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Friday, August 26, 2005

A woman becomes a restaurant critic for the New York Times, but before she actually gets there every restaurant has pictures up so they can make sure to give her the best treatment. Basically wherever she goes people will know who she is and she won't get to see what the restaurant is really like.

So, she contacts her mother's friend who is an acting coach, and together they come up with a disguise. Eventually she has five or six different disguises and different personalities, discovering that she has all sorts of characteristics inside of her to become a variety of people. This book is very well written – since she wrote articles for a long time, she knows how to use words well.

Reichl loves food, so in her descriptions she allows you to understand a little bit of what it would taste like and how one might enjoy the food if one knew what it was. She makes irregular food seem like it could be eaten regularly. Not everyday, but Reichl makes it seem like anyone could eat it, which is an amazing feat. She also includes some of her magazine articles and some recipes to round out the book. This book is honest and insightful. An enjoyable read, and not too hard to understand (not too complex..)

Title:Garlic and Sapphires
Author: Ruth Reichl
Date published:April 2005
Genre: Biography
Number of pages: 328 pages
Notes: Recommended by my friend Amy P.


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