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Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl
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Jul 25, 2009

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bookshelves: cookery, nonfiction
Recommended to Heather by: Megan
Read in July, 2009

For the first chapter, the tone of this memoir annoyed me: too pat, and too much dialogue, which I find a tricksy thing in nonfiction, too distracting, or jarring, or false-seeming, or maybe it's just that I think it could be better described than reproduced.

That said, I was won over by the time I got to the end of chapter three, the heady story of an affair that includes things like this: "He liked to start the day by strolling through the flower market and listening to the birds. Every morning he woke me with fresh flowers. Then he took me to Ladurée for coffee and croissants and we sat there, beneath the ancient paintings of nymphs and angels, bantering with the waitresses in their black dresses and white aprons" (40). And this: "Colman raised his glass and suddenly I saw, through the bubbles, Notre Dame flooded with silvery light just across the Seine" (42). And this: "The scrambled eggs with truffles were even better than the foie gras. Minutes earlier I would not have thought it possible. Each forkful was like biting off a piece of the sun. It was like musk and light, all at once, and suddenly I burst out, 'This is what I always imagined sex would taste like.'" (42). The food writing in this book is great, and so is the love, and the hope, and the figuring-things-out bit by bit.

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Felice I don't like apples.

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