Ruth Reichl tells some wonderful restaurant/foodie stories and throws some of her family's favorite recipes in, too. I loved how she introduced her son to cooking/food/good restaurants and then at the end confesses that he's really not that much into cooking.
I wouldn't call this book groundbreaking, But it keeps you interested and has a nice ending. Worth the read.
I found Garlic and Sapphires to be very enjoyable. I am fascinated by how Ruth's critic disguises were portrayed as her alter egos. At first it was difficult to get past the character voices - but I soon fell into the rhythm and especially enjoyed Miriam.
Ruth Reichl genuinely loves food, and you can tell she really enjoyed the puckishness of dressing up and getting one over on snooty restaurant owners. It was fun to hear her describe her adventures in wig-purchasing and deception. It was very cool that she busted out some of the restaurants in NY for treating "the little people" with terrible service.
Especially after the third or fourth costume change, the book got a little self-indulgent, and became more about Ruth Reichl finding her inner child than the fun tone of the earlier book. I really don't care whether she was happy in her job, why she left to go edit Gourmet magazine, or even that she left at all. Basically, she spent the last 25% of the book justifying a decision she obviously felt guilty for. I wanted more shenanigans in restaurants, and could have done without the confessional.
My advice? Read / listen to the book, skim the end.
I'm not sure how the author made her living as a writer. It's as if her 9th grade English teacher told her that it was a good idea to use LOTS of adjectives everywhere. It became comical after a while to see if she could right a straightforward sentence without over modifying. It never happened.
While the premise of the book is interesting -- why someone would have to use disguises to write restaurant reviews -- it quickly wore thin. It was a huge mistake to have the author narrate. Her voice grates on the nerves, especially when she tries to act out her other characters.
Basically this is a forgettable book, one I do not recommend.
This book was really fun and interesting! The author's voice got on my nerves a bit, but her story was worth ignoring the vocal tone. nice!
This reading contains multiple real life experiences that are narrated by a food critic of the New York Times. The author provides vivid detail in a pleasant style and uses the backdrop of the newspaper inner world to create an interesting setting. The story poignantly blends humor and real life experience as the adventures in the restaurant industry unfold. The question/answer epilogue at the end is an added plus.
If you are a foodie or have dined in some of NYC's best restaurants, a fun and quick read. I enjoyed it.
Good read especially if you frequent the restaurants of New York.The subject matter and the author are very likable.
An entertaining, fun look at the world of wining & dining.
The story didn't go anywhere though, and by Ruth's 3rd or 4th character I had had enough.
I'm not a "foodie", so my enjoyment of this book was a wonderful surprise. She writes well, and it was VERY entertaining. I hated to see it end!
Even if you are not a self professed "foodie", but you like a good story, this book is very entertaining.
Ruth does a great job in this book in keeping the reviews entertaining and inviting you to taste the food right along with her. She may not be the best reader in the world, but her writing style is amazing. If you are a foodie, you will really enjoy her commentary and how down-to-earth she is. More than that, you can relate to the things she looks for in good food. It is only four discs, so I would just take the time to listen. It's the perfect length and I never got tired of the storyline. Great work Ruth!
I love listening to Ruth Reichl. She is a wonderful story teller. With frankness and a great sense of humor, and humility she shares her passion for food, freindship and the hard knocks of being a food critic.
I really enjoyed it. A completely new slant on the dining
experience. A funny, informative, creative, entertaining
Fun for people who fancy themselves foodies as the author does a good job of translating taste in text. Also fun for people who are just curious about the life and trials of a food critic. Note: The author’s voice is mildly annoying but easy enough to get through if you keep the volume low.
I kept trying to figure out the point of this story. I still haven't figured it out. The writer is very good at describing food though.
Called on this site a 'riotous account,' GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES can't quite claim that honor. Funny, yes. Wonderful descriptions of succulent food at the best New York restuarants, yes. Riotous, no.
Ruth Reichl, New York Times food critic, employs many creative disguises to ensure she is treated as any other diner, and the "characters" she invents are quite interesting. The author reads her work and isn't the best choice for the task but this is an engaging little book and tailor made for food lovers.
I liked Reichl's approach to reviewing restaurants: looking from both the 'celebrity' side and the 'average Joe' side. The best restaurants, in theory, wouldn't differentiate but that is true only in a dream world.
The story of her slipping in to not only disguises but personalities was a bit unsettling, but overall, it was an interesting book.
At first I wondered why I was listening and then it really caught my ear. If you love food, restaurants, New York...this is the book for you. I will be looking for more writings or cookbooks by Ruth Reichl.
I liked the book. It did seem to 'get a little old' at times, but overall I found it both interesting and informative.
When I selected this book, I thought, "oh, it might be interesting" - I wasn't necessarily jumping up and down with excitement over it. I was pleasantly surprised. I LOVED this book. Ruth Reichl did an excellent job reading her book, and I thought she did a good job distinguishing between the different characters. The insight into a restaurant critic's job was fascinating. And I loved hearing about the different restaurants - I'll likely never visit any of the ones she reviewed, but I enjoyed living vicariously through her. It made my commute to work a lot more enjoyable.
A delightful book. I would like to have more from this author.
Ruth does a great job telling her own story as the narrator. It was easy to immediately be involved with the book. Her details about enjoying food were fantastic. A fun insight into a unique experience.
Listened to this book while commuting to work on our public metro system....made the trip pass by so quickly. I would never visit the sort of restaurants that Ruth did, so it was wonderful to live through her. She has the ability to actually make you taste the food. Great fun!
Of Ruth Reichl's three autobiographies to date, this was certainly the most fun--the real story of what it's like to be the NY Times restaurant critic! The author does a very nice job reading her story. A very enjoyable listen for anyone interested in restaurant culture!
I found this to be an interesting look at the world of a restaurant critic. There is a brief interview with the author at the end. I think that Ruth Reichl's food lust can help us all to appreciate the value of a good meal.