Food & Cooking Book Reviews

THE MILK LADY OF BANGALORE by Shoba Narayan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A witty and tender story that endears readers to Indian culture and one of their most sacred symbols, the cow."
A culture writer and cookbook author leaves New York City to reconnect with her roots in this humorous and heartwarming story about cows, Indian culture, and the strength of female friendship. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Both an informative work for general readers and a page-turning seminar for would-be writers of narrative nonfiction."
A bracing natural history of coffee. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Though occasionally didactic, the narrative is undergirded by Herz's understanding that one size never fits all, and it contains useful passages for every reader."
Neuroscientist Herz (That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, 2013, etc.) shines her expertise on the complicated relationships between the human senses and food consumption. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An astute, highly informative food exposé that educates without bias, leaving the culinary decision-making to readers."
A gastronomic study of the gradual integration of organic food choices into public consumption. Read full book review >

ADVENTURES IN DIETLAND by Ralph Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2017

"An amusing, meaningful account that demonstrates from the male perspective how to face down obesity, largely through self-awareness and individual efforts rather than a specific diet."
A memoir traces a personal journey through the ups and downs of weight loss. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOADING BRUSH by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers."
Further cultural and agricultural writings from the dean of modern literary agrarians. Read full book review >
THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER by Anne Fadiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Reading this daughter's graceful, often melodious billet-doux to her father is not unlike imbibing several equally felicitous glasses of wine, their salutary effects leaving one pleasantly sated."
Fadiman (At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist, 2008, etc.) decants a harmonious blend of biography, wine lore, and memoir in this account of a literary daughter's relationship with her celebrated literary father. Read full book review >
I HEAR SHE'S A REAL BITCH by Jen  Agg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An inspiring, graphic, and funny memoir from an entrepreneur unafraid to tell it like it is."
One of Canada's most famous and successful restaurateurs chronicles the ups and downs of being a successful woman in a famously sexist industry. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. Read full book review >
YOUR CROCODILE HAS ARRIVED by Laurie McAndish King
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 30, 2017

"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 >
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 >