FRANCINE PRINCE'S NEW JEWISH CUISINE

OVER 175 RECIPES FOR HOLIDAYS AND EVERY DAY

What's new (besides the use of the food processor) about the variously Jewish recipes that Prince has devised for this collection? A not-too-strict attempt to control amounts of today's dietary no-no's: There's a fat-free chicken broth (though pages later there are also directions for rendering chicken fat), a ``lighter'' kibbeh and a trimmer gefilte fish, knishes baked instead of fried, and an avoidance of sugar that results in the overuse of frozen apple-juice concentrate in everything from challah to honey cake to stuffed cabbage to an ersatz Chinese chicken dish. Also new, in a way, to American-Jewish cooking are a number of dishes in the Sephardic (mostly Middle Eastern) vein along with the more familiar Eastern European fare. Then there are Prince's own inventions: main-dish strudels (turkey/lentil; chicken/kasha) and others less traditional and Jewish only because ``permitted.'' The anchor of tradition, though, and of conformity to Jewish dietary law, makes this a lot more viable than the author's last offering, Francine Prince's New Diet for Life Cookbook (1989).

Pub Date: Aug. 14, 1991

ISBN: 0-399-13657-6

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1991

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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