This delicious new volume of Reichl's acclaimed memoirs recounts her "adventures in deception," as she goes undercover in the world's finest restaurants. The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet," she is the author of the bestsellers "Tender at the Bone" and "Comfort Me with Apples."This delicious new volume of Reichl's acclaimed memoirs recounts her "adventures in deception," as she goes undercover in the world's finest restaurants. The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet," she is the author of the bestsellers "Tender at the Bone" and "Comfort Me with Apples."Read Less
Loved this book! It's a unique blend of humor, creativity, food knowledge and years of dining in the best (and worst) restaurants in NYC. Reichl sees food as both a diner and reviewer and serves it tongue in cheek for our pleasure (pun intended). As a little old lady diner myself, I cheered as she skewered the restaurant that banished her to the worst table in the room and demanded she return the menu before she was finished. The success of her disguises put Sherlock Holmes to shame.
Don't be put off by the weird title. I'd never have picked it up if a reader friend hadn't clued me in.
Jul 20, 2012
One of the best books I've read all year....Ruth Reichl is one of the best, her memoirs are interesting and funny, with enough heartbreak to know shes real
Apr 1, 2007
A Delicious Book
Ruth Reichl wrote about her life as a food critic with humor and great insight. Her descriptions of the roles she played while she was researching restaurants were clear and humorous. The book had some wonderful food recipes scattered throughout and that added a tasty treat. Garlic and Sapphires gave an inside look at being a food critic. A very delightful book.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-02-14 As the New York Times's restaurant critic for most of the 1990s, Reichl had what some might consider the best job in town; among her missions were evaluating New York City's steakhouses, deciding whether Le Cirque deserved four stars and tracking down the best place for authentic Chinese cuisine in Queens. Thankfully, the rest of us can live that life vicariously through this vivacious, fascinating memoir. The book-Reichl's third-lifts the lid on the city's storied restaurant culture from the democratic perspective of the everyday diner. Reichl creates wildly innovative getups, becoming Brenda, a red-haired aging hippie, to test the food at Daniel; Chloe, a blonde divorcee, to evaluate Lespinasse; and even her deceased mother, Miriam, to dine at 21. Such elaborate disguises-which include wigs, makeup, thrift store finds and even credit cards in other names-help Reichl maintain anonymity in her work, but they also do more than that. "Every restaurant is a theater," she explains. Each one "offer[s] the opportunity to become someone else, at least for a little while. Restaurants free us from mundane reality." Reichl's ability to experience meals in such a dramatic way brings an infectious passion to her memoir. Reading this work-which also includes the finished reviews that appeared in the newspaper, as well as a few recipes-ensures that the next time readers sit down in a restaurant, they'll notice things they've never noticed before. Agent, Kathy Robbins. (On sale Apr. 11) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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