzyingly obscure Tender Buttons, overall, he's produced a surprising, entertaining look at what Americans eat and why."
A journey in search of America's tastes. Read full book review >
Salt & Pepper Cooking by James Haller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"Flavorful serving of hilarious, poignant memories that will leave readers wanting seconds."
With these funny stories, an award-winning chef reflects on the formative roles of food, family, and friendship in his life. Read full book review >
PASTRAMI ON RYE by Ted Merwin
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Less comprehensive and more impressionistic than Hasia Diner's Hungering for America (2002), but a nice, tasty nosh all the same."
A pleasing exercise in culinary and cultural history, evoking some favorite New York-centric comfort foods. Read full book review >
THE RAGING SKILLET by Rossi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A humorous and witty chronicle of a woman's pulling-herself-up-by-her-bootstraps rise through the culinary ranks."
How one woman learned to cook and made a name for herself in the catering industry. Read full book review >
Recipes for Redemption by Carole Bumpus
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"An interesting survey of traditional regional French cooking for intermediate to advanced cooks and fans of Bumpus' novel."
This companion cookbook to Bumpus' novel, A Cup of Redemption (2014), provides recipes for traditional, rural French cooking, region by region. Read full book review >
DRINKING IN AMERICA by Susan Cheever
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An intelligently argued study of our country's 'passionate connection to drinking.'"
A distinguished biographer and cultural historian offers a fascinating look at the place and function of alcohol throughout American history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >