Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of my first tasks when I moved to Nashville was to sign myself up for a good old-fashioned library card and I’ve decided to dedicate one post a month to a fabulous read that I want to share with you, readers. Book clubs I’ve tried in the past usually ended up with a lot of wine, no one reading the book, and a heavy dent in the cheese spread.  I’d like to think I’ve matured since then and can successfully carry on a book of the month discussion. And if I haven’t matured, the virtual platform is a built-in restraint.

I just finished Ruth Reichl’s Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise.  It’s not her most recent work, but it’s a really fun way to indulge in your secret fantasy of being The New York Times restaurant critic, name dropping and all. Without giving too much away, this book made me want to don a wig, jet to New York, and get down and dirty in some fine dining. Memoirs are my favorite genre and Ruth’s voice is very honest and hilarious. I also love that she included some of her own recipes–I am def trying her Roast Chicken with Potatoes (and will share the results here)–so I can do some of my own name dropping as well.

If, when you finish, you just can’t get enough Ruth, you can find her everyday next to your D&G since she is the Editor of Gilt Taste.

P.S. Whoever just renewed Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones and Butter checked out of the Green Hills branch, you know who you are, I’m coming for you. Now open to any and all recommendations.


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