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Monday, July 5, 2010

Memoir Monday... Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

"Every Restaurant is a Theater"
...Ruth Reichl

They say that you are what you eat, but really Who are you when you eat? For Ruth Reichl in her funny and at times bittersweet memoir, Garlic and Sapphires, she is many people. You see Ruth Reichl was the restaurant critic for The New York Times for six years, and in New York City, her reviews could make or break a restaurant. From the very beginning of her journey to become the most influential restaurant critic in the country, literally, she was recognized. Flying from LA to NYC, Ruth sat next to a woman on the plane who was way too familiar with her. "Do I know you?" Ruth asks..."No" the woman says... "But I know you. I even know why you're on this plane." And it's through this conversation that Ruth finds out her photograph is pinned to every bulletin board at every restaurant in New York City, so she'll be recognized the minute she walks in. And that's not all... "they" also know about her husband and child! So begins Ruth's adventures in disguising herself to get an honest look, feel and taste of the restaurants she's reviewing.

Ruth Reichl is funny, insightful and a great writer. Her food descriptions are dangerous to read while hungry, but prove her ability to judge a plate of food. Some of her disguises made me laugh out loud! I loved reading about her elaborate disguises as she went restaurant hopping, but the behind the scene glimpses into the world of the food critic, the New York Times, and restaurant life make this book come to life. There have been plenty of "food memoirs" since Garlic and Sapphires was published in 2005, but this was one of the first to give us a glimpse into what was simmering in the pot! If you enjoy food, dining out and a good sense of humor, you'll enjoy Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires!

*P.S. This Book is Kindle Ready!


Julie P said...

This sounds like a light, fun read. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

I've had this for quite awhile now, looking forward to reading it. Great review!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Julie!
Garlic and Sapphires is just that, a fun light read! Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Melissa!
Enjoy the book! You'll really enjoy her writing! There's even a few great recipes to check out!

Darlene said...

This really sounds like a good one Suzanne! Thanks for the review.

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