Search Results: "Pierre Franey"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 6, 1992

French-born-and-trained Franey (Cuisine Rapide, 1989, etc.) hops on the eat-American bandwagon for this book and an accompanying PBS-TV series—but his and coauthor Flaste's take on American cooking is purely their own. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 30, 1994

French culinary king Franey (A Chef's Tale, p. 189, etc.) teams up with Flaste once again in this companion book to Franey's new 26-week public television series. Read full book review >

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CUISINE RAPIDE by Pierre Franey
Released: April 4, 1989

Franey, The New York Times' "Sixty-Minute Gourmet," gives a new French name to his spiffy and uncomplicated offerings, which can be as simple as mashed potatoes or as quick as a five-minute salmon mousse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"And he explains how the others are grounded in the cuisine he knows and does best. (Book-of-the-Month- Club Alternate Selection)"
Franey, recently retired from his New York Times and syndicated food column, looks back with clarity, precision, and considerable charm on his Burgundy childhood in a food-centered family; his rigorous training in Paris eateries (after leaving home and school forever at 14); and his American career as a French chef making his name in restaurant kitchens, newspaper columns, cookbooks, and television series. ``Anyone who has ever tried to cook well knows that about 50 percent of the job is focus, the willingness to concentrate,'' Franey notes. Read full book review >

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ON TELEVISION by Pierre Bourdieu
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Bourdieu's work is thus of interest only to the serious scholar of sociology or postmodern cultural criticism, not to the reader looking for a broad, lucid study of the problems of television."
A Frenchman's overly academic look at television that will likely leave most American readers cold. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Regrettably, although his analyses are long on insight and intelligence, Birnbaum is a dry writer, and much of this important volume, despite its many resonances for America's own multicultural debates, is a hard slog."
While France enters the next millennium as an embattled multicultural society, like much of the rest of the West, Birnbaum (Political Science/the Sorbonne; Anti-Semitism in France, not reviewed) ponders the nation's Jews as a weathervane for social change. Read full book review >

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LIGHTS OUT IN WONDERLAND by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Considerably more mature than its predecessors, and just as scathingly brilliant with words, but this author is definitely an acquired taste."
Man Booker winner Pierre (Ludmila's Broken English, 2006, etc.) continues on his polarizing way with another extreme adventure, this one undertaken by a narrator who plans to kill himself. Read full book review >

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PICASSO by Pierre Daix
Released: Jan. 27, 1993

"Stick with John Richardson's better-written and far more reliable A Life of Picasso (1990). (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
At the end of this once-over-lightly biography, French art- historian Daix quotes Picasso as saying, ``It isn't what the artist does which counts, it's what he is.'' Unfortunately, it's what Picasso was that Daix fails to illuminate in his unremittingly respectful depiction of a highly complex, highly controversial life. Read full book review >

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THE DEUS MACHINE by Pierre Ouellette
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Fully-fleshed characters, nicely etched scenery, and a good, old-fashioned moral core—all balance the almost unbearably complex and scary cyberthrills."
Many, many microprocessors—packed together in Portland to serve the needs of a political conspiracy—start thinking independently, scaring the bejeezus out of the Pacific Northwest and bringing some order to the life of a deserted child. Read full book review >

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VERNON GOD LITTLE by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Humor and mass murder make for strange bedfellows, and first-timer Pierre fails to find the tone that might harmonize them."
A schoolyard massacre, a teenager on the lam, gross-out humor, and jabs at the media. Read full book review >

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MASTERS AND SERVANTS by Pierre Michon
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Stylistically demanding, but a book often as passionate, beautiful, and skilled as the paintings it springs from."
Michon offers a brilliant tour de force of five pieces about art and artists: an often indescribably eloquent modern taking up where Vasari, say, might have left off. Read full book review >

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CHRONICLE OF THE GUAYAKI INDIANS by Pierre Clastres
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1998

"The account is anything but dry and didactic; Clastres wrote a vibrant but inescapably poignant study about one more doomed tribe of indigenous people. (photos, not seen)"
In an account that is both living history and historical document, a now-vanished tribe of Paraguayan Indians is described as it lives out its last few years of existence. Read full book review >