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