Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant... show more
Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world—a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities. In Garlic and Sapphires, Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us—along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews—her remarkable reflections on how one’s outer appearance can influence one’s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.
Publish date: March 28th 2006
Pages no: 328
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
, Food Writing
I'm not a foodie and I'm not a New Yorker and I'd never heard of Reichl before, which basically makes this book completely foreign territory for me. I listened to it while taking my Christmas road trip across the snowy midwest, munching on twizzlers as I went -- fine french cuisine? Not exactly. ...
One of the best foodie books I've read in a long time - even if I did get ridiculously hungry for good food while reading it. I do NOT recommend reading a couple of chapters and then going out to heat up left-overs :-/The stories of a restaurant critic were fascinating to read, and the way she went ...
An interesting look into the life of a food critic during the 1990's. When she finds out that people have her picture up and lavish her with extras in order to get a better review she puts on disguises and finds out more about herself than she finds completely comfortable as she does so. Littered ...
I really enjoyed this - it was fun reading about the disguises and the characters she developed. And I found myself wanting to go eat all these elegant and wonderful sounding foods - even the foods that I really don't like! She has a real gift for describing a meal in a way that had my mouth water...
I really enjoy a good book about cooking/chefs/restaurants. This did not disappoint. I liked the descriptions of the many personas that the author took on in the process of doing her job and what they taught her about herself. Also, her experiences with food that she described made me envious of som...