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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

by Reichl, Ruth (Author)

ISBN: 9781400069996

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the risk (and the job) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

When Conde Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America's oldest epicurean magazine, she initially declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anybody's boss. And yet...Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way that we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl's leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. It was the golden age of print media-the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams-even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Story Locale: New York, NY; Paris, France

Month*: 6

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House, April 2019

Product Dimensions: 9.3 L × 6.1 W × 0 H

* Subject to availability