Thursday, January 16, 2020

Garlic and Sapphires

Calling all foodies or wannabe foodies.  This is a fun memoir written by Ruth Reichl.  Ruth was the New York Times food critic for many years.   This book talks about her experiences starting with how she landed the position through her decision to leave the post.  It is a great behind the scenes look at what is involved in reviewing a restaurant.  There are many funny stories of her adventures dining at the restaurants as well as other aspects of her career.  She details the disguises/alter egos she used to fool restaurant staff and shares the actual reviews she wrote for the paper.  There are also some recipes included for those who would like to try there hand at some new dishes.

All in all I found this to be a fun book.  My only complaint was with the inclusion of the recipes in the Audiobook format.  They were difficult to skip through and would have been better served as an appendix in this format since it isn't really conducive to listen to a recipes rather than reading it.  All in all a great read by an author with lots of storytelling skills

Here's my link to my Goodreads review as well

Challenge Tracking

The book fulfills prompts for several challenges  I will decide as the year goes along which ones I use it for where it covers more than one prompt within a challenge.

  1. Library Love-  Book 6
  2. Alphabet soup Author- #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge " R"
  3. AtoZ and Alphabet soup challenge #AlphabetSoupChallenge  "G"
  4. Memoirs-  #4  Food Memoir
  5. 20 in 20 #Read20in2020 #8 a humor book
  6. NJM #NJMBookChallenge2020  #2 a non fiction book
  7. Color Coded:  #1  Blue cover
  8. Booklist Queen  #13 makes you laugh
  9. Literary Escapes- New York
  10. 52 Books in 52 weeks #21 Written by a blogger or journalist
    • Hogwarts:  a book with a gem in the title or on the cover
  11. Popsugar- #popsugarreadingchallenge #38 book by or about a journalist
  12. Around the Year in 52 Books- #15 A book set in a global city

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