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Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
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Jul 26, 07

bookshelves: food, memoirs
Read in July, 2007

As the foodie I am, I really wanted to like this book, but something about it was just so much less exciting that the other food memoirs I've read. Reichl wallows too much in her loner childhood. The tales of a troubled adolescence are a little overdone, and frankly I didn't feel very sympathetic (everyone has awkward teenage moments, it's nothing new). The book left me disengaged and hungry for more.

It was towards the end, when Reichl moves to the Berkeley commune, that I started to become interested. For that reason a lone, I might give her other books a chance, just to learn more about her involvement in the Berkeley food movement and her subsequent career in restaurant reviews.
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