Author: Ruth Reichl
Genre: Food Memoirs
Review: I had the pleasure of reading Save Me the Plums and Garlic and Sapphires in the last 6 weeks. Ruth Reichl is a genuine treasure. I absolutely devoured both of these books.
Written 13 years apart you would never know. Save Me the Plums picks right up after Garlic and Sapphires. We are so lucky the Reichl let us in her very unique life.
In Garlic and Sapphires she talks about her times as the Senior Food Critic at The NY Times. She discusses the great lengths to hide her identity to review these restaurants. She’s extremely funny and heartwarming especially when discussing her family. And you really see everything that goes into a restaurant review at the times. I will forever more take restaurant reviews more seriously.
Save Me the Plums picks up with her making the move to Editor-In-Chief at Gourmet magazine. She writes with the same candor and charm that she did in Garlic and Sapphires. Reichl takes this position with just about no experience and turns the magazine around. She writes beautiful passages about 9/11 and the downturn of our economy. At some points I needed a tissue, but there is always a comedic moment to follow.
After reading these books, Reichl has given us a piece of her. I feel like I am better for reading this, and will look at food and restaurants differently. She is definitely on my list of three people I want to dine with.