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Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
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May 06, 2012

really liked it
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Read in March, 2012


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Heila Really enjoyed this. Ruth Reichl disguises herself as elaborately-costumed characters in order to dine unidentified to review New York City restaurants. In the process, she finds out what it's like to be treated like the kinds of people she impersonates. She finds out a lot about her own self, behavior and values. It's fun throughout to read her descriptions of food - and educational. I like the caveat she mentions in the introduction to the book - that the tradition in her family is to embellish while telling stories about real life. She flat-out says she probably made them more interesting - nice. Sometimes you can spot these parts, but it doesn't take away from the scenes. It's revealing to be in disguise...

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