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
Great storytelling, as always. - Goodreads
The pace is lulling and warm. - Goodreads
Easy to read stories about the author's life in food. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kelly Martin - Goodreads

I was floored by the great writing in this book. She uses food as most people use pictures (although there are plenty of those too). A great read that moved along nicely. that said I do feel that she is not giving her sick mother enough credit for what she did do for her daughter. Read full review

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User Review  - Lexine U. - Goodreads

Just another testament to the amazing food writer that is Ruth Reichl. Whether she's writing about food or her life, she manages to make it sound unpretentious and casual, but still entertaining. 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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