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Garlic And Sapphires [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Reichl
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"'Riotously, effortlessly entertaining - Ruth Reichl is witty, fair-minded, brave and a wonderful writer' - New York Times 'Fast, funny, always near the knuckle - the best kind of food writing - it makes you hungry' - Elisabeth Luard 'A pleasure from start to finish' - Guardian 'Reading Ruth Reichl on food is almost as good as eating it' - Washington Post"

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In the bestselling tradition of Nigel Slater and Anthony Bourdain, comes the sumptuous and riotous account of undercover food critic Ruth Reichl

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594200319
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5TBI60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 11 May 2007
By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
When Ruth Reichl arrives in New York from Los Angeles, the restaurants are expecting her! She is told by a woman on the plane that there is a photo of her by the till in every restaurant she is likely to review. A plan is needed! So Reichl develops a series of disguises so that she can eat incognito.

(She then eats at the same restaurant with no disguise and notes the different way she is treated!)

I loved every minute I spent reading this book. Reichl obviously adores food and this is really apparent. She writes about food in a way that is totally lacking in pomposity (other food critics could take a note from her book.)

The book explores not only a series of gorgeous meals, and a few not so gorgeous ones! But also the whole experience of eating in wonderful restaurants, and the differnce disguises and company make to the experience.

Cannot recommend this highly enough.....delicious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want her life 4 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Good insight into the life of a food critic including how well they are treated when recognised so is that a fair review of a restaurant?
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By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I am in awe of Ruth Reichl's talents at making food spring to life purely through the written word alone. The woman is a genius!

This book focuses on Ruth's move from Los Angeles to New York to take up the much revered post as food critic for the New York Times. But the restaurants know she's on her way however and Ruth is determined to be prepared. Ruth is quite unlike the reviewers who have preceeded her- she doesn't believe in praising up only 'posh' eateries for rich people, much to the horror of her editors, and is quite happy praising up a fairly non-descript Japanese eaterie. And for another thing she is determined to experience the meals not just from a "critics" point of view and with all the fancy service and fawning that comes with it, but from a different perspective. Consequently, Ruth goes incognito- and as her various characters are born, Ruth comes to see how people look on the outside can not only affect their personalities, but also their tastebuds.

This book alternately had me drooling over the depictions of the food, laughing at the hilarious antics of the various guises of Ruth and wanting to reach for my apron to go and start cooking up some of the delectable sounding recipes included in each chapter. I ate up every single word (pun intended). Reichl's love of food and eating shines through in every page- I honestly don't know how she can eat what she does and not weigh fifty stone- lucky woman!! She really did have one of the best jobs in the world- but as a reader you are alternatively envious and sympathetic as she realises that being a food critic isn't always all its cracked up to be.

A fascinating, moving account of the restaurant business and food in New York that makes me want to hop on a plane to go back there to eat in some of the places written about. I can't wait to devour more of Reichl's books. She may just be be my new hero.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 10 July 2006
By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
When Ruth Reichl arrives in New York from Los Angeles, the restaurants are expecting her! She is told by a woman on the plane that there is a photo of her by the till in every restaurant she is likely to review. A plan is needed! So Reichl develops a series of disguises so that she can eat incognito.

(She then eats at the same restaurant with no disguise and notes the different way she is treated!)

I loved every minute I spent reading this book. Reichl obviously adores food and this is really apparent. She writes about food in a way that is totally lacking in pomposity (other food critics could take a note from her book.)

The book explores not only a series of gorgeous meals, and a few not so gorgeous ones! But also the whole experience of eating in wonderful restaurants, and the differnce disguises and company make to the experience.

Cannot recommend this highly enough.....delicious!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Funny 26 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Ruth's account of her life as the restaurant critic at the New York times is unmissable. Her take on food goes without saying; as a former chef and the editor of Gourmet magazine you would expect nothing less; it is all the other threads of the story which make this such a good read. The characters she invents in order to review various establishments are fascinating and really give an insight into different aspects of Ruth's own character, the descriptions of her colleagues and family are insightful and true while her memories of her firends battle with cancer are touching without being oversentimental or soppy. Altogehter a great book, def. one for the bookshelf.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but the autobiography is odd 7 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
Three stars is mean; three and a half would be fair. I enjoyed reading this book and I'd recommend it, but I know I'll never pick it up again. Reichl writes well and has a genuine and articulate interest in food, and her accounts of the weirdness of life as a high-profile food critic are absolutely winning. The excitement of going to work for the NY Times - and finding she's famous, at least in restaurants - is lovely to read about. I found the autobiographical elements, however, strikingly strange. She flirts with different identities, flirts with affairs, and it is unsettlingly unclear how much this was invented to help the book along and how much an expression of her character. It felt like a major thread of the book that hadn't quite been woven in properly. I'd probably be less dis-satisfied if she didn't write so well - as it was I really felt frustrated that she hadn't put all the bits of the book into place.

A good read but not, I think, as good as it could have been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm addicted to Ruth Reichl
I have read it all, in the right order ;-) and keep on buying more. SHe writes interesting stuff, in a fluent and intriguing way, talks about food and you would like to taste it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by francesca
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow progeress
I thought thnis would be a great book for someone interesting in food and eating out, alas I found it slow and repetative there are no clues as to where the book is going and if... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and engaging
I was intrigued by this book right from the outset: a restaurant critic (can you imagine a nicer job? Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by Keen Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Food Reviews
Very interesting book and well worth a read if you are at all interested in food. The book begins with Ruth on a plane to research her new life as a food critic on the East Coast. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by J. Livsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly moving.
I had high hopes for this book and I was looking forward to delving into the New York restaurant scene. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Greekfoodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab-u-lous!!
Loved this book - ideal for those who love New York, food, dressing up or just those who like a good read.
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by tc853
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read
A really interesting look behind the life of a food critic and some wonderful recipes as well. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, parts made me laugh out loud and parts made me want to... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by LouR
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