Food & Cooking Book Reviews

YEAR OF NO SUGAR by Eve O. Schaub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A funny, intelligent and informative memoir."
A Vermont blogger mom's delightfully readable account of how she and her family survived a yearlong sugar-free diet—and lived to tell the tale. Read full book review >
BOURBON by Dane Huckelbridge
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A snappy history of the popular spirit's rise and continued ascent."
A mirthful, erudite appreciation of bourbon and its striking history. Read full book review >

A FARM DIES ONCE A YEAR by Arlo Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Most interesting to aspiring organic farmers."
A down-to-earth account of life on New Morning Farm, to which Crawford, the rather aimless son of the owners, returned for one season, searching for some direction in his own unsatisfactory life. Read full book review >
SOUS CHEF by Michael Gibney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Sumptuously entertaining fare."
An experienced sous chef and first-time author skillfully deconstructs a 24-hour work cycle of a sous chef in a New York kitchen. Read full book review >
HARVEST by Max Watman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"With an essayist's flair for careful description, this is an entertaining, if not eye-opening, look at one man's passion for the pleasures of the table. Recommended as a congenial overview of homespun ideals."
Hudson Valley writer Watman (Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine, 2010) charts his adventures in sourcing or producing whole foods in more direct ways, without the polemical emphasis on locavore movements, environmental politics, corporate agriculture or related issues. Read full book review >

MY USUAL TABLE by Colman Andrews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

""My problem, of course, was that I was a decade or so ahead of the times." That's not the only one."
A stroll down Memory Lane, with stops at the eateries that have shaped him, from food writer Andrews (The Taste of America, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
EARTH ESSENCE by Helmut Norbert Taferner
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 7, 2014

"A hearty and savory collection, with a few sweet delights thrown in. "
A collection of healthy alternatives to traditional comfort food. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Thorough research provides fascinating insight into the sweet business of maple syrup."
An inside look at the maple syrup industry. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An authoritative look at a ruthlessly efficient system."
An engrossing report on the industrialized American meat business. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A lively, informative look at the transformative potential of a mission-driven niche industry."
Marketer, management scholar and journalist Dobrow chronicles how natural and organic foods were transformed from the pursuit of a few idealists to a thriving, multibillion-dollar industry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Regardless of readers' culinary proclivities, Martin's lively book poses timely questions while offering tasty solutions."
Digging into the latest culinary trend, "entomophagist," or bug-eating expert, Martin expounds upon the "ecological, nutritional, economic, global and culinary" benefits of consuming insects. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"A look at traditional Chinese medicine's ability to protect against food allergies that could generate considerable buzz in the medical community."
This detailed scientific analysis puts traditional Chinese medicine forward as a strong contender for treating food allergies. Read full book review >