Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

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The candid and comical memoir by the renowned "New York Times" restaurant critic whose high-spirited life has always been defined and enriched by food. Reichl's childhood and young-adult life provide a smorgasbord of wit and wisdom, sprinkled with recipes that perfectly capture her endlessly entertaining world.

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Flaret

Jun 4, 2009

Memoir of a Food Critic-to-be

This memoir concerns the author's early years and
traces her growing interest in food. Her dysfunctional family and personal road to a fulfilling career and marriage are addressed in a mostly amusing way, although there are times when you can't help being horrified by her parents' behavior. The memoir is seeded with recipes which usually contain large amounts of butter and/or cream. While I would never try any, I am sure they are delicious. Altogether this was a fun and easy read.

cindyp

Jun 28, 2007

food writers delight

Ruth Reichl is a foody's dream writer. She knows her food and gives plenty of recipes, along with a great story. This book is autobiographical, starting with her early years and hippy days, which are hilarious. I think this and "Garlic and Sapphires" are her best books. Her descriptions are mouthwatering and I read it in. like, two days. No wonder she was chosen as the editor of Gourmet Magazine. But she is not so highbrow that you can't totally relate to all she says. I guess that is what makes her great - she is one of us.

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