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Tender at the Bone | [Ruth Reichl]

Tender at the Bone

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Publisher's Summary

Tender at the Bone is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by unforgettable people, the love of tales well-told, and a passion for food. In other words, the stuff of the best literature. The journey begins with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known forevermore as the Queen of Mold, and moves on to the fabled Mrs. Peavey, one-time Baltimore socialite millionairess, and, for a brief but poignant moment, retained as Reichl's maid. Then we are introduced to Monsieur du Croix, the gourmand, who so understood and stood somewhat in awe of this prodigious child at his dinner table that when he introduced Ruth to the soufflé, he could only exclaim, "What a pleasure to watch a child eat her first soufflé!" Then, fast forward to the politically correct table set in Berkeley in the 1970s, and the food revolution that Ruth watched and participated in as organic became the norm. But this sampling doesn't do this character-rich work justice. And, after all, this is just a taste.

©1998 Ruth Reichl; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Michelle 09-22-03
    Michelle 09-22-03
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved the variety and depth of her life, in addition to the joy of listening to a fellow gourmand. Goes great with Peter Mayle's books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MC 12-30-12
    MC 12-30-12 Member Since 2010

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    "This is Why Authors Shouldn't Read Their Own Books"
    Would you try another book from Ruth Reichl and/or Ruth Reichl?

    I really like Ruth Reichl's books. I've read this one before, as well as Comfort Me With Apples and Diamonds and Sapphires. However, I do not recommend this recording. Reichl reads her own work and her tone is dull, even though the material isn't. So, you end up thinking that this is a boring book, when quite the opposite is true.

    Additionally, it's abridged, so there are characters who seemingly pop up out of nowhere and others who disappear. One can only assume that they leave or arrive in the expurgated sections.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tender at the Bone?

    There are great scenes here-- some involving her mother, who suffers from bipolar disorder, others overseas in France and Italy, and still others in the hippy age at Berkeley. All are funny and touching, while satisfying the needs of bibliophilic foodies.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ruth Reichl?

    Anyone! The sound recording itself is bad, which could be part of the problem. This sounds like it was taken from a tape in the 1980s. Bernadette Dunn does a terrific job on the UNabridged version of Garlic and Sapphires (Reichl, unfortunately reads the abridged-- check both samples and see which you like better, though Reichl is more animated there than she is here). This book needed a professional actress to carry the story along.


    Could you see Tender at the Bone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it being made into a movie, but they would need to include Comfort Me With Apples for a more clear picture of the scope of this woman's very interesting life.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Springfield, VA, USA 09-03-06
    Amy Springfield, VA, USA 09-03-06
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    "It was fine, not great"

    I guess I should have paid more attention to where I was in the book, but it didn't seem to have a climax, it just ended suddently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lenita Atchison, KS, USA 02-08-10
    Lenita Atchison, KS, USA 02-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Delicious!"

    Ruth Reichl is too good to be true. Her stories are funny and captivating, and the reader (or listener) can't wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Hart Ivins, UT USA 08-21-14
    Belinda Hart Ivins, UT USA 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book! Why abridged Audible?"
    Where does Tender at the Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a terrific story of Ruth's early years. Why, oh why, is it not available unabridged? I kept wondering through the whole book, " what am I missing?"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Has to be Ruth then her dad, lastly her mother.


    Have you listened to any of Ruth Reichl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Gripping story of a journey in food


    Any additional comments?

    I love listening to Audible. This is my first abridged and probably my last. You're cheating the author and reader of a full, wonderful book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 10-08-08
    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 10-08-08
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    "As delicious as it sounds"

    I enjoyed every morsel of Ms. Reichl's book.

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    Caroline Morgan Hill, CA, USA 09-06-05
    Caroline Morgan Hill, CA, USA 09-06-05
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    "Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Yep, this one was great as well. What a wonderful, funny and sometimes sad life. Ruth Reichl is a wonderful cook and writer. I want more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 03-12-12
    Judith 03-12-12
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    "Fabulous for food lovers and cooks"
    Would you listen to Tender at the Bone again? Why?

    Have already listened to it twice. I stayed up way too late two times because I couldn't stop listening. A friend who loves to cook and cooks superbly recommended it. I have since recommended it to six people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since it's a fictionalized autobiography, Ruth Reichl is the heart and soul of it, but I loved her first husband too.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ruth Reichl ??? was your favorite?

    Can't say.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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