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Garlic and Sapphires
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise | Ruth Reichl
GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic. What is even more remarkable about Reichl's spy games is that as she takes on these various disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character as well. She gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can very much influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites. As she writes, "Every restaurant is a theater . . . even the modest restaurants offer the opportunity to become someone else, at least for a little while." GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is a reflection on personal identity and role playing in the decadent, epicurean theaters of the restaurant world.
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jenniferajanes
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I enjoyed this book! It made me think about food differently, and I love how she explained the disguises and addressed how people are treated differently and made to feel inferior based on their physical appearance and other factors. I am even more determined to be kind to others! I didn‘t think a book about a food critic‘s job was for me, but I was wrong! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #mmdbookclub #modernmrsdarcy

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jenniferajanes
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I started listening to this yesterday. It‘s the #mmdbookclub selection for July. I don‘t consider myself a foodie, but it‘s interesting so far (21% in)! #modernmrsdarcy

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Lauren.Archer
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Every time I read a book by Reichl, I feel like she is giving us an intimate piece of herself. She utterly seems wonderful and I love her rich stories. Highly recommend this one.

Read my full review: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/07/07/garlic-and-sapphires-the-secret-life-o...

catebutler Can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
AileenRR I love her, too! 1mo
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Suelizbeth
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I had originally intended to listen to the audiobook, because I've listened to 2 of her books on audio, but somehow, for me, this book lent itself to the act of reading. As most of us will never be the food critic for the New York Times, this is an eye-opening look at that world. I loved reading her columns and her recipes, but the best parts are her personal interactions. Whether you read or listen, this is a wonderful book!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lauren.Archer
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It is too windy at the beach to get a good shot, but whatever. Starting this one for MMD book club.

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Pam.Kokomo
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Such fun!

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suvata
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I am basically a meat and potatoes kind of girl. I like a common selection of vegetables. I like a small amount of foreign food which could be classified as: American Chinese, American Japanese, American Greek, Some Middle Eastern cuisine, oh, and pizza which I really don‘t think comes from Italy. This book was clearly not written for people like me. I am not a “food warrior“ or restaurant critic. But I did enjoy the stories in this book.

Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻 2mo
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Julsmarshall
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Fantastic! If you enjoy eating in restaurants, cook, or eat, give this one a try. While some of the food and fashion references could be consulates, I thought they enhanced the structure and setting of the story. This book made me smile, salivate, cringe, and think about all the things I love (and don‘t love) about restaurants. I can‘t wait to read her new book! Highly recommend! #MountTBR ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Julsmarshall
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Loving this so far! #MountTBR #foodie

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Eggbeater
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I grew up working class and tend towards a fast food palate. When I've gone to fancy French restaurants, I've been tempted to stick the excess silverware in my purse.

However, this memoir is fun because it is more about a woman who has to become the ultimate chameleon in order to do her job, and she really gets carried away with it.

I'm still not convinced I'd ever want to try a dish called "suckling pig." No judgment, rich people. ?

readordierachel Love this review 👍🏼 2mo
BookNAround I love that you clearly keep the extra Subway napkins like I do. Real classy at my house. 😂 2mo
Eggbeater @BookNAround 😂 We're not wasting a free napkin! 2mo
BooknerdsLife Love your review 😂 2mo
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Bookish_B
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So while visiting Asheville this past week I did some book shopping because, of course. I picked up "Little" and "Tin Man" at Malaprop's. I got "Garlic and Sapphires" and a gorgeous 1945 edition of "The Age of Innocence" at The Captain's Bookshelf. And the ADORABLE Jane Austen tea towel was from the Biltmore Estate gift shop. I love it so much!

LeahBergen Wonderful! I love the tea towel. 😍 3mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#booked2019 #FoodOrBeverageOnCover This book is about Ruths‘ time as the NY Times restaurant critic.Her love of food & interesting people shines through in every book she writes.I had read her 1st ,Tender at the Bone & the 2nd, Comfort Me with Apples each can stand alone.Though she went to school for art history , Ruth always had a passion for food & in different ways , made a living from it.She details her reviews w/ recipes.published in 2005🔽

Leftcoastzen Many restaurants are gone , most poignantly,Windows On The World that was in the World Trade Center.But these luscious and pointed reviews might make your mouth water & make you appreciate a good meal out even more. 3mo
cathipink I listened to her newest and loved it. Excited to go back and read her other books. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @cathipink I‘m looking forward to it! 3mo
Cinfhen I read ( I meant I listened to the author read) and enjoyed 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen that‘s on my list too! 3mo
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ReadingMeagan
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This is the second Ruth Reichl book that I have read recently and I enjoyed it. I‘m a pretty picky eater when it comes to meat and yet my mouth was still watering at the descriptions of the food that Ruth reviewed. I am excited to read Save me the Plums

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GinaKButler
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Just started this on audio...so much fun so far!

