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Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
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Apr 14, 2008

really liked it
Read in April, 2008

The book of "missing library book" fame, Garlic and Sapphires is a memoir of my favorite reviewer for the New York Times. Ruth Reichl tells about her reluctant acceptance of the position of restaurant critic for the Times, her adoption of a roster of personalities and disguises to ensure anonymity, and her ambivalence about the job. All through the book, though, her love affair with food shines through, and her writing is masterful enough that the reader can experience the delicacies vicariously.


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