An autobiographical tale of Reichl's early days in food writing. Her melodic descriptions of food make for fabulous reading. Her life is a bit nontraditional (okay, a not nontraditional) but the food reading is simply amazing, focusing primarily on California and Paris. Recipes too. Recommended for food lovers.
I just finished Tender to the Bone and Comfort me with Apples in a marathon one sitting of 16 hours with NO sleep. I LOVED these books. i LOVE the way she can describe what she is eating so that you almost feel like you have tasted it. I LOVE how honest she is about the painful and embarrasing moments in her life. I would like to know her. I LIKE her. I hope you do too. Read Tender to the Bone first.
I never heard of Ruth Reichl when I picked up this book. The title drew me in. The writing held me captive. Reichl tells the story of cooking for her friends, cooking for a Berkley restaurant, and breaking into the food critic business. Recipes are sprinkled around the prose.
I love, love, love this book and the other books Ruth Reichl have written. I love how she describes the first bite of something yummy in her mouth, I love the characters and I love the recipes.
I read this book, fittingly, on my first trip to LA. That's where Reichl became a critic when the city was just becoming known as a restaurant town. When she showed up at fancy restaurants in thrift-store clothing and a Volvo that started with a screwdriver instead of a key, I felt reassured that great things can come from humble beginnings.