JANE BRODY'S GOOD SEAFOOD BOOK

Health and nutrition writer Brody (Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet, 1990, etc.) and frequent cookbook coauthor Flaste sticks with her credo of ``low in fat, high in flavor''—this time casting a line for succulent, nutrient-dense, low-calorie seafood. She claims that the reason Americans consume only 15 pounds of seafood per year per person, as opposed to 100 pounds of meat, is simple ``pescaphobia,'' so Brody devotes the first section of her book to combating this irrational fear. She explains why fish is so healthful (the capacity of its omega-3 fatty acids to lower levels of blood triglycerides that block arteries), how to get the best value for your money (she acknowledges the high prices, but asserts that in the long run, eating fish may reduce health-care costs), and includes many helpful charts listing fat content and cholesterol for various types of fish. She offers detailed guidelines on: making fresh fish choices, how much raw fish to buy per person, and options for storing and cooking. Recipes run the gamut from classics like boiled lobster (she suggests adding salt to the water and slicing the undershell before serving) to those with international influences, like sherry-flavored Spanish-style mussels and Asian seafood rolls; all of those tested, from shrimp- and-onion pizza to stuffed flounder wrapped in chard, were simple and creative crowd-pleasers. Proof that ``anyone who can tie a shoelace'' can become a successful seafood cook.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-393-03687-1

Page Count: 602

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1994

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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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