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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daysleeper236
Dec 20, 2019

A beautifully-written memoir full of mouth-watering descriptions of decadent food. That said, the lavish lifestyle and excess of the world of Conde Nast make it hard to sympathize with the author's challenges, either professional or personal. The author's attempt to explore Paris "on a budget" was particularly divorced from reality and vaguely insulting to those who have no choice but to travel within their means. Aside from the section about cooking for 9/11 first responders, this entire memoir lacks a connection to the real world or the people who eat in it.

ontherideau Dec 02, 2019

A down to earth memoir about a luxurious lifestyle. Enjoyed the read, still thinking- do humans have the right or need to eat every living thing on earth?

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xiaojunbpl12
Nov 21, 2019

Essence of life in a language of food, her taste, temperament, and her background seemed to guarantee her always getting the plums. I'd never thought to be a a Gourmet subscriber, nor keen to Michelin star dining, but what she extolled even met my epicurean standard, and she accepted DFW's lobster contribution with delight.
Besides magazine publishing and food both suit my interests, the book is funny and salivating, even in time of adversity, only possible from a skillful writer who constantly took notes and lived a delicious life.

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JLMason
Oct 26, 2019

This is another breezy read by food writer Reichl that is interesting for its depiction of the luxury magazine business, albeit at a superficial level. The excess at Conde Nast (first class travel, personal drivers, clothing allowances) is of a bygone era, gradually eroded away by the reality of declining ad sales in the digital era. It ends in the closure of one of its flagship publications, Gourmet magazine, founded in 1941. Reichl is not quite the business ingenue she portrays herself to be: instead of writing a single autobiography, she has spun her life story and Brand Reichl into four separate memoirs, voyeuristically interesting for their behind-the-scenes views into the food industry, but lacking emotional depth.

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starstuffjess
Aug 25, 2019

Ruth is a fantastic writer - she pulls you into her world with such luscious detail you feel like you are there with her. This book is the story of Ruth's time as editor in chief at Gourmet magazine - I was surprised to learn of the elegance, luxury and indulgence that editors for Conde Nast get to enjoy - very interesting. It felt like 'The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Julie and Julia".

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laphampeak
Jul 30, 2019

Reichl writes with detail and, at the same time, makes it enjoyable to the reader. People, times, places, and the sequence of events she experienced at Gourmet make the read informative, fun, and opens a wider perspective into the world that Gourmet lived in.

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PAULA TORONTALI
Jul 15, 2019

A must read for anyone that appreciates good food and a reader of Gourmet magazine. Ruth Reichel has a wonderful insights into the publishing industry and evokes the tastes and smells of food in all of the travels for the magazine.

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brangwinn
Jul 04, 2019

This was the Oprah Book Club book on my recent Holland America cruise. I was glad to be able to read it now, since the waiting list at the library was so long. It was an interesting look at the struggling publishing industry. It brought back memories of how I had been introduced to foods as a child. She clearly had more opportunities in NYC than I did growing in a small mountain town. There was nothing unusual at our table, and fresh, not canned fruits and vegetables, were available only during the summer. I marveled at how money seemed to throw away on a clothing budget. As an Epicurious fan, I was surprised at how Gourmet gave Epicurious the rights to the magazine’s recipes. Loved how she tried to make changes, like the cupcakes. Reminds me of politics, the older readers wanted nothing to change, the younger readers wanted more relevant recipes for their lives.

IndyPL_AnikaW Jun 20, 2019

This memoir by the always-easy-to-digest Ruth Reichl covers her years at Gourmet Magazine. From stories about the beginning of her residence at the Condé Nast publication to the bitter end, Reichl gives her readers tons of inside information. The tale of what made Gourmet an eminently readable monthly as well as what happened when the publication was killed make for a great read.

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KlayDyer
Jun 14, 2019

Note: Reichl is interviewed in the "By the Book" section of the New York Times Book Review (May 5, 2019).

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