The Wall Street Journal:
“A Place at the Table: The Tangled Story of how African-American Cooking Has Changed the National Palate,“ on In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna Lewis, Recipes for Respect by Rafia Zafar, Getting What We Need Ourselves and Every Nation Has its Dish by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, and Soul by Todd Richards (May 24, 2019).
"The Raw, the Kooks and Their 'Hippie Food,' on Hippie Food by Jonathan Kauffman (January 19, 2018).
"The American Bazaar," on Grocery by Michael Ruhlman (May 19, 2017).
"The American Cocktail Revival," on A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson (September 30, 2016).
"Hunting Made Humanity," on Meathooked by Marta Zaraska (February 26, 2016).
The A.V. Club:
“Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn—and You Won’t Care—in Sean Penn’s Second Novel” on the actor as novelist (September 9, 2019).
“Becoming Superman is Both a Gruesome and Mundane Portrait of the Creator of Babylon 5,“ on J. Michael Straczynski’s memoir (July 22, 2019).
“Under the Radar, Underrated, or Simply Missed: 7 Books from 2019’s First Half that Deserve More Attention,“ on Samanta Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds, Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive, and The Parade by Dave Eggers (June 18, 2019).
“This Dr. Seuss Biography Is Not Just Hagiography,” on Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones (May 6, 2019).
“From a Pandora Musicologist, Why You Like It Sorts Music Fans into Dull Stereotypes,“ on Nolan Gasser’s Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste (April 29, 2019).
“Bryan Washington’s Stellar Debut, Lot, Puts Houston on the Map,” on Washington’s short-story collection Lot (March 18, 2019).
“A Dopey Wellness Guru Misleads His Minions in Sam Lipsyte’s Latest,” on Lipsyte’s Hark (January 15, 2019).
“The A.V. Club’s 10 Favorite Books of 2018,” on Tim Kreider’s I Wrote This Book Because I Love You (December 5, 2018).
“Sharon Jones Deserves a Better Biography than the Soulless Long Slow Train” on Donald Brackett’s Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (November 12, 2018).
“A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns Sets Its Sights on America’s Racist Gun Problem“ on RJ Young’s Let It Bang (October 22, 2018).
"Nico Walker’s Tough Debut Fictionalizes His Life of War, Heroin, and Bank Robbery," on Walker's novel Cherry (August 13, 2018).
"Legendary Critic Michiko Kakutani Reviews All the President’s Lies in The Death Of Truth," on Kakutani's The Death of Truth (July 16, 2018).
"The A.V. Club’s Favorite Books of 2018 so Far," on Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (June 25, 2018).
"Porochista Khakpour Writes Illness as Memoir in Sick," on Khakpour's Sick (June 4, 2018).
"The Lily-White Twilight Of The Gods Plays a Requiem for the Giants of Classic Rock," on Steven Hyden's Twilight Of The Gods (May 7, 2018).
"Dave Eggers Brews a Weak Cup of Coffee and Aspiration in His Latest Nonfiction The Monk Of Mokha," (January 29, 2018).
"Wild Things Makes a Convincing Case for Reading Children’s Books as an Adult," on Bruce Handy's Wild Things (August 14, 2017).
"Michael Crichton’s Resurrected Dragon Teeth Should’ve Stayed Preserved in Amber," on Crichton's Dragon Teeth (May 22, 2017).
"Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees Will Haunt Its Readers, Especially in these Times," on Nguyen's The Refugees (February 6, 2017).
"After 75 years of Archie Comics, Jughead Is the Hero 2016 Needs," on Jughead (November 29, 2016).
"Chew’s Hero Bit into People, and Also Our Culinary Obsessions," on Chew by John Layman & Rob Guillory (October 11, 2016).
Louisiana Cultural Vistas:
“Too Damn Mean to Cry,” on Arna Bontemps’s God Sends Sunday (Fall 2019).
“Black and Blue: Between the Covers with Steve Cannon,“ on Cannon’s Groove, Bang and Jive Around (Summer 2019).
“Moonlight, Magnolias, and Marxism on the Bayou Teche,“ on Barbara Giles’s The Gentle Bush (Spring 2019).
“Can You Hear Me, Sergeant Blue?“ on Rosel George Brown’s Sibyl Sue Blue (Winter 2018).
“Grifter’s Paradise,” on Nelson Algren’s A Walk on the Wild Side (Fall 2018).
"Plaquemines Picaresque," on E.P. O'Donnell's The Great Big Doorstep (Summer 2018).
"A Lesson on Waiting: The Simmering Rage of Ernest Gaines’s Catherine Carmier," on Gaines’s first novel (Spring 2018).
"A Nomination for Shaik’s Memorable Protagonist," on The Mayor of New Orleans by Fatima Shaik (Winter 2017).
"Twentieth Century Millennial: Revisiting Faulkner’s Mosquitoes," (Fall 2017).
"So You Think You Can't Dance," on Dancing Boys by Zihao Li (October 2017).
"A Doddle through the Furze," on Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane (May 2017).
"The Limits of the Unexpected," on The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (April 2017).
"Pilgrims in Search of War," on United States of Jihad by Peter Bergen, Apostle by Tom Bissell, and Revelation by Dennis Covington (March 21, 2016).
“The Big Spill,” on the stories behind three of the most notorious long-haul mishaps in history (February 3, 2016).
The Los Angeles Review of Books:
"Going Deep in the Magic South," on South Toward Home by Margaret Eby and Deep South by Paul Theroux (October 6, 2015).
"Après Katrina, Le Déluge," on Katrina: After the Flood by Gary Rivlin (August 29, 2015).
On On Cats by Charles Bukowski (December 10, 2015).
On Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (October 27, 2015).
Oxford American Online:
On The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance by Thomas McNamee (October 12, 2012).
On Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing, edited by Brett Anderson (August 6, 2012).
On The Picayune's Creole Cook Book and Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker (June 18, 2012).
On Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History by John Egerton (May 30, 2012).
Deep South Magazine:
On Fives and Twenty-Fives, an interview with Michael Pitre (October 21, 2014).