Garlic & Sapphires – Planet BooksIncludes an interview with the author and recipe cards! There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic. What is even more remarkable about Reichl's spy games is that as she takes on these various disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character as well. She gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can very much influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites.
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Through her restaurant reviews, where she celebrated the pleasures of a well-made meal, and her bestselling memoirs that address our universal feelings of love and loss, Reichl has achieved a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, with this magical debut novel, she has created a sumptuous, wholly realized world that will enchant you. Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious! Then Delicious! From the publisher. She has written more than 10 books, including several best-selling memoirs.
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I am so excited about this! I would like to know if you were happy with this Planet Books read? I am on page and am still loving this book. I find myself tasting food in a different way. Last night my hubby whipped up a recipe for Potatoes Gratin by Tyler Florence. He was using his new mandolin and was impressed with the ease in which he sliced the spuds into paper thin sheets. I have been a faithful reader of both publications book review sections for a few years now but I have discovered a whole new world to learn about with the food sections.
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After an interview with The New York Times that Ruth did not try very hard at, she started to allow herself to say dream a bit of what it would be like to take the position id offered…. What Ruth did not realize was that the restaurants were waiting for her. Her picture hung in ever highly notable kitchen so the staff would know when she came to their resistant and they could be sure to give her the best service so they would get the best reviews. She wondered how she could give people honest reviews of the restaurants if they were catering to her because of who she was. The answer, as it turned out, came in the form of a petite friend of her mothers who was a make up artist… Ruth would go these restaurants in disguise. Garlic and Sapphires is the true memoir of a critic in disguise who took on the personalities of who she dressed as and learned all too quickly which restaurants only cared about who were you were and what you could do for them.