Extended Audio Sample

Download Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table Audiobook, by Ruth Reichl Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Reichl Narrator: Ruth Reichl Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2001 ISBN: 9780739300053
Regular Price: $12.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $11.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In Ruth Reichl’s sequel to Tender at the Bone—one that will delight her fans and convert those as yet uninitiated to her charming tales—the author brings to life her adventures in pursuit of good meals and good company. Picking up where Tender at the Bone leaves off, Comfort Me with Apples recounts Reichl’s transformation from chef to food writer, a process that led her through restaurants from Bangkok to Paris to Los Angeles and brought lessons in life, love, and food.

It is an apprenticeship by turns delightful and daunting, one told in the most winning and engaging of voices. The anecdotes from a summer lunch with M. F. K. Fisher, a mad dash through the produce market with Wolfgang Puck, and a garlic feast with Alice Waters are priceless. She is unafraid—even eager—to poke holes in the pretensions of food critics, making each meal a hilarious and instructive occasion for novices and experts alike. The New York Times has said, “While all good food critics are humorous…few are so riotously, effortlessly entertaining as Ruth Reichl.” In Comfort Me with Apples, Reichl once again demonstrates her inimitable ability to combine food writing, humor, and memoir into an art form.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RAND_000119

Quotes & Awards

  • Reichl writes with gusto, and her story has all the ingredients of a modern fairy tale: hard work, weird food, and endless curiosity. The New Yorker
  • So many memoirs annoy by telling either too much or too little. This one tells just enough....The book reads not like life described but like life lived and then shaped....Each story affirms [Reichl’s] desire to get beyond the surface, even as she celebrates its unlikely depths. The New York Times
  • Magnificent, riotous, erotic...[Comfort Me with Apples] is an extended, lilting song about lovesickness and the restorative succor of good food....Two courses of Reichl’s literary cooking will leave still-ravenous readers hoping for a third serving soon. [Rating:] A. Entertainment Weekly
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/11/2014

    " Another great Ruth Reichl book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Del | 2/7/2014

    " This is my favorite book of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Paciotti | 2/4/2014

    " If you love food you will love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/27/2014

    " A worthy follow-up to Tender at the Bone. Reichl is a wonderful writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 1/24/2014

    " Good, but I liked Tender at the Bone better. Maybe children interest me more than the trauma of being a young adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne Lee | 1/22/2014

    " A good romp of a read! Doesn't hurt that I love reading about restaurant critics, food, eating and such. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meera Deean | 1/22/2014

    " too much about her personal life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/19/2014

    " Ruth should have titled this book--"Adventures in the Bedroom"-I don't know that I will be too quick to pick up another one of her books. Besides all the discussion of her men affairs, the ending of the book was rather abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/27/2013

    " Entertaining, but I didn't really like the protagonist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Walsh | 12/21/2013

    " Again, life and food! Yum. No wonder I need to lose 20 lbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Johnson | 12/10/2013

    " I think this is my second favorite with garlic and sapphires first. If you like food and you enjoy funny memoirs, I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/3/2013

    " Jealousy! She is currently drinking champagne, meeting Orson Welles, and having dinner with Woldgang Puck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Da277 | 10/21/2013

    " I loved this book. It was half biography, 1/4 cookbook and 1/4 travel memoir. Terrific read that I thoroughly enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 8/11/2013

    " not as good as the first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Heath | 7/10/2013

    " I just enjoy her writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/19/2013

    " Making Danny's Lemon Pasta tonight. Such a wonderful book - combination of memoir and delicious recipes. I surely do miss Gourmet magazine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 4/27/2013

    " Not as charming as her first two books but still an interesting autobiographical account of a foodie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lelah | 3/22/2013

    " I loved this book and found it so heartfelt and more personal than her other writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/20/2013

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it. Way more than a food memoir. Surprisingly heartbreaking, but also life affirming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 11/15/2012

    " I really enjoy Ruth Reichl's books. She does a wonderful job weaving her interesting life story with details about the culinary world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becki | 8/30/2012

    " I loved this book. Very well written by one of the most renowned restaurant critics of our time. Follows here from the beginning, which was very enlightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamicarlson | 8/24/2012

    " An OK book. I wanted to read something different from what I usually read. It was interesting to read about the life of a food critic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 8/22/2012

    " I'm not cooking enough these days and I've forgotten how much I like to cook! I don't think I could cook a single recipe from Reichl's memoir, but the thought of them is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Evans | 4/30/2012

    " I loved this book. The combination of her culinary discoveries (and her amorous ones) was very appealing. The reader can almost watch her absorbing knowledge from every source ... especially liked the accounts of her time in France. Relationship with her mother was very fraught but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahcoulter | 3/23/2012

    " If you are a foodie, this is the book for you. A great look into the person behind the food reviews with seamless transitions between the love of food and the love of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige Johnson | 10/30/2011

    " Really sad to say this given how much I adore Ruth Reichl but this isn't the Ruth of Tender at the Bones, her first memoir. Too much fabulous locale, famous restaurants, name-dropping and too little Ruth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 7/21/2011

    " Excellent book - I am fascinated by this women's life. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 6/23/2011

    " Better than the first, but ended suddenly. I was rather shocked to read of all her indiscretions... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 5/17/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It's well written but I'm not sure how much I relate to Ruth. Maybe I shouldn't get to know the personal stories behind people I respect professionally. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 5/15/2011

    " I just didn't enjoy spending time with the author's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 5/9/2011

    " More great writing, more great recipes...especially the one for baked swiss pumpkin! It's become an annual fall dish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 4/18/2011

    " A very quick and entertaining read. If you like food and followed the chef scene in the '80s, this is a book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 4/16/2011

    " i really like ruth's writing. i usually don't go for books that include affairs but for some reason this one didn't bother me as much. i liked all the food talk and it made me want to travel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/15/2011

    " Fresh, honest, and inspiring. A really good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/11/2011

    " As with Tender at the Bone, this is a great book. However, you must read
    Tender at the Bone first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/16/2011

    " This was my least favorite of the three books in her memior series. It focused on her love story, or lack thereof. It was a bit too much information at times and just depressing. As with all her books, it ended very abruptly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 3/9/2011

    " had to stop reading it because i just didn't care. the writing was fine but I wasn't interested in her life. Oh affairs, amazing food and wine and alot of whining too.... Maybe I just wasn't in the mood but after 60 some odd pages I just decided maybe later? or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/27/2011

    " Another Berkeley connection, who knew?? Delightfully written memoir of a time in recent history that now seems far away. The passion for living a life well lived!! Will look for her articles..previously read Tender at the Bone years ago "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Ruth ReichlRuth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Garlic and Sapphires, Tender at the Bone, and Comfort Me with Apples and the novel Delicious! She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.