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Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFor 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 eual 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 ever as the ueen of Mold and moves on to the fabled Mrs Peavey onetime Balti 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 soufflé he could only exclaim What a pleasure to watch a child eat her first soufflé 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 tasteTender 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 ageBONUS This edition includes an excerpt from Ruth Reichl's Delicious

  • ebook
  • 320 pages
  • Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table
  • Ruth Reichl
  • English
  • 20 February 2016
  • 9780679604204

About the Author: Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is an American food writer the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and culinary editor for the Modern LibraryBorn to parents Ernst and Miriam née Brudno she was raised in New York City and spent time at a boarding school in Montreal She attended the University of Michigan where she met her first husband the artist Douglas Hollis She graduated in 1970 with a MA in art history



10 thoughts on “Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table

  1. Idarah Idarah says:

    I wuv you Ruthie The wannabe Bohemian in me avoids national bestsellers I refuse to be classified as a lemming I've come to find out that most the time if a lot of people agree that something is worth readingit usually is Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table is one of these books It was a delectible read so much so that I greedily scarfed each chapter on my rail commutes to and from workand then unabashedly licked my fingers afterwards I had to force myself not to read anything at home and I still finished it in less than a weekReichl is a great storyteller—that's the barebones truth I would forget that I was reading a memoir She lovingly kneads childhood and adolescent anecdotes and then ties them all back to a favorite dish complete with a detailed recipe Genius It doesn't stop there she takes her audience all over the world in the process especially when she relates her college years and early married life Did I mention that she is incredibly funny? I'd find myself uietly laughing at some of the interesting people she came across and the hilarious situations she would get herself into It was counter balanced with some sad truths here and there Whose life isn't right? But when life hands you lemons do the Ruthie thingand make an amazing lemon souffle Although I'm not much of a baker cooking is muuuuch in my line of expertise I am determined to try my hand at some of the French and Moroccan pastries she shares It wasn't until the very end when I realized that she is the famous New York Times food critic Follow up reading about her personal life around the table include Comfort Me with Apples and Garlic and Sapphires which chronicles some of her best restaurant critic adventures I intend to read both during the course of the summer There's a French food idiom that encompasses her writing for me Être comme un co en pâte I'm sure you'll agree after you finish reading this book

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Garlic and Sapphires I was thrilled to find this first of Reichl's memoirs on the 2 for 3 table at Barnes NobleIn the preface Reichl admits to modifying certain stories for dramatic effect But unless she's made entire years out of whole cloth she's lived one hell of an interesting life Throughout it all the power of a meal sometimes spectacular sometimes spectacularly bad has been a constantAnd to be honest I don't care if the tale's been embroidered and I don't really care about Reichl's ultimate success as a critic Growing up in Greenwich Village in the fifties with her loving but distracted father her manic depressive mother and her not blood but close enough grandmothers; her wanderings around the Bowery on the edges of the early seventies art scene; her accidental creation of a commune in Berkeley it's an entertaining slow unfolding story accentuated by the recipes she encounters along the way

