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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.
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 19 days 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 29 days ago by Jeri Mihm
This was sent as a gift to my sister. She couldn't put it down.Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by Laura Protech
This author writes a good book! Really enjoyed reading her story, and have now bought all of her books!Published 1 month ago by Diane K Segerstrom
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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer