Ruth Reichl helped me fall in love with food again. Her journey to Gourmet swept me up like a cashmere sweater and the luxuries the magazine offered entranced me. Mostly, I admired Reichl's ability to stay fully herself throughout her time at the magazine, even though she was in mixed company.
Admittedly, her point of view is one of privilege, but that shouldn't stop you from wanting to consume this celebration of food & food writing for its ability to unite and mesmerize a country. You'll long for afternoons of light-filled kitchens, a team that somehow coheres a million moving parts, and the chance to spend an afternoon sipping wine with Reichl herself.
An amazing book to listen to via Libro.FM.— Christy
“In her new memoir, trendsetting food writer and editor Ruth Reichl writes lovingly of the full-blast creativity of her 10 years as editor-in-chief of Gourmet. By book’s end, you’ll miss the storied and groundbreaking magazine, but you’ll be grateful she shared the tale of how its outstanding roster of writers, photographers, designers, and cooks transformed how we look at food. Reichl takes readers behind the scenes as chefs became rock stars, as writers like David Foster Wallace reshaped food writing, and as she fought to save the magazine she adored. A beloved writer with an enviable career, Reichl reminds us that although things may change, simple, honest pleasures — like a perfect plum — endure and make life rich.”
— Mary Vermillion, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
New York Times BestsellerTrailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles (complete with recipes) her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.