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Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Garlic and Sapphires The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Author: Ruth Reichl
This delicious new volume of Ruth Reichl's acclaimed memoirs recounts her "adventures in deception," as she goes undercover in the world's finest restaurants. Reichl knows that "to be a good restaurant critic, you have to be anonymous," but when she signs up to be the most important restaurant critic in the country, a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143036616
ISBN-10: 0143036610
Publication Date: 3/28/2006
Pages: 352
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4 stars, based on 201 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 12
Absolutely wonderful. When Reichl agrees to become the restaurant critic for the NY Times, she has no idea how her life will change. Forced into disguises to see how the non-celebrity actually experiences a restaurant the story becomes unexpectedly analytical. But the gustatorial experiences are more than you can possibly imagine. Reichl brings the food to life, and we share her delight in the exquisite and her dismay at the meals that are hype with nothing to appreciate. She even includes recipes! I found myself wishing this book would go on and on.
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Helpful Score: 12
Fois gras, anyone? She seemed to eat a lot of that in this book. I enjoyed her lovely descriptions of the foods she sampled at New York's finest (and not so fine) restaurants. Her disguises were mostly funny, but sometimes poignant. The book has a really nice ending, too.
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Helpful Score: 12
Reichl has a flair for words and for description that makes this a wonderful read. She gives equal attention to people and food and brings everything together. Her stories and her personal development are alternately funny, sad, and sweet and a joy to read.
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Helpful Score: 5
What a fun read! Ms. Reichl comes across as a truly human person while describing the most sensuous sounding food.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very enjoyable light read about Reichl's stint as food critic for the New York Times. Interesting insights into both the restaurant world and journalism. I loaned this to a friend who has been working her way through the recipes...the chocolate cake was quite good.
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Light and enjoyable, like a good meal.
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I really love Ruth Reichl's writing. This is my 3rd book of hers that I've read and they only get better.
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I loved this book. She one intersting lady. conuld't put it down.


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