I’ve been meaning to write about this book for a few months now; I read it back in December. I had purchased it (secondhand) for the beau and his advent calendar… but I got to it before he did. It was a great, fast read- it only took me one shift at the bar to start and finish it in full. And to be completely honest (and this sounds funny now coming from a vegan), but I loved the way Ruth described her food, even if it was meat, seafood or cheese. It was almost as if I was eating the meal with her.
Ruth Reichl was the food critic for both the LA and NY Times. As you read through her story and new job in NYC, you get excited for each “new person” she became to taste the food that the city has to offer. She knew that rich people got better service and better food, but she wanted to put it to the test. Reading the reviews online, some people thought that she sounded snobbish and condescending, I thought it was personable and actually caught myself giggling out loud at some of the situations she got herself in. As I dined in New York that holiday season, I glanced into specific restaurants and actually caught myself imagining having that job. It would be so delicious- but so against my current dietary restrictions. Maybe I’d just write reviews for real food… vegan that is.
I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you do enjoy food (and cream and cheese and meat and seafood). She does add her personal recipes at the end of each chapter- all of which I’d have to modify, but I did appreciate that fun gesture. Once the beau finishes it, I’ll offer up our copy to anyone- reduce, reuse, recycle my friends.