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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.
There are lots of chef authors out there, and many good books on their life with food. This book is in a complete different class, because Ruth Reichl is great writer (and not just... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very good book about Ruth's life growing up with a crazy mother. I loved it.Published 1 month ago by June Hence
This was quite entertaining. What an interesting and different kind of childhood Ms. Reichl had with her unique parents. Enjoyable read.Published 1 month ago by D of Delaware
enjoy this book over and over.....very dependable dealer.Published 1 month ago by Charley B. Stites