Tender at the Bone

Tender at the Bone

Growing up at the Table

eBook - 2010
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For better or worse, almost all of us grow up at the table. It is in this setting that Ruth Reichl's brilliantly written memoir takes its form. For, at a very early age, 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." Tender at the Bone is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by unforgettable people, the love of tales well told, and a passion for food. In other words, the stuff of the best literature. The journey begins with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known for-evermore as the Queen of Mold, and moves on to the fabled Mrs. Peavey, onetime Baltimore socialite millionaress, who, for a brief but poignant moment, was retained as the Reichls' maid. Then we are introduced to Monsieur du Croix, the gourmand, who so understood and yet was awed by this prodigious child at his dinner table that when he introduced Ruth to the souffle, he could only exclaim, "What a pleasure to watch a child eat her first souffle!" Then, fast-forward to the politically correct table set in Berkeley in the 1970s, and the food revolution that Ruth watched and participated in as organic became the norm. But this sampling doesn't do this character-rich book justice. After all, this is just a taste. Tender at the Bone is a remembrance of Ruth Reichl's childhood into young adulthood, redolent with the atmosphere, good humor, and angst of a sensualist coming-of-age. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2010.
ISBN: 9780679604204
0679604200
Characteristics: 1 online resource (238 p.) : ill.

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Apr 14, 2016

Absolutely delicious and delightful read!! So thankful this meal is here!!

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

To travel with this New York Times restaurant critic from childhood to adulthood with all her sensory experiences described along the way is like hunkdering down with a great fairy tale. She believed 'food could be a way of making sense of the world... if you watched people as they ate you could discover who they were,' and so we do. Recipes included.

JCLLouisaWS Jun 13, 2013

With disarming, tender, and frequently gustbustingly funny prose, Ruth Reichl tells the story of how she fell in love with food. Recipes accompany each chapter as we meet Reichl’s mom, the tasteblind, guest-endangering Queen of Mold; adoptive grandmothers; gourmand French Canadian Daddy Warbucks; debauched former socialite maid; college roommate Serafina; Tunisian pick-up artists; a Warhol Factory it girl; Ann Arbor and Berkeley radicals; the last home cook in America; and the love of her life. Reichl writes the people in her life with honesty, wit, and a great deal of love.

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lsmarkova
Aug 26, 2012

Moving story about the growth of a budding food writer. The meal descriptions are guaranteed to make you hungry!

The author is a bit overly confessional and is a bit self-focused (as I suppose many of us were when young), but it's a great read nonetheless.

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Apr 14, 2016

"I loved working in the restaurant with a fierceness that surprised me. There was no hierarchy: everybody did everything, from cooking the food to mopping the floor, and there was no job I didn't like, from lifting fifty-pound sacks of flour off the delivery truck to burning my hands on hot plates as a I snatched them from the dishwasher."

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Apr 14, 2016

"It was a restaurant called Marco's, on the edge of a small square. We went down a few steps, as beautiful as jewelry. There were eggplants the color of amethysts and plates of sliced salami and bresaola that looked like stacks of rose petals left to dry. Roasted tomatoes burst invitingly and red peppers were plump and slicked with oil."

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Feb 10, 2016

"Alice would have snickered derisively at the notion, but she was the first person I ever met who understood the power of cooking. She was a great cook, but she cooked more for herself than for other people, not because she was hungry but because she was comforted by the rituals of the kitchen."

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