Save me the plums : my Gourmet memoir

by Reichl, Ruth,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

"A must for any food lover . . . Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a glamorous time of magazine-making. You'll tear through this memoir."-- Refinery29 (The Best New Books of April 2019)

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America's oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone's boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl's leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media--the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams--even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Praise for Save Me the Plums

"Poignant and hilarious . . . simply delicious . . . Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring. In fact, Reichl's story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in." -- The New York Times Book Review

"In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir . . . Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm of Gourmet magazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes." -- Town & Country (The Must-Read Books of Spring 2019)

"Intensely evocative . . . Reichl is one of the best food writers of our era." -- Vox

"[Reichl's] voice remains one of the most trusted in our disparate food universe." --Bloomberg
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gourmet's final editor reflects on the tumultuous years (1999-2009) she spent at the magazine's helm, transitioning from powerful New York Times restaurant critic to managing a complex editorial job for a periodical in crisis. When Reichl took over Gourmet, it had been absorbed into the world of Condé Nast. At the time, Condé heir S. I. Newhouse needed to expand Gourmet's audience beyond consumers of luxury goods and lifestyles: from gourmets and gourmands to the suddenly burgeoning world of foodies; from households that had salaried cooks to eager, informed people who cooked for themselves and ate in ethnic restaurants as a matter of course. Reichl's coterie of ambitious Manhattanite editors contributed both new style and substance to the magazine, recruiting edgy, avant-garde writers on the order of David Foster Wallace. But just as the magazine seemed poised to triumph, the advent of the internet and an economic downturn combined to deliver the magazine's deathblow. Reichl's sharp eye and descriptive gifts render both food and people vital. A few recipes support her text's narrative.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Author of several previous best-sellers, Reichl is one of the most recognizable names in food writing. Order enough to feed a crowd.--Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this endearing memoir, James Beard Award-winning food writer Reichl (Tender at the Bone) tells the story of her 10-year stint (1999-2009) as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. Reichl made it her mission to return a stuffy Gourmet to the artistic and culinary glory she remembered from her childhood, taking it online and replacing high-brow guides to hosting with boundary-pushing cultural exposAcs and stories on street food. Recipes mark turning points in her story, like the Jeweled Chocolate Cake that won her credibility in the test kitchen ("the dark, dense, near-bitterness of the cake collided with the crackling sweetness of the praline" topping); the Thanksgiving Turkey Chili that she and her staff delivered to firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11; and Spicy Chinese Noodles-the midnight dish she often prepared for her son. Gourmet magazine readers will relish the behind-the-scenes peek at the workings of the magazine: Reichl details her decision to run "the edgiest article" in Gourmet's history, David Foster Wallace's controversial piece on the ethics of boiling lobsters alive, and shares anecdotes about such writers as the late L.A. food critic Jonathan Gold and novelist Ann Patchett. Reichl's revealing memoir is a deeply personal look at a food world on the brink of change. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Reichl, Ruth.
Gourmet.
Food writers -- United States -- Biography.
Biographies.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781400069996
1400069998
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