Save me the plums : my Gourmet memoir

by Reichl, Ruth,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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Summary
Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

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. And 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.

Advance praise for Save Me the Plums

" Save Me the Plums sweeps the reader up in the intoxicating splendor of Gourmet in its glory days, when the smart set was in it for the food, the friendship, and the big new ideas. This is the rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life, with a book that's the party I never wanted to end." --Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth

"No one writes about food like Ruth Reichl. She also happens to be a mesmerizing storyteller. I consider this book essential nourishment." --Nigella Lawson

"Endearing . . . Gourmet magazine readers will relish the behind-the-scenes peek at the workings of the magazine. . . . Reichl's revealing memoir is a deeply personal look at a food world on the brink of change." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Published Reviews
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.
Food writers.
United States.
Biography.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description pages cm
ISBN 9781400069996
1400069998
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