Garlic and Sapphires

Garlic and Sapphires

The Secret Life of A Critic in Disguise

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Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world—a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities. In Garlic and Sapphires, Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us—along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews—her remarkable reflections on how one’s outer appearance can influence one’s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.



Ruth Reichl’s bestselling memoir of her time as an undercover restaurant critic for The New York Times

Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world?a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities. In Garlic and Sapphires, Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us?along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews?her remarkable reflections on how one’s outer appearance can influence one’s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.

?As a memento of her time at the Times she gives us this wonderful book, which is funny?at times laugh-out-loud funny?and smart and wise.” ?Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post



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Ruth Reichl’s bestselling memoir of her time as an undercover restaurant critic forThe New York Times

Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world—a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities. InGarlic and Sapphires, Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us—along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews—her remarkable reflections on how one’s outer appearance can influence one’s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.

“As a memento of her time at the Times she gives us this wonderful book, which is funny—at times laugh-out-loud funny—and smart and wise.” —Jonathan Yardley,The Washington Post

Baker & Taylor
The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet" recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into the differences in her dining experiences.

Baker
& Taylor

A new installment in the Gourmet editor-in-chief's series of memoirs recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into how her dining experiences changed according to her character and whether or not she was recognized. By the author of Comfort Me with Apples. Reprint.
A new installment in the Gourmet editor-in-chief's series of memoirs recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into how her dining experiences changed according to her character and whether or not she was recognized. By the author of Comfort Me with Apples. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781429528337
1429528338
9781429528306
1429528303
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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readaloud
May 03, 2017

Funny & enthralling. The disguises vary from a silver-haired, blue-dressed, pearl-wearing, no-nonsense mother incarnation of the author, to "Brenda" a frizzy-haired redhead who is a hippy fashionista whom the author's son thought was more cheerful and fun than his real mother, to "Chloe" a blonde clad in a black silk suit who (with the approval of the author's husband) goes on a dinner date with a pompous fool named Dan that lasts for three and a half hours of continual eating. Other disguises I will not reveal! Highly recommended!

cmlibrary_lmansfield Oct 25, 2016

A delightful memoir; a great read for anyone with an interest in food, NYC, or writing. Ruth, a food critic, describes the different personalities and costumes she adopted to disguise herself while dining in New York. Includes recipes and reviews she wrote for the NYT.

CMLibrary_sdeason May 18, 2016

This is a wonderful non-fiction about a love of food and an evaluation of how we are treated. It is a unique view of the restaurant business.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 08, 2015

I really enjoy this woman's descriptions of foods and restaurants, in addition to her loving and compassionate attitude towards her family and friends. She's a good writer who always makes me hungry, always inspires me to get in the kitchen and try something new and makes me a little envious, but in a good way!

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shellypain
Aug 01, 2014

I thought my days of reading until dawn were long over. This book proved me wrong. It is a page turner. I would never have thought a memoir could be that. What a wonderful book. I already have two other books that she's waiting on hold. Enjoy!

flowerpainter Jun 03, 2013

This is my favorite book. Ruth Reichl tells her story and one may laugh out loud and truly enjoy the ride.

yve168 Aug 15, 2012

What can i say about this book, except that i simply loved it. she made you feel as if you were in the restaurants with her eating all of that great food. it is one i would recommend highly to others

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ASK123
Jul 08, 2012

Very entertaining! Reads like fiction.

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LauralLibrarian
Jun 23, 2012

It is an amazing story about a food critic whom goes to great lengths to disguise herself from chefs and wait staff in restaurants she is reviewing.

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gigglespisano
Sep 27, 2011

I love to read and learn from people's story's and the fact that Ruth is a food critic makes this a perfect read.

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