Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

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Broadway Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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At 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.
  

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Great writer but I like more of a plot. - Goodreads
Laugh out loud tale of a burgeoning food writer. - Goodreads
Easy read, interesting, funny, good recipes. - Goodreads
The pace is lulling and warm. - Goodreads
Easy to read stories about the author's life in food. - Goodreads
Loved this - was rich of imagery and memories. - Goodreads

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By turns alarming, exhilarating, and fascinating, this "foodie" memoir of the sixties and seventies is wonderful. Reichl is a wonderful writer and definitely a worthy subject of a memoir. And there are recipes in it, too. Read full review

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Moist eyes at finishing this honest, delicious book, over the wonderful writing and because it's over! It's been delightful. I have savory every chapter. Read full review

Contents

The Queen of Mold
3
Grandmothers
20
Mrs Peavey
34
Mars
50
Devils Food
72
The Tart
88
Serafina
106
Summer of Love
119
Love Story
168
Eyesight for the Blind
185
Paradise Loft
200
Berkeley
214
The Swallow
228
Another Party
242
l7 Keep Tasting
256
The Bridge
269

The Philosopher of the Table
134
Tunis
149
Acknowledgments
283
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About the author (1999)

Ruth Reichl is the restaurant critic for the New York Times.  She lives in New York City with her husband, her son, and two cats.

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