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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
Although the recipes are good...the storyline is not as interesting as Ruth's other books.Published 19 days ago by Karen D.
I would recommend this book to those who live to eat. The sensual way in which she describes her reactions to various dishes leaves one yearning to try the same food--at once!Published 4 months ago by Donna Minick
Absolutely love Ruth Reichl. She's a foodie and an amazing writer... combines two of my favorite things! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dee
Book was in great shape and the memoir is lovely. If you love food, soul food with strange life happenings...this book is for you. :-)Published 5 months ago by C. Manning
This book was like time travel that came with its own recipes. It was funny, interesting, and delightful. She's an excellent author.Published 5 months ago by Angela
I became a fan on Ruth Reichl after I read her book Garlic and Sapphires. This book, while well written was at times tough to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. Sue
Delicious is the way I think of anything Ruth Reichl writes. So many delectable food references, it makes me hungry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Morris H. Fine
Ruth Reichl is one of the most engaging writers I have encountered. She is not afraid to put her unvarnished life out there for us to see. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Farmcat