Friday, November 18, 2005

Aloha Friday Cookery Book Review

Garlic and Sapphires: The secret life of a critic in disguise
by Ruth Reichl

I have really enjoyed Ruth Reichl's books, and eagerly awaited this one. In Garlic and Sapphires, she tells about her job as the New York Times food critic, and how it impacted her life.
Reichl's writing style and literary voice is pleasant, and she is self-effacing and likeable. I liked this book, though it did not touch me as much as her two previous memoirs did. I found it fascinating to learn about the hoops a critic of her stature has to jump through to keep from being recognized. This was a very interesting book for anyone who is interested in food and restaurants, and how a critic works.

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