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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – May 25, 2010
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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
If you are into food, commonplace and exotic, prepared with a flare and Shakespearean descriptions, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jeremiah Gelles MD
I didn't want this book to end! Ruth is a talented writer and I loved all the stories of her Mom....too funny!Published 1 month ago by lori dawn
Overall this was an enjoyable read. Ruth Reichl has such an interesting and complex life story. It made great book club discussion.Published 1 month ago by avidreader
My first Ruth Reichl book and it won't be my last. I loved this book.Published 2 months ago by Snowbrush Cafe
First page I was a little afraid I might not like where this was going, but her voice is so authentic, her life as rich as the amazing wonderful foods she made and shared and found... Read morePublished 2 months ago by deborah
fantastic book -- if you enjoy memoirs and/or food-related reads, you'll love this.Published 4 months ago by Elaine Friedberg
Wonderfully shared experiences through the lens of culinary discovery.Published 4 months ago by Melissa Machowski