This book was an interesting look at Ruth Reichl's career as restaurant reviewer for the New York Times. Yes, it would be my dream job, but I doubt if I could enter into the masaquerade as fully, and with such joy, as Ruth. I love her sense of fun even as she's working. Her idea to return to restaurants masquerading as different people to see how other classes are treated was genius.
I'd invite her to dinner any time. Whether she liked my food or not, I would be sure of receiving an honest opinion and have a lively & intelligent dinner guest.
It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a book as much as I did this one!! The reader was excellent and pulled you right into the story. This is not just a story about 'food', it has a wonderful menagerie of characters that you feel as if you really know by the end of the book. I highly recommend this audiobook!
You can taste and smell everything she writes about. Funny and touching, passionate and honest. I want to read everything this woman has ever written. This book is even better than the ones that came before. What a delicious experience!
A wonderfully entertaining look at the life of a restaurant critic at the NY Times and the lengths she goes to to avoid being recognized. Really makes a wonderful point that restaurant dining should be a theatrical experience for anyone, regardless of status or fame, and that all patrons deserve to be treated alike. An education on food and cooking as well. I appreciate that her recipes were included in the reading!
I had very high expectations of this book from all of the reviews. And yes, I did enjoy it. It was easy to listen to... and entertaining. About 3/4 of the way through the book, I started to think, "Ugh. The same plot. Another disguise, another review, another recipe." There wasn't that much to the plot. With many audiobooks, I can't stop listening to the story. This one I could turn off and come back to later.
It wasn't until the very end of the book, and the interview with the author, that I realized this was a true story. I was surprised that this wasn't part of the book overview. Knowing that, I would have been a little more patient with the plot... I think :)
Why do I read Ruth Reichl's books when I know I cannot stand her pretentious, condescending stories. Mildly interesting. However, we get it, Ruth - you like to talk about yourself as you think very highly of yourself and don't mind letting others know how smart and clever you are.
Daughter of a librarian, trained as a librarian, a lifelong lover of books. Mysteries, sci fi, fantasy, biography, true crime, romance, cooking, classic films, etc.!
I have read Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples, and this is the companion that covers Ruth's time as the critic for the NY Times. It has lovely recipes that she made at home on the nights her job didn't take her out. I think her honest appraisal of the food, decor, and attitudes at some of the most famous restaurants was worth the read. I have listened to it several times, and always find something new. I will never eat at most of those restaurants, so this is my chance to experience them, even if it is second-hand. Ruth Reichl is a great food writer and lets you experience her ups and downs in the job of food critic.
Exciting, edible, fun.
Author - she's the star of this book.
In the first scene when she's flying to NYC - someone spots her and says
If you are a foodie, you will love this book.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
great narration. such an interesting story. will be purchasing another of her memoirs. top chef meets tootsie!