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What's Wrong With France: Au Revoir to All That by Michael Steinberger [book review]

I like France. Granted, I haven’t been there since I hit puberty, but I have fond memories of munching on crunchy frittures, sipping on citron pressés, taking tastes of my parents’ kir royales. Sometimes, when city life is weighing heavy on me and greasy Chinese takeout is wearing thin, I fantasize about going back. So [...]

Burning Up: Seven Fires by Francis Mallmann [cookbook review]

Francis Mallmann is South America's most famous chef, which really ought to afford him more of a measure of North American fame than he's had up until now. It's not that he hasn't tried: there was an appearance on Bourdain's No Reservations, the right sorts of profiles in the right sorts of places, not to [...]

Jam Packed: Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon [book review]

The title of Karen Solomon's wonderful Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects (Ten Speed Press; buy on Amazon) is a little bit of a misnomer. While the projects outlined here are edible, and mostly require being in the kitchen, the recipes she presents are "cooking projects" the same way that quarrying [...]

99 Problems and Whiskey Ain't One: 99 Drams of Whiskey by Kate Hopkins [review]

Kate Hopkins is a writer best known for her blog, Accidental Hedonist, which chronicles her interest in and consumption of all things food and drink. Out of this website came Hopkins's book, 99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist's Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink (buy on Amazon), not a [...]

The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama [book review]

We got our hands on The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama (yeah, it's at Amazon), and, in a word, whoa. Sorry, TCB Cafe Publishing/Taste TV, but is this a joke? The book is constructed from dozens and dozens of uncredited photos, screengrabs from YouTube, a random smattering of quotes, and menus and photos from [...]

Underseasoned: Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen [book review]

Let's get this out of the way right at the start: Dalia Jurgensen is not Anthony Bourdain. This is true in many ways — she's short, he's tall; she's pastry, he's savory; she's she, he's he — but it is most relevantly true in the matter of culinary memoir. Jurgensen is the author of the [...]

The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky [book review]

If you took all of current tweets, posts, and blogospheric bits floating through cyberspace that chronicle America's current relationship with food, edited them together, and then published them as a book seventy years in the future, it will do to the present-day what's done for the mid-20th century by Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a [...]

The Edible Series: A Literary Tasting Menu [book review]

The recently launched The Edible Series by Reaktion Books has two major things against it from the outset: first, that each book is part of a series, and second, that the series is comprised of slim, single subject volumes with one word titles such as Hot Dog, Spices, or Pie. Series tend to favor the [...]

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