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Stuff of the best literature The journey begins with Reichl's mother the notorious food poisoner known for ever as the ueen of Mold and moves on to the fabled Mrs Peavey onetime Balti socialite millionaress who for a brief but poignant moment was retained as the Reichls' maid Then we are introduced to Monsieur du Croix the gourmand who so understood and yet was awed by this prodigious child at his dinner table that when he introduced Ruth to the soufflé he could only exclaim What a pleasure to watch a child Charming and amusing account of how food critic Reichl got tuned into cooking through her family experiences and explorations in her young adult period Her manic depressive mother was hopeless as a cook even dangerous as when she wasn t using canned ingredients she used bargain foods dangerously past their expiration dates Instead her inspiration came from an elderly aunt and her maid What she learned at an early age she used to great advantage in her teen years to draw a good social crowd around food Experience with French cuisine from a sojourn at a boarding school and with Caribbean food from a college room mate put her on a path that led to working in an upscale vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco while essentially living in commune with her husband The book is fun because she places recipes in the context of her life when they had a big impact from simple potato salad and deviled eggs to Beef Bougoinon The approach is homey and soothing although not as exciting as the way sensual dishes are placed in the fictional Like Water for Chocolate or as entertaining as the accounts of challenging preparations for Child dishes in the memoir Julie and Julia

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Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table

Eat her first soufflé Then fast forward to the politically correct table set in Berkeley in the 1970s and the food revolution that Ruth watched and participated in as organic became the norm But this sampling doesn't do this character rich book justice After all this is just a tasteTender at the Bone is a remembrance of Ruth Reichl's childhood into young adulthood redolent with the atmosphere good humor and angst of a sensualist coming of ageBONUS This edition includes an excerpt from Ruth Reichl's Delicio I had a whole review written and ready to be posted when I accidentally trashed it Grrr Just let it be known Reichl is one of my all time favorite food writers She could write the telephone book and it would be wonderful

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFor better or worse almost all of us grow up at the table It is in this setting that Ruth Reichl's brilliantly written memoir takes its form For at a very early age Reichl discovered that food could be a way of making sense of the world if you watched people as they ate you could find out who they were Tender at the Bone is the story of a life determined enhanced and defined in eual measure by unforgettable people the love of tales well told and a passion for food In other words the The culinary memoirs I ve read prior to this one have been written by a different sort of chef Julia Child Jacues P pin Marcus Samuelsson With that kind of background it s probably not too surprising that I feel let down by Reichl s first memoir The beginnings of both the book and her life were pretty good Interesting fun funny and one anecdote seemed to lead to the next easily The stories of Alice and Aunt Birdie were the best parts of the book My main complaint with the early years was a pet peeve of mine authors who insist on peppering their English writing with non English conversations that can only be guessed at Agatha Christie was a big offender in this way with her Poirot novels but at least the context made it clear what Poirot was saying for those of us who don t speak French Reichl did not do the reader that favour and I ended up using the Google Translate app in order to truly understand Reichl s time in Montreal Otherwise I found the first part of the book to be enjoyable Then Reichl returned from Montreal and frankly became someone I wouldn t want to know Throughout the rest of the book she seemed so self satisfied and arrogant She also seemed to feel that it was important that she constantly remind the reader that this was the 1960s and while everyone around her was racist SHE just was NOT rolls eyes After all SHE had a black best friend and a black close friend who was nearly a boyfriend and a black family that she welcomed into her house as their social worker and she visited all sorts of Puerto Rican establishments and and andblech Just too proud of herself and not seemingly aware at all of her massive privilege She grew up in a family that summered in a different home than they wintered She was sent impulsively to a boarding school in another country She was taken again impulsively to Europe She knew she was headed to college as a matter of course and was able to do so out of state She vacationed in North Africa She was able to live in her parents New York apartment because they lived elsewhere With that background a lot of her talk of drunk partying bohemian lifestyles and stopping in at filthy neighborhood fishmongers felt like she was slumming self congratulatorily I did get a kick out of some of the New York neighborhood bits in that I recently watched an episode of some Food Network show that visited culinarily historic NYC businesses and several of those were places Reichl mentioned It was funny to read her 1960s memories of those places compared to the public 2012 face of the same spots I had hopes that the NorCal section would make up for the negative Ann Arbor and post Masters degree NYC years since I m a Bay Area girl born and raised and Berkeley is a part of me But no She seemed to be both full of pride in her crunchy hippie lifestyle and full of judgment for the crunchy hippies she lived with Much of the book was a denouncement of her bi polar mother and yeah life with an undiagnosed manic depressive as it was still being called at the time parent is not a picnic But all sympathy that was built up on that score was lost when Reichl wrote that if her mother had been normal she Ruth wouldn t have been present for the 100th birthday celebration of one of her favourite people She wrote that her mother s illness was the dysfunctional glue that held them all together If that s true and with a normal mother she would have just walked away from her family and ignored all holidays events etc then it doesn t say much for Reichl Even as a married woman of 29 she was presenting herself as a spoiled child grumpy and snotty when she wasn t getting attention but her husband was shouting at people who suggested she help her mother ignoring her father s pleas for assistance and metaphorically stomping her feet about not getting to just do what she wanted and instead having to go straighten out the mess of a loved one s special day An impulsive wine tasting trip to France with a near stranger was a story that seemed shoehorned in and the dumpster diving politically correct vegetarian bohemian suddenly eating shark s fin soup and sea turtles was a jarring ending If I didn t know there was a second volume I d have been very confused at the abrupt finish Because I enjoyed the beginning of this one and because I already have it I m giving Comfort Me With Apples a try Here s hoping that she relaxed about herself a bit in the 3 years between writing the two books


10 thoughts on “Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table

  1. says:

    I wuv you Ruthie The wannabe Bohemian in me avoids national bestsellers I refuse to be classified as a lemming I've come to find out that most the time if a lot of people agree that something is worth readingit u

  2. says:

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Garlic and Sapphires I was thrilled to find this first of Reichl's memoirs on the 2 for 3 table at Barnes NobleIn the preface Reichl admits to modifying certain stories for dramatic effect But unless she's made entire years out of whole cloth she's lived one hell of an interesting life Throughout it all

  3. says:

    The culinary memoirs I've read prior to this one have been written by a different sort of chef Julia Child Jacues Pépin Marcus Samuelsson With that kind of background it's probably not too surprising that I feel let down by Reichl's first memoir The beginnings of both the book and her life were pretty good Interesting fun funny a

  4. says:

    Charming and amusing account of how food critic Reichl got tuned into cooking through her family experiences and explorations in her young adu

  5. says:

    Of all the Ruth Reichl books I have read this is my favorite so farIt is full of delightful stories about why she is who she is and wh

  6. says:

    I like reading challenges because every now and then you get lucky and you stumble on something you would never read otherwise This

  7. says:

    I’m not normally a big fan of books about food They always leave me cursing my limited culinary abilities and hungry for foods tha

  8. says:

    I really enjoy reading about food and Ruth Reichl never disappoints Though not so much about food as other books I have read but of a story of her life and how food played a role in it I enjoyed the different recipes that she added to the book and have marked a few to make for my husband I always find recipes interesting and enjoy them even w

  9. says:

    I had a whole review written and ready to be posted when I accidentally trashed it Grrr Just let it be known Reichl is one of my all time favorite food writers She could write the telephone book and it would be wonderful

  10. says:

    This is a memoir built around food and as Reichl put it she decided that instead of pictures she'd give recipes throughout to paint a picture of her relationships The Author's Note tells us Everything here is true but it may not be entirely fac