Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader's Circle)

Ruth Reichl
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAt an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told.  Beginning with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s.  Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age.


Reviewed: 2018-07-30

I hadn't planned on reading the book, until my puppy started to chew on the spine. As I looked through the book to see how badly damaged it was I noticed there was food on two pages. Blood, in fact. Since I know that this book never should have been sold (with the blood on the pages) I decided to read it and then get it out of my library.

This book made me hungry, and it made me want to cook. Reichl begins in her childhood, and if you're familiar with Reichl's stories you've heard about the moldy food her mother would serve, after scrapping off the mold. That story is in here. Then she writes about the people in her life that opened her eyes to what food could mean. There's Aunt Birdy and Anne and how every day young Ruth stayed with Birdy they cooked. There's the beautiful story of the banker's daughter who becomes a friend when her father wants to open Ruth's eyes to the beauty of French food. From different countries in different points in her life she meets different people who share their love of food and helps her to become the cook she is. 

You will be hungry when you read this, be prepared. Have snacks close.

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