Garlic and Sapphires (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Garlic and Sapphires - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Ruth Reichl, Bernadette Dunne (Narrator) GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; an... more »d then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.
What is even more remarkable about Reichl's spy games is that as she takes on these various disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character as well. She gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can very much influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites.
As she writes, "Every restaurant is a theater . . . even the modest restaurants offer the opportunity to become someone else, at least for a little while." GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is a reflection on personal identity and role playing in the decadent, epicurean theaters of the restaurant world.
This is my first book by this author. From someone's recommendation, I downloaded it to listen to it and LOVED it. The author reads it herself, which can sometimes be a disaster, but she did a great job. I am a bit of a foodie myself so hearing her describe some of the dishes nearly threw me over the edge. I so totally need to move to New York - or at least visit, eh? Witty, fun and a fast listen (or read I would imagine). After looking some stuff up, this is actually her 3rd memoir. I'll have to grab the other two :)