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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
by Ruth Reichl

Published: 1999-03-02
Paperback : 304 pages
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At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal ...
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(At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told.  Beginning with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s.  Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age.

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  "Tender at the Bone"by karsu (see profile) 06/15/10

 
  "Great discussion over some great food"by mgsiragusa (see profile) 11/16/08

Very interesting book about dysfunctionality along with great recipes. What could be better?

 
  "Ruth Reichl's early years as she struggles with her manic mother and how she has affected her life."by Lucey (see profile) 11/06/08

Tender at the Bone was a wonderful book. It had everything: humor, madness, struggle, happiness, reconciliation. There was a never ending amount of things to talk about with this book.

 
  "Coming-of-age story with food at the center of everything"by donnadeleon (see profile) 11/06/08

Our club so enjoyed discussing this book and how food tied in with our own life stories. It was a pleasant way of getting to know one another better at the table over a fabulous meal!

 
  "Delicious!"by donnadeleon (see profile) 10/19/08

This was a fun read and a wonderful tribute to food and story-telling. Recipes for food and for life.

 
  "Ruth Reichl's first book, a memoir, of learning to love food and the characters in her life who helped shape her lifelong passion."by tompatrice (see profile) 06/16/08

I loved this book! How did the New York Times food critic land her job? By carefully observing the cooking styles of those who loved and inspired her in her youth and young adulthood. This is a funny,... (read more)

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