Friday, June 12, 2020

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir; Ruth Reichl


AUTHOR:  Ruth Reichl
PUBLISHER:  Random House Audio
PUB. YEAR: 2019
Setting: NY
Format: audio download
Rating - 4.5/5

Ruth Reichl was a food writer and restaurant critic for the NY Times and later became the editor & chief of Gourmet magazine; this is her gourmet memoir. What a delight this memoir was and the fact that the author reads the audio version made it all the more personal.  She definitely knows how to write in a manner that appeals to the readers senses.  

Her story is peppered with tantalizing recipes and, I now feel like I have to get my hands on the print version to perhaps try a few of the recipes she mentions.  What an interesting life Ruth Reichl has lived and, I loved that she reflects about her mother might have finally been proud of her since as a child, she never felt like she could please her mother who suffered from mental illness.  I also enjoyed the interesting behind the scenes tidbits about the publishing industry and how the food world has changed over the years.  Readers do not have to be a gourmet themselves to enjoy this memoir.

Audio book download was provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

18 comments:

  1. This book seems to be a favorite with our blogging friends, so you've convinced me to give it a listen. If I become curious about some of the recipes, I'll see if I can borrow the print copy from the library. I'm trying to refrain from buying any books until I get my stacks under control. :)

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  2. I had not heard of this book but it sounds absolutely refreshing!

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  3. So many have recommended this one to me and so I immediately obtained and copy but just haven't read it yet. I am trying to lose this quarantine blubber I am carrying around so I will wait on foodie books for a little while more.

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  4. I came close to reading this and then didn't. I may add it back to my list.

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  5. This book sounds so lovely and I love the cover! I'll bet that the recipes are divine. Wonderful review, Diane!

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  6. I absolutely adored Reichl's first book and have been meaning to get my hands on this one. This does sound good and I think I'll have to get it in print to try out some of the recipes!

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  7. That sounds pretty entertaining and food works for us.

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  9. This was a favorite last year... glad you enjoyed it, too!

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  10. I really liked the one she wrote about being a restaurant critic and working at a food mag. I might try this one.

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  11. I'm glad to hear I don't have to be a cooking freak to enjoy this memoir. I'm curious about her life story!

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  12. I've read Comfort Me with Apples and Tender at the Bone and enjoyed both of them. Thanks for the reminder of books that are about food and family and connections.

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  13. This sounds like seomthing I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. Love the sound of this book from your review! I don't read a lot of gourmet or food memoirs but I certainly like the idea.

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  15. I am not a food person so this one isn't for me, but I am glad it was a good read for you.

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  16. I'd like to read this memoir. Sounds good.

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  17. Oh, thanks for the audio recommendation!

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