Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl audiobook

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table

By Ruth Reichl
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780812981629
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In this delightful sequel to her bestseller Tender at the Bone, the beloved food writer Ruth Reichl returns with more tales of love, life, humor, and marvelous meals. When listeners left Ruth at the end of Tender at the Bone, she was in Berkeley, California, working as a chef at the Swallow restaurant. Comfort Me with Apples picks up in 1978; Ruth is still living in a commune with her husband, Doug, but she’s decided to put down her chef’s toque and embark on a career as a restaurant critic. After a bumpy start (at the end of her very first on-the-job dinner, her credit card is unceremoniously rejected), she is soon visiting restaurants all over the world in search of a meal to write home about. The story that follows is an affectionate look at the apprenticeship—funny, daunting, always entertaining—of one of our best food writers. Ruth Reichl’s pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York and China, France and Los Angeles. She encounters world-famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and the three-star aristocracy of French cuisine, and her accounts of these meetings range from the madcap to the sublime. From a transformative lunch with M. F. K. Fisher to a friendship with Alice Waters, Reichl lovingly re-creates all her memorable meals in such succulent detail that listeners will yearn for truffles in Provence and shrimp in Beijing. Throughout it all, Reichl is unafraid, even eager, to poke holes in the pretensions of food critics, making each and every course a hilarious and instructive occasion for novices and experts alike. Reichl also shares the intimacies of her personal life—the joys and the heartbreaks behind the reviews—in a style so honest and warm that listeners will feel they are enjoying a cozy dining-table conversation with a friend.

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One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

In this delightful sequel to her bestseller Tender at the Bone, the beloved food writer Ruth Reichl returns with more tales of love, life, humor, and marvelous meals.

When listeners left Ruth at the end of Tender at the Bone, she was in Berkeley, California, working as a chef at the Swallow restaurant. Comfort Me with Apples picks up in 1978; Ruth is still living in a commune with her husband, Doug, but she’s decided to put down her chef’s toque and embark on a career as a restaurant critic. After a bumpy start (at the end of her very first on-the-job dinner, her credit card is unceremoniously rejected), she is soon visiting restaurants all over the world in search of a meal to write home about. The story that follows is an affectionate look at the apprenticeship—funny, daunting, always entertaining—of one of our best food writers.

Ruth Reichl’s pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York and China, France and Los Angeles. She encounters world-famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and the three-star aristocracy of French cuisine, and her accounts of these meetings range from the madcap to the sublime. From a transformative lunch with M. F. K. Fisher to a friendship with Alice Waters, Reichl lovingly re-creates all her memorable meals in such succulent detail that listeners will yearn for truffles in Provence and shrimp in Beijing.

Throughout it all, Reichl is unafraid, even eager, to poke holes in the pretensions of food critics, making each and every course a hilarious and instructive occasion for novices and experts alike. Reichl also shares the intimacies of her personal life—the joys and the heartbreaks behind the reviews—in a style so honest and warm that listeners will feel they are enjoying a cozy dining-table conversation with a friend.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Even more appetizing than Tender at the Bone, this volume is bound to visit bestseller lists.”  Publishers Weekly
“Elegant description captures the imagination, tempts the palate, and illustrates Reichl’s well-deserved reputation as a food writer. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Reichl writes with gusto, and her story has all the ingredients of a modern fairy tale: hard work, weird food, and endless curiosity.”  New Yorker
“Magnificent, riotous, erotic…[Comfort Me with Apples] is an extended, lilting song about lovesickness and the restorative succor of good food…Two courses of Reichl’s literary cooking will leave still-ravenous readers hoping for a third serving soon. [Rating:] A.” Entertainment Weekly
“So many memoirs annoy by telling either too much or too little. This one tells just enough…The book reads not like life described but like life lived and then shaped…Each story affirms [Reichl’s] desire to get beyond the surface, even as she celebrates its unlikely depths.” New York Times

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Author Bio: Ruth Reichl

Author Bio: Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples and the novel Delicious! She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and two cats.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English