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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

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Ruth Reichl

7 Hours 56 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2019

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

“A must for any food lover . . . Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a glamorous time of magazine-making. You’ll tear through this memoir.”—Refinery29

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • Town & Country

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. 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 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. This 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.

Praise for Save Me the Plums

“Poignant and hilarious . . . simply delicious . . . Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring. In fact, Reichl’s story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir . . . Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm of Gourmet magazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes.”—Town & Country

“If you haven’t picked up food writing queen Ruth Reichl’s new book, Save Me the Plums, I highly recommend you fix that problem. . . . Reichl is in top form and ready to dish, with every chapter seeming like a dedicated behind-the-scenes documentary on its own.”—Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Penny M.

    I love Ruth for her honesty, it is so refreshing! Penny

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  • Judy W.

    What a beautiful read. I loved Ruth’s narration. You can feel her love of fine food. It’s perfect timing for these times.

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  • Cheryl Z.

    An interesting look into the magazine world. I loved that Ruth is so down to earth!

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  • Dennis K.

    Fascinating, heartfelt recounting of the author’s tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Plenty of background detail and personal insights makes this a book not easily put down or “paused”! Occasionally I couldn’t make out what the author was saying but the point/gist was always clearly expressed. It is rare that I buy a Kindle version after listening to the audio version, but this book contains so many wonderful moments that I wanted to have it both to listen to as well as read out loud to others! After hearing about her Paris sojourns I’ve decided I MUST take my wife there...thank you Ruth...we will toast your health there in the meantime this remains a wonderful and fascinating glimpse into a world most of us could not begin to imagine!

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