Save Me the Plums

Save Me the Plums

My Gourmet Memoir

Book - 2019 | First edition
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781400069996
1400069998
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 R2719S 2019
Characteristics: xiii, 266 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Gourmet

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redtayres
May 10, 2019

If I had it to do all over again I'd aim for a career like Ruth Reichl's... maybe a life like Ruth Reichl's. Even if her life isn't as magical as she always makes it seem, she sells it well enough to convince me otherwise. This wasn't my favorite of her books but I still enjoyed it. RIP Gourmet Magazine.

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midori_hon
May 04, 2019

three michelin stars. ruth reichl is such a pleasant raconteur who makes you want to immediately eat something to excite your senses.

Bunny_Watson716 May 01, 2019

I loved reading Ruth Reichl's memoir of her time working at Gourmet, and it brought back some happy memories of issues that I had read in the past - including the Paris one that I took with me the first time I travelled to France. If you love reading about food and wine, place your hold today. You won't be disappointed.

Beaverton_JennieC Apr 25, 2019

No one can evoke the flavors, smells, textures and emotions of food in writing quite like Ruth Reichl. Wielding a pen as easily as she would a chef's knife, in her new memoir she regales us with stories from her time as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. If you have read her previous memoirs, you know that Reichl is a wickedly good storyteller. She is funny and warm and a keen observer of human behavior, especially in the context of the foodie world. Save Me the Plums is the kind of book you'll devour in a day or two--each chapter a delicious morsel that will linger on your tongue long after you turn the last page.

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pishposh9
Apr 20, 2019

Gourmet Magazine was a wonderful publication before Ruth Reichl. The descent was quite rapid as nothing was the same. The focus was totally redesigned and the result was predictable. No food publication has yet taken its place.

debwalker Apr 18, 2019

From the foodie's foodie - the journey with a passion for food.

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EricaReynolds
Mar 15, 2019

I love Ruth Reichl's memoirs and this latest might be one of my favorites. The story of how she became the editor of Gourmet only to see it closed on her watch provides a lot of great backstory to the book she wrote afterwards, My Kitchen Year, which is an wonderful collection of essays and recipes and a testament to the healing power of cooking. Save Me the Plums is full of mouth-watering descriptions of food but also considers the economic, social, and personal impacts of food, publishing, and jumping into a job you didn't know you wanted and don't feel qualified for, but turning it into something amazing.

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