Sunday, August 18, 2019

Book Review: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

I have read several Ruth Reichl memoirs, and if you have enjoyed them too, this one won't disappoint.

Tired of life as a restaurant critic, with late nights out, never having dinner with her family, and never even getting just to eat what she wants and purely enjoy it, Ruth is startled but jumps when she's asked to take over the helm of Gourmet magazine, long-respected but perhaps past its prime. She works tirelessly to bring Gourmet into the 21st century, and despite never having worked at a magazine before, she slowly, with a few missteps, manages to do so. And then the rug is pulled out from under her.

With luscious descriptions of food (I really wanted to be at the movie-viewing photo shoot as the meal shot there made me so hungry) and vibrant personalities and the glamour of Conde Nast, this is a wonderful book to get lost in. I listened to the audio but apparently there are a few recipes throughout (which are strange to hear read out loud) if you are more ambitious than I am. Ms. Reichl reads the book herself which is nice as you know the pronunciations are correct. She has a very soothing voice.

I downloaded this eaudiobook from Libby/Overdrive through my local library.

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