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Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
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Apr 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, memoirs

I read "Tender at the Bone" several years ago and truly enjoyed it--it was slightly disturbing yet funny as hell.

But, I have to admit, I enjoyed Garlic & Sapphires more. It's difficult to compare them. Though the subject matter is Ruth Reichl and her life, G&S is more of a nod to her life as the NYT Food Critic than a memoir of her childhood and her introduction to loving food.

I loved the abandon with which she changed characters and how each and everyone affected who she was at the core--or maybe more correctly, each character she played was just a realization upon the fact that each was merely a facet of the whole of her personality.

And the food reviews....oh my guinness, dark and stout. Every sentence was like a vision of dancing food in front of my eyes. There were moments when I could almost taste the food or feel its texture on my tongue.

But, the best thing I got out of this book. The reminder to savor...instead of sitting down and eating something just for the filling nutrients, why not think about the elements of that food, even a food as simple as roast chicken or spaghetti carbonara. Food should be enjoyed and honored and the best way to do that is with your palate.

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