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Summer Reading: Garlic and Sapphires

Before Ruth Reichl was the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, she held a six year stint as the restaurant critic for the New York Times. That period of her life is detailed in her third memoir, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, which is a fun and enjoyable read. Reichl had what some considered to be the best gig in town, but instead of just allowing herself to be wined and dined, she took her job quite seriously and would often create elaborate disguises to ensure anonymity. Her disguises often included wigs, makeup, thiftstore duds, glasses and even credit cards in other names. Sometimes she was Brenda, an auburn aging hippie, other times she was Chloe, a blonde divorcée. Her writing is hilarious and refreshing, and always mouth-watering — you'll put the book down only to realize your belly is fully rumbilng.

If you'd rather know a bit more about Reichl, you can always begin with Tender at the Bone or Comfort Me with Apples.

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Pez4Pres Pez4Pres 8 years
I bought this book with the intention of giving to someone else, but ended up reading it myself. It was very good. I highly recommend it.
jennaboa jennaboa 8 years
I love all Ruth Reichel's books. Her writing style is so comfortable and when she's writing about her dinner's, it's almost as though you are slipping into the seat next to hers. I highly recommend these books to anyone who loves reading or eating. :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
this sounds really interesting! I would love to read this book and her other ones!
Miriam71 Miriam71 8 years
Her first 2 books were excellent. I highly recommend them. I look forward to reading this book soon.
LuciLu LuciLu 8 years
i may have to pick this up!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
That is hilarious! Definitely sounds like my kind of book!
Athena1 Athena1 8 years
I liked this book too. I heard talk that there is going to be a movie or something based on it.
haze1nut haze1nut 8 years
this book was great! i loved it. i especially loved how she had to disguise herself to do her reviews so she wouldn't get any special treatment. it's a hilarious book and of course i loved all the foodie food descriptions! PLUS she throws in some recipes every so often. I made spaghetti carbonara for the first time with her recipe and me and the bf enjoyed it very much.
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