Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
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She takes us on the journey of being offered and accepting the position, learning how to be an editor of a magazine which requires much plate spinning (pun intended!), through to the shocking announcement that the magazine would cease production immediately with the final issue printed in November 2009.
The parts of this memoir that shine are when Ruth describes food. This is no surprise as her backgrou ...more
I am a fan of most things Ruth Reichl, and it is such a treat to have a new title from her. I got a bit lost in the names and job titles, but immersed in the tales of recipe testing, trips, etc. Chocolate cake, made scores of times and taste-testing all along? Paris, several times, for work? Lavish parties with the best canapes in town? Yes please, I'm in!
This will ...more
It’s not the food that I’m attracted to but her experiences and relationships with people, Michael and Nick included. She’s not a self-avowed ...more
She explores how good is so much an expression of our history and shared experiences.
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Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which ...more
I couldn’t help but marvel, as I read Ruth Reichl’s new book, “Save Me the Plums,” at how she manages to make every one of her books feel so personal and heartfelt. This one, which chronicles her time as the editor at Gourmet is so honest, so raw, that I couldn’t stop until I had taken in the whole story from hiring to [spoiler alert] firing.
Every piece of Reichl’s journey through Gourmet is emotional.
Her hiring. Her feelings of inadequacy and doubt that humanize her in a w ...more
I was not paying close enough attention to the fact that Reichl was Gourmet Magazine's editor-in-chief for a number of years so I assumed the title referred to the gourmet food side of her life (as I ...more
This is exactly the book I've always wanted from Ruth Reichl! I've read all of her memoirs throughout the years and loved them all (especially her insider's look at being the food critic at the NYT), but as someone with a passion for food magazines who still desperately misses Gourmet magazine, Save me the Plums hit the spot for me.
I loved learning what went into Reichl's decision to join Gourmet as Editor-in-Chief and I especially enjoyed se ...more
This book, which covers the time Reichl edited "Gourmet" and the magazine's closure in the wake of the 2009 economic crisis and Conde Nast's ...more
I had no idea she was writing another one, but wow, what a book this was! It covers her being hired on at Gourmet and the eventual closing of that magazine. The world lost a great magazine when Gourmet closed and in reading Ms. Reichl's memoir, I felt everyone's pain as if I were a Gourmet writer or staffer.
Ms. Reichl has ...more
This book, which focuses on the rebranding and unfortunate downfall of Gourmet through the eyes of Ruth Reichl, draws you in in a way that you feel like you were part of the publication. Or, at least, make you wish that you wish you were part of it.
This is not the first book I've read my Ruth Reichl, and I was excited to see that this new book was coming out. She has a very unpretentious writing styl ...more
I have wanted to read a Ruth Reichl memoir for a long time, so when I saw this was available at NetGalley I requested it right away, and I was not disappointed.
I was a little bit leery at first when I realized that "my gourmet memoir" referred to the author's time as editor in chief at Gourmet magazine, but this turned out to work really well. I vaguely recall when Gourmet ceased publication - I think I was ...more
Born to parents Ernst and Miriam (née Brudno), she was raised in New York City and spent time at a boarding school in Montreal. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, the artist Douglas Hollis. She graduated in 1970 with a M.A. in art history ...more