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 :)
Entertaining, touching and comforting book which I highly recommend for anyone who loves food or a good story about living life.
Business owner , philanthropist.
I heard about this book ages ago. The concept that people react to you based on your persona much more then based on their attitude is literally world changing for me. Also a fun read.
I enjoyed the insight into the critics world, and how we differ in our experience in a restaurant. The story was not what I expected, and I was happily surprised by this fact. I especially enjoy the authors reading of the book, because they impart their true feelings when they read.
Beautifully written. Fascinating account of her undercover adventures and personal journey to deeper gratitude, humility and self awareness. I was sad to end the book. Made me want to read more of her work. Highly recommend.