Food & Cooking Book Reviews

LIFE WITHOUT A RECIPE by Diana Abu-Jaber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2015

"A delectably warm and wise memoir."
An award-winning novelist tells the deliciously candid story of her unconventional path to motherhood. Read full book review >
RHAPSODY IN SCHMALTZ by Michael Wex
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 19, 2016

"Informative, merrily entertaining culinary and cultural history."
An enticing tour of Judaism's culinary past. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 7, 2015

"A highly scientific, impressively researched map to better health through a plant-based diet."
A diet and lifestyle guide based on evolutionary science that compares humans and gorillas. Read full book review >
Before Sliced Bread by Jeannette Kerr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"Well-written, mouthwatering, and nostalgic—an excellent addition to the literature of North American cooking."
This memoir of a Canadian girlhood affectionately combines recollections with recipes. Read full book review >
LOCALLY LAID by Lucie B. Amundsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"Don't let Amundsen's self-deprecating humor fool you into taking this book lightly. In between capers, she makes a nuanced plea to respect local farms and the animals that populate them."
One family's attempt to get out of the rat race and into the poultry race. Read full book review >

100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD by Stephen Le
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The book's conclusions about what to eat and drink are common sense, but the journey Le takes to get us there is worth the cover price."
A biology professor traverses the globe to explore the evolution of food. Read full book review >
YUM by Theresa Nicassio
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A thorough, informative cookbook for healthy meals; ideal for those with food restrictions."
Nicassio's collection of more than 180 recipes that are plant-based and gluten-free offers help to those who suffer from dietary restrictions. Read full book review >
MEATHOOKED by Marta Zaraska
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A well-researched, refreshingly optimistic look at a serious issue, free of ideological preconceptions."
With an open mind, a vegetarian journalist examines our "love affair with meat." Read full book review >
Escape from Dorkville by Dean Ammerman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Zany fun in an exciting adventure."
It falls upon 14-year-old Wilkin Delgado and his partner in crime, tug of war champion Alice Jane Zelinski, to save the universe again in the latest installment of Ammerman's (Waiting for the Voo, 2014, etc.) adventures.Read full book review >
A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean and American Recipes by Rachel Almeleh
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"An inviting collection of Sephardic and Mediterranean recipes."
Almeleh's cookbook offers a cornucopia of recipes from Sephardic and other cuisines. 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 >
RICE, NOODLE, FISH by Matt Goulding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A food connoisseur expertly unravels the intricate dance surrounding food in Japan."
A gourmand's tour through Japan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >