Yesterday I finished reading Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl. I loved it. Reichl is the restaurant critic of the New York Times and this book is her embellished memoir. Man, can this woman write about food! It was lucky I didn't drool into the pages.
I have to admit, though, my favorite chapter is the very first one and is more likely to make your stomach churn than to make your mouth water. It is titled, "The Queen of Mold." In it, Reichl describes her mother as "taste-blind and unafraid of rot." Would you like a good laugh? Read those first nineteen pages.
The book is more than tantalizing descriptions of food, however. Reichl's book vividly describes characters and events that shaped her life. Although humor is sprinkled throughout, it is not the comedy you might expect after the first chapter. It is, however, packed with lively description, and colorful characters. (Wait. Did I already say that? Well, consider it emphatic repetition.) For me, reading it was a 5 star experience.
So now I need something new. Read anything good lately?