Friday, May 30, 2008
The bad news is I have not been cooking much lately. I have a lot on my proverbial plate. But the good news is it is the perfect opportunity to post about a book I have been meaning to share with you.
Most of you are foodies. I don't know how well-read you are or not. I am a bit behind the times with books because with two small children and a baby business to boot, I don't have much time. But a little over a year ago my sister introduced me to Ruth Reichl's book, Garlic and Sapphires. She said to me, "It is like this woman wrote the book for you!" You may have heard of it already. You may have even read it. It is a few years old. But if you have NOT heard of it or read it by some chance, I urge you to do so. I savored every word, crumb and morsel the author said and could practically taste the dishes she writes about.
The author, Ruth, was the New York Times's restaurant critic through much of the 90's. And obviously as a restaurant critic, her job was to eat at numerous restaurants (FREE I might add) and then write about it. Sounds like a dream job for most of us doesn't it? Well the book not only chronicles her experiences with the food and service at the restaurants but her own life and persona. In order to avoid recognition, Reichl dons some of the most elaborate costumes and assumes the roll of different "characters" that match her look. Sometimes the characters seem to invent themselves and begin to take over. The writing is witty, engaging, fast paced and down right hilarious at times. You just wish you knew someone this fun to be around! As a bonus, Ruth also shares a few recipes for you to try out at home.
Needless to say this book is a MUST for any food lover and a total hoot for anyone who just wants a good read. I love books! I need life to slow down just a smidge so I can start reading more again. Maybe I'll reread this one. I forget a lot at this point. And it looks like she has a couple more out. I should pick one up. The woman has a deft hand with the pen.
Do you have a good book recommendation? Let me know! And please, if you have read this book before or if you do in the near future, let me know what you think. My guess is you'll love it.