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Garlic and Sapphires

Emilief Jun 18, 2006 08:30 PM

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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    eLizard RE: Emilief Jun 19, 2006 11:18 AM

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

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      Taralli RE: Emilief Jun 19, 2006 03:10 PM

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

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        Akatonbo RE: Emilief Jun 27, 2006 08:01 PM

        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. krissywats RE: Emilief Jun 27, 2006 10:40 PM

          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.)

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            cooknKate RE: Emilief Jun 30, 2006 03:46 AM

            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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              krissywats RE: cooknKate Jun 30, 2006 09:13 PM

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

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              juliehf RE: Emilief Jul 1, 2006 02:59 PM

              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. Divamac RE: Emilief Jul 3, 2006 05:21 PM

                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!

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                  pitterpatter RE: Emilief Jul 7, 2006 01:32 PM

                  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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                    murray6789 RE: pitterpatter Aug 4, 2006 01:18 AM

                    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. Divamac RE: Emilief Jul 8, 2006 06:26 AM

                    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. TexasToast RE: Emilief Aug 3, 2006 09:53 AM

                      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!


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                        SarahEats RE: Emilief Aug 3, 2006 03:04 PM

                        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.

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