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Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Garlic and Sapphires The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Author: Ruth Reichl
This delicious new volume of Ruth Reichl's acclaimed memoirs recounts her "adventures in deception," as she goes undercover in the world's finest restaurants. Reichl knows that "to be a good restaurant critic, you have to be anonymous," but when she signs up to be the most important restaurant critic in the country, a...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780143036616
ISBN-10: 0143036610
Publication Date: 3/28/2006
Pages: 352
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4 stars, based on 212 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on + 337 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Absolutely wonderful. When Reichl agrees to become the restaurant critic for the NY Times, she has no idea how her life will change. Forced into disguises to see how the non-celebrity actually experiences a restaurant the story becomes unexpectedly analytical. But the gustatorial experiences are more than you can possibly imagine. Reichl brings the food to life, and we share her delight in the exquisite and her dismay at the meals that are hype with nothing to appreciate. She even includes recipes! I found myself wishing this book would go on and on.
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Helpful Score: 12
Reichl has a flair for words and for description that makes this a wonderful read. She gives equal attention to people and food and brings everything together. Her stories and her personal development are alternately funny, sad, and sweet and a joy to read.
susiepie avatar reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Fois gras, anyone? She seemed to eat a lot of that in this book. I enjoyed her lovely descriptions of the foods she sampled at New York's finest (and not so fine) restaurants. Her disguises were mostly funny, but sometimes poignant. The book has a really nice ending, too.
DesertShaman avatar reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on + 203 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
What a fun read! Ms. Reichl comes across as a truly human person while describing the most sensuous sounding food.
Bonnie avatar reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on + 419 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I love this book! This is the third in what I believe is a trilogy of memoirs by this author, and this is the best. Oh, I really did enjoy the other two, or I wouldn't have gotten this one, but by now she is happily married and a mother, so we don't have to read about her sex life anymore. (I know, this really ages me.)
But this is the story of when she takes the job as the NYT's food critic, and before she even begins her picture is plastered in all the restaurants so the staff will know her when she arrives.
Ha! She becomes a master of disguise with the help of this really neat old lady, and a lady with a wig shop who really knows her stuff. What is great about the author's writing is that everyone becomes a character in her books. Everyone. She graces us with the most tempting recipes, and even prints her actual reviews of the places she ate in where usually, she was treated pretty shabbily, until she would arrive as herself. The comparisons were shocking. I was hooked on this book from the first page and not once did my attention wander. This is the kind of book that I carried around, in case I got a free minute here and there.
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reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on
Loved this book~!
Great recipes also!
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This is the third R. Reichl book I've read, and I've enjoyed them all. This was a fun read (though I wonder why I, a non-cook, always torment myself with such wonderful descriptions of food that I'll never cook myself or have the opportunity to order at a fancy restaurant!!) You can almost see/taste the food as she describes it, in this entertaining book where she puts on disguises and critiques restaurants, publishing her results in the NY Times. As a bonus, she includes lots of scrumptious recipes -- I may even attempt the delicious-sounding cheesecake one myself!
coturnix avatar reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on + 4 more book reviews
Very good reading. Interesting how she changes with eash persona she takes on. Interesting concept.
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Light and enjoyable, like a good meal.
reviewed Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise on + 2 more book reviews
I really love Ruth Reichl's writing. This is my 3rd book of hers that I've read and they only get better.
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I loved this book. She one intersting lady. conuld't put it down.


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