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Book: Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, Ruth Reichl
Start Date: 05/07/06
End Date: 05/10/06

I’m quite possibly the pickiest, most boring eater in the world. A conversation regarding where to eat when I’m involved might go a little something like this:

“How about Indian?” .... A chorus of Sures and Yeah, that works and I love Indian! will include a quiet “Uhm” to which someone who knows me will say, “That’s right. Patricia’s coming. Why don’t we go to [insert old stand by here]?”

And though I try to tell them that I don’t need to go or that I’ll find something to eat, the plans are changed and I’m left feeling a little guilty for imposing my pickiness on everyone.

So it’s a bit of mystery to me why I like Reichl’s books so much. Naturally a big focus is on the food and you’d think I’d want to skip or skim those sections but instead I’m drawn in. Probably because she so obviously loves food. It doesn’t hurt either that she manages to describe things in such a way that you almost feel like you’re tasting the dish yourself. There are moments when I actually catch myself thinking, “I could eat that. It sounds good.” If that isn’t the mark of a well written book then I don’t know what is.

Her third (I believe) book spans the years she spent at The New York Times and I found it all fascinating. At times I wish she’d focused a little more on what went on at the paper but that’s not what the book is about, obviously. All in all, I really enjoyed the book and I’m left wishing I had another of her books in the queue. It’s like ordering dessert and coffee after a good meal, you just don’t want the experience to end.

Posted on 05/08 at 08:29 PM


i recently finished this book and absolutely loved it. i thought it was great how she made a book about food, but also tied in life experiences and explored the idea of, er, exploring different aspects of her own personality. i’m glad to see you liked it. smile

Posted by maryann  on  07/23  at  06:57 PM

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