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with vermouth or tonic and so on. Some sections assume readers as leisured as a Persian
prince; who’s going to track down Zuidam
Korenwijn 1999, never mind how it holds
up in a gin fizz? There’s much to learn here
and much pleasure in Broom’s rhapsodic
prose. One mix he calls “slightly artificial,
like jellybeans.” Another is “like Audrey
Hepburn tapping her foot.” Sometime he
loses us. How can a martini “feel unctuous”?
Otherwise, the basics are solidly basic: Keep
both gin and vermouth in the freezer. And
teach your kids to shake a shaker: “They
have to learn sometime.” A drinks manual
with style—perfect for, well, stylish drinkers. —Don Crinklaw
Heart and Soul in the Kitchen.
By Jacques Pépin.
2015. 448p. illus. Houghton/Rux Martin, $35
He may have earned the title of grand old
man of American chefs, but Pépin’s energy
and enthusiasm continue to turn out both
new public-television cooking series and
respected cookbooks. One of the earliest
proponents of French cooking in the U.S.,
Pépin has collaborated
with and inspired so
many other professional
and amateur cooks that
his influence has extended to every corner
of the country. Classically trained and master
of French technique,
Pépin is no purist. He loves and celebrates
good food of any provenance. This latest
and beautifully photographed book validates his command of French cuisine, but
it further demonstrates signs of Mexican
influence, with Yucatán ceviche and sole
with pico de gallo. Anchovies, beans, and
olives reimagine a traditional Italian pasta.
But the Francophile in him resurfaces to
conjure classic cheese puffs and plenty of
organ-meat recipes. Pépin’s new PBS series is
documented here, so expect heavy demand.
Vegetarian India: A Journey through the
Best of Indian Home Cooking.
By Madhur Jaffrey.
2015. 448p. illus. Knopf, $35 (9781101874868). 641.595.
Who else but Jaffrey, the undisputed ma-
harani of Indian cuisine in the West, could
create yet one more attractive and accessible
cookbook? Her latest effort appeals not only
to vegetarians but also to any home cook
looking for new ways to fulfill a daily quo-
tient of vegetables. Countless Indians have
chosen to eliminate meat from their diets
for culinary, cultural, nutritional, behav-
ioral, and ecological reasons that they act as
a beacon for the balance of the globe. Jaf-
frey combs the subcontinent from Nepal
to Goa to Sri Lanka for inspiration. Given
Americans’ growing fondness for peppery
foods, she offers a startlingly easy version of
spicy matchstick potatoes that will delight
any nibbler. Heartier dishes make use of all
sorts of dried beans, from black-eyed peas to
lentils. Vegetables’ often-bland flavors profit
from the full array of Indian spices. Cooks
lacking immediate access to Indian markets
can readily order such items from online re-
sources. —Mark Knoblauch
By Molly Crabapple.
Dec. 2015. 352p. illus. Harper, $29.99 (9780062323644).
Accomplished artist Crabapple, a contributing editor for Vice, tells the story of
her art-making, world-traveling, burlesque-dancing life in this utterly original memoir.
From the age of 17, when
she first visited Paris and
found a temporary home
at Shakespeare and Company, Crabapple has been
determined to make artistic statements. Supporting
herself through dancing,
nude modeling, and a stint
on SuicideGirls.com, she lived all the starving-artist clichés, from roach-infested apartments
to sleazy clients. Her anecdotes are filled
with steely determination, righteous indignation, and more than a few notes of utter
exhaustion. Each chapter takes readers from
international adventures found on the cheap
to yet another soul-sucking experience with
Manhattan’s elite, who employ the originality
of Crabapple and her performing friends but
maintain a rigid, quasi-Victorian class system.
As she found herself drawn into the Occupy
movement, Crabappple was able to merge her
political and artistic lives together even more
to forge a new career. Jaw dropping, awe inspiring, and not afraid to shock, Crabapple is
a punk Joan Didion, a young Patti Smith with
paint on her hands, a twenty-first century Sylvia Plath cut loose from the constraints of Ted
Hughes. There’s no one else like her; prepare
to be blown away by both the words and pictures. —Colleen Mondor
Lee Miller: A Woman’s War.
By Hilary Roberts.
Dec. 2015. 224p. illus. Thames & Hudson, $55
The regal, svelte blond beauty photographed with such sophistication for Vogue
by Edward Steichen in the 1920s was the
survivor of a childhood rape and her father’s
trangressive nude photographs. After Kotex
derailed her modeling career by using her
image without her permission to advertise its
then-scandalous product, Miller headed to
Paris, determined to take charge of the camera. She worked in fashion, found kindred
spirits among the surrealists, and during
WWII transformed herself into an intrepid
photojournalist with a keen and caring eye.
Dedicated to documenting the crucial roles
women were playing in England’s defense,
Miller admiringly and compassionately
photographed women pilots, factory workers, gunners, radio mechanics, civil servants,
and nurses. She then pushed her way to the
front, taking pictures of women in decimated France and defiant Germany, matching
her staggering photo essays with sharply
written, outraged dispatches. A biographical
context for these 156 artistic and historical
photographs is provided by Antony Penrose,
Miller’s son, and Roberts, research curator
for London’s Imperial War Museums. For
the full story of the photographer’s dramatic
life, see Carolyn Burke’s Lee Miller (2005).
Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum
in the Age of Black Power.
By Susan E. Cahan.
Feb. 2016. 400p. illus. Duke, $34.95 (9780822358978);
e-book, $34.95 (9780822374893). 704.03.
According to Cahan (I Remember Heaven:
Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol, 2007), “Prior
to 1967 one could count less than a dozen
museum exhibitions that had featured the
work of African American artists, with the
exception of museums at historically black
colleges and universities.” Here she calls
out the New York art establishment for
its structural racism in an account of four
controversial exhibits mounted during the
late 1960s and early 1970s—Harlem on My
Mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Contemporary Black Artists in America at the
Whitney Museum of American Art, and
Ro-mare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual and
The Sculpture of Richard Hunt at the Museum of Modern Art. Using a number of
interviews with artists and an analysis of internal museum documents, Cahan perfectly
renders the tenor of those volatile times. The
elites of the art museum world are brought
to task for their misguided attempts at inclusiveness and subtle (and not-so-subtle)
attempts to preserve the status quo. Anyone
interested in American art and society will
find plenty to ponder in this thoughtful
work. —Carolyn Mulac
• Young adult recommendations for adult,
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this issue have been contributed by the
Booklist staff and by reviewers Kristine
Huntley, Eloise Kinney, Mary Ellen
Quinn, Whitney Scott, Candace Smith,
and Michael Tosko.
• Adult titles recommended for teens are
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for books of general YA interest; YA/C,
for books with particular curriculum
value; YA/S, for books that will appeal
most to teens with a special interest in
a specific subject; and YA/M, for books
best suited to mature teens.