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Naj
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Mehso-so

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I flew through the first half but then things got boring, repetitive and I started getting annoyed by the author's various disguises. It started following a predictable pattern of disguise - restaurant experience - self discovery, repeated ad nauseam to the point where I had to force myself to read more. The only silver lining was the food. I wish there was more food, less backstory of the disguises, and a shorter book.

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Naj
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😂😂😂 this made me choke on my tea. The author's having dinner with a pretentious lawyer.

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Becker
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Foodies will love this.

catebutler Her books are so good! I definitely enjoy a good food memoir. 7mo
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SamanthaMarie
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I was eating lunch and reading this book when all of a sudden I heard little snores on the couch next to me. Sweet boy. Gave me enough time to finish another Ruth Reichl. I have just a couple left about her mom and I will have read them all. This too, was good. I love the food descriptions and a peek into the life of a food critic.

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umbrellagirl
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Usually weekend mornings mean getting up early and going for a run but today it‘s raining and I‘m having a lie in. This book has recipes and with all the restaurant reviews, I suddenly want to eat everything in sight. 🥐

umbrellagirl @Nebklvr I haven‘t but I‘m enjoying this one. I‘d definitely look for her other two once I‘ve finished this. 1y
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umbrellagirl
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Reading about all of the delicious Indian food in Punjabi Widows made me crave curry. I wonder this next book will make me want to eat.

Traci1 How was the Punjabi Widows book? I've got the audio set to listen to after I finish Dune. 1y
Swe_Eva Garlic and Sapphires is really funny (and mouthwatering, of course). 1y
umbrellagirl @Traci1 I loved it! 1y
umbrellagirl @Swe_Eva I‘m enjoying it. And now I‘m hungry again 🤣 1y
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AvalonBourne
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I loved this! I loved Gourmet so much, and this memoir offered such enticing descriptions of food that reminded me of the style of Gourmet. It also covers the 90s, and it‘s neat to compare the food scene then to now.

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umbrellagirl
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Book haul aka visiting mum and raiding her shelves! She had a few of my TBR and loads of other good stuff. #bookhaul

Itchyfeetreader Not sure when it changed but now my parents pilfer from me rather than the other way round! 1y
umbrellagirl @Itchyfeetreader We do that as well. Probably 25% of her shelves were my castoffs or things she “borrowed”. 1y
LeahBergen I just finished (and loved) The Diary of a Bookseller. Katherine is an old fave! 1y
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tinaisreading
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I love food and everything about it - including food shows and memoirs, so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book. My favorite aspect was seeing what goes into being a food critic and the behind-the-scenes look at every review Reichl features here. At times the characters and their import seemed a bit exaggerated, but overall really good.

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Ashley_Morgan
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Window seat reading today.

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leslieisreading
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Combed through my shelves to find #drinksoncovers and this was the best I came up with. And now I want pasta (even though it's pre-8 am and I just had my breakfast). #anditsaugust

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Julsmarshall
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@Leelee.reads Thank you so much! I loved your just for fun package! I've been wanting to read both of these for forever-and don't own either one 😄What a sweet and thoughtful surprise, and it came on a day I really needed it 😘 feeling a little spoiled! #restingbookface #bookmailisthebestmail

Leelee.reads Yay! 😊 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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2 reviews...
1) Libby - not so great - had a hard time connecting a couple times, even though I thought this was downloaded to my device
2) the book - charming❤️. Made me wish I could be a foodie, where every meal could be an adventure. Also fun to hear how the author interacted with her disguise characters - she found her best self, her worst self, & her mother all waiting to interact in the real world through her.
Plus... Recipes!😋

EvieBee I love her books...and her. 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Trying an audiobook on Libby. Any other users out there? What's the difference between it & regular Overdrive?

