- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 15, 1999
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000544ZD
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The stories are often laugh out loud funny, and some are very touching (her mother's manic behavior is explained later in the book). The book allows the reader to see Reichl's influences and her deep love of food through the stories, without Reichl ever coming out and saying "these are my influences."
Food lovers in particular will probably adore this book, but lovers of autobiographies will probably also enjoy it. The book is not about food, exactly, but about a woman's coming of age (and part of that coming of age is that she simply loves food and the art of its creation).
A delicious read--I couldn't put it down.
The author is equally effective when she moves away from the table to tell more directly of her relationships with friends and family. She describes some episodes that could be seen as time-bound clichés - living in a commune, working in a collectively managed restaurant - with a perspective sometimes lacking in baby-boom memoirs. She brings similar good-humored perspective to her mother's mental illness and her own struggle with anxiety attacks, never wallowing in graphic description of symptoms. You don't have to be a "foodie" to enjoy TENDER AT THE BONE, just a lover of warm, tender memoirs.
With good-humored perspective, Ruth Reichl, NY Times Food Editor, lovingly introduces the significant people in her life and the way she managed to find a path for herself and build a wonderful life in spite of a tumultuous childhood. A childhood that was filled with emotional trauma and rather ghastly home experiences, (imagine) Ruth's Mother picks her up from middle school, and without any preparation or explanation, drives to Canada, where she deposits Ruth in a Catholic boarding school where only French is spoken. When Ruth begs not to be left there, her Mother reminds her that she is the one that wants to learn French!
Reichl introduces us to quirky, memorable characters that thankfully guided the development of her love of fine food. A story filled with wit, sadness, resourcefulness and occasional mishap, Ruth will tell you she learned early in life that the most important thing in life is a good story!
You will be as amazed as I by the life Reichl led and discover a range of cooking and eating possibilities way beyond today's lifestyle. Excellent!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic book -- if you enjoy memoirs and/or food-related reads, you'll love this.Published 1 month ago by Elaine Friedberg
Wonderfully shared experiences through the lens of culinary discovery.Published 1 month ago by Melissa M. Fouch
Another gift that was well received. This author is a favorite of my Mom's so all of her books are a welcome gift.Published 1 month ago by JonathanL
Great book for those who into food and cooking. For the rest of us it was just OKPublished 2 months ago by Patricia Lock
I loved this book!
Reichl has a great voice, and this memoir of how she stumbled her way into food writing is fascinating. Plus, recipes! Read more
The tapes were fine. My brother likes any thing written by Ruth Reichl.Published 3 months ago by Roseann Ilstrup
Arrived promptly, in good condition, great book. Spoilers ahead: if you started with Garlic and Sapphires, and are looking for the same sort of foodie/flavor discussion that was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ViciousJawa