Ruth Reichl, food critic and a former editor of Gourmet magazine, has written about her early years in this autobiography. Her mother had a manic depressive mental disorder and was a horrendous cook even to the point of potentially inadvertently poisoning people. Ruth learned early on a joy and passion for food.
From her boarding school days to her times at Berkeley she tells of her passion for food. She collects unforgettable characters as well as fabulous recipes. Trying to balance a dysfunctional family her life is anything but boring. She has lived in a commune, collectively managed a restaurant, given cooking classes and toured in the wine country of France.
She writes about her mother's mental disorder and her own anxiety attacks. And to top it all off there are a number of delicious sounding recipes. YUM!
First Line: "This is a true story."