Food & Cooking Book Reviews

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"This enjoyable book comes alive with descriptions of everything from a giant earthworm to tantalizing soup dumplings."
A writer continues her search for the offbeat in food and nature. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A welcome complement to the likes of Brillat-Savarin and Harold McGee and worthy of a place in any cooking enthusiast's library."
A James Beard Award-winning chef teams up with a perfume alchemist to reveal how food gets its flavor and how that flavor can be improved. Read full book review >

A TASTE OF PARIS by David Downie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A zesty, entertaining romp through the landscape of French food."
A Francophile takes a spirited jaunt through French history, focused on food. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A lovely, thoughtful book of nourishing recipes."
Lafond offers a menu of recipes to nurture body and soul in this debut cookbook. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."
Food historian Twitty, creator of the Afroculinaria blog, serves up a splendid hearth-based history, at once personal and universal, of the African-American experience. Read full book review >

REBELLION by Molly Patterson
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A talent to watch, Patterson manages to travel broad swaths of history and geography while creating intimate moments with a refreshing lack of sentimentality; and the novel's sense of adventure makes it addictive reading."
Patterson's debut novel sprawls across decades and continents, from the American heartland to the far reaches of China, to follow the lives of four women—some related more closely than others—who remake themselves as circumstances allow or require. Read full book review >
WHAT SHE ATE by Laura Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A unique and delectable work that sheds new light on the lives of women, food, and men."
A culinary biographer serves up an eye-opening meal. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >