Save Me the Plums

Save Me the Plums

My Gourmet Memoir

eBook - 2019
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Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet. "This is the rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life."-Ann Patchett When Conde 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. Advance praise for Save Me the Plums "No one writes about food like Ruth Reichl. She also happens to be a mesmerizing storyteller. I consider this book essential nourishment."-Nigella Lawson "Endearing...'iGourmet magazine readers will relish the behind-the-scenes peek at the workings of the magazine...' Reichl's revealing memoir is a deeply personal look at a food world on the brink of change."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Ruth Reichl is the best sort of storyteller-intimate, wise, frank, and completely engaging. Here she beautifully details her ten years running Gourmet, with all the triumphs and tribulations, and it's a brilliant tale. Every page is rich and delicious; the book is such a treat!"-Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Library Book.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525610618
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jun 24, 2019

Hard for me to credit Reichl’s ten years at the helm as a success since the magazine was abruptly cancelled. Maybe she transformed the magazine in some eyes, but it failed when other food mags succeeded. All the high living, 4 star hotels, 3 star dinners, limos, fetes, etc. seem to be inappropriate rewards for her actual performance. Gossipy and content lite.

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.

Jun 14, 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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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