THE AMERICAN HEALTH FOOD BOOK

NUTRITION NEWS FOR THE 90S

From the editors of American Health magazine comes this combination cookbook and food guide, arranged by 27 categories of foods (wheat; the ``new'' grains; soy foods; fish; meat; fruit, etc.), each of which gets a general report on its nutritional or medicinal qualities, then general cooking advice and a sampling of health-conscious recipes—over 250 in all. The division of foods into categories defies logic—along with the broad headings listed above, there are entire separate sections devoted, for example, to mushrooms and ginger—but no harm is done. The nutrition reports are balanced and sensible on such hot topics as meat and coffee, and they generally highlight without exaggeration findings of anticancer and antiheart-disease properties of a whole range of foods. For what it's worth, there's also an interesting list of medicinal values of a variety of herbal teas. The recipes, from various sources (including Marian Burros and the Four Seasons Spa menu), are generally decent and uncomplicated if unexciting—in the aggregate they smack of contrived, service-magazine origins. The book ends with a table of ``profiles,'' one-paragraph descriptions plus nutrient profiles taken from USDA tables, on the foods already covered. Uninspired, but sound and handy. (Sixteen pages of color photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Dec. 5, 1991

ISBN: 0-525-24908-7

Page Count: 464

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1991

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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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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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