Food & Cooking Book Reviews (page 6)

STEAL THE MENU by Raymond Sokolov
Released: May 14, 2013

"Perhaps a bit too acidic for some tastes, but most foodies will find the book refreshingly different."
A knowledgeable look at the transformation of fine dining over the past half-century, viewed through the prism of the author's personal history. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 2013

"A motivational, inspirational addition to the ever-expanding library of total-health guidebooks."
The co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe parlays her lifelong preoccupation with food into re-educating an increasingly corpulent nation about smarter eating practices. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2013

"Really an overblown magazine article, lightly and pleasantly enough written, though without the depth of like-minded projects by Bill Bryson, Jim Harrison and others."
In which an inside-the-Beltway type goes all Euell Gibbons on us—and doesn't starve to death and even finds true love in the bargain. Read full book review >
COOKED by Michael Pollan
Released: April 23, 2013

"A delightful chronicle of the education of a cook who steps back frequently to extol the scientific and philosophical basis of this deeply satisfying human activity."
Having described what's wrong with American food in his best-selling The Omnivore's Dilemma (2006), New York Times contributor Pollan (Journalism/Univ. of California; Food Rules, 2012, etc.) delivers a more optimistic but equally fascinating account of how to do it right. Read full book review >
THE FOOD POLICE by Jayson Lusk
Released: April 16, 2013

"Whether or not readers agree with Lusk's views on agriculture and the politics of food production, he will make you think about your food choices."
Lusk (Agricultural Economics/Oklahoma State Univ.) argues against the zeitgeist of buying organic and local and avoiding processed foods. Read full book review >

Released: April 9, 2013

"A provocative, personal look at food production and locally sustained agriculture that may change the way readers decide what to put on their plates."
Part food memoir and part an argument for supporting sustainable, locally sourced organic food. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 2013

"A vividly told story of a common spice's uncommon history."
Science writer and former business reporter Shaffer traces the action-packed, often bloody trail of black pepper from its uses in ancient times as a cure-all to the intense rivalries among the Portuguese, Dutch and English to control the pepper trade in Indonesia to the rise of 19th-century American pepper merchants. Read full book review >
GULP by Mary Roach
Released: April 1, 2013

"A touchy topic illuminated with wit and rigor, packed with all the stinky details."
Throughout her sojourn down the gastrointestinal tract, science writer Roach (Packing for MarsThe Curious Science of Life in the Void, 2011, etc.) enlists her abundant assets of intelligence and humor while dissecting this messy and astounding part of the human body. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 2013

"A rich compendium of botanical lore for cocktail lovers."
A comprehensive guide to the intersection of plants and booze. Read full book review >
SALT SUGAR FAT by Michael Moss
Released: March 12, 2013

"A shocking, galvanizing manifesto against the corporations manipulating nutrition to fatten their bottom line—one of the most important books of the year."
A revelatory look at America's increasing consumption of unhealthy products and at how the biggest food manufacturers ignore health risks, and employ savvy advertising campaigns, to keep us hooked on the ingredients that ensure big profit. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2013

"A century of change on the Lower East Side as viewed from the neighborhood fishmonger, told humorously and endearingly."
An enduring narrative of an early Jewish Lower East Side small business. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"A fun read for Francophiles, but lacks cohesiveness."
Memoirist and critic Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, 2011, etc.) chronicles his exploration of France through its cuisine. Read full book review >