Blueberry I never heard of Libby? 2y
susanw I just downloaded it. I'm trying to figure out the difference also. 2y
BookishJess To me it seems like the only difference is Libby runs a lot smoother than Overdrive on my device. I wasn't able to read ebooks in the Overdrive app but with Libby I can. Just seems more user friendly to me but no real big differences. 2y
Sweettartlaura @BookishJess & @susanw I wonder if this will eventually replace Overdrive??? It looks like they're from the same company, so it's even weirder that they'd have two apps so very, very close 🤔 2y
Sweettartlaura @Blueberry It's another reading app, and as you can see from above, it's really no different from Overdrive - as @BookishJess says, you may find it more user-friendly, or you may just want to stick with what you know 🙂 2y
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#readingwomenmonth #booksaboutfood I've read her earlier books "Tender at the bone" and "Comfort Me With Apples"both autobiographical,funny, & what kept leading her back to food writing."Garlic" about her time as New York Times food critic.MFK Fisher, the grand dame of food writing,5 of her titles in 1 volume,beginning with "Serve it Forth" published in 1937.She equates the art of eating with the art of living,part travel,memoir & food .?Yum.

lynneamch Love her! So glad ypu posted! 2y
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PageThirtySeven
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I loved this restaurant critic's memoir. About so much more than food and expensive dining, Ruth Reichl does a great job of storytelling, using dining vignettes to reflect on her past, present, and future. (The food descriptions are nice, too!) Reichl's approach to cuisine feels very accessible, as well, and I appreciated her honesty, self-criticism, and humor.

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PageThirtySeven
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Titular inspiration.

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Christine
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I love the way Ruth Reichl writes about food, but somehow I had never read this one. It ended up being just the fun and light (but still well-written) book I needed this week. I especially enjoyed it when she tiptoed toward sociological analyses of the differences in how she was treated when dining in her various disguises.

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At the park with #ruthreichl today. I am loving this book and I'm sad I'm almost done. I'm definitely going to read some of her other works next. If anyone has any good food writing recommendations, let me know! 🍔🥞🧀🥘🍉🍓🥕🥑

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redheadreads
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Holy cats - I picked this up on a whim this evening and I haven't been able to put it down. If you like food writing, this is a must. I've never read such lovely and eloquent descriptions of food before. 🍄🧀🍱🍩 🌶️
#ruthreichl #food #foodwriting

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seebiscan
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Off work today and finished this up with one of my favorite reading buddies!

I've seen Ruth Reichl on Top Chef, but I'd never actually read any of her books. What a mistake! I loved this book, which told anecdotes from her time as the NYT restaurant critic and the various disguises she used to stay anonymous. All-in-all, so wonderful.

DebinHawaii Her books are amazing. I love her writing so I follow her blog/website just to read her quick thoughts on restaurants & things. 💜💜💜 2y
LauraBeth Awwww 🐶💕 and I love Ruth R 2y
seebiscan @DebinHawaii Which of her other books is your favorite? Definitely want to add more to my TBR! 2y
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DebinHawaii @seebiscan I think Tender at the Bone is my favorite of her memoirs but I really liked Comfort Me with Apples as well. Her novel Delicious is fun too. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. 👍📚 2y
seebiscan @DebinHawaii Perfect, thanks! 2y
irre I really liked her novel Delicious 2y
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bates_barb
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Funny, and insightful look at life as the NYT restaurant reviewer. Among other things, I learned I would be terrible at that job, since I can't act to save my life, and I don't eat seafood or organ meat. I mean, I wasn't really planning on it, since I'm a midwesterner who doesn't dine out much, but it's still good to know I shouldn't plan on it for my midlife crisis career change.

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If you want to feel like a complete failure, try listening to Ruth Reichl talk about her tenure as the NYT restaurant critic while making a dinner consisting of canned soup and garlic cheese toast. 🙄 There are days when I put a lot of effort into my food. Today was not one of them.

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
Sweettartlaura 😂 I didn't think about what I ate while listening to this. I'm sure it was comparable to yours 😜 2y
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Gingersnapppp
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I enjoyed this book very much on audio. Ruth Reichl was the food critic for the New York Times. In order to remain anonymous, Ruth dresses up in different disguises. Really interesting look into the world of a good critic. Highly recommend.

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readingcities
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rereading this classic - a forever favorite

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giveitupforlentmom
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Change of pace! I love Mrs. Reichl!

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SaraFair
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Enjoyable read done for the category "book with food in the title". Many reviews called it pretentious, but I thought it was great fun! And the descriptions of food from the posh restaurants in NYC made my mouth water. I like her writing style, so I will try another from her soon.

EricaReads I'm planning on reading this for the same category. 👍📖 3y
SaraFair I would be glad to mail it to you! Do we have private messaging on here? 3y
LauraLeah I love Ruth Reichl. 3y
Dolly I've read practically all of her books. My favs are Tender To the Bone & Comfort Me With Apples. I don't like that word pretentious applied to her. Also she writes some incredibly poetic tweets. 3y
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