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Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
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May 09, 11

Read in May, 2011

I liked Garlic and Sapphires better, but, I truly enjoyed reading this food memoir. It helped me understand and appreciate Garlic and Sapphires even better! The fragile poignant moments of self discovery through cooking were delicious. The recipes, caused me to become prolific in the kitchen...I couldn't resist the veal, and Gary and I supped divinely on chicken, potato salad and other delights. I think this would be a fun Book club read, if everyone brought one of their favorite recipes and we shared a few of our own memories....
I felt the pain and angst of Ruth's family life, and the commune lifestyle akin to the 60's. I am sure it was raw to experience and raw to write the concerns about her mother...and the unorthodox lifestyle that was so typical of that era...and then to see her blossom from that setting into a true food expert! I learned that i should enjoy my experiences...whatever they are: let me engulf them and they engulf me and the person at the end is a unique me. Something to celebrate.
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