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Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
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Jan 12, 2009

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The memoir style of writing used in this book (with a refreshing disclaimer by author Reichl informing the reader that she has taken liberties with the truth in the interest of storytelling) is sprinkled with the sensuous details one expects of a food critic / writer. The reader follows Reichl along her path of discovery (of food and otherwise) and Reichl is generous enough to share many of the recipes along the way. One can sense that Reichl's interest in food truly runs deep to the bone; and her descriptions are tender - delivered with the love of an artist.

As for content, I admit the childhood memoirs were my favorite. The childhood gives way to adolescence and coming of age in the 60s, so there is some mature content, but Reichl is never coarse in her details. Also, I found it interesting to observe how the thread of French language and culture accompanied the expected thread of cuisine.

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