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Her stories shine with the voices and recipes of those she has encountered on the way, such as her Aunt Birdie's maid and companion, Alice, who first taught Reichl both the power of cooking and how to make perfect apple dumplings; the family's mysterious patrician housekeeper, Mrs. Peavey, who always remembered to make extra pastry for the beef Wellington; Serafina, the college roommate with whom Reichl explored a time of protest and political and personal discovery; and, finally, cookbook author Marion Cunningham, who, after tales of her midlife struggles and transformation, gave Reichl the strength to overcome her own anxieties.
Reichl's wry and gentle humor pervades the book, and makes readers feel as if they're right at the table, laughing at one great story after another (and delighting in a gourmet meal at the same time, of course). Reichl's narrative of a life lived and remembered through the palate will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reichl's life was filled with interesting, if not, quirky individuals, so I found her story entertaining read. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Lynnette Taylor
I have enjoyed this book as the author tells her history of having a mother with manic depressive illness and a father who loved her a lot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Molly
I enjoyed reading this book about Ruth learning to cook. It was an entertaining glimpse into her youth and the experiences she had.Published 1 month ago by Jeri Mihm
This was sent as a gift to my sister. She couldn't put it down.Published 2 months ago by Adelaide Kern
Amazing story of how a young girl grew up with an interest in food---and became an excellent writer along the way.Published 2 months ago by Laura Protech
This author writes a good book! Really enjoyed reading her story, and have now bought all of her books!Published 2 months ago by Diane K Segerstrom