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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

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At an early age, Ruth 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." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Beginning with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s. Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age.

Review:

"Reading Ruth Reichl on food is almost as good as eating it....Reichl makes the reader feel present with her, sharing the experience." Washington Post Book World

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"An absolute delight to read...how lucky we are that [Reichl] had the courage to follow her appetite." Newsday

Review:

"A poignant, yet hilarious, collection of stories about people [Reichl] has known and loved, and who, knowingly or unknowingly, steered her on the path to fulfill her destiny as one of the world's leading food writers." Chicago Sun-Times

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"While all good food writers are humorous...few are so riotously, effortlessly entertaining as Ruth Reichl....[She] is also witty, fair-minded, brave, and a wonderful writer." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[In] this lovely memoir...we find young Ruth desperately trying to steer her manic mother's unwary guests toward something edible. It's a job she does now...in her columns, and whose intimate imperatives she illuminates in this graceful book." New Yorker

Review:

"A savory memoir of [Reichl's] apprentice years....Reichl describes [her] experiences with infectious humor,...the descriptions of each sublime taste are mouth-wateringly precise....A perfectly balanced stew of memories." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ruth Reichl is the restaurant critic for the New York Times. She lives in New York City with her husband, her son, and two cats.

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VKrista, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by VKrista)
This book was such a pleasure to read. Well written and interesting. I loved reading about Ruth Reichl's family and how she became who she is. I had read her book Garlic and Sapphires and loved it, so when I happened to see this one at Powell's I instantly bought it and didn't stop reading till I finished it.
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Mick, January 5, 2007 (view all comments by Mick)
This is an engaging intro to Ruth Reichl: her writing, her love of food, her skill with food and her family (egad!). This book makes you want to read more, cook more, travel more, and enjoy life more. What could be better?
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Laurie Blum, November 26, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Heart-warming and sometimes humorous remembrances, make Ruth Reichl's memoir, Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, a memorable account that reads like a novel. In it, the author presents her life story as it relates to her fascination with food. The memoir recalls childhood time spent with her mom, who was "taste blind" but "could make a trip to the supermarket sound like an adventure"; teenage fun with friends, including a non-Jewish boyfriend, who referred to her scrumptious matzoh brei as "fried cardboard"; dinner parties & a growing dedication to civil rights activism during college; experiences as a restaurant owner, chef, & cookbook author; Complementing these recollections are some of Reichl's own delicious recipes. Bon Appetite, happy Reading! I have this book in my personal library & have given it successfully as a gift many times!
While "Tender at the Bone" is a celebration of food, Reichl notes that "food has always meant more to me than just eating & recipes. It's about people. And I wanted this book to be about people."


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767903387
Subtitle:
Growing Up at the Table
Author:
Reichl, Ruth
Publisher:
Broadway
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Restaurants
Subject:
Reichl, Ruth
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990302
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 x .83 in .595 lb

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Product details 304 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767903387 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Reading Ruth Reichl on food is almost as good as eating it....Reichl makes the reader feel present with her, sharing the experience."
"Review" by , "An absolute delight to read...how lucky we are that [Reichl] had the courage to follow her appetite."
"Review" by , "A poignant, yet hilarious, collection of stories about people [Reichl] has known and loved, and who, knowingly or unknowingly, steered her on the path to fulfill her destiny as one of the world's leading food writers."
"Review" by , "While all good food writers are humorous...few are so riotously, effortlessly entertaining as Ruth Reichl....[She] is also witty, fair-minded, brave, and a wonderful writer."
"Review" by , "[In] this lovely memoir...we find young Ruth desperately trying to steer her manic mother's unwary guests toward something edible. It's a job she does now...in her columns, and whose intimate imperatives she illuminates in this graceful book."
"Review" by , "A savory memoir of [Reichl's] apprentice years....Reichl describes [her] experiences with infectious humor,...the descriptions of each sublime taste are mouth-wateringly precise....A perfectly balanced stew of memories."
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