Comments: Ruth Reichl's Memoirs


Meg - I love reading what you write.
So far I have only read Comfort Me With Apples. How it came to me is a good story.* Must add the other two to my "list".
*In 2001 Julia Child was doing a 2 hour meet, greet and signing of books at the Sur La Table in Pasadena, CA. I HAD to be there. Jean-Yves took the morning off from work and I brought along my well worn copies of her books, with the thought that having her sign them would be such a thrill. The line was very long, and the crowd was instructed not to linger, or take too much time with her. There was a women in front of us, explaining that she lived in northern California, and had come down just for this, and she was so upset that she had forgotten her camera. Being the mom that I am, I had mine, and offered to take her picture. I snapped two shots, and realized they were the last of the roll. This nice lady felt really bad. I wasn't upset about it at all. I took her address and promised to send here the photos. A week later I did just that, and a week or so after that, I received Comfort Me With Apples in the mail as a thank you. Incredible huh? (once Julia realized that JY is French she kept him at her table for at least 10 minutes discussing France and cooking techniques!)

Hey Alisa - I'm sure Meg will be glad to read your praise for her writing, but this one was mine. :)

I hope you buy and enjoy Tender to the Bone. The opening chapters, in particular are just brilliant.

Fool that I am!
Ahem, Barrett, I just love reading your writing!!!!!

Alisa - Actually Meg ghost-wrote this for me.


Thanks for that.

I recently read Garlic & Sapphires, having read and enjoyed Reichl's previous books. This latest one is a hoot, especially her descriptions of the different characters she develops for visiting New York restaurants in disguise.

Have you tried any of her recipes from the books you read? I have tried one from Garlic & Sapphires so far--her version of Spaghetti Carbonara. It was a simple and delicious weeknight dinner.

I recall your post that you're moving to Baltimore at some point. I look forward to your comments about our restaurants here. There don't seem to be very many Baltimore food bloggers, so you'll be a pioneer!

Paige - It's good to hear the new book is worth getting. Maybe I'll look for a used hardback before the paperback comes out.

Yes, I am moving to the Baltimore-area in June or July of 2006. It looks like we won't be in Baltimore proper but somewhere in Howard County. My wife's new job will take her to Hopkins in Baltimore somedays and down to Bethesda the other days so it makes sense for us to be somewhat in-between.

We had a nice meal in Little Italy this summer when we were in Baltimore, and you can bet I'll be looking into the markets and other resources in the city when we get there.

I've only read Garlic & Sapphires - and actually, I listened to it on tape (from my library), and it cracked me up! I was moving at the time, and it provided such a welcome distraction as I was packing boxes, particularly the kitchen - gave me grand ideas of what to make with my pots and pans as I put them away. I don't know if I would've enjoyed reading so much as listening - there's something about certain books that need to be read.

Alisa, unfortunately I gave my copy of Tender at the Bone to my family in Chicago or I would lend it to you! If it ever makes its way back to Paris, I'll check whether you've got it yet. It was very funny - I loved her descriptions of her mother's dangerous cooking habits. She says that as a girl she'd wander around her mother's parties warning the people she liked which dishes to avoid!

Have you ever noticed that when you first learn a new name, it suddenly starts popping up everywhere?

We are about 3 chapters into Reichl's "Tender at the Bone" - just finished the Mrs.Peavey chapter - and are really liking this book. (I can't now remember why we suddenly found out about it.) As far as I know, I've never seen, heard, or heard of Reichl before picking up 'Tender at the Bone".

I was reading a novel last week that mentioned Reichl's name as well. One of the characters got reservations at a restaurant because Reichl had given it rave reviews. (I have no idea if it is a real restaurant or not.)


Elizabeth - That's known as being "primed" and I've noticed the same phenomenon. A friend bought a Nissan Murano and suddenly we saw Muranos everywhere.

Or maybe Ruth's got a master publicity plan to freak us all out.

Nice blog.I like this.

You must be right about Reichl's publicity plan, Barrett. I bet it's a subliminal campaign on the food network... maybe if one tapes a show and watches it backwards, her name appears in scary big letters. 8-D


I didn't know RR had a new book out. Thanks. I read both books. Had seventies flashbacks. Naughty little hippy girl she was.

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