  3. Robyn Robyn says:

    The culinary memoirs I've read prior to this one have been written by a different sort of chef Julia Child Jacues Pépin Marcus Samuelsson With that kind of background it's probably not too surprising that I feel let down by Reichl's first memoir The beginnings of both the book and her life were pretty good Interesting fun funny and one anecdote seemed to lead to the next easily The stories of Alice and Aunt Birdie were the best parts of the book My main complaint with the early years was a pet peeve of mine authors who insist on peppering their English writing with non English conversations that can only be guessed at Agatha Christie was a big offender in this way with her Poirot novels but at least the context made it clear what Poirot was saying for those of us who don't speak French Reichl did not do the reader that favour and I ended up using the Google Translate app in order to truly understand Reichl's time in Montreal Otherwise I found the first part of the book to be enjoyable Then Reichl returned from Montreal and frankly became someone I wouldn't want to know Throughout the rest of the book she seemed so self satisfied and arrogant She also seemed to feel that it was important that she constantly remind the reader that this was the 1960s and while everyone around her was racist SHE just was NOT rolls eyes After all SHE had a black best friend and a black close friend who was nearly a boyfriend and a black family that she welcomed into her house as their social worker and she visited all sorts of Puerto Rican establishments and and andblech Just too proud of herself and not seemingly aware at all of her massive privilege She grew up in a family that summered in a different home than they wintered She was sent impulsively to a boarding school in another country She was taken again impulsively to Europe She knew she was headed to college as a matter of course and was able to do so out of state She vacationed in North Africa She was able to live in her parents' New York apartment because they lived elsewhere With that background a lot of her talk of drunk partying bohemian lifestyles and stopping in at filthy neighborhood fishmongers felt like she was slumming self congratulatorily I did get a kick out of some of the New York neighborhood bits in that I recently watched an episode of some Food Network show that visited culinarily historic NYC businesses and several of those were places Reichl mentioned It was funny to read her 1960s memories of those places compared to the public 2012 face of the same spots I had hopes that the NorCal section would make up for the negative Ann Arbor and post Masters degree NYC years since I'm a Bay Area girl born and raised and Berkeley is a part of me But no She seemed to be both full of pride in her crunchy hippie lifestyle and full of judgment for the crunchy hippies she lived with Much of the book was a denouncement of her bi polar mother and yeah life with an undiagnosed manic depressive as it was still being called at the time parent is not a picnic But all sympathy that was built up on that score was lost when Reichl wrote that if her mother had been normal she Ruth wouldn't have been present for the 100th birthday celebration of one of her favourite people She wrote that her mother's illness was the dysfunctional glue that held them all together If that's true and with a normal mother she would have just walked away from her family and ignored all holidays events etc then it doesn't say much for Reichl Even as a married woman of 29 she was presenting herself as a spoiled child grumpy and snotty when she wasn't getting attention but her husband was shouting at people who suggested she help her mother ignoring her father's pleas for assistance and metaphorically stomping her feet about not getting to just do what she wanted and instead having to go straighten out the mess of a loved one's special day An impulsive wine tasting trip to France with a near stranger was a story that seemed shoehorned in and the dumpster diving politically correct vegetarian bohemian suddenly eating shark's fin soup and sea turtles was a jarring ending If I didn't know there was a second volume I'd have been very confused at the abrupt finish Because I enjoyed the beginning of this one and because I already have it I'm giving Comfort Me With Apples a try Here's hoping that she relaxed about herself a bit in the 3 years between writing the two books

  4. Michael Michael says:

    Charming and amusing account of how food critic Reichl got tuned into cooking through her family experiences and explorations in her young adult period Her manic depressive mother was hopeless as a cook even dangerous as when she wasn’t using canned ingredients she used bargain foods dangerously past their expiration dates Instead her inspiration came from an elderly aunt and her maid What she learned at an early age she used to great advantage in her teen years to draw a good social crowd around food Experience with French cuisine from a sojourn at a boarding school and with Caribbean food from a college room mate put her on a path that led to working in an upscale vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco while essentially living in commune with her husband The book is fun because she places recipes in the context of her life when they had a big impact from simple potato salad and deviled eggs to Beef Bougoinon The approach is homey and soothing although not as exciting as the way sensual dishes are placed in the fictional “Like Water for Chocolate” or as entertaining as the accounts of challenging preparations for Child dishes in the memoir “Julie and Julia”

  5. Moonkiszt Moonkiszt says:

    Of all the Ruth Reichl books I have read this is my favorite so farIt is full of delightful stories about why she is who she is and who is to blame or what happened to cause it or discoveries made while all on her lonesome Her writing is riddled throughout with humor and her life stories all with a tie to food I first read her books as a book club choice but they didn't hit me as deeply as this one In our book club discussions I expressed this and basically said I was probably not going to read any of her work as I am just not a foodie There was one friend who kept saying but there is another one her first I think I liked best She couldn't remember the name and I forgot and moved on This last holiday season a friend gave me a copy of J Mustich's book of 1000 books to read before you die and there right under the Rs you will find this book listed I finally found it have now read it and yes I agree best of all her books Stocked with yummy recipes we've started going through them the ones that apply to us we are not big meat eaters although the first we tried was Claritha's Fried Chicken recipe and it was a big hit Devil's food cake is on this week's list4 stars bring your own napkins and silverware

  6. Kiwi Begs2Differ ✎ Kiwi Begs2Differ ✎ says:

    I like reading challenges because every now and then you get lucky and you stumble on something you would never read otherwise This book is the perfect example if you like me thought that food memoirs would be boring and uninspiring try this book It’s a delicious memoirs sprinkled with exuisite travel memories and a handful of recipes What an unexpected delight Recommended

  7. Chloe Chloe says:

    I’m not normally a big fan of books about food They always leave me cursing my limited culinary abilities and hungry for foods that are far outside of my price range not to mention excluded by various personal dietary choices I likely never would have picked up anything by Ruth Reichl had I not found myself uncharacteristically bookless while lounging in the park this past weekend and in need of diversion Fortunately a friend had a copy of this deep in the bottom of her bag and I was able to while away an afternoon in my preferred manner A book that is part biography part paean to the glory of the kitchen and part cookbook Tender At The Bone is one of the uickest reads I’ve had all year Ruth Reichl is editor of Gourmet magazine and her long years in the magazine industry are evident in her writing style Chapters are short and to the point no frippery for her and punctuated by a recipe of whatever delicious creation she has been reminiscing about These vignettes follow Ruth and her lifelong relationship with food from her mother’s inability to tell when food has spoiled to her first gig waitressing to her membership in a Berkeley restaurant collective to a delicious and educational trip through French wine country Initially I was put off by the early scenes of her learning to cook from her family’s servants scenarios of privilege such as these always tend to fan the flames of my class resentment but I can get over the fact that trite though they are this is life as this woman has experienced it On the whole the story is better off when Ruth allows herself to be overcome with the delight she feels in food several descriptions had me salivating like some Pavlovian pooch and wishing I knew people who could cook these fantastic confections for me Like I said it is a uick read that won’t stick with you long though the recipes may but enjoyable in a pinch I doubt I’ll rush out and buy the rest of her books but should one fall into my hands on a plane ride or another sunny day I wouldn’t complain

  8. PorshaJo PorshaJo says:

    I really enjoy reading about food and Ruth Reichl never disappoints Though not so much about food as other books I have read but of a story of her life and how food played a role in it I enjoyed the different recipes that she added to the book and have marked a few to make for my husband I always find recipes interesting and enjoy them even when there is a story that comes along with them I loved Reichl's book Garlic and Sapphires and now might have to re read it Both a must read for any food lover

  9. Chris Chris says:

    I had a whole review written and ready to be posted when I accidentally trashed it Grrr Just let it be known Reichl is one of my all time favorite food writers She could write the telephone book and it would be wonderful

  10. Lisa (Harmonybites) Lisa (Harmonybites) says:

    This is a memoir built around food and as Reichl put it she decided that instead of pictures she'd give recipes throughout to paint a picture of her relationships The Author's Note tells us Everything here is true but it may not be entirely factual In some cases I have compressed events; in others I have made two people into one I have occasionally embroidered That sort of thing usually bugs the hell out of me It didn't here Maybe because Reichl was open about it from the beginning maybe just because she's such an engaging writer and personality She said she didn't want to get in the way of a good story and she's a good enough storyteller and that I forgive her The book wasn't found in the biography section of my neighborhood bookstore but rather in the cookbook section in food writing So you might expect you have to be a real foodie to love this yet I'm not really and yet did love it Part of that is that this is a lot than an ode to food A lot It's about growing up in New York City's Washington Heights in the early 60s and a boarding school in Montreal and coming to adulthood in Michigan in late sixties and early seventies Berkeley California It's about travels to Tunisia and Greece Italy and France It's about dealing with a crazy mother the deterioration of a cherished friendship and love It's tender yes in than one sense And often uite funny I found myself very much amused at the picture of the very hippie era Oh and there is the food And she has a gift in describing it and connecting it to her life Here's her description of her first taste of Brie I felt Monsieur du Croix watching as I ate the strong slippery cheese It was so powerful I felt the tips of my ears go pink She gives us not just the taste but the colors the sensations This was just so fun to read on several different levels Highly recommended

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