Ruth Reichl is to my life what Julia Child and MFK Fisher where to hers . She's a brilliantly talented food writer who has introduced me to food and recipes I would have never tried without her, but she's also a brilliantly talented writer who uses food to talk about family, mental health, grief, joy, children, frumpy clothes and the rest life throws at us in a way the resonates thoroughly with me. Her new book, Save Me The Plums: My Gourmet Memoir comes out on April 2nd and is another sublime reflection of life and celebration of food.
This book, which covers the time Reichl edited "Gourmet" and the magazine's closure in the wake of the 2009 economic crisis and Conde Nast's own bizarre decisions regarding the internet, is slightly different in that you know you aren't getting a happy ending. With her previous books, Reichl ended them on the cusp on bigger and better things. But she uses her writing talent and ability for self-reflection to make the ending of "Gourmet" a way to reject the overt consumption the magazine embraced and a return to an earlier Ruth dancing in a Berkeley kitchen. She also writes about 9/11, and that section had me sobbing. It was raw and real and brought back the cavalcade of feelings those first days after the tragedy held for those of us who experienced it. There's also, in another moment of heartbreak, a small sentence about Anthony Bourdain which is a lovely testament to his spirit and a non-maudlin memorial.
So I highly, highly recommend this book. You can reserve a copy online, order the audiobook, or come to the store and check out the other Ruth Reichl books we have in stock. Right now these include Garlic and Sapphires, Tender at the Bone, and Delicious.