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I began reading this book on Saturday and could not put it down until I finished it. After reading it I felt like I really do not know anything about food (although I thought I did) and that New York has restaurants like nowhere else (hate to admit this as I am from Boston). What a great entertaining book!!!

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  1. I'm halfway through now...on Brenda. It's a fun book.

    1. I really liked it too & am in the Boston area as well. See a previous post.

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      1. I loved all her books, and recommend them all! She's one of the few women in the new "foody" genre of writing. It's almost as if dining is becoming a sort of sport, and just as we love to "play," we also love to read about the players.

        1. I got it as a gift on CD (Ms. Reichl does the reading and is great) and I listened in the car while on roadtrips (and then would sit in the car at the destination to get to the end of a section) - I had to replay it for my husband (and enjoyed it as much the second time).

          I too felt like I know nothing about food or discerning flavors.

          (However - living now in NYC I STILL think Boston has the better restaurants per capita.)

          1. Please please please read 'Tender at the Bone' and 'Comfort me with Apples' by Ruth Reichl. They are wonderful food books. How she describes Paris in the 2nd book makes we want to weep.

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            1. re: cooknKate

              Thanks for the recs - I will absolutely get those books, probably this weekend.

            2. I read the book too, and I, too, really enjoyed it! Besides sparking my interest in wanting to learn the logistics of food, she got me into reading the NYT's review every week. I'm addicted to their food section now, and it's all thanks to Ruth.

              1. I love each of Ruth's books. I was recommended these books about six months ago, and read each on a weekend. I was obsessed! It really made me reexamine my own history with food. I love these books!

                1. I guess I am alone in this opinion, but I HATED this book. I found her to be entirely self indulgent, whiney, repetitive and vengeful. Who cares about the people she worked with at the NY Times? She complains endlessly about problems we should all be grateful to have. She seems to have no appreciation for the generous life she has been granted, and though it is surely through her hard work that got her there, a little humility would have been nice.

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                  1. re: pitterpatter

                    You aren't alone. I wasn't crazy about this book either; I found it repetitive, self-indulgent and poorly-edited. I loved "Tender at the Bone." "Garlic and Sapphires" was not nearly as good.

                  2. wow, having read all three of her books, I would say she was very aware of how lucky she was to end up where she has. And I think she did a great ob of taking the shine off the high and might NYT and showed them to be flawed individuals like the rest of us. Nothing wrong with showing us the "man behind the curtain" as it were.

                    1. I did recently read "Comfort me with Apples". While I didn't weep at Paris, I found the book a good set up for Garlic and Sapphires. A little calculated, but hey, make money while you can!


                      1. I've liked Ruth Reichl's books since I was working at my college bookstore and happened to pick up a copy of "Tender at the Bone." I even used her books while writing my senior thesis. I really enjoy her writing style and love living vicariously through her.