Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

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Broadway Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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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User Review  - MizPurplest - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book, although I felt like it petered out a bit at the end - I didn't really feel like the story ended when the book did. But maybe I just didn't want the book to end. Either way ... Read full review

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User Review  - yvonne.sevignykaiser - LibraryThing

Memoir of the author and growing up with a mother who had bouts of depression. Food and cooking was a major part of her life, from disastrous food parties her mother would throw, working at a Berkley ... Read full review

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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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