Ruth Reichl – Save Me the Plums

New York Times Best Seller

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

A must for any food lover…Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a glamorous time of magazine-making. Youll tear through this memoir. [Refinery29(The Best New Books of April 2019)]

Named one of the best books of the year by Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country.

When Cond Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at Americas oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyones boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Listeners will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichls leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media – the last spendthrift gasp before the internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams – even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Praise for Save Me the Plums:

Poignant and hilarious…simply delicious… Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring.In fact, Reichls story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in. (The New York Times Book Review)

In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir…Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm ofGourmetmagazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes. [Town & Country(The Must-Read Books of Spring 2019)]

If you havent picked up food writing queen Ruth Reichls new book, Save Me the Plums, I highly recommend you fix that problem…. Reichl is in top form and ready to dish, with every chapter seeming like a dedicated behind-the-scenes documentary on its own. (Soleil Ho,San Francisco Chronicle)

Author: Ruth Reichl
Narrator: Ruth Reichl
Duration: 7 hours 55 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2004
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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Ruth is a remarkable writer – her descriptions so vivid, colorful you feel as if you’re with her, tasting the food in the test kitchen, sitting in the Paris cafes sharing fois gras, meeting with Sy Newhouse, cooking for Michael and Nick. I absolutely loved every second of this book and hated that it ended. I remember her time as restaurant critic for the NYTimes – clearly her writing is exceptional. I’ve read every one of her books and hope there’s another one in the future. Better yet, I want to have dinner with her! Sad Gourmet is no longer, Ruth made it the best magazine of its kind.