The charm and flavors of Long Island’s East End come to life in this cookbook from Hampton year-rounder and Cooktique owner Lehrer.

Arranged by season, the cookbook is filled with recipes geared toward using the finest, freshest and most flavorful ingredients available in the Hamptons. Spring and summer dishes are filled with peas, strawberries and seafood; fall and winter focus on heartier meals that showcase root vegetables and lamb. The author also includes recipes from various East End eateries, such as Luce and Hawkins’ Crisp Duckling with Rhubarb Chutney and Fishbar on the Lake’s Grilled Porgy with Smoky Tomato Chutney. Suggestions for wine pairings, all from Long Island wineries, accompany certain dishes. In addition to recipes, the book profiles a few of the area's most famed restaurants, wineries and farms. An abundance of information about the Hamptons’ culinary scene may pique the interest of residents and devoted summer vacationers, but readers unfamiliar with the area may feel like they are reading a travel brochure. Lehrer's profiles of local establishments are so numerous that they often seem to outnumber the recipes. Glossy full-page photos of prepared dishes, ingredients and local businesses and their owners round out the book. Perfect for readers looking to re-create their favorite Hamptons dining experiences. 


Pub Date: May 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-7624-4233-1

Page Count: 341

Publisher: Running Press

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2011

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



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.


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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