I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
I really enjoyed this book! I was skeptical at first if I'd be able to finish it, but it was not just facts about how to be a food critic, but a truly engaging story that I loved. I was disappointed when it came to an end. My Mom also has listened to this book, and enjoyed it as much as I did. I want more adventures! I also enjoyed the narrator's reading, she did a masterful job, and helped pull me in as well.
Loved this! Beautifully written, well read, and very entertaining. Perfect for anyone who loves to cook, eat, or is interested in the New York City restaurant scene. Highly recommended.
Delightful read AND a real education about food -- I'll never just eat my way through a good meal again without savoring every taste! Even engaged my non-foodie teenage daughter. My only complaint is that it's very difficult to go back and find the recipes -- the audio breaks don't even coincide with chapter breaks, it seems.
Food writing is an art, and Ruth Reichl has mastered it. A fascinating look behind the scenes of a career that most of us just dream about - the food critic. Read by Ms. Reichl, this book will keep you listening from the very first word and sad once it ends. Eating out will never be the same! The undertone of the book will have you thinking about exactly what message you're sending every time you get dressed in the morning. Well worth the ride!
This book is a wonderful, insider's romp through culinary New York with someone who obviously loves food, people and writing.
However, this book is not just about the staff at trendy restaurants and how Ruth manages to fool them all in her myriad get-ups. Reichl possesses a sly humor that is at once critical and compassionate. Reichl considers the snap judgments made by those staffers, and by people in general, and the effects of making assumptions, and basing the treatment of others on mere appearance. She has the courage to share with the reader/listener HER reactions to the characters she creates and how inhabiting them changes her, for better and worse.
I liked the book; my family hated it. We listened on a car trip, and husband and sons finaly made me listen on headphones by myself. If you are appreciative of fine restaurants and expensive food and wine, and can appreciate exotic dishes and ingredients, you will probably enjoy this book. I was disappointed that the recited recipes weren't a bit more interesting (vanilla cake? c'mon! boring!). Personally, I didn't find the whole "queen-of-disguises" bit all that entertaining, although it did shed some true light on how one's appearance can impact how one is treated in public - especially in a place like NYC.
The highlight of the book for me was the reading by Bernadette Dunne. This is my second listen with her, and she continues to be at the top of my list.
Ruth Reichl interweaves behind-the-scenes views of restaurant journalism and intriguing receipes with family insights and honest introspection. A well-written, well-read story that kept me hungry for more!
This gets 5 stars from me, and for good reason. The book is a great read and is my favorite audiobook so far. The author's humble attitude toward food, critiquing restaurants, and her career choices is inviting and welcoming to the reader. Her recounting cooking in a Berkeley commune fondly brought me back to my own experience learning to cook in a Berkeley co-op - especially how cooking is more pleasurable done in a community, with plenty of people in the kitchen. The reader adds a delicious flavor with her voice and character accents. I found myself racing through this audiobook on my daily commute, even enjoying hearing the details of the recipes I would never have the patience to copy down to cook. Ruth, thanks for a great book and Bernadette, kudos to the great reading!
Get on the stair climber or treadmill with this book and you'll never get off. It's totally absorbing and I didn't want it to end.