Laura Roberts's Reviews > Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
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Aug 01, 11

bookshelves: essays, library-scores, memoirs, nonfiction, food
Read from July 16 to 29, 2011

An excellent look at how difficult it is to write restaurant reviews well, especially when the NY Times is your employer, and everyone in town is on guard for you! Reichl poses as a number of personas, in order to get the "real" service that everyone else gets from NYC's top restaurants, and discovers along the way that what she truly loves doing isn't writing reviews, but cooking.

A great book, both moving and poetic, with plenty of excellent reviews. Now I really want to try the sushi she's described, as it sounds completely unlike anything I've ever experienced.
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