Wednesday, May 3, 2017

4 Blood Types, 4 Diets, Eat Right 4 your Type offers individualized diet plans based on blood type. Dr. D’Adamo uses history and scientific research to explain how differences in blood type can affect how different people respond to food and exercise. Using meal and exercise plans you can achieve your best health.

The Dirty Life: on Farming, Food, and Love

Kristin Kimball
Rated by
Helen H.
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016

If you have any doubt that growing clean food, and sustainable farming takes a special person, Kimball will set you straight. Especially since she didn’t start out a passionate grower. She was, in fact, a New Yorker. A Manhattanite even. A vegetarian Manhattanite living in a shabby cool exposed-brick apartment.

Cupped hands holding red and white beans

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver
Rated by
Marty J.
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015

I loved this non-fiction book, written by one of my favorite fiction authors, Barbara Kingsolver.

Bicycle parked in front the enticing front window of a cheese shop


Ruth Reichl
Rated by
Hope H.
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015

I'll devour tasty literary fiction like any book-loving foodie, and Delicious! mixes in equal parts history, mystery and human interest for a full-bodied novel. Add to that an all-but-forgotten library that cryptically hides a series of old letters between unexpected pen pals, and you've got the cherry on top for this Librarian reviewer!

Monday, Oct 6, 2014

Food critic Frank Bruni reveals his personal struggle to overcome a love-hate relationship with food, and how he achieved self-control in the most unlikely circumstances.

Friday, Sep 5, 2014

If you enjoy cooking from scratch with simple wholesome ingredients, then this is the right cookbook for you! I love how the layout of the book takes you through the ingredients necessary for a “perfect pantry” and then straight into a chapter on Everyday Basics, including my two favorites, Perillo's All-Purpose Baking Mix and her Whole Grain Baking Mix. With these two recipes alone you have a third of the work for so many other delicious homemade foods already complete.

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

This book is a combination of short stories of Niequist's life with a focus on difficulties having children. She is a woman of faith and relates her stories to spiritual lessons which she realized after each individual experience. Almost every chapter is tied to a specific dish which she cooked for a particular experience and she includes recipes at the end of the chapters. I thought that this book was interesting because it was an intimate portrait of a woman's struggle with being thankful for what she had while wanting a larger family.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013

As the title suggests, this book is about food, cooking and restaurants. Gopnik, an investigative journalist by trade, tells us everything one wants to know about the history of cooking and restaurants, including the new eating trends such as the molecular cuisine of Barcelona. Gopnik examines our choices of food. In an apolitical way he gives an inside view into the meat vs. vegetarian debate.

Friday, Mar 2, 2012

Macarons have been made by pastry chefs for centuries but in the last few years this delicate yet tricky French pastry has been experiencing a comeback and another wave of fame outside Europe. Its long history goes back to the 8th century Arabic pistachio traders via Italy, of the Middle-Ages to the present day culinary Mecca, France.

Thursday, Nov 4, 2010

Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice (I discovered after I wrote this entry that it is not in the JCL catalog, but is readily available Interlibrary Loan.)

Author Jessica Prentice is a professional chef and food activist, co-founder of Locavores and a founding worker-owner of Three Stoner Hearth: A Community Supported Kitchen in West Berkeley. Her website