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, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781400069996
Branch Call Number: BIO REICHL REICHL
Characteristics: xii, 266 pages ; 25 cm


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Biography and Memoir

A lush and emotional memoir focusing on Reichl’s time as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. A behind-the-scenes story of the food industry and publishing, this book is so delicious you’ll want to eat it.

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Mar 05, 2020

A decent read, but not as engaging as her earlier books.

IndyPL_KathyH Jan 27, 2020

Reichl's latest title is a love story about Gourmet Magazine. From her childhood, when she picked up the magazine and developed a love for cooking, until the day the magazine was shuttered while she was editor. Reichl is a lovely writer - I could taste the chocolate as she described it, and longed to wander the streets of Paris as she did. An interesting tale of a food critic turned unlikely corporate editor, her love for Gourmet shines through every page.

Jan 17, 2020

Great recipes included! I love Ruth Reichl.

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?

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.

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.

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".

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.

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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