I love to read a good book review, one that’s full of insights tinged with humor and sometimes, a bit of well deserved snark. T. Susan Chang is one of the few professional cookbook reviewers in the United States. You may know her work from National Public Radio, the Boston Globe, or her website. She takes every book to task, testing recipes and evaluating the merits of each work on a variety of levels. Susan’s got twelve (12!) years of professional experience to back her up, plus a solid knowledge of cookbooks that goes back further yet.
You may not agree with Susan on all of her calls but you don’t have to. Like all excellent reviewers, she lays out her deep assessment so that you can form yours. She recently released a nifty phone app called CookShelf. It’s a cookbook rating app—available for iPhone and Android —that’s extremely thorough and handy for whether you're shopping or just catching up on what's out there.
I bought the $2.99 app, and after reading through a number of reviews (she adds content regularly too so you’re buying into a lifetime subscription, of sorts), I had questions to ask Susan about the art and craft of reviewing cookbooks. Read on and if you’ve got an iPhone, enter the giveaway; sorry, there are no Android giveaway codes available.