Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by: Ruth Reichl

Garlic and Sapphires

Book #22 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!  After reading Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, her first fictional book, I knew I would read everything else she has ever written.  When reading her work, I feel as if she is having a conversation with me.  There is no fluff or BS, it is just real.

This nonfiction story is about Ruth’s time at the New York Times as their restaurant critic.  You can’t just go into a restaurant as yourself when you are THE restaurant critic.  Everyone in the field is on the lookout for you and then if and when you are spotted, your meal is the best that they have ever serves.  The attention to detail is bar none.  That is not the way in which to give an honest review.  Ruth has had many personas during her time at the New York Times.  She cannot just go walking in a disguise but rather she must dig deep and bring to life a character that she portrays.  At times, this comes to her rather quickly and at others, she struggles to bring them to life without being consumed by their personalities.

I started to listen to this book on Audio and absolutely loved it.  I finished it up by physically reading it and it was just as good.  She provides her recipes for some of her favorite dishes and makes you want to eat the meals in which she raves about.  I am a foodie and my mouth was watering the whole way through this book.

I gave this 5 crowns!


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