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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,521 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:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2015 NPR Pick for Books to Give as Gifts This Year

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cece | 2/18/2014

    " Fascinating story of the "making of a food critic." The power of food, of cooking for those you love and strangers, and of chance connections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chrissy | 2/16/2014

    " I love food! I found Ruth to be so relatable, her high schools years reflected my own. I know her from Top Chef Masters, but nothing of the experience and pedigree behind her. Very very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marigold | 2/16/2014

    " This was a really fun and quick read. I have not read any of Reichl's books previously, & I don't really consider myself a foodie, but somehow I always enjoy books that have something to do with food! Reichl has had an interesting life and overcome some challenging circumstances. I imagine that not everyone with a mentally ill mother gets to live in Montreal, New York City, Berkeley, France, and San Francisco - & go on amazing trips to faraway lands - so somebody did something right! Reichl's writing is sharp and funny and her story involving. This makes me want to read her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cara | 2/6/2014

    " I just love Reichl's writing and then you put the amazing life she has had with it. Stellar. "

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