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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Natalie Aldern, February 25, 2010

It's easy to resent a critic for their enviable position of passing judgement, but Reichel's memoir of her time as food critic at the New York Times is salaciously entertaining. She doesn't mince words when it comes to character description, but she truly hits her stride when reminiscing over meals. Her disguises and antics will make you laugh, while the beautiful description of food will make you hungry.
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Empire Falls: A Novel by Richard Russo
Empire Falls: A Novel

Natalie Aldern, January 18, 2010

Russo's characters are complex, tragic, inspiring and thoroughly human. He does a beautiful jobs of intertwining lives and exploring what it means to be a father, mother, daughter or son in America. Truly one of the best books I have read in a long time.
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Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat by Hank Cardello
Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat

Natalie Aldern, January 17, 2010

Cardello does a thorough job of explaining the way food executives think and formulate strategy. He provides interesting insight into current food trends and explains how health and profit are currently linked in the food industry today. The weakness in this work comes in the second half of the book with his recommendations for a solution to the obesity epidemic. He advocates continuing our bad eating habits but with "healthier" junk food.
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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Natalie Aldern, January 10, 2010

Pollan is a truly gifted writer. His fascinating account of what is in the food we buy every day is made accessible by presenting scientific research in layman's terms. He begins with the simple philosophy of: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants," and from there begins a highly entertaining and informative manifesto for eaters. You'll enjoy this book if you have ever felt confused by conflicting nutritional recommendations.
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The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle
The Tortilla Curtain

Natalie Aldern, September 19, 2009

T.C. Boyle does a beautiful job of intertwining the tragic lives of multiple characters. He exposes the chasm between the privileged and the poor by focusing on a wealthy Angelino family that is unwittingly sharing their lives with several illegal immigrants. The callousness of the rich, contrasted with the immigrant's struggle to survive is heart breaking. Being a LA resident, the book really touched me- but the themes are universal and you won't want the novel to end.
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