It’s going to take something really super-spectacular this week to top my Monday night.
How come? Because my friend Kara and I met the one and only Ruth Reichl. I know, I’m gushing just a bit. But in my defense, it’s Ruth Reichl, restaurant critic/editor/memoirist/James Beard Award winner and now fiction writer. And for the 90 minutes we were in the same place at the same time, she was as warm and down-to-earth in person as she sounds in interviews and looks on television.
Mother’s Day gifts any mom would be happy to get
I love giving gifts, and I especially love picking out gifts for people who love to cook. So I’ve come up with a list of my would-love-to-get-my-hands-on gems. Take a look at my choices and then hurry out to the stores as soon as humanly possible. I’m telling you, if you’re buying for a cook, you can’t go wrong with any of these items.
Used to be that summer reading for me was a beach-worthy paperback, typically chick-lit fiction that’s sometimes borderline trashy, or a classic that I wanted to reread (“To Kill a Mockingbird” anyone?). And I couldn’t just read one book from cover to cover; I’d usually have a couple of books so I can switch back and forth.
Nowadays, my reading generally goes to something food-related, and I still juggle multiple books. I’ve been reading “Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child,” a gift from a friend. Author Noel Riley Fitch drew from Julia’s diaries and letters and presents a “before she was famous” portrait of this legendary chef. Learn about Julia the college student, her work at the OSS during World War II, her marriage to Paul Child and their travels around the world, her training at the Cordon Bleu, and of course, her trailblazing “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”