Garlic and Sapphires

Garlic and Sapphires

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Ruth Reichl knows that to be a good restaurant critic you have to be anonymous, but when she signs up to be the most important restaurant critic in the country, her picture is posted in every four-star, low-star, and no-star kitchen in town. What's a critic in search of the truth to do?
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape ; 2011, 2005
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780739350072
Branch Call Number: Audio Download
Characteristics: 1 sound file (10 hr., 59 min.) : digital
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ArapahoeAnna May 01, 2018

Funny and thought-provoking memoir about many things with something for everyone.
Food: eating, dining out, cooking at home, recipes
People: family, friends, disguises, restaurant employees
Cities: LA, NYC, culture, restaurants, newspapers

LPL_MeredithW Sep 18, 2016

Ruth Reichl’s memoir about her time as the food critic of the New York Times in the mid-90s is smart, funny, and full of gorgeous descriptions of delicious food. I particularly recommend the audiobook; the performer is fantastic. Bon appetit!

Jul 27, 2015

I liked the way she wrote about her different disguises and how she picked them out. Interesting how her personality changed with each character. It wasn't as interesting as her book Delicious so a disappointment.

Jun 25, 2014

Ruth Reichl, the last editor of the now defunct Gourmet magazine, shares stories from her days as the restaurant critic at the New York Times in the 1990s. She would visit a restaurant 5 or 6 times in different disguises before writing her review. Her most famous review was also her first review for the paper. Le Cirque was reviewed by Molly Hollis, the ignored housewife from Michigan, and by Ruth Reichl, the recognized restaurant critic from the New York Times. The experiences were vastly different which resulted in a 1 star rating for the restaurant. Reichl also liked to review ethnic restaurants which created much angst for some long-time readers. An entertaining look at the restaurant reviewing game.

dommie96 Aug 17, 2012

Did not think i would enjoy this but i must admit i thought it was great. I can could sink my teeth into the adventures that she got into. I found them to be cool dressing up and sneaking and no one knowing your true identity. I think that is wicked!!


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