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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

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A book by Ruth Reichl

At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Cooking, Biographies, Memoirs, Food Biographies, Food Books
Author: Ruth Reichl
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, Biography
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
1 review about Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

Tender At The Bone is an entertaining memoir about cooking.

  • Sep 4, 2010

Tender At The Bone is a very entertaining memoir. It is a memoir of the first thirty years of her Ruth Reichl's life. She is a renowned food writer with a passion for cooking. The recipes in this book sound delicious. I will keep this book as a reference when I try to make some of these recipes. Just reading this recipes motivates me to want to cook them. It really sparks my curiosity The recipes are often associated with a person or place in a specific time in Ruth's life. There is a recipe for corned beef ham that is served with peaches that sounds delectable. This is her mother Miriam's recipe.

I like reading about the different jobs Ruth has held in her life. She has worked as in a pancake house and in a restaurant She has been a camp counselor and a food critic. Her career in the food industry is simply fascinating to me. Another interesting thing about Ruth's life would be the places where she has visited or lived in. She has visited North Africa, Greece, Italy, France and San Francisco. She gives the reader a sense of what food is like in these different parts of the world.

There is a recipe for lemon souffle that is inspired by Ruth's trip to France as a teenager. I have never had this dish before. I would like to try it out. There is a recipe for a pate made up of chicken liver, garlic and onions. This recipe came from her time in Greece and Italy. There is another dish called called Con Queso rice. This is a dish that includes black beans with different kinds of cheeses with rice. There is another recipe for an Oleron tart that is made up of almonds and raspberries. I have a sweet tooth so I would love to try make this for myself. These recipes are easy to read and understand. There are no pictures of what these dishes look like. It is fun using my imagination trying to figure out what these dishes look like though.

I like reading about the different relationships with the people in her early life. She devotes an entire chapter on her room mate Sarafina and another chapter about her husband Doug. It is interesting to read how these relationship grow and develop throughout the book.

There are discussion questions at the end of this book. This is very helpful. It forces me to reflect on the different themes in the book. There are photos of Ruth and her family and friends at the end of the book. Tender To The Bone is an excellent memoir for people who like to read about cooking and travelling to different places. I love this book. 

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October 15, 2010
This is one of the few memoirs I've yet to read. After reading your review, I'm pushing it up the to-read list. I think I'll buy it next pay day :)
October 03, 2010
The tidal wave of cookbooks out there asks the question of why we need another one. Robert's review provides one answer, by tying the recipe's to the author's personal life. So, when you're eating lemon souffle, you're reading eating a bit of Ruth's life.
September 07, 2010
A memoir with recipes -- I can appreciate that! This book sounds heartwarming and enlightening. Thanks for sharing!
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