Here is the story of Ruth Reichl’s time at Gourmet, where she transformed the magazine from a staid monthly where some of the staffers still wore white gloves to a groundbreaking food-obsessed title that not only rode food trends but created them, mixing both serious journalism and prize-worthy food memoir writing. Particularly enjoyable is reading how Reichl went from being unrecognizable to chefs to hobnobbing with them, from cooking communal style in Berkeley to being told that not riding in her own limo was wasteful. With the narrative trajectory of a classic novel (the internet hums the theme from Jaws), Save Me the Plums is the memoir I’ve been waiting to read for years, and it turns out to be as delicious as I dreamed.— Daniel Goldin
April 2019 Indie Next List
“In her new memoir, trendsetting food writer and editor Ruth Reichl writes lovingly of the full-blast creativity of her 10 years as editor-in-chief of Gourmet. By book’s end, you’ll miss the storied and groundbreaking magazine, but you’ll be grateful she shared the tale of how its outstanding roster of writers, photographers, designers, and cooks transformed how we look at food. Reichl takes readers behind the scenes as chefs became rock stars, as writers like David Foster Wallace reshaped food writing, and as she fought to save the magazine she adored. A beloved writer with an enviable career, Reichl reminds us that although things may change, simple, honest pleasures — like a perfect plum — endure and make life rich.”
— Mary Vermillion, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
New York Times BestsellerTrailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles (complete with recipes) her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.
About the Author
Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You, Mom, Finally; the novel Delicious!; and, most recently, the cookbook My Kitchen Year. She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. Previously she was the restaurant critic for The New York Times and served as the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards for her journalism, magazine feature writing, and criticism. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.