I have had so much fun reading this book! Thanks to my friend Audrey for making the suggestion, I was sucked into the world of New York Times restaurant critic and former editor-in-chief of Gourmet Ruth Reichl’s entertaining and slightly subversive world. I could not get enough of this book – it kept me up until the wee hours of the morning on several occasions! Pairing mouth-watering descriptions of magnificent meals with wry observations on human nature, this book tackles the New York food scene with enthusiasm, sarcasm, wit, and grace. Reichl’s prominent position forces her to work under cover, donning elaborate costumes complete with new personalities. Her musings on the effect these alternative personas have on her are very intriguing. As she states, “I love the theatre of restaurants. Restaurants are magical places; for a few hours you can be anyone you want to be.” This is a great read for long cold winter evenings desperately in need of brightening. And it will inspire you to pull out that cookbook, or even try some of the recipes Reichl includes in the book. Bon appetite!
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