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The story begins when Reichl, living in a '70s Berkeley commune, gets her first real job as a restaurant reviewer. Despite the incredulity of her in-the-movement roommates ("You're going to spend your life telling spoiled, rich people where to eat?" asks one), Reichl persists, traveling widely to polish her palate. In the doing she meets food luminaries such as Wolfgang Puck (a mad encounter in a produce market), M.F.K. Fisher (lunch and sweet reminiscences), and Alice Waters (a garlic feast), among others. Her trip to China, which includes clandestine dealings with a former chef, is particularly well handled. The ungluing of her first marriage is depicted in adroit emotional counterpoint to her soaring career, as is her discovery of love with her second husband, unspooled against her father's death. Reichl also provides recipes, such as Fall Mushroom Soup (made to comfort herself and her mother) that, unexpectedly and delightfully, deepen the narrative. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What a fantastic journey. Ruth took us all on a trip here in the USA a
Nod around much of the Western Hemisphere eating every step of the way
I have fallen completely in love with Ruth Reichl's work ... I love a good story and she knows how to tell one! Read morePublished 28 days ago by J. Hassler
Ruth Reichl can write as well as she cooks. Her descriptions are mouth watering, and her writing is a delight to read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Most interesting read! Great fan of Ruth 'a, read all of her books. This is a wonderful one to start before reading her latest one.Published 1 month ago by Wende G.
great continuation with her life, fun to read and try new good sounding recipes.Published 1 month ago by Chris G
Delicious....even if I could never eat some of the weird stuff that goes with being a food writer!Published 1 month ago by Karen Mcgoldrick
This book is so hard for me to rate. Reichl is a food critic, and her descriptions of the food that she samples is so mouthwatering that it makes me realize I've missed my calling... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Spangler
Loved the tecipes and they work, I bought all herbbooksvaftervreading a delicious! I don't have anything else to day no matter what you require!!!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer