Like a hearing child born to deaf parents, I was shaped by my mother's handicap, discovering that food could be a way of making sense of the world.. ...Show synopsisLike a hearing child born to deaf parents, I was shaped by my mother's handicap, discovering that food could be a way of making sense of the world...Ruth Reichl is the restaurant critic for the New York Times and recognised as one of the world's leading food writers. This is her memoir of a life determined, enhanced and defined by a passion for food, unforgettable people and the love of tales well told. From her notorious food-poisoning mother (otherwise known as the Queen of Mould), to the gourmand Monsieur du Croix who served Reichl her first souffle, to the Berkeley restaurant of the seventies where every worker was a manager and every manager had an opinion, Reichl's story is heart-wrenching and funny. Ruth Reichl lives in New York with her husband, her son and two cats.Hide synopsis
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This memoir concerns the author's early years and
traces her growing interest in food. Her dysfunctional family and personal road to a fulfilling career and marriage are addressed in a mostly amusing way, although there are times when you can't help being horrified by her parents' behavior. The memoir is seeded with recipes which usually contain large amounts of butter and/or cream. While I would never try any, I am sure they are delicious. Altogether this was a fun and easy read.
Ruth Reichl is a foody's dream writer. She knows her food and gives plenty of recipes, along with a great story. This book is autobiographical, starting with her early years and hippy days, which are hilarious. I think this and "Garlic and Sapphires" are her best books. Her descriptions are mouthwatering and I read it in. like, two days. No wonder she was chosen as the editor of Gourmet Magazine. But she is not so highbrow that you can't totally relate to all she says. I guess that is what makes her great - she is one of us.
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