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Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 16, 2014
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Aug 21, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens
May 27, 2013
May 16, 2013
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Jun 19, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
An Edible History of Humanity
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Jul 16, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
Silly but useful at times. I learned I can clean the soap scum out of my dishwasher by filling the detergent slot with Tang for one cycle. That's some ...more
Feb 2014
Dec 22, 2013
And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails
I love micro-histories. They're one of my guilty pleasures. This one gives a great fun history of pirates, slavery/sugar and the modern tiki bar and m ...more
May 26, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
It was an interesting subject and I enjoyed the first half of it, but as it progressed I found it drawn out.
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times- Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show
It was extremely applicable, then Obama got elected. Looking at it retrospectively, you can see how much the book is dated. We'll see how things look ...more
Jun 08, 2010
May 27, 2010
Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages
I was hoping for a history of milk, but I really got 70 pages of history and a couple hundred pages of recipes. Still interesting, but not what I expe ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
Pretty interesting for a book about a single fish. This is what Mark Kurlansky does well: really interesting micro-histories of particular things.
May 05, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
The Physics of Superheroes
I bought this book hoping it would be a lot about physics or a lot about comic books. It was a little bit of both and not much of either.

It covered a
Dec 29, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
Lucky Peach Issue 5
This is probably by least favorite issue to date. I didn't have any exposure to real chinese food until college, and the Chinese food of my youth was ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Dec 17, 2012
What Einstein Told His Cook 2: The Sequel: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science
Wolke separates the book into 10 sections by types of food to explain basic kitchen science. I have not read the first book but this was more scientif ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life
Even though this wasn't really about ramen and it was about the author dealing with problems of self loathing and commitment issues, I enjoyed it. His ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
This book had a lot of potential as historical fiction. As a biography, it fell flat a large due to its heavy use of conjecture. IF next to nothing is ...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Unlike Michael Pollan's other books, which have all been about food in a detached sense, this book really is about cooking. Every section covered a di ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
At first the book is clever but it gets old really fast. It's just Blount making a bunch of puns about this favorite words and occasionally going into ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
Lucky Peach Issue 4
As a whole, this issue gets 4 stars. It covers American food to an extent that it covers Jewish Delis, sodas that are popular in the midwest, and Amer ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
I've read Mary Roach's "Stiff" and "Bonk" with her witty, amusing, primarily anecdotal style. I enjoyed both of those books and thought Spook would be ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures
This book was mediocre at best. Although you can tell Schutt is an expert on vampire bats and very excited about his work, the excitement does not tra ...more
Nov 21, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
For everyone who loves No Reservations, for everyone who fell in love with his wit on top chef and for everyone who never wanted to know the horrors o ...more
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Jan 15, 2011
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
How much has Sesame Street or Blues Clues shaped the educational culture of TV and our youth? How have broken windows shaped the culture of a neighbor ...more
May 12, 2011
May 06, 2011
Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times
Going Nucular is an amazing collection of Nunberg's essays from 2003 on a variety of subjects involving media and political speech. He introduces a va ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
This book was absolutely fascinating for someone with a casual interest in cartography. It offers history going from Ptolemy to Google Maps, and the c ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy
When I first picked up The Sushi Economy, I was expecting an overall look at conservation and the industry as a whole. Additionally, I expected to a b ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Nov 17, 2010
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
I suppose when I first read "The History of the World in 6 Glasses" I was really anticipating "The history of these 6 Beverages." Instead of a full hi ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Nov 17, 2010
Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone
I first started reading Beth Lisick's book because I heard her reading at Litquake in San Francisco (which she describes in the course of her book). I ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
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