MixedThe New York Journal of BooksWhile the organization seems logical, it turns out to be a rather loose thread that holds the book together. Unless it is read in small chunks, it can feel both overwhelming and all over the map—and even sometimes repetitive. Still, The Missing Ingredient is thoroughly researched with plenty of fascinating food revelations for the curious cook to enjoy.
PositiveNew York Journal of BooksWhat readers think they know about America is sure to be challenged in Buttermilk Graffiti, an altogether eye-popping collection of essays that crisscrosses the United States and pulls back the curtain on what’s really being cooked in America today—and who is doing the cooking ... In the end, Buttermilk Graffiti is as much about politics as it is about food ... Using food as the way in, Buttermilk Graffiti is a timely and important work that reminds readers that America’s melting pot is alive and well in the most unexpected places.
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
RaveThe New York Journal of Books\"Written in a straightforward, linear narrative, My American Dream is—like her cooking—accessible. Yes, there are a few transitions that are clunky or awkward, and descriptions about her family life are superficial at best, leaving the reader with more questions than answers. Still, the book conveys her enormous sense of gratitude to her parents who risked everything to give her and her brother a better life in America. And in that sense, it is a touching (and timely) read.\