Tender at the Bone

Growing up at the Table

Reichl, Ruth

(Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Tender at the Bone
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0767903382
Characteristics: x, 282 p. ;,25 cm


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Oct 27, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

To travel with this New York Times restaurant critic from childhood to adulthood with all her sensory experiences described along the way is like hunkdering down with a great fairy tale. She believed 'food could be a way of making sense of the world... if you watched people as they ate you could discover who they were,' and so we do. Recipes included.

With disarming, tender, and frequently gustbustingly funny prose, Ruth Reichl tells the story of how she fell in love with food. Recipes accompany each chapter as we meet Reichl’s mom, the tasteblind, guest-endangering Queen of Mold; adoptive grandmothers; gourmand French Canadian Daddy Warbucks; debauched former socialite maid; college roommate Serafina; Tunisian pick-up artists; a Warhol Factory it girl; Ann Arbor and Berkeley radicals; the last home cook in America; and the love of her life. Reichl writes the people in her life with honesty, wit, and a great deal of love.

Aug 26, 2012
  • lsmarkova rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Moving story about the growth of a budding food writer. The meal descriptions are guaranteed to make you hungry!

The author is a bit overly confessional and is a bit self-focused (as I suppose many of us were when young), but it's a great read nonetheless.


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The candid and comical memoir by the renowned "New York Times" restaurant critic whose high-spirited life has always been defined and enriched by food. Reichl's childhood and young-adult life provide a smorgasbord of wit and wisdom, sprinkled with recipes that perfectly capture her endlessly entertaining world. 304p.


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