Saturday Book Review- Garlic and Sapphires

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know I love food. Being married to someone who not only appreciates good food but also enjoys making it only helps my predicament, and I’m okay with that.

Today’s book review comes from my favorite LA and NY times food critic and gourmet chief Ruth Reichl.

If you don’t know who this is, you need to look her up. She is phenomenal and her writing is life change and (as cheesy as it sounds) delicious.

This isn’t the first book Ruth had written, but was the first one I read as a teenager. Garlic and Sapphires follows Ruth as she moves from working in LA as a food critic to the Big Apple. What’s fascinating about Ruth is how down to earth and real she is, even in her writing. You can’t help but fall in love with the people she meets, her story she tells and obviously the food she writes about.

I found myself reading this book in the kitchen more often than not, with something to eat in hand. Was I visualizing myself tasting the five star Michelin menu she exquisitely and effortlessly describes? Yes. Was I eating Mac’n Cheese while doing this, of course.

Filled with life lessons and expensive food, Garlic and Sapphires takes you on a wild romp through New York’s fantastic eateries. While your trying not to drool over vivid cuisine descriptions, the story’s vivacious heroin critiques everything behind increasingly elaborate disguises.

And at the end you’ll be left with wanting more. So I’ll list more of her books below. In the meantime, go get this book and eat- I mean read it to your heart’s content.

-M.E. Inkowl

Other works by Ruth Reichl:

Comfort Me With Apples

Tender at the Bone

Save Me the Plums


Not Becoming My Mother

For You Mom, Finally

My Kitchen Year: 136 recipes that saved my life

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