Archive for the ‘reviews’ Category

Review: On Guerilla Gardening

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Richard Reynolds’ scattershot history of gardening without borders may lead readers elsewhere to find examples, but he’s also hoping we’ll take matters into our own hands. Via Gastronomica.

Review: Far Flung and Well Fed

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Longtime New York Times writer R.W. Apple’s grandiose dispatches cover the U.S.’s best soft-shell crabs, the most authentic kosher corned beef, and the finest cherry pie.

Review: Farm City

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Farm City is sort of like the simple life in reverse. Rather than wealthy socialites mucking manure on a farm, the memoir depicts an educated country girl giddily exploring the heart of Oakland.

Conversation with Mark Kurlansky

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Mark Kurlansky has uncovered an archive about the Depression-era America Eats project, which put unemployed writers to work on a collection about food. (Listen to audio.)

Review: Goat Song

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Brad Kessler’s lengthy poetic entries about his small herd of goats hardly qualifies as a comprehensive manual. Still, the observant, unsanctimonious read is bound to inspire hobby farmers and consummate cheese lovers.

Review: Field Days

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The redemptive aspect of Jonah Raskin’s intensely local memoir lies in its specificity to place, although the sprawling narrative imparts more of a gauzy poetic impression than any cohesive ideas about food or farming.