Tag: cooking

Review: Garlic and Sapphires, the Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

I’m reading Reichl’s life backwards.  Last year I read the excellent Save Me the Plums, so this year I decided to go back to her previous book, about her work as the restaurant critic for the New York Times.  And while I enjoyed this one a bit less, Reichl is still an engaging and thoughtful…

Review: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

I picked up this book partly because I saw Zauner interviewed on the Daily Show, and partly because it was recommended in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. I was intrigued by the title and the subject — it’s a book about family and loss, about being biracial and the daughter of an immigrant, and…

Memoir Review: Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums

This is my first time reading Reichl, and I found this book fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.  Reichl describes her background and what led her into cooking and then restaurant critiquing, but most of the book is spent describing her years as the editor of Gourmet Magazine.  I was never a reader of the magazine, but…

Review: We Fed an Island by Jose Andres and Richard Wolffe

The first half of this book was really interesting.  Andres writes a lot about the history of Puerto Rico and what happened with Hurricane Maria.  Also really interesting are his early impressions about the state of the island contrasted with other relief efforts (in the United States and in Haiti) and the reactions of Trump…

Tomorrow there will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

I don’t remember what made me pick up this book.  For whatever reason, I requested a free copy on NetGalley and once I had one, I felt obligated to read it.  And I’m glad I did. If you don’t know this about me, I don’t do “heartwarming” any more than I do “chick lit”.  This…