• Comfort Me with Apples

  • More Adventures at the Table
  • By: Ruth Reichl
  • Narrated by: Ruth Reichl
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-10-01
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this delightful sequel to her best seller Tender at the Bone, the beloved food writer Ruth Reichl returns with more tales of love, life, humor, and marvelous meals.When listeners left Ruth at the end of Tender at the Bone, she was in Berkeley, California, working as a chef at The Swallow restaurant. Comfort Me with Apples picks up in 1978; Ruth is still living in a commune with her husband, Doug, but she's decided to put down her chef's toque and embark on a career as a restaurant critic. After a bumpy start (at the end of her very first on-the-job dinner, her credit card is unceremoniously rejected), she is soon visiting restaurants all over the world in search of a meal to write home about. The story that follows is an affectionate look at the apprenticeship - funny, daunting, always entertaining - of one of our best food writers.Ruth Reichl's pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York and China, France and Los Angeles. She encounters world-famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and the three-star aristocracy of French cuisine, and her accounts of these meetings range from the madcap to the sublime. From a transformative lunch with M.F.K. Fisher to a friendship with Alice Waters, Reichl lovingly re-creates all her memorable meals in such succulent detail that listeners will yearn for truffles in Provence and shrimp in Beijing.Throughout it all, Reichl is unafraid, even eager, to poke holes in the pretensions of food critics, making each and every course a hilarious and instructive occasion for novices and experts alike. Reichl also shares the intimacies of her personal life - the joys and the heartbreaks behind the reviews - in a style so honest and warm that listeners will feel they are enjoying a cozy dining-table conversation with a friend.
©2001 Ruth Reichl; (P)2001 Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"While all good food writers are humorous...few are so riotously, effortlessly entertaining as Ruth Reichl." (The New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Shannon Eagle on 06-07-16

Could not have been better

What a beautiful journey with Ruth Reichl. Unpretentious honesty woven with love and heartbreak and food....... I could not imagine a more complete book. I am enamored.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 03-09-13

An enjoyable listen!

I've read Tender at the Bone and then listened to Garlic and Sapphires, so I found Comfort Me with Apples to be a great bridge between the two stories. I find Reichl's life to be fascinating as it's totally different than mine. Reichl's ability to retell the stories of her colorful life have me hoping there's another book to come! I know it can be hit or miss when an author decides to also be a narrator, but by the end of this book I felt like Reichl most likely chose to narrate because her this story is so personal and revelatory.

I read some of the reviews that said this book is depressing. I'd chose to describe it as painfully honest. Reichl doesn't sugar coat her choices or the challenges life has thrown her way. I find her honesty refreshing.

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