Lisa says… Read “Garlic and Sapphires,” by Ruth Reichl

By Lisa Hamilton

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
Garlic and Sapphires
by Ruth Reichl

November is the perfect time to read Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires; it’s all about FOOD in the Big Apple. In the season of Thanksgiving, many of us cook and cook some more, watch parades and football, but FEAST most of all. Reichl was the New York Times Restaurant Critic during the nineties and critique she did in one of the most entertaining and enlightening ways you could ever imagine.

New York’s restaurant workers and owners were always on the lookout for Reichl so they could provide her with the very best, and, therefore, be rewarded with a 4 or 5 star rating. But Reichl was, of course, aware of this and created elaborate disguises that will have you laughing out loud at her culinary adventures in all types of establishments, from little neighborhood bistros to Le Cirque and Tavern on the Green. Readers will feel like they are sitting at the table with Reichl as she eloquently describes every bite and taste imaginable. You will also be enlightened as to how one’s outer appearance can reveal so much about people’s inner thoughts.

Ruth Reichl gets food – and she gets people, too. How can you be an objective critic without a little anonymity? Also included in the book are some fabulous recipes you may want to try out this Thanksgiving for yourself and your family. Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires tickles your tummy and stirs the pot and leaves you hungry for more.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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