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teresting stories. Short biographies of the
14 head gardeners, a lengthy chart of the
plants in the gardens, and two bibliographies
add to this delightful and elucidating work.
Heirloom Plants: A Complete
Compendium of Heritage Vegetables,
Fruits, Herbs, & Flowers.
By Thomas Etty and Lorraine Harrison.
Apr. 2016. 224p. illus. Ball, $29.99 (9781613735756). 635.
This is an interesting contrast to Marie
Iannotti’s excellent The Beginner’s Guide to
Growing Heirloom Vegetables (2012)—more
utterly charming in its overall design, illustrations, and sidebars than Iannotti’s book;
far more inclusive of plant varieties; and,
regrettably, far less useful on the how-tos of
growing and harvesting heirlooms, as well
as isolating certain heirlooms from cross-pollination with other plants of their kind.
“Thomas Etty” is the alter ego of Ray Warner, who founded the seed company of the
same name in 1999. Thus, seed purchases
Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s
Instruments from Stage to Studio.
By Andy Babiuk.
2015. 512p. illus. Backbeat, $60 (9781617130991).
This gorgeous coffee-table book, an
expansion of a 2001 edition, is a specialized look at the instruments, microphones,
and studio recording devices used by the
Beatles. Babiuk, a musician, an authority on vintage guitars, and a consultant
to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was
given exclusive access to many of the
actual instruments used by the band as
well as previously unpublished documents
and photographs. Readers are treated to
highly detailed descriptions and pictures of
equipment minutiae, such as Ringo Starr’s
Swiv-O-Matic Tom-Tom Holders. This
would be a great addition to most public
libraries and academic libraries serving
music programs. —Michael Tosko
Counting Down Southern Rock: Its
100 Best Songs.
By C. Eric Banister.
May 2016. 192p. Rowman & Littlefield, $40
(9781442245396); e-book, $39.99 (9781442245402).
Music-journalist Banister takes a look at
Experiencing the Rolling Stones: A
Southern rock, digging into historical infor-
mation to explain why he thinks these 100
songs are the best representation of the
genre. Each song entry contains the original
release information and several paragraphs
of anecdotes and insight about not only the
music, but also pop-culture details and trivia
surrounding each song. Featured artists in-
clude the Allman Brothers Band, the Black
Crowes, the Kentucky Headhunters, Lynyrd
Skynyrd, and ZZ Top. Music fans will enjoy
this volume (and the others in this series),
which should find a home in most circulat-
ing collections. —Rebecca Vnuk
By David Malvinni.
Apr. 2016. 286p. Rowman & Littlefield, $38
(9780810889194); e-book, $37.99 (9780810889200).
Not just an examination of the songs produced over a 50-year run, this is more of a
dissection of the sound, influences, origins,
and social-historical context of the musical output of this seminal rock band. As a
guitarist and professor of music and African
American studies, author Malvinni is well
situated to conduct this analysis. Following
the band’s output chronologically, this companion showcases subjects like the keys
and guitar tunings of certain songs and
the venues at which they were recorded.
Music theory is occasionally interwoven,
such as “the significance of the mixolydian
chord.” Overall, this would be a fine addition
to any academic music collection and larger
public libraries. —Michael Tosko
MUSIC REFERENCE IN BRIEF
Continued from p. 11 tail with Warner’s company; yet the authors
generously provide dozens of other names of
heirloom-seed sellers in the U.S. and Canada, with Web addresses. And their book
offers nice surprises, among them an heirloom caper (with seed-storing and -planting
suggestions), seasonal growing and cultivation tips, an illustrated selection of garden
cutting tools, and lists of organizations (with
contact info) that promote the use of heirloom plants. A charmer. —Alan Moores
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You
Want to Eat.
By Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman.
Apr. 2016. 240p. illus. Clarkson Potter, $29.99
(9781101903919); e-book (9781101903926). 641.5.
Fans of supermodel and TV personality
Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food
Teigen will delight in her new endeavor as a
cookbook author. Dipping her toes into the
foodie business with her blog, Delushious,
Teigen dives headfirst into her first book and
doesn’t hold back with the irreverent wit or
the indulgent recipes—she makes clear that
this is not going to be a cookbook “full of diet
recipes to help you perfect your bikini bod.”
Featuring recipes for breakfast (Creamy Par-
mesan Skillet Eggs), lunch (Sriracha Caesar
Salad—OK, so there is a salad chapter “for
when you need them”), and dinner (Spicy
Italian Sausage Meatloaf), the book should
be able to help readers satisfy their cravings
all day. Heavily influenced by her mother’s
cooking, Teigen’s Thai roots are featured in
the chapter “Thai Mom.” With other chap-
ters such as “Soupmaster,” “Party Time,”
and “Things That Intimidate People but
Shouldn’t,” the recipes here will astonish even
Teigen’s biggest skeptics. If this is what it takes
to eat like a supermodel, then count me in.
and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It.
By Michael Wex.
Apr. 2016. 304p. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9781250071514);
e-book (9781466882652). 641.5.
In his latest book, Wex sets before us a table
full of favorite Ashkenazic Jewish foods, explaining their origins and
importance to the social life
and vernacular of European
Jews and their descendants.
Schmaltz, the Yiddish word
for chicken fat, is a defining ingredient in many of
the heritage foods that he
lays out like a skilled anthropologist. Without being “schmaltzy”
(sentimental), Wex conveys his knowledge of
Yiddish culture and food laws with a healthy
dose of humor. Starting with the “shall nots”
in the Bible, Wex points out that matzo, unleavened bread, is the first of many recipes
in the sacred texts. Jewish dishes have always
been closely associated with the Sabbath and
other holidays, which leads Wex to postulate
that “the less faith a Jew has [left] in the Bible,
the more Jewish meaning pastrami acquires.”
Jewish foods, like bagels, kugel, smoked fish,
corned beef, and cheesecake, have entered
American pop culture without losing their
essential Jewish identity. Initially served at
delis to satisfy the tastes of immigrants, their
popularity quickly expanded. Jewish food is
attractive precisely because it reminds us of
Old World sensibilities stewed, like cholent,
into the American melting pot. —Dan Kaplan
Barbra Streisand: Redefining
Beauty, Femininity, and Power.
By Neal Gabler.
Apr. 2016. 296p. Yale, $25 (9780300210910). 782.42.
In the latest superb title in the award-winning Jewish Lives series, Gabler, a
distinguished film critic and biographer (
Walter Winchell, Walt Disney), vitally anatomizes
singer, actor, and director Streisand’s unique
accomplishments and far-reaching influence.
As he tracks Streisand’s remarkable rise from
a poor, loveless Brooklyn childhood with an