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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.
Ruth Reichl writes about food and life in this book and her writing is as good as her food reviews! If you enjoy books about cooks or food, this is one for you to read this... Read morePublished 7 days ago by A. Meier
The first chapter was so funny I was laughing out loud. So I knew I would enjoy the rest of the book. Growing up in a disfunctional family is challenging at times. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dogmom510
An amusing and lovely ode to food complete with recipes to execute. The photos are a nice addition to this edition.Published 19 days ago by Angela
I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a good read. Ruth's story living with a manic depressive mother is honest and her life adventures, including food,are anything but mundane.Published 21 days ago by Sherri Armstrong
I read this book years ago and somehow lost it so I ordered it from Amazon. The brownie recipe is the best in the world.Published 26 days ago by Kathy Austin
I love Ruth Reichl, and I've read all of her books. Love them so much that I save them on my bookshelf; however, even though I enjoyed this book, it really got slow and tedious... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mona Lisa
Reichl's life was filled with interesting, if not, quirky individuals, so I found her story entertaining read. Read morePublished 2 months 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 3 months ago by Molly