I hope you all have had a year filled with great books. As we inch closer to a New Year, I want to share one more book that you will want to add to your reading list. Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl.
If you have been following the blog or have read any of my other posts on her books, the author’s name may sound a bit familiar. Maybe you are already a fan of hers. There are three reviews of her various books on the blog so check them out if you are interested.
Ruth Reichl has been an important part of the culinary world for as long as I remember. She was a food critic for the L.A Times, has won several James Beard awards, been a judge on TV’s Top Chef Masters, was a food critic also for the New York Times and Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet magazine until it shuttered its doors.
Her newest book, Save Me the Plums takes you back into her world from the time she was offered the Editor-in-Chief position at Gourmet magazine resulting in her leaving the New York Times, until the magazine was put to bed in an unexpected blink of an eye.
If you are a foodie, this is a must read. She is very honest in her writing and tells of her fears and insecurities of taking a job she didn’t believe she was qualified for. But in Ruth style, she jumps into the roll and transforms a magazine. I was an avid reader of Gourmet magazine and when she took the helm, I loved it even more. The magazine evolved into a something that fit the everyday cook. Before Ruth was at the helm, Gourmet was snooty, elite and the recipes difficult for the average cook. Her magic touch was put on every page and in every article, and her articles made you think about where your food came from. Some were a tad controversial, but it made one really think.
Reading of her life and the recipes she sprinkles throughout are a treasure, I couldn’t put the book down. If you have a foodie in your life, the book makes a great gift too.
Hope you can find some time during this busy time to Bee Readin’. Until we meet again next year, I wish you a beautiful holiday season and a Happy New Year.