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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. März 2006

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Fans of Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples know that Ruth Reichl is a wonderful memoirist--a funny, poignant, and candid storyteller whose books contain a happy mix of memories, recipes, and personal revelations.

Amazon.com Interview
We chewed the fat with Ruth. Read our interview.
What they might not fully appreciate is that Reichl is an absolute marvel when it comes to writing about food--she can describe a dish in such satisfying detail that it becomes unnecessary for readers to eat. In her third memoir, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, Reichl focuses on her life as a food critic, dishing up a feast of fabulous meals enjoyed during her tenure at The New York Times. As a critic, Reichl was determined to review the "true" nature of each restaurant she visited, so she often dined incognito--each chapter of her book highlights a new disguise, a different restaurant (including the original reviews from the Times), and a fresh culinary adventure. Garlic and Sapphires is another delicious and delightful book, sure to satisfy Reichl's foodie fans and leave admirerers looking forward to her next book, hopefully about her life with Gourmet. --Daphne Durham

More from Ruth Reichl

Tender at the Bone

Comfort Me with Apples

The Gourmet Cookbook

Remembrance of Things Paris

Endless Feasts

Gourmet magazine

Amazon.com's The Significant Seven
Ruth Reichl answers the seven questions we ask every author.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Kate Simon’s New York Places and Pleasures. I read it as a little girl and then went out and wandered the city. She was a wonderful writer, and she taught me not only to see New York in a whole new way, but to look, and taste, beneath the surface.

Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: Ulysses by James Joyce. What better place to finally get through it?

Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert. If you’re going to listen to one piece over and over, this is one that doesn’t get tiresome.

How to Build a Boat in Five Easy Steps. Since I’m going to be watching one movie over and over, it might as well be useful.

Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: I’m such a good liar, I wouldn’t know where to begin.

Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: I can write pretty much anywhere. But I prefer small, cozy spaces, with a good view over a lake or a forest, and room for the cats to curl up.

Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "She’ll be right back."

Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Elizabeth I. She fascinates me. She had a great mind, enormous appetites--and she was a survivor. The most interesting woman of an interesting time, and I have a million questions I’d like to ask her.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: You mean after creating world peace? This is a hard one. But I’ve always wanted to be able to fly.

-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.


"This wonderful book is funny—at times laugh-out-loud funny—and smart and wise." —The Washington Post


"Reichl is so gifted . . . the reader remains hungry for more." —USA Today

"Expansive and funny." —Entertainment Weekly

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great descriptions. Too bad everything else made me gag. 14. November 2013
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I picked up this book for a bit of light reading. What I didn't anticipate was how frankly annoyed it would leave me. The descriptions of the restaurants and the food are lovely, but I quickly grew fed up with the exaggerated prose -- "Baroque" oysters and "electric shocks" from each bite of food? Come ON -- and by the author's aggravating determination to paint herself in the most flattering light at the expense of denigrating any and all the characters around her. Her descriptions of everyone from the helpful yet oh-so-status conscious Chinese girl, Diana, to her snap judgement on the character she dubbed "Tweed" -- bitter, nitpicky, cynical; therefore she MUST be a divorcee with no man in her life and no kids to devote her energies toward, oh what a sad little dried up prune -- to her stereotypes in general about everything from Blondes to Redheads to the "poor people" (Aw shucks, thank ye kindly fer payin' fer our meals) and the "rich snobs" (hmph! This restaurant is FAR too beneath us, Humphrey. We're leaving.) just left me rolling my eyes. It reads more like a badly-written (even MORE badly-written?) version of "The Devil Wears Prada." The movie, moreso than the book.

Long story short: read it for the descriptions of the food. Take everything else with a grain of salt.
4.0 von 5 Sternen and enjoyed it very much both times 4. März 2017
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I've read Garlic and Sapphires twice now, and enjoyed it very much both times. It reads nearly like fiction, and has multiple LOL moments for sure. Reich has an engaging writing stile that is at its best in this book; I've read others like "Tender at the Bone" and didn't like them nearly so well, though they do fill in the blanks and I was able to make several connections between those books and G&S in this re-read. I like the recipes I've tried so far, and look forward to trying more - especially the lamb and Brussels sprouts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book for Foodies and Readers 10. Juli 2016
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A surprisingly entertaining book. Of course, a newspaper writer should be a good writer, period, but it just didn't occur to me until I got into this. A friend recommended the book and I'm glad she did. There is humor and pathos in this memoir. The writing about the restaurants made me feel like I was sitting right at the table with Ruth (or whomever she was disguised as at the time.) I'm glad the book wasn't just a compilation of restaurant reviews- that would get tedious. Reichl has a real talent for descriptive, humorous, introspective writing. She wrote a couple other books and I will have to have a go at those, as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dining out or reading restaurant reviews. We have a great restaurant reviewer at our local paper and I was thinking he must have had some of the same experiences as this author had. It really makes you appreciate the craft.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for even the non food or wine expert 13. März 2016
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While I, by far, am not a wine or food expert, I loved her stories. In this book ,she goes in disguise to critique the restaurants she will be writing about. Many are quite funny ( in all 3 books) and leave you with a smile or laughing out loud even if you are alone while reading.. I found that reading "Growing up at the table" and "Comfort me with Apples (her first 2 books) were necessary to really appreciate "Garlic and Sapphires" She includes many recipes from restaurants and people she learned from. The lists of ingredients are quite long and the instructions are very detailed making them easy to follow. If you are into fancy cooking, it is a great plus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious and touching - Abridged Audio CD review 2. Februar 2006
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I laughed out loud tons of times during this hilarious look into the undercover world of restaurant critics. Reichl shares the disguises and personas she employed as a critic, to see what the average person experiences when they go to a restaurant. It was outrageous and thrilling to watch her take on rude service and sub-par food (served to her when she is dressed in dowdy clothes) and then go back to the same restaurant as the star critic, getting bigger and better portions of food and getting seated ahead of waiting foreign royalty.

I rooted for her different personas and was indignant at the treatment she got as a regular person at some of the snobbier restaurants. I loved the story about how at one restaurant, they recognized her and whisked away her half eaten raspberry tart and replaced it with a raspberry tart with, get this, bigger berries! Can you imagine someone in the back of the restaurant picking out VIP raspberries for the VIP tarts?

I loved the food descriptions and the sometimes unglamorous look into the life of a critic. The food isn't everyday fare, but I don't read Ruth Reichl to hear about the types of meals I can afford - I could write about those myself!

Her exposure of snobbery, and the care she takes to try and show the restaurants who care for us normal folks like we are all VIP's, was touching and made for satisfying reading.

The abridgement on this audiobook did not feel truncated or like I missed out on anything important. She narrates the book herself, and while her husky, measured voice took some getting used to, I loved that she was able to give just the right inflection to each persona and to carefully emphasize her feelings and actions. The audiobook has some recipe cards included and has an interview with the author at the end.

One of the rare audiobooks I am keeping in my permanent collection for years of relistening